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2014 Game of the Year 10: Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 proves that you can still make big it in a post-nuclear apocalyptic desert. It sweet talks its way on to our Game of the Year list, most likely from behind the barrel of a big gun, at number 10.

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Before there was Fallout, there was Wasteland, the first post-apocalyptic survival role-playing game, but it seemed as though for a long while the series would be buried and forgotten in the wastes. Then, Wasteland 2 came into being after a successful crowdfunding campaign, giving a new generation of gamers a chance to head out into the scorching, irradiated, desert to make a name for themselves. This great series comeback makes it to number ten on our Game of the Year list.

Wasteland 2 throws gamers back to a harsher era of role-playing. You have to keep track of your ammunition, losing a teammate means going on without them, and your decisions lead to short and long term consequences. Players take the roles of Rangers, the closest thing the wasteland has to law enforcement. You assemble a team, manage their skills and equipment, then journey through the world to restore peace and order. Or not. How you handle things is completely up to you. Most situations have multiple solutions, depending on your team and their skill levels. You could solve every situation with overwhelming firepower, or try a little smooth talking diplomacy instead. Be sure to pay attention to the dialogue, because a character will sometimes mention a phrase that needs to be manually typed in to reveal a secret solution.

The game features turn-based combat, so players have time to plan their moves, and hopefully not die. This challenging gameplay is coupled with a sci-fi story and environment that is filled with both tense moments and dark humor. You'll encounter strange creatures, like goats that have blood curdling screams instead of baying. Meet characters like monks willing to trigger a suicide dirty bomb at the slightest provocation. Then there are the raiders... so many raiders.

Load up your guns, bring your party, and head out to the wasteland to protect, serve, and blow everything up.

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From The Chatty

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    December 29, 2014 10:00 AM

    Steven Wong posted a new article, 2014 Game of the Year 10: Wasteland 2

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      December 29, 2014 10:06 AM

      The countdown has begun!

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      December 29, 2014 10:49 AM

      Great game

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      December 29, 2014 11:18 AM

      Andrew + Sweater + Luigi Amiibo = Sex

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      December 29, 2014 12:11 PM

      As a long-time player of the Wasteland/Fallout games, Wasteland 2 was excellent. I was a kickstarter backer / early adopter and got to see some of the scripting issues, but most of those have been fixed. If you are a fan of these games, pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.

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        December 30, 2014 8:25 AM

        agreed. Or just wait for me to give out some more free copies ;)

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      December 29, 2014 12:16 PM

      I'm really hoping Endless Legend makes this list! :-)

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      December 29, 2014 1:10 PM

      Shacknews videos are getting better and better. Awesome guys.

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        December 29, 2014 1:59 PM

        Thanks! They only get better as the countdown goes on.

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        December 30, 2014 7:59 AM

        Yeah, these are fun, keep doing them

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      December 30, 2014 8:29 AM

      This makes me very happy. I am an unapologetic WL2 fanboy - hell I have the original WL cover art signed and hanging in my office.

      But - it's a great game. They did an amazing job with crowd funded money ... and I can't wait to see how Torment turns out. They will only get better. Plus, if the rumor is true, we will see a WL2 addon / WL3 and a new game (bard's tale 4???) kickstarter in 2015.

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      December 30, 2014 1:24 PM

      and it's 50% off on steam today

      http://t.co/6txIUoJ1DS

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      December 31, 2014 7:46 AM

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