Few genres have as rich and varied a history as the noble RPG. We love a good, long, talky adventure, preferably with a nice leveling system with a little bit of crafting, alchemy and, if we're especially lucky, a lovely cloth map. But not every RPG is born equal, and games deserving of recognition and success sometimes sink into obscurity. Perhaps they came out at the same time as a blockbuster competitor, perhaps they had flaws that put players off, or just looked ugly. To compliment our list of the best RPGs ever (which some of these games are included in), we've collected a ragtag ensemble of our favorite tales that didn't get enough love. Some are old, some are new, but all are worth installing and enjoying today. If you have any recommendations you'd like to add, share away in the comments.Alpha ProtocolReleased: 2010 | Developer: Obsidian | SteamFor all its clunkiness, Alpha Protocol is the closest we might ever come to Mission Impossible: The RPG. It's Obsidian's take on … [Read more...] about Overlooked RPGs that are worth playing today
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Back in the summer of '16 when Pokémon Go first launched, we quickly learned the popular game could lead to accidents of various kinds. The app was updated with warnings and the game was adjusted so that if you were moving to fast (as you would be in a car), Pokémon would not spawn.A study, entitled Death by Pokémon GO, conducted by two American academics, has set out to prove just how much danger the game is responsible for. Based on data from 12,000 road accidents in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, recorded between March 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016, researchers found a sharp increase in accidents over the period, with a jump of 26.5% in a 100 meter radius around Pokéstops.According to them, 31 wounded and 2 dead, as well as nearly 500,000 dollars worth of damage that could be attributed to the augmented reality game over the period in question.These figures, extrapolated to the entire United States, would amount to 145,632 accidents, 29,370 injuries and 256 deaths, … [Read more...] about Report: Pokémon Go responsible for increase in car accidents?
A few days ago Atlus PR Manager John Hardin mentioned on the PlatStation blog that he could “100% confirm there will NOT be a Demon’s Souls 2.” Yet, after a few hours he slightly changed tune, by saying that “it’s Sony’s call,” probably indicating that a future game might simply not be called “Demon’s Souls 2,” especially since Atlus just published Demon’s Souls, and doesn’t own the IP.NeoGAF user DemonNite, that is pretty much known to be a Sony employee, even if his real identity is more protected than the gold of Fort Knox, already teased a PS4 exclusive “Souls spinoff” in the past, and today he mentioned that fans of the series will love it. Whatever Miyazaki is doing, I’m sure all Souls fans will enjoy it. Me included ;DFor those that don’t know, Hidetaka Miyazaki was Demon’s Souls Lead Director.In order to find out more about this mysterious … [Read more...] about PS4 Exclusive “Souls” Game: “Worth the Wait. Where There is Smoke, There is Fire” – Sony Dev
To celebrate BioShock's release ten years ago, here's our 2016 making of what was arguably its best level, Fort Frolic."Being the best at what you do can really take it out of you,” crackles a recorded voice through a speaker system. “So it’s time to unwind! Gamble, shop, take in a show, or meet a new friend, all at Fort Frolic, where the best and brightest celebrate success.” Fort Frolic is the seventh level in the original BioShock. Protagonist Jack is trapped in a neon-lit adult playground by the demented Sander Cohen, who forces him to help in the creation of a macabre work of art. The design of the level was led by Jordan Thomas, whose previous work included Thief: Deadly Shadows’ infamous Shalebridge Cradle, and who would later go on to direct BioShock 2. “I came onto the BioShock team about a year from ship,” says Thomas. “The level was in a fairly skeletal state. And since it was relatively tangential to the core plot, … [Read more...] about The making of Fort Frolic, Bioshock’s most twisted and memorable level
Divinity: Original Sin 2’s first challenge is getting safely, or at least successfully, in and out of the Fort Joy prison camp. You may have noticed there are quite a few ways to crack that particular egg. Here’s every way to get in, and more importantly, back out of Fort Joy. You can mix and match to your heart’s content or pick up every quest along the way if you want. There are a few ways to escape without getting into a fight, but you’re going to have to handle some combat, one way or another, to get in.To make it easy, we've described the set up and outcome of each relevant questline, so there are spoilers ahead for the early game.Getting in The Magister’s keyMagister Yarrow’s father is missing and if you can reunite the two you’ll be rewarded with Yarrow’s key to the fort. Either talk to Yarrow on the North wall of the fort to start the quest or find her father, Migo, on the Southeast beach. Migo is half out of his mind and eager … [Read more...] about Every way to escape Fort Joy in Divinity: Original Sin 2
