Morning Discussion

Welcome to another day on the Shack, let's begin the discussion of most all things great and small again. I saw that Maarten posted a demo for Lost Empire: Immortals yesterday, so if you're hankering for that so called 4x goodness, then try it and let us know what you think. Some of the gamers who have been around for a bit might crack a smile about the news that Derek Smart is offering a money back guarantee for his latest game Galactic Command, in case it doesn't float your boat. And then in the somewhat serious news, you might want to read up on this Holocaust-centric DS game being developed.

Today's ShackBlog flavor is irony

From The Chatty
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    March 11, 2008 6:29 AM


    Obsidian, the company behind KOTOR2, Neverwinter Nights 2, and the new Alien RPG, have announced their new game.

    They describe it as:

    “A modern day espionage focused action/RPG that takes you on a suspenseful ride in the vein of James Bond, Jack Bauer, and Jason Bourne. Take a wet-behind-the-ears greenhorn agent up through the ranks to become a bona-fide super spy.”

    On the combat:

    “Battle system is similar to Mass Effect but have more in common with Uncharted. It revolves around real time combat with an emphasis on gun play and high tech gadgets.”

    Sounds FUCKING AWESOME. I love Obsidian, I love espionage and spy movies, and I can't wait for thsi game.

    PC, 360, and PS3. whee!!

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      March 11, 2008 6:33 AM

      Okay that sounds pretty great. if they get enough time to finish it ololololoolooloooooooo :(

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        March 11, 2008 6:35 AM

        I cannot wait for the Aliens RPG.

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        March 11, 2008 6:44 AM

        I really like the idea of talky, western RPGs adopting a very 3rd-person shooter, Gears-esque mindset for the action. There's nothing wrong with a turn-based, tactical RPG, and I do really like those, but it sort of feels like the true hybrids in the vein of Deus Ex and Bloodlines could make a hot resurgence on the consoles in third person.

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          March 11, 2008 7:01 AM

          I think you're absolutely right. I'm over generalizing, but I really think it's up to the US and EU to really kick up the game design in the next few years. I mean, Disgaea 3 looks exactly like the rest. The Japanese will eat up any re-iteration they get. It's kinda gross really.

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            March 11, 2008 7:09 AM

            Pretty much. There are exceptions, but there don't seem to be any big-name JRPG designers looking to innovate, or even mix genres. They do imiginative things with their linear stories, but that's often about it.

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              March 11, 2008 7:12 AM

              Haha, imaginative stories. Yeah, that's a way of putting it

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                March 11, 2008 7:20 AM

                I'm trying to be nice :)

                Also, I have to acknowledge that there are big exceptions. Like the Persona series, which doesn't really do anything new with the combat system but thrives on its fun and innovative "go-to-school" gameplay.

                Is that a genre now? The go-to-school genre? We can include Persona 3, Bully, um... Harry Potter?

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          March 11, 2008 7:49 AM

          As cool as this game sounds, I do not think it will be like Deus Ex

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      March 11, 2008 6:40 AM

      I'm afraid of the "action" in the action rpg descriptor ..hopefully it's not all stealth and gunplay, hopefully there's some sleeping with hot kgb agents and shaking martinis tthrown in the mix as well ..more RPG less shooting the badguys ..but if I simply must shoot the bad guys can I have a wrist watch laser or garrote? how about a collapsable blackjack/chloroform rag so I can simulate my real life escapades

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      March 11, 2008 6:45 AM

      I'd like that game in a true RPG using the NWN2 engine please.

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      March 11, 2008 6:54 AM

      I hope their hero also has the initials J.B.

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      March 11, 2008 6:59 AM

      Hopefully they will actually put a finished, uncut version on the discs they make, unlike KOTOR2

      stupid meatbags

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      March 11, 2008 7:06 AM

      hopefully they'll be given time to actually finish their games. Obsidian's reputation is marred by the fact that their games are riddled with bugs. :(

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      March 11, 2008 7:20 AM

      this sounds awesome.

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      March 11, 2008 7:52 AM

      Just did a search for Obsidian before posting my thread and nothing came up. is shack commant search broken again?

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