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The Forgotten City is a stand-alone game, spun off from one of the most successful Skyrim mods of all time. It's got a lot going for it, but some execution and presentation issues holding it back from achieving more.
A quality action RPG set in a mind-blowing cyberpunk city.
Along with thousands of other galactic migrants, your character in The Ascent pays a small fortune for a ticket to the planet Veles, looking for a better life. The moment you step off the ship, however, the price of the ticket becomes a debt so astronomical that you'll probably die before you can pay it off. Even so, the company that owns the massive city you now call home, the Ascent Group, wants its pound of flesh. You are now an indent-slang for an indentured labourer-working dirty, dangerous jobs to pay it off. So much for a better life. Those advertising blimps in Blade Runner were full of shit.
The Ascent's setting, a mix of neon-flecked '80s cyberpunk and grimy science fiction, is magnificent. The story takes place in an Arcology-a self-contained city squeezed into an immense skyscraper-and it's obscene with detail. Think Hong Kong's infamous Kowloon Walled City, crossed with Akira's Neo Tokyo, and populated by the scuzzy aliens from the Mos Eisley cantina. It's a dazzling urban crush of tight-knit markets, bustling plazas, cavernous concrete valleys buzzing with streams of flying cars, and colossal neon billboards casting coloured light over the cluttered, teeming streets.
A lovingly crafted action RPG with challenging, satisfying gunfights and an extraordinary cyberpunk setting.
In just over a month players from all over the world will go on an adventure to fully explore the Dome. Players can expect dozens of new quests and locations, new story chapters, many endings, weapons, artifacts, a redesigned combat system, updated stealth, and much, much more!
The Action-Shooter RPG The Ascent has been released today:
The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG, set on Veles, a packed cyberpunk world.
Welcome to The Ascent Group arcology, a self-contained corporate-run metropolis, stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy.
You play as a worker, enslaved by the company that owns you and everyone else in your district. One day, whilst sent on a routine assignment to make use of your skills with a cyberdeck, you are suddenly caught in a vortex of catastrophic events. The Ascent Group, the largest mega corporation on the planet, shuts down for unknown reasons, causing the automated security systems to go haywire.
The survival of your district is threatened: rival corporations are trying to force appropriation and crime syndicates are looking to boost their black-market augmentation trade. You must take up arms to stop them from seizing control and embark on a new mission to find out what started it all.
You belong to the corporation. Can you survive without it?
SHOOT AND LOOT
Consider enemies' height and weaknesses into account when fighting, making the most out of every opportunity. Take down even the worst opponents to find the rarest loot.
SOLO OR CO-OP
Play the entire game alone or work together with up to three friends in local or online co-op.
Following centuries of servitude, Man finally rebelled against the Old Gods, imprisoning these colossal calamities within the sacred walls of the Citadel.
But an evil stirred within...
In a final act of vengeance, the Old Gods have unleashed a great Desolation upon the world. Mankind is fading, with but a glimmer of hope remaining.
Heavy is the burden that lies on one lone Warrior. Armed with a greatsword... of the purest Obsydian.
Fast-paced and challenging souls-like combat awaits, where every moment counts. Yet fortune favors the bold, and defeating the Old Gods may grant the player powers beyond mortal comprehension.
Eldest Souls focuses on only the toughest and most engaging of combat encounters - the Bosses! - with each Old God presenting a new and unique challenge for the player to overcome... with fitting rewards for those who triumph!
An Ancient Kingdom
As you explore the labyrinthine passages, in search of the Old Gods, you'll encounter intriguing NPCs, compelling questlines, and a series of dark and ominous mysteries. Slowly uncover the truth behind the Old Gods and their agelong imprisonment...
Bask in the pixel perfection of the consecrated Citadel, dripping in gorgeous 16-bit attention-to-detail. But don't gaze too long. This monument of Human triumph has long been forgotten, and something dark has taken root deep within.
Your Build. Your Rules.
Every encounter with the Old Gods presents its own unique challenge... and rewards. Claim their celestial powers to unlock a vast array of unique Talents and Abilities, ready to customize your own combat style from a multitude of combinations.
Battle your way through a series of uniquely challenging Boss-Rush combat encounters.
Discover a cast of intriguing NPCs and questlines as you explore the ancient Citadel.
Unearth the mystery of the Old Gods, before total devastation befalls the World.
Bask in the glorious pixel-perfect graphic style, dripping in gorgeous attention-to-detail.
Your Build. Your Rules. Customize your own combat style from a multitude of ability
The original FINAL FANTASY comes to life with completely new graphics and audio as a 2D pixel remaster!
A remodeled 2D take on the first game in the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series! Enjoy the timeless story told through charming retro graphics. All the magic of the original, with improved ease of play.
Earth, fire, water, wind... The light that once shone within the four Crystals was lost. Darkness covered the land, until the only hope for humanity rested in legends past. Become the Warriors of Light and embark on your own journey to restore power to the Crystals and save the world.
Switch between classes to improve your characters. Traverse the wide world with your airship and other vessels. Return to the game that started it all.
