Sunday, October 23, 2016

10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017 - #7 Torment: Tides of Numenera

Screenshot from CRPG game Torment: Tides of Numenera
Torment: Tides of Numenera takes place in the far future in a tabletop RPG setting developed by Monte Cook

The 1999 game Planescape: Torment is often found on lists ranking the best CRPGs ever and there's a few reasons for this, including its mind-bending "Planescape" setting which connects all "Dungeons & Dragons" planes of existence by magical portals, as well as immersive dialogue and a memorable protagonist (who is incidentally an amnesiac), "The Nameless One".

Fast forward to 2013, and Brian Fargo along with his company inXile Entertainment launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a new game called Torment: Tides of Numenera. Fargo and his previous company called Interplay was the parent company of Black Isle Studios who were behind the development of Planescape: Torment, so he probably knew he was onto something when he advertised this latest game as a "thematic successor to Planescape: Torment" - I mean, what CRPG fan wouldn't support a game that was described like that? Well turns out that this game is obviously not set in the same D&D Planescape setting as Planescape: Torment but besides having "Torment" in the name and being developed with Brian Fargo's oversight, inXile has promised to have the game adhere to "four pillars" which will make the game similarly awesome to Planescape: Torment (which I've paraphrased below):

  1. The game will explore the concept of legacy; it will explore what you leave behind as a consequence of your choices
  2. A unique setting: I guess they've got that box ticked thanks to Monte Cook's "Numenera" RPG setting which is set on Earth a billion years in the future. Technology and magic are sometimes confused to be one in the same.
  3. Memorable "nontraditional" characters, including yourself and your allies.
  4. Choices and Consequences: Your choices really matter and there will be consequences for them.

The Kickstarter project was a huge success raising over $4 million from 74,000+ backers (including myself). So as you've probably already figured out, two of the votes for this were from me (since I've essentially pre-ordered a copy of it). Luke has also mentioned his interest in this title, probably because he's a fan of classic CRPGs from the late 1990s and this RPG intends to emulate the same style.

3 out of 8 votes

Voted by:
Mark and Luke

Release Date:
Q1 2017

[ LINK: Torment: Tides of Numenera Official Website ]

Steam Games Sunday - 23 October 2016

Screenshot of a Natural Wonder being discovered in Civ VI
Civilization VI debuts on the list at #5

  1. War Thunder
  2. Rainbow Six Siege
  3. Company of Heroes 2
  4. League of Mermaids
  5. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  6. Everyday Genius: SquareLogic
  7. Marvel Heroes
  8. Mount & Blade Warband
  9. Shadowrun Returns
  10. World of Zoo

There's finally been a change in the top 3 and in a big way! While War Thunder still remains in first place and Rainbow Six Siege in second, Everyday Genius: Squarelogic has dropped down considerably to 6th place. Taking its place, seemingly out of nowhere, is Company of Heroes 2 which is now in 3rd place. League of Mermaids remains quite popular and stays in 4th place while the newly released AAA title, Sid Meier's Civilization VI, debuts on the list at #5. Marvel Heroes dropped down from 5th place to 7th while Mount & Blade Warband has moved up one rank from 9th place last week to 8th this week. Another new game to the list is Shadowrun Returns, a turn-based tactical RPG set in an interesting role-playing universe where cyberpunk sci-fi meets fantasy; it debuts on the list in 9th place. Finally, World of Zoo still manages to stay on the list but has dropped from 6th place to 10th place.

Anyway stay tuned for next Sunday to see if this list changes :). Are you playing any of the games on this list? How are you finding them?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2017 - #8 Battalion 1944

German soldiers peak out a window in Battalion 1944
The devs at Battalion 1944 thinks it's about time we re-visit WWII as a multiplayer shooter setting

It's been a while since anyone decided to revisit WWII as a setting for a multiplayer FPS. In fact the last one I ever played was Call of Duty: World at War and that came out in 2008 - eight years ago. One of my favourite multiplayer FPSs of all time though, one that I probably spent way too much time playing was an old Half-Life mod called Day of Defeat; this game managed to ride on the popularity of the WWII setting (thanks to films like "Saving Private Ryan") and offer a multiplayer experience like no other. I miss those days and I'm probably not the only one: introducing Battalion 1944, a project by Bulkhead Interactive which seeks to recapture "the core of classic competitive multiplayer shooters" and to introduce the WWII setting to a new generation. To me, that sounds like they're trying to revive a game like Day of Defeat and 10,096 backers thought this was a good idea, raising £317,281 for Bulkhead Interactive.

In August, the developers announced that the game was listed on Steam as "Early Access" but the game is still not available for purchase (even in it's Early Access state). There hasn't been much news since then except for them cancelling their appearance at a UK game expo called EGX; unfortunately it was due to tragic circumstances as the senior Producer Joe Brammer and his wife, lost their premature baby in late September. Sad news indeed and consequently it's no easy task to continue on working (which Brammer assures us he is) after you've lost a child; outliving your children is the stuff of nightmares for parents.

Anyway, fingers crossed that Battalion 1944 will see the light of day next year and it will bring back some of those Day of Defeat players back into the fold. We salute the Bulkhead Interactive team for their dedication and commitment thus far!

3 out of 8 votes

Voted by:
Mark, Luke and Choona

Release Date:
May 2017

[ LINK: Battalion 1944 Official Website ]