Editorial - posted by Vault Dweller on Mon 27 December 2004, 21:35:11Tags: The Year in Review
Once again we examine the big events in the RPG industry in 2004 and explain why this year sucked even more then 2003:
Obsidian Entertainment, Bioware's trusty sidekick, has scored some crumbs off the Bio's table: KOTOR 2: Attack of the Clones and NWN 2: Everything Fallout fans have asked for since Fallout 2!(TM) Since Feargus Urquhart has mentioned his ideas about Knights of the NEW Republic, it would take a rather cold day in hell to see an original game with the Obsidian logo on it.
I'll use this space to thank Spazmo for his help and contribution to this article.
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Interview - posted by Ausir on Tue 7 December 2004, 03:28:55Tags: CD Projekt; Witcher, The
We have asked CD Projekt, the developer of The Witcher, an upcoming action-RPG based on the books of Andrzej Sapkowski, a few questions, and got some interesting answers. Here's a snippet:
12. In The Witcher there won't be a clear distinction between Good and Evil. Could you give an example of a morally ambiguous situation from your game?
The whole world of The Witcher functions without the clichÃ©d simplification of Good vs. Evil conflicts â€“ therefore we will encounter moral dilemmas all the time. Sometimes there is no doubt that finishing a profitable quest will require us to violate law, the witcher code, or just your own idea of what is right. Most people can't distinguish between a monster slayer and an assassin, and will often request someone to be murdered. Sometimes while working on a quest you'll realize that you were cheated, and what you're actually doing is wrong â€“ the quest of rescuing a princess turns out to be actually about kidnapping her for ransom. Some of them will require choosing one side of the conflict, where everyone is equally vicious and wicked. A classic example is racial hatred â€“ in revenge for pogroms, the persecuted elves answer with acts of terror and murdering innocent people. Which side will our hero choose?
Review - posted by Exitium on Sat 4 December 2004, 07:08:09Tags: Ian Miles Cheong; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
This is a Bloodlines as I see it, clear as day. In this review, Iâ€™ll be highlighting a lot of the things I liked about the game, as well as all of the aspects that bothered me and caused me to like the game less.
Review - posted by Spazmo on Mon 29 November 2004, 22:38:46Tags: Troika Games; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
We've got our own take on Troika's Vampire RPG. [URL='http://www.rpgcodex.com/content.php?id=113']Read on.[/URL] Here's the opening paragraph because you don't get to see the end unless you read the whole thing, you cheater. [INDENT]It was around this time last year that [URL='http://www.troikagames.com/']Troika Games[/URL] released their second game, [I][URL='http://www.greyhawkgame.com/']Temple of Elemental Evil[/URL][/I]. The game, publisher and largely the teams are all different, but the stakes for the company seem about the same. Both games follow a Troika title that wasn't quite as good or successful as fans--and those who certainly aren't fans--would have liked them to be. Both games are a chance for the company to really make a name for itself and show that years after [I]Fallout[/I], the game that got it all right, and [I][URL='http://arcanum.sierra.com/']Arcanum[/URL][/I], the game that got lots of it right, the Troika team still had it. And, unfortunately for this new game, [I][URL='http://www.vampirebloodlines.com/']Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines[/URL][/I], both games, while being quite good in their own right, don't fully make up for all the mistakes made in the company's previous effort and, woefully, make new ones of their own.[/INDENT]
Information - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Thu 25 November 2004, 00:20:18Tags: Leonard Boyarsky; Troika Games; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
A Frequently Asked Questions dealie submitted by Leon Boyarsky about the technical problems some people are having with Bloodlines.
Interview - posted by Vault Dweller on Wed 10 November 2004, 22:43:50Tags: S.C.O.U.R.G.E.: Heroes of Lesser Renown
We've asked Gabor Torok, the developer of S.C.O.U.R.G.E., a rogue-like RPG dedicated to the underdogs: the has-been, burned-out heroes of the game who are given a second chance to save the world and themselves, a few questions and got back very detailed and interesting answers. Don't miss this interview.
2. It's been almost 25 years since Rogue was released. How has the genre evolved? Have you paid attention to what other developers did, direction they took, features they added? What are your favorite rogue-like games?
I'm not an authority on roguelike games. However, what strikes me as their most enduring feature is the uncompromising focus on gameplay. While the professional industry appears to writhe under the heal of the console
economy, roguelikes offer a unique experience that people still find enjoyable. I am not a gaming purist either way, so in S.C.O.U.R.G.E. I try to blend the best of both worlds.
Uncompromising focus on gameplay... Couldn't have said it better myself.
Information - posted by Exitium on Sun 22 August 2004, 00:28:44Tags: J.E. Sawyer
Venerable game designer Josh E. Sawyer explains what it means to design a mod for a game, what it's like to be on a mod team and how to pull something like that off. Sawyer gives the lowdown on the bare essentials of mod making.