Universally updated 2D pixel graphics, including the iconic FINAL FANTASY character pixel designs created by Kazuko Shibuya, the original artist and current collaborator.
Beautifully rearranged soundtrack in a faithful FINAL FANTASY style, overseen by original composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Improved gameplay, including modernized UI, auto-battle options, and more!
Dive into the world of the game with supplemental extras like the bestiary, illustration gallery, and music player.
*This remaster is based on the original "FINAL FANTASY" game released in 1987. Features and/or content may differ from previously rereleased versions of the game.
The Forgotten City is now available to buy and download!
The Forgotten City is finally here, and we couldn't be more excited for you to play it, and see why IGN scored it a 9 out of 10 [link to The Forgotten City Review] and called it "Amazing."
Before you dive in, here are some things you should know:
The Forgotten City was made by a core team of three hard-working devs. It may have started out as a mod for an action RPG, but like the mod, this game is in a totally different genre. It's a mystery adventure game, which rewards thoughtful conversation, exploration, and puzzle-solving. Combat is a small - and entirely optional - part of the game. If you don't go into this expecting a Triple-A action RPG, you'll have a much better time!
We've taken great care to create a game world with historically authentic ancient Roman art, architecture, costumes, and customs, with the help of two extraordinary historical consultants: Dr. Philip Matyszak (who has a D.Phil from Oxford and teaches at Cambridge) and Dr. Sophie Hay (who has 20 years experience excavating the ruins of Pompeii). We hope you have fun exploring!
Finally, we strongly encourage you to keep playing until you reach the canon ending (Ending 4). You'll be glad you did!
We've polished the game as much as we can, but some bugs are inevitable on Day 1. So, if you experience any issues, please head over to the Discussions / Bug Reports & Fixes section, and we'll do our best to help you!
The survival RPG Chernobylite has been released today on Steam and GOG:
Ally or compete with other stalkers of the Chernobyl zone to survive. Remember that life is fragile, and it's your decisions that determine the fate of your companions. You can spend as long as you need preparing, however, be aware that your story is still being written. Every passing moment, your chances of success are dwindling: comrades are dying, supplies are running out, or an unexpected patrol could discover you. And on top of all this, supernatural dangers are arising around you in mysterious patterns. Each day brings new challenges with the ever-increasing severity of your current situation. Plan your strategy carefully if you want to survive.
Maintain your resolve and keep your wits about you - the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is not what it once was. No one can foresee the horrors that may have befallen your beloved.
Explore the beautiful and horrifyingly accurate 3D-scanned recreation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Collaborate or compete with other stalkers of the Zone, but whatever you do, never fully trust them. Remember - everybody has a hidden agenda. Always.
Face and survive the natural and supernatural threats.
Immerse yourself in the thrilling non-linear science-fiction horror story.
Make good use of your character's physics and chemistry knowledge to craft your equipment and manage your supplies.
Fight against the savage creatures pouring from the alternate reality.
Investigate and collect data with a set of sophisticated environment and substance analyzing tools.
Rock Paper Shotgunreviewed the upcoming Chernobylite:
Chernobylite review: hardly horror, but still a strong survival roguelite
More tense than outright horror, but Chernobylite is still a solid RPG with interesting base-building, management and survival elements that balance nicely to form a fun roguelite loop.
After reading Matt Cox's (RPS in peace) early access review of Chernobylite, I was less scared about the mutant nasties I'd be facing in this horror-y survival RPG and more concerned with how janky it might be. Had the devs over at The Farm 51 smoothed things out for the game's final release? Well, I can safely say that they've polished up the game into quite the pleasant surprise. There's a compelling mystery here that you'll unravel through a mix of base-building, team management, and stealthy survival, and it all fits together to form a roguelite loop that'll actually have you itching to venture back out into radiation-town.
I won't spoil any of those climatic moments, but Chernobylite's a genuinely good time, folks. The ease of the crafting and the management side of things might lack depth for some, but it does give you a constant sense of satisfaction as you bring goodies back to base and watch it grow. Similarly, the simplicity of its party management ensures balancing their needs doesn't detract from the fun roguelite loop it's got going on. The Chernobyl wilderness might be distinctly "bad vibes" here, but Chernobylite the game gets a big, irradiated thumbs up.
WolfEye Studios (developer of Weird West) will host a Q&A session on July 29 with several other developers:
Tune in for the first Weird West Developer Stream with host @lucyjamesgames, Creative Director @rafcolantonio, Lead Systems Designer @GaGzZzYT and music from @weirdwolvesband & @GL33kler.
What questions do you have for the Q&A?