Ubisoft has performed maintenance on For Honor which has increased Steel income and brought back the River Fort and High Fort maps.News of the For Honor update came around the same time as a planned blackout by players. Many are unhappy with Ubisoft’s lack of communication with the community regarding issues that have been raised.After the servers were brought down this morning, the following changes were applied: River Fort MapWill re-introduce River Fort by end of day today.Plans are to re-introduce High Fort as soon as possible if everything goes well with River Fort. Increased Steel income Overall income of Steel on all matches and Orders across all platforms has been increased.Here are the new rates:All matches Steel income are increased by 25%Daily Orders Steel income are increased by 33%Side Orders Steel income are increased by 50%Community Orders Steel rewards are increased from 500-1000 to 2000 SteelChanges can raise daily first two hours income by as much as 45%. New … [Read more...] about For Honor update which increases Steel income and brings back the River Fort map is live
Tim’s stepped back from the brink.Having called Activision CEO Bobby Kotick a “total prick” yesterday, and no doubt witness the Activision response, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer has now claimed the comment was an “accident.” Oh, Tim.“That was an accident,” he told Eurogamer today, speaking at Develop in Brighton. “I was going to change the title of my talk to ‘how to give interviews and remember to check the microphone is off.’“I need to keep my mouth shut,” he said. “It is shocking how you really burn bridges in the industry. You start your own company and you don’t have to work for that jerky boss any more. Not naming names.“Then it’s like Empire Strikes Back – you walk in the room and, ‘Holy shit Darth Vader’s at the table.’ It’s such a small industry, you see the same people over and over again. No-one ever goes away.”Schafer refused to elaborate on … [Read more...] about Schafer: Kotick “prick” comment was an “accident”
Google Pixel XL features have already been revealed. According to reports, upcoming device will also drop the popular name Nexus. The Google Pixel XL 5.5-inch smartphone will be powered by a 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. According to reports, this is the standard for 2016 line of flagships like the HTC 10 and the OnePlus 3 to make the phones more capable of running the majority of games and apps today. Based on these features, the upcoming smartphone got a score of 1,593 via Geekbench on the single-core test, while it got 4,151 on the multi-core one. With that, the Google Pixel XL is expected to bring a smooth experience to the users. Moreover, the device will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which was earlier speculated since the Nexus phones were released with the new Android version at the very start, Techno Buffalo reported. However, the Google Pixel XL will not be the first device to unveil with Nougat. Reports indicate that the new LGV20 is about … [Read more...] about Google Pixel XL Release Date, News & Update: 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2016 Standard Combo? Nexus Name Dropped?
This seems like an old news but Apple owns Beats now. It has been two years already but this still surprises many people. Apple's Beats Powerbeats 3 has garnered many fans for its sports-friendly wireless feature however, it seems like somebody is about to take its place. Beats Solo 3 Wireless may look almost the same as Beats Powerbeats 3 however, Apple has used its brilliant mind and designed a new wireless headphone that will beat its predecessors and competitors. Solo 3 Wireless has been available for pre-ordering last September 7, 2016, according to Pocket-lint. Is it Worth Your $200? According to CNet, it's a bit pricey as usual but if you're into cool, sophisticated design, it's totally worth paying for. Also, one feature that makes it stand out is its ability to do a Bluetooth connection. The battery life of the wireless Beats Solo 3 is also impressive. However, it has few cons to consider, too. First is that it doesn't allow noise cancellation and second, its sound is not … [Read more...] about Beats Powerbeats 3 Review: Is It Worth Your $200?
Tidying up some of the week’s leftovers before we shuffle into the next… For Honor [official site] has launched an update reintroducing the River Fort map and boosting the amount Steel players earn by playing. (Steel is the virtuacash used to upgrade and customise characters.) And Ubisoft say they’re going to start communicating a lot more about what’s going on with the game.All this comes from the first This Week in For Honor post, a new weekly series of dev updates. Producer Stéphane Cardin acknowledges For Honor’s stability problems and insists “our devoted team is going full force to address the situation, and we will continue to be here for the long term” Which is grand because For Honor’s rough edges hide a diamond worth polishing. Cardin explained on Thursday: “Our top priority right now is stabilizing the game experience. Our top engineers have been working to address connectivity and matchmaking issues since launch. … [Read more...] about For Honor update ups Steel rewards, River Fort returns