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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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FEATURE - A Day in Skyrim

Posted November 14th 2011 by Anthony DiPalma.

Unless you've lived under a rock for the past 9 months, you've undoubtedly heard of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The newest installment to the acclaimed Elder Scrolls series is said to be bigger and better than its predecessor, Oblivion, a game that had over 100 hours of gameplay by itself. Gamers know that Bethesda puts a ton of time and energy into making their games the best they can be, and Skyrim is no exception. As fans of the series, Frankie & I decided to team up and see if Bethesda stayed true to their motto of "you are what you play." We wanted to know if, given our different styles of playing, Bethesda could create a different experience for everyone. We spent a few early hours in Skyrim wondering if we'd leave with a bad taste in our mouths or if we'd be craving for more.

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Tags: Skyrim, Elder Scrolls, xbox, 360, feature, dragons

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Skyrim -Thar Be Dragons!

Posted June 10th 2011 by Anthony DiPalma.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has dragons. Lots of them. No matter where, when, or how you grew up, it was always a common childhood fantasy to slay a dragon. If you weren't dreaming of slaying a dragon or training to become a Super Saiyan, then you were probably playing with an Easy-Bake Oven and have moved on to playing Cooking Mama. As for boys who would later become men, Bethesda's newest little bundle of joy promises to fulfill these testosterone infused fantasies of dragon slaying. An entirely new world built an an entirely new engine, along with vast gameplay improvements makes Skyrim an experience to look forward to. Also, did I mention Skyrim has dragons?

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Tags: PC, ps3, xbox, Elder Scrolls, dragons, Skyrim

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