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FEATURE - Five Ways to Make A Great RPG

Posted May 22nd 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Even casual gamers know the impact that role-playing games have had on their favorite genres for years. Whether you're deciding to wield a sword or spell against a dragon in Skyrim or contemplating which sidearm you want to equip in Call of Duty, the fact is that players take on the role of a virtual entity; a carefully crafted identification of themselves and the decisions these characters make are based on the players' instincts. Lately, the industry has been seeing a growing trend in Sandbox RPGs, which are a sub-genre of traditional role-playing games that can be generally more user friendly. With the release of Capcom's Dragon's Dogma and the flood of medieval-fantasy games drowning the market in a sea of dwarves and magical wizards, it's hard to know what actually qualifies as a good RPG. Luckily, we're here to help with a short list of features that separate the amazing from the mediocre.

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Tags: player choice, farts, dark souls, fable, Skyrim, RPG

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SOURCE CODE — Diablo II

Posted May 18th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Source Code — Diablo II

One does not simply play the Diablo series. It's more like being in a relationship—a one-sided relationship where one person is flighty and non-committal and the other is always forgiving and welcoming. Think of it like old girlfriend you "hate" that immediately calls you every time a guy breaks up with her. The key here is, in this relationship, you are the evil ex and Diablo will always be there to pick up the phone. Staying power and almost infinite replayability are factors that make Diablo II one of the best games of all time, computer-based or otherwise. And with Diablo III finally releasing fans from over a decade's worth of digital vasocongestion, there's no better time to look back and reflect upon how amazing a game Diablo II was and still is to me.

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Tags: PC, RPG, blizzard, Diablo III, diablo ii, source code

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The Last Story, New JRPG From Nintendo and Mistwalker

Posted January 29th 2010 by kino.

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Tags: The Last Story, Mistwalker, Nintendo, RPG, Wii

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REVIEW: Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker

Posted July 30th 2009 by Adrian DeHerrera.

Although I used to consider myself a big fan of the Blue Bomber, there was a point somewhere after Mega Man X4 where I thought I just couldn't take it anymore. I was tired of the same formulaic sidescrolling/shooting/text-reading fare that had come to define the franchise. To my delight in 1997, Capcom released Mega Man Legends, a 3D adventure that was enjoyable, if not graphically disappointing. Regardless of how blocky everything looked, by tossing our hero into a 3D world with role-playing elements, the developers had at least made an attempt to breathe some life into the franchise. Yet it wasn't until Mega Man Battle Network for the GBA in 2001 that our young hero really turned a corner.

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Tags: megaman, mega man, Capcom, red joker, red, joker, RPG

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REVIEW: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

Posted May 12th 2009 by Corey Burdette.

The Final Fantasy series has a long and illustrious history dating back over twenty years. Many of its past games involve epic storylines of love and loss where no less than the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Today, the series provides us with games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time.

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Tags: Final-Fantasy, Crystal Chronicles, Echoes, RPG

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Star Ocean 4 Japanese Commercial

Posted January 10th 2009.

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UPDATE: In a surprising move for the publisher, SquareEnix has just announced the US release date would occur a full week earlier than previously expected. The game will now ship on February 24th.

SquareEnix has posted a short Japanese TV commercial for Star Ocean : The Last Hope on the game's official site. The currently Microsoft exclusive fourth opus of the epic RPG series is in development at Tri-Ace, with a  scheduled release on February 19th in Japan (where it is expected to sell out all of its 73 copies), and Mars 3rd in the US.

15 seconds video epically embedded after the break.

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Tags: SquareEnix, Tri-Ace, Star Ocean, RPG, Video, Xbox 360

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