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Post by Phosphor » Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:00 pm

Following the theme of my posting on Broken Hourglass, here's another independent RPG being made in a "classic" vein.
It's an isometric turn-based game, and the crux of it is that player action really matters, there are consequences to your (apparently wide array of) choices and actions. The developer, Iron Tower, seems to be emphasising diversity, choice and tactical planning (what sort of tactics, be they armed or diplomatic, for example) as core to how the game plays out.

http://www.irontowerstudio.com/index.htm

Might be another sort of thing that appeals to this crowd.

I think we're starting to see a backlash of sorts, to all those "next generation" action RPGs finally. The RPG genre of video games has been terribly abused and the people that grew up on the "classics" and still want games like that are doing something about it.
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Post by Joseph » Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:52 pm

Basically, my comments for this would be the same as they were for Eschalon Book 1 as far as the very dated look of the graphics.

A lot of that comes down to financial resources and indie devs don't have much there. It would be nice to get away from all those damned console games and "action/adventure" crap that gets labelled "CRPG" though.

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Post by Phosphor » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:36 pm

I don't think we'll see the end of consolised "action RPGs" at any point. Games like that have their place, but when potentially good RPGs get butchered into that form, it's highly distressing. Like the upcoming Shadowrun "RPG". How long have rpg players been waiting for a Shadowrun game? And when one comes out a long last, it's nothing but an FPS run-and-gun. With magic. :|
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Post by Gorth » Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:01 am

I get all nostalgic reading those websites and looking at those screenshots.

Suddenly I remember some of those old games that I used to play on my old 8 and 16 bit computers, when creativity was kind and the packaging and the "flashy bits" of the product was secondary.

Well, frankly, screw the generation of gamers with too short attention span and gimme some good old 80-160 hour games again :P
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Post by Gorth » Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:37 am

Vince: I prefer isometric games. You get a better, more tactical view, you see "the big picture", and you get a better sense of the world. Disagree? Try playing chess in a first or third person. Get behind one of the chess pieces, get really close to it, and try playing the game. Good luck, you are going to need it.

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I guess a FPS version of chess is about as fun a RTS chess :cool:
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