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BioWare announces modern fantasy story-based 4 vs. 1 multiplayer RPG Shadow Realms photo
BioWare announces modern fantasy story-based 4 vs. 1 multiplayer RPG Shadow Realms
by Darren Nakamura

At the EA press conference today, BioWare announced its next project, Shadow Realms. Jeff Hickman, the Studio General Manager discussed its inspiration in old school pen and paper role-playing games, before elaborating on how that applies to the videogame.

Set in a "modern fantasy" world, the heroes form teams of four to do battle against the forces of the Shadow Lord, who controls a range of evil creatures. The result is an online role-playing game with asymmetric multiplayer.

Of course, BioWare throws in its own twist, where story remains a significant component of the gameplay. The studio plans to release content for Shadow Realms episodically, so the community can experience the progression of the story as it evolves together.

Shadow Realms is scheduled to release for PC "late next year," but it is currently playable at gamescom, and interested parties can sign up for the alpha at ShadowRealms.com.

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9:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Robin Williams to be memorialized in World of Warcraft

The world lost one of the best people to have ever existed with Robin Williams' passing this week. Fans were moved by his death and took to Change.org to get Blizzard to memorialize the comedian as an NPC in World of Warcraft...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Fable Legends actually looks pretty fun

This trailer also best explains (though not completely clearly?) the 4 vs. 1, heroes versus villain mode, which we talked a bit about here. Though it's not traditional Fable, there is also regular single-player and co-op pla...

Steven Hansen



Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition makes the core game a must-play for console owners photo
Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition makes the core game a must-play for console owners
by Chris Carter

Diablo III has had a tumultuous history to say the least. Always-online DRM, the Real-Money Auction House, and loot problems plagued the original release -- all issues that took months to address. It's a hot-button issue even now, with many gamers stating that the PC players were had, paying for a "demo" of the console version that would eventually drop with all the fixes in tow.

For those of you who did enjoy the game previously or haven't gotten caught up in the maelstrom of problems though, the Reaper of Souls expansion delivered in just about every way possible. Thankfully, the Ultimate Evil Edition brings that same great experience to consoles.

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4:00 PM on 08.09.2014

Strategy RPG X-Tactics is from Capcom, Square and Sega vets

X-Tactics is an upcoming strategy role-playing game from Gamkin, a small Japanese indie studio formed by industry veterans from Square Enix, Capcom and Sega. It sounds pretty unique, too, harnessing GPS data to implement loc...

Kyle MacGregor

5:30 PM on 08.08.2014

There are still more Pokémon Mega Evolutions out there

CoroCoro magazine has revealed a gaggle of additional Mega Evolutions to appear in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, including Mega Altaria, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Salamence. It seems that these are...

Brittany Vincent





12:45 PM on 08.08.2014

Shadowrun Online adds character customization, random co-op

An update for Shadowrun Online has recently arrived and it's filled to the brim with new features, improvements, and fixes. This is the one I've been waiting for, people! We can finally create our own characters and enter r...

Rob Morrow

7:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Erotic NIS Vita RPG Edo Blacksmith unveils its first anime girlfriend

Actually, all three are unveiled by the end (see image below), but I guess they're each getting their time to shine in their own videos full of blushing faces and cleavage. This one appears to be Sayaka (voiced by Izumi...

Steven Hansen

5:00 AM on 08.08.2014

What?! Japan gets a Gundam, Kamen Rider, Ultraman crossover RPG

Do we even have an American analog to this? Like if Transformers, Power Rangers, and, uh, another thing did a crossover RPG. My mind initially went to Speed Racer before remembering that it's Japanese. Then to Godzilla&...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Natural Doctrine multiplayer set to inconsistent, yet still good music

The music goes from weird rock to just weird to typical RPG orchestral sounding. And still sounds alright.  Natty Doc (Natural Doctrine), the brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game, also has mutliplayer...

Steven Hansen

8:30 PM on 08.07.2014

Rune Factory dev's new SRPG Forbidden Magna

Forbidden Magna (3DS) is coming to Japan in October courtesy of the team that made Rune Factory and Marvelous AQL. Xseed expressed interest in localizing it earlier this year, but nothing new on that front, so here's a trailer that at once intrigues me with its strategy mechanics and repulses me with its horrifying character models. 

Steven Hansen

4:45 PM on 08.07.2014

Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson leaves BioWare

Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson has parted ways with his long-time employer BioWare. He's been at the company for nearly 16 years and previously worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as project d...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 08.07.2014

The Making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Episode 2 focuses on the moon

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set on Pandora's moon Elpis, and this episode of the "making of" series focuses on that fact. For starters, players can see that the moon experienced some serious cosmetic changes between Borde...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Sacred 3 photo
Review: Sacred 3
by Alasdair Duncan

"I love it."

The specter of Diablo looms large over the action-RPG genre; most games borrow heavily from Blizzard's seminal game and those games' success is usually judged on how close they stick to the formula and how well they execute on that.

"Oh baby."

While it's tempting to praise a game for breaking away from some of the genre's conventions in order to make itself stand out from the crowd, Sacred 3 has stripped away so many of the things that make an APRG fun. Stats? Pretty much gone. Loot? Almost none. A really enjoyable combat system? Nope.

"Sexy!"

Oh, and there's people talking wince-inducing garbage over the whole thing.

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4:00 PM on 08.06.2014

World of Warcraft's tenth anniversary will include a corgi

Oh, so that's how you get me to write about World of Warcraft -- corgis. Blizzard has a number of plans for the MMO giant's tenth anniversary this November. The notable one, at least to my eyes, is a Molten Corgi pet, obtaina...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 08.06.2014

Dargon Quest IV on iOS: A typo, not a trick

No, this is not someone trying to make a quick buck with some off brand Nontendo 3DS. This is Square Enix putting Dragon Quest IV up on the (fertile testing ground that is New Zealand) Apple Store and misspelling it...

Steven Hansen