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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:35 pm 
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Let's make this promising-indie-RPG posting a trilogy shall we? A third game in the independent classic-style RPG area, called Eschalon: Book 1. The developer, Basilisk Games, claims to be making this game in the tradition of the Ultima and Wizardry games, as a return to what made the RPG genre so good, originally.

http://www.basiliskgames.com/games.htm

Again turn-based and non-linear, allowing the player a wider array of options than current games tend to give. I'm perfectly willing to sacrifice omg graphics for good game-play any day. And, seeing as my current computer just isn't up to running the new stuff, well, all the better there's a crop of "old gen" RPGs coming up ;)

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Hmm. 2D isometric is good. Dated but good for crpgs in my opinion. However the graphics and interface remind of old "rpgs" I played on Sega Genesis. Mind you, a decent story always overrides that.


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Yep a good story and good gameplay are the most important. Good graphics are nice, but there are too many games with flashy graphics and a trite story.

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A hard game to judge. The visual representation is very basic and very (and I mean very) little detailed information is available on the website.

Xcom and JA2 had similar basic graphics, but they had some rather interesting stories and game mechanics to make up for it.

Fallout wasn't really impressive visually either, but it was a rather unique and new experince with it's retro 50's scifi.

I wonder if a demo is going to be available for this one :cool:

It was after all the Fallout demo that made me discard my old Commodore Amiga and buy a PC.

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Fallout had (has) great graphics, I still love the way that game looks.
There's apparently a mod out there, not sure if it's finished, to increase the resolution of FO2. The screenshots released from it look very promising.

As for Eschalon, I really am hoping for a demo. I'm sure there will be one, as indie games like that can't rely on press hype to sell for them.

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Gorth wrote:
It was after all the Fallout demo that made me discard my old Commodore Amiga and buy a PC.


D-d-d-discard? Man, what wouldn't I give to have one of those Amiga 1200s back! I had such great fun playing UFO - Enemy Unknown on that one. That, and Superfrog, Project X, Syndicate... The list goes on!

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CatBoris wrote:
Gorth wrote:
It was after all the Fallout demo that made me discard my old Commodore Amiga and buy a PC.


D-d-d-discard? Man, what wouldn't I give to have one of those Amiga 1200s back! I had such great fun playing UFO - Enemy Unknown on that one. That, and Superfrog, Project X, Syndicate... The list goes on!

Well, it was an Amiga 4000 and I still have it gathering cobwebs somewhere. I just haven't used it since :(

@Phosphor: Hmm... seems to ring a bell. When I get my Fallout cd's I might just do a search for it. NMA or similar places would probably have that kind of information I would assume.

And yes, without the budgets to hype themselves in the major games news spots, they sort of have to rely on word of mouth and demos to get the message across.

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