Interview - posted by Exitium on Thu 19 August 2004, 06:55:43Tags: Liu Jiang; Object Software; Seal of Evil
RPG Codex takes an in-depth look into Object Software's ancient Chinese history-themed RPG, Seal of Evil, by asking plenty of questions and getting plenty of answers from Liu Jiang, the product manager of Prince of Qin, World of Qin and Seal of Evil. Read on!
Interview - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Mon 16 August 2004, 17:15:45Tags: Omega Syndrome
Our interview with David Moffatt, author of Omega Syndrome. It's that nifty shareware CRPG with an eerie aliens on Earth plot and a turn based combat system.
1.) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your background with CRPGs? Why you decided to make one?
I am a programmer by trade and my passion is programming CRPGs. I donâ€™t play CRPGs these days as I spend all of my spare time working on OS. As to my background with CRPGs I have only played a few: Wasteland, Ultima 7 & 8, Fallout 1 & 2 and Baldurs Gate. Of those games my favorites are Ultima 7 and Fallout. The game that influenced me most in terms of game play is Fallout. The game that influenced me most in terms of game engine creation is Baldurs Gate.
Several years ago I stopped playing computer games, as I no longer found them fun or interesting. At the time I thought I had grown out of them, but then I discovered Fallout and really enjoyed playing it. After the Fallout experience I realized I hadnâ€™t grown out of computer games at all, its just that very few great CRPGs are ever made. So instead of complaining about the lack of great games, I decided to learn how to make my own computer games and The Omega Syndrome is the result of those efforts.
Interview - posted by Ausir on Thu 29 July 2004, 13:09:18Tags: 3D People; Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
Our interview with Peter Nagy (Lead Artist) and Jan Turan (Lead Programmer) of 3D People, plus Chris Bateman (Game Designer/Script Writer) and Richard Boon (Story Designer/Script Editor) from International Hobo about their cRPG title, Kult: Heretic Kingdoms
- Peter: The Heretic Kingdoms look and feel different to the usual fantasy world â€“ and the further into the game that player goes, the more obvious this becomes. Story-wise, god is dead, religion is outlawed, and the Inquisition â€“ the player is an Inquisitor â€“ has absolute power. Many people are poor and weak, but a few notable people, specifically the Scarred, have access to potentially limitless power. Itâ€™s hard to explain, but so many of the details of Kult separate its background from those of other games. Weâ€™re not trying to create something completely new, by any means â€“ we love fantasy stories and art, and games â€“ but we wanted our world to be individual and recognisable. To be worth the time and effort it takes to explore it.
Interview - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Tue 20 July 2004, 17:21:40Tags: Minions of Mirth; Prairie Games
Our interview with Joshua Ritter of Prairie Games about his CRPG title, Minions of Mirth.
6.) Can you provide us with an example of good and evil instances in the game? How is good and evil handled? Are there consequences for evil actions?
There are four alignments in the game: Good, Evil, Neutral, and Monster. A character can be any of the first three (and at some point we may support monster characters). Depending on your race, you start borderline good, evil, or neutral. There are good/evil quests and good/evil NPCs to aid or vanquish. If you play both sides, you'll be considered Neutral (though, technically I would call this evil). Importantly, there is also a political system which is based on opposing factions. This works much in the same way as alignment, but allows us some liberty in the writing.
Good, evil, and eeeeeeville.
Review - posted by Vault Dweller on Fri 9 July 2004, 22:25:31Tags: Black Isle Studios; Interplay; Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader; Reflexive Entertainment; Vault Dweller
Yep. I said I'll do it and 3 months later I finally did it. So, since you're all obviously dying to know what kinda game [URL='http://lionheart.blackisle.com/']Lionheart[/URL] was, without further ado, I present you [URL='http://www.rpgcodex.com/content.php?id=98']The Lionheart Review![/URL] [INDENT]Lionheart wasn't a good game by any standards. There was too much click fest combat to make it a good adventure RPG. The combat itself was poorly implemented and thus failed to meet the standards of today's action RPGs, and Lionheart definitely didn't qualify to be an RPG in a role-playing kind of way. So, why write a review if the game clearly sucked, you ask? Lionheart should have been a very good, if not a great game. It took a lot of talent and skills to bury that promise. Let's follow each choice and see where and how it went wrong.[/INDENT] Lionheart is one of the things that I "don't get". I would really like to see the design doc for this one.
Interview - posted by Whipporowill on Wed 30 June 2004, 18:20:01Tags: Leonard Boyarsky; Troika Games; Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
We got a chance to ask Leonard Boyarski a few questions on Troika's higly anticpated Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines. Here's a snippet:
Considering fire is one of the only things than can seriously hurt and/or kill a Vampire in the World of Darkness, it's pretty serious stuff. Will there be Flamethrowers or Molotov Cocktails, and if so, how does fire psychics work? Will it spread through the area and take hold or just flicker and die as in most games it's been used?
