As the video game industry is aging and pushing out more and more new video games, it seems that the roleplaying genre is becoming more and more popular. Will video games end up taking a turn towards that genre more often?
As of right now, when people mention the genre of video games: RPG, the first thing that comes to many peoples mind is Japanese. The Japanese is known for its large role playing game market, and an amazing one at that. Many people purchase video game consoles that are not region locked for the sake of being able to import these awesome and time consuming games. But here in America, when that same word is uttered, many people will instantly think about Square Enix, Fall out 3, or the Final Fantasy series. There are not many good american made role playing games that are available in our market, which may be seeing a change soon.
The idea of this genre is very appealing to many video game developers, for the fact that it makes the game more time consuming and offers a semi-“custom” experience while playing. Custom as in you decide how to develop and strengthen your character, as opposed to having it be done for you in a cut scene of some sort. This self-development is a great feature that should be included in many games, because it increases the over all life span of the game, which is a great thing for fan reception.On top of that, many rpg video games will allow you to create a custom character, a luxury that is not often granted within a first person shooter or a linear/sand box game.
One of the greatest games, being Fallout 3 by Bethesda, was an rpg with a lot of customization and personal choices. At the start of the game, you create your character as a baby, and you will progress throughout the storyline that may affect the lives of others, or even the fate of an entire city. This game was epic and well received because of the many rpg elements that it included. Personally, I think as the video game generations come and pass, the video game industry will come to recognize the rpg genre as a potential gold mine, and will begin to drift into it.
Stardock announces the release of a multiplayer Demigod demo for PC gamers, finally, allowing all of you interested in it to get a taste. Stardock’s Demigod is a game defined as a RPG/RTS hybrid influenced by some of the leading RTS’s available, such as Warcraft.
Stardock had a problem trying to think of how they can provide a fun and relative experience in the demo without trying to give the players too much, having to limit them so they get the real game. They decided to provide a demo with one map and four available demigods.Regulus, Rook, Sedna and Lord Erebus will be available for you to play with, on all multiplayer modes.
That is the best solution I see to the problem. Giving the potential player access to the demigods to play with on all the multiplayer modes, limited to one map. It gives them the chance to experience the game, while not revealing too much. With only 8 Demigod characters to choose from, you get half of what you should expect if you decide to get the full game. This game is one of the best RTS’s on the market right now, since it’s fixed it’s networking issues.
The games offers many outcomes depending on the players and the options chosen. The presentation and features in this arena combat game are amazing. If you haven’t checked out Demigod already, you should try it out with the Demigod Demo available on Fileplanet.
Three new Kingdom Hearts games are being released, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the DS, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP, and Kingdom Hearts: Coded for mobile phones. But these three games aren’t what KH fans were hoping for, they were hoping for a true Kingdom Hearts 3 sequel.
Well, Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts designer, already has ideas for the next installment. But he says that since Birth by Sleep hasn’t even been released yet, he doesn’t feel that he should think about it for a while.
Nomura says that people have recently been asking him about what he’s planning for Kingdom Hearts 3. He said that even though he’s still working on Final Fantasy XIII Versus, he thinks it’s about time for him to start taking some serious thought towards it. He also says that it’s possible that the next game in the Kingdom Hearts series won’t be Kingdom Hearts 3. Though, to sort of make things better, he says that the next Kingdom Hearts game will be more official than just a side story, like the games he’s recently been releasing in the series.
I’m personally a huge Kingdom Hearts fan, and I’ve been waiting for this game for years, heh. I’ve been a fan since Kingdom Hearts, that game had an amazing story. I originally underestimated it because it had Disney in it, but it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played. People are wondering whether he’ll be going Sony exclusive or going cross console. What ever console he choses, I’ll stick with!
The next project Blizzard is working on is not a sequel to any of their previous games. It is a completely new mmorpg being made from the ground up.
There was a forum post saying that Blizzard hasn’t been advertising any new online games, so they weren’t making one. Zarhym, a Blizzard poster, let it be known that they are making a completely new franchise from the ground up. They said the game hasn’t been advertised because it isn’t far enough in development yet. They referred it to “a shell of a game”. He explains that it is an overwhelming process to develop new art, gameplay mechanics, and lore for the game. He mentioned that Blizzard already stated this, but this is news to me.
This is Blizzards first new game in a while, it’ll be exciting to see what they manage to do and accomplish with this game.
Final Fantasy XIII fans already know about the spacing dilema between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The Xbox 360 is obviously not able to hold as much information as the Playstation 3 is. People are worried about what will be cut out and how many discs it will be. Well, one of the things that are apparently going to be cut out is the option to have Japanese Voice Acting in the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII.
Final Fantasy XIII’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, says that it’d be difficult to add extra voice tracks on the Xbox 360 version. They’re thinking of releasing the voices in only English, because the Ps3 has Blu Ray so it’s easier for the extra voice tracks to be added, but for the Xbox 360, that isn’t the case. He asks if there are many people that would like to play with the Japanese Voice Acting anyway.
Honestly, depends on how good the English voice acting is. Though a lot of people prefer the Japanese voice acting regardless.