Sorcerous is a dark fantasy mystery that's not afraid to break the rules of what a caster is supposed to be. Starring Andraste, the arcane knight, Blaze, the berserker, Lupa, the druid, Nix, the witch and Stormy, the sorceress. Five apprentice mages dripping with style and arcane power and they'll need every spell, incantation and dirty trick to cut through a grimoire's worth of monsters and unravel the conspiracy of dark powers and ancient magic that threatens the city they call home. Over the course of your adventure, you'll explore foreboding forests, decaying ruins, and grimy city streets solving sinister puzzles and completing Sorcerous' over sixty master crafted quests, each designed with twists, turns, thrills and chills. So, watch out! But the rewards are well worth it. Oddities and artifacts, trinkets, and charms, will unlock new depths of arcane power to unleash on whatever gets in your way. So, if you're sick of the spectacled dork every play it your way RPG decides is the mage, pick up Sorcerous and dive into a world of dark magic, insidious mystery, and wicked humor.
14+ hours of game play: Get lost for hours exploring the dark corners and forgotten depths of the ancient city of Lethe, meet new party members, engage in thought provoking conversations, fight lurking horrors and discover strange mysteries.
More than 60 hand-crafted quests: Quests are the driving force of storytelling, a mysterious clue, an overheard conversation, a seemingly simple side job will send you down a rabbit hole of dynamic game play, dangerous combat, cunning puzzles and intriguing ideas.
Customize your party: Strategy is key to overcoming the many enemies that will try to put an end to your adventure, but the new abilities and augmentations unlocked by your ever-expanding arcane arsenal of artifacts, foci, and magical tools will open new avenues of attack and weaknesses to exploit.
Hundreds of items: The city of Lethe is overflowing with curios, oddities and curiosities, some are valuable, others will help you build a better party, still others can be used to take down powerful foes, but all are rich in the lore and story of Sorcerous.
An engaging mysterious plot: Some things are meant to go together: movies and popcorn, alcohol and poor life choices, and stories and RPGs. Sorcerous takes advantage of every opportunity to tell its story, from the broad strokes of cut scenes and exposition to the small details of item descriptions and sound effects.
Wicked cool art: Art impacts every aspect of a game. The environments are a careful mix of gothic, diesel punk and anime. The enemies are a darkly refreshing take on traditional dungeon dwellers, like goblins, ghosts and skeletons. Finally, the leading ladies are cool and stylish in menu images and cut scenes.
Voice acting: No matter how well written, a text box can't convey the tone and nuance of voice an actor can. Creating a compelling fantasy world relies on the strength of characters and voice acting takes it to a whole 'nother level!
Exciting secrets to discover: When exploring the world of Sorcerous, you'll find treasures, challenges, quests and items hidden away, just waiting to be uncovered.
Four highly detailed regions to explore: As detailed as they are sprawling, the places you'll go following a trail of clues are dripping with dark fantasy atmosphere and full of things to discover and enemies to fight.
Tense strategic battles: You'll face enemies in Sorcerous inspired by classic fantasy RPGs of the past, reimagined into cunning dangerous foes and rendered with maniacal detail. You've never fought rats and goblins like these before! Know your enemy and know yourself. Understanding strengths and weaknesses, party composition and equipment are your keys to victory.
Death's Door Review: A Gorgeous Action RPG About Death
Death's Door is a gorgeous and responsive action-adventure with a best-in-class soundtrack, and an easy recommendation
For the diminutive crow at the center of Acid Nerve's Death's Door, reaping pesky souls and delivering them to the afterlife is all in a day's work. As coworkers busy themselves at desks or loiter about in the mostly monochrome and dream-like Hall of Doors, the unnamed protagonist is off scouring nearby lands for the souls who got away. In a preview of the Devolver Digital-published Death's Door last month, it impressed with its cozy environments, snappy combat, and generous attention to detail, and the finished game follows suit with those first impressions. Death's Door is a beautiful, refined, and digestible action-adventure with particularly stunning visual and audio design.
If Death's Door is not mentioned in a list of the year's best indies, it will only be due to its finer focus and lack of complexity or significant depth, which also speaks to the game's utter lack of bloat. Those who are looking for the cavernous biomes of Hollow Knight or the lore-rich epistolatory storytelling in a Souls game may feel shorted by the 10 or so breezy hours on offer here, but Death's Door is a precisely engineered and immersive adventure which will fully satisfy anyone seeking that exact experience. Isometric action RPGs are a dime a dozen, but rarely are they polished to such a brilliant sheen.
We've partnered with Stormind games to bring colourful and mesmerising RPG hack and slash, Batora: Lost Haven to PC and consoles in 2022.
It begins with our lead protagonist Avril who used to be a regular 16-year-old girl, until a mysterious event devastated the Earth and she lost everything. Now Avril is the only one who can attempt to save her planet, using the physical and mental powers that she has been gifted with! Throughout her cosmic journey, Avril will begin to learn there is a thin line between good and evil and it is up to her to decide whom to believe: her choices will determine the destiny of the universe.
Combat, puzzle-solving, and a peek at fearsome bosses take the spotlight in this trailer for Batora: Lost Haven, as showcased during Guerrilla Collective 2021 on Day 2.
In Batora: Lost Haven, the physical and mental balance of a naive and reckless girl who lost everything is the only weapon to save the Earth from oblivion. Jump on a journey across colorful and mesmerizing planets in this fast-paced adventure where your conscience will carry the weight of your decisions.
Batora: Lost Haven is headed to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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