Weâ€™re currently at work implementing the flamethrower, but there are no Molotov cocktails. Fire isnâ€™t affected by physics, so it doesnâ€™t spread on its own. It does cause aggravated damage to vampires, as it should, but a lot of other damage types affect and are dangerous to vampires in the White Wolf system.
Mmm. Nothing like the smell of burning undead in the morning. Click here for the rest of the moutwatering interview.
Interview - posted by Exitium on Thu 24 June 2004, 02:57:08Tags: Obsidian Entertainment; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
Frank Kowalkowski is a Senior Programmer at Obsidian Entertainment and he was nice enough to answer a few questions. His current game is Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which is slated for a winter release on both the PC and Xbox platforms. The current programming team on KOTOR 2 also include: Adam Brennecke, Anthony Davis, Rich Taylor, Dan Spitzley, Jay Fong, and Chris "Fearless Programming Leader" Jones.
Interview - posted by Spazmo on Sun 6 June 2004, 15:44:17Tags: Gearhead; Joseph Hewitt
We have a talk with Joseph Hewitt, creator of the popular giant robot roguelike Gearhead. Here's a snippet.
I've tried to fill GearHead with as many different
activities as I can. Many of these are drawn from
anime. The PC can join the army, become a pop star,
collect superpowered pets, take a vacation at the hot
springs resort, find a girlfriend or boyfriend,
construct an intelligent robot, and do many other
Interaction with NPCs is very important in GearHead.
It's the only way a starting character can get jobs.
In most RPGs the easiest character for a beginner to
play is one who is good at combat... in GearHead, I
think that the easiest character for a beginner is one
who is very charismatic.
I've always wanted to be a charismatic robot. Read more here.
Review - posted by Exitium on Wed 24 March 2004, 03:32:05Tags: Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader; Reflexive Entertainment
RPG Codex takes an in depth look into the abyss of gaming.
Competition - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Wed 10 March 2004, 20:31:30Tags: Encore Software; Sacred
Since Sacred offers such nice options in clothing and accessories and also has some nice, ph4t l3wt, that's what this contest to win a free copy of the game is about.
For full details, click here.
Review - posted by Spazmo on Thu 19 February 2004, 10:33:38Tags: Geneforge 2; Jeff Vogel; Spiderweb Software
We finally get around to reviewing Geneforge 2. The verdict: it's good.
If you ask the staff members of the RPG Codex for their favourite CRPGs, you're likely to find two common answers from all of them: Fallout and Geneforge. The first is something of a no-brainer but many gamers have never heard of the latter, which is a real shame given how good it is. For a mere $25, the good folks at Spiderweb Software would sell you Geneforge, easily one of the best CRPGs in years. Geneforge was a solid success for Spiderweb, prompting the development and release of a sequel, Geneforge 2. We're happy to report that Geneforge 2 is a fantastic game and lives up to its predecessor admirably.
Anyone surprised? No? Good!
Review - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Thu 5 February 2004, 18:39:10Tags: Nival Interactive; Silent Storm
Our [URL='http://www.rpgcodex.com/content.php?id=95']review[/URL] of [URL='http://www.silentstorm-online.com/']Silent Storm[/URL]. Basically, it's cool. I liked it. That didn't stop me from making a few complaints, though! Here's one of them: [INDENT] Additionally, you can blow up walls and structures with mines and grenades. You can plant explosive traps in windows, doors, and other devices you can directly interact with in order to bring the house down. Of course, this tends to kill anyone in the building, so it's an expensive way of wiping out a nest of snipers sitting in an attic loft rather than risking other methods of direct confrontation. The only major problem with this is that you can't plant explosives directly on walls themselves. You have to plant them in the doors, windows, and so on or on the ground. It would have been nice to be able to blow up a support column by slapping a charge directly on the column itself and running.[/INDENT] I hate limits on my ability to blow stuff up!
Editorial - posted by Spazmo on Fri 23 January 2004, 02:08:59Tags: The Year in Review
We examine the big events in the RPG industry in 2003 and explain why they're mostly horrible.
During the summer of this year, the people at Bethesda Softworks saw fit to inflict upon us another expansion to The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.Bloodmoon has you investigating werewolves on the snowy island of--oh, who gives a shit? It's the same old hopelessly dull Morrowind gameplay. You run around fairly pretty countryside beating the tar out of hordes of stupid cliff racers doing completely pointless quests that involve murdering people for no real reason and occasionally 'talking' to the walking search engines the game calls NPCs. Morrowind is a terrible game and the expansions for it don't seem to fix any of that horror.
Oh, dear. Critical levels of sass are being attained, folks.