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A Year of Western RPGs

redwing42redwing42 Classic Console JunkieFull Members
edited December 2012 in Role Playing Games
For 2012, RPGamer will be hosting its fourth gaming marathon. This year we will be taking a closer look at those RPGs developed in the Western market, be it North America or Europe. These games usually have much different themes and play styles than their Japanese counterparts. This is also a decidedly PC-centric list this year, demonstrating another difference between Eastern and Western developers. I hope that everyone enjoys the ride this year.

January - The Witcher - PC - Thread

Feburary - Mass Effect 1/2 - XBOX 360, PS3 (for ME2 only), PC Thread

March - Fallout - PC Thread

April - The Elder Scrolls III, Morrowind - PC, XBOX Thread

May - Septerra Core - PC Thread

June - Ultima VII: The Black Gate - PC, SNES Thread

July - Might & Magic VI - PC Thread

August - Planescape: Torment - PC Thread

September - Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura - PC Thread

October (Happy Halloween!) - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - PC Thread

November - Baldur's Gate 2 - PC Thread

December - Deus Ex - PC Thread
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  • NimNim _ Full Members
    edited January 2012
    I don't know if I'll complete any of the games, byt I'll be joining in for:
    May
    August
    September
    October
    November

    Let's do this.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited January 2012
    When I get paid this week, I'll probably jump on board for January, I got February covered (still addicted to ME2, STILL ADDICTED! D: ), and I got April covered. The rest I'll need to buy during their respective months.
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited January 2012
    I went a bit crazy at the GOG Holiday sale, and ended up buying many of the games listed here and then some (Ultima 1-3 and 4-6? Yay!). I intend to join in for March, and (I hope) May-November. We'll see if I actually stick to it, instead of missing out on the first couple of months and just completely giving up entirely like I did last year. A bit funny considering that I'm still almost exclusively a player of JRPGs. :P
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  • SolonSolon Member Full Members
    edited January 2012
    August for the destroyer! I will be joining in for that one for sure, despite having played the game to death.
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  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited January 2012
    I might swing by for the February Mass Effect-a-thon but only for the first game which I still need to finish. I still have too many games left over from last year I need to plow through...
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • NightfoxNightfox Member Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Ultima VII, Planescape, Baldur's Gate II, and Deus Ex??

    ... I knew there was a reason I loved this site!

    I've always wanted to try Septerra Core, I'll have to pick that one up somehow.
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  • randal77randal77 well well, look who it is Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Woah, I've actually finished 9 of the 13 games there. The only ones I need to play and finish are Fallout, M&M6, Ultima VII and Arcanum.

    So I'm in for March and September... not too sure about M&M6 and Ultima VII. Maybe someone here could be able to convince me why those two are good, and inspire me to sign up for June/July?
    Wait a second... If you're here, than that means... oh boy
  • DravDrav A Serious Man Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Ultima VII is basically The Elder Scrolls if it was top-down 2D and made in 1992. Unlike The Elder Scrolls, it actually has a really good story.
  • NimNim _ Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Nightfox said:
    Ultima VII, Planescape, Baldur's Gate II, and Deus Ex??

    ... I knew there was a reason I loved this site!

    I've always wanted to try Septerra Core, I'll have to pick that one up somehow.
    I bought it during the gog.com sale for 3 bucks.
  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Nim said:
    I bought it during the gog.com sale for 3 bucks.
    Interesting. Never heard of it until people started talking about it here. Wishlisting it for later.
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • NimNim _ Full Members
    edited January 2012
    shoptroll said:
    Interesting. Never heard of it until people started talking about it here. Wishlisting it for later.
    Basically a JRPG made by Western devs.
  • shoptrollshoptroll Have towel will travel Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Nim said:
    Basically a JRPG made by Western devs.
    Yeah, which surprises me that it made the list given the resistance to Anachronox. But since this is more easily available I'm glad a Western JRPG made it on the list.
    So long & thanks for all the fish!
  • DravDrav A Serious Man Full Members
    edited January 2012
    What little I've played of it wasn't very good.
  • Rya_ReisenderRya_Reisender Solipsist Snowflake Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Septerra Core was amazing when I played it. For me it's the only game that felt and played like Chrono Trigger. Much more than Chrono Cross did. I never actually finished it because I got stuck in the game and didn't know where to go anymore (I hate using walkthroughs).
  • RebochanRebochan Who needs Rinoa anyway? Full Members
    edited January 2012
    I'm probably to going to break on Witcher this month and work on Mass Effect so I can properly participate next month by plowing into Mass Effect 2. I'll catch up to Witcher though.
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  • FrozenbabylonFrozenbabylon POW! Full Members
    edited January 2012
    I'll probably get started on a Mass Effect 1 while I wait for payday so I can get The Witcher.
  • TG BarighmTG Barighm Member Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Yeah, of all the GoG titles, Septerra Core struck me as the most interesting.
  • The DoomhammerThe Doomhammer Prod with the Prod Full Members
    edited January 2012
    its interesting, but its a bit ****.

    And the battle system is SOOOOO SLOOOOW.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited January 2012
    Yeah, I could only handle about 8 hours of Septerra Core, then I got bored with it. It gets kinda sloggy.
  • DragoonMogDragoonMog Moggle+Dragoon=DragoonMog Full Members
    edited January 2012
    I own all these games except Vampire. The only ones I have finished are the Mass Effect games. So, I might as well join in.
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  • redwing42redwing42 Classic Console Junkie Full Members
    edited February 2012
    Thread is up for February. Shepard.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited February 2012
    Wrex.

    Had to be done...
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  • The DoomhammerThe Doomhammer Prod with the Prod Full Members
    edited February 2012
    Just a heads up, if you don't have Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape yet, Gog has a 'buy one D&D game get one free' deal going until the end of the month. http://www.gog.com/en/news/buy_one_get_one_free_all_dandd_games_on_sale_for_a_whole_week

    Edit: Oh wait, I think It's only TOEE you get free when you buy another D&D game, but they're on sale anyway.
  • FrozenbabylonFrozenbabylon POW! Full Members
    edited February 2012
    You get TOEE and a second game for free when you buy 1. It's kind of a great deal. I just got 3 games for 10 bucks.
  • The DoomhammerThe Doomhammer Prod with the Prod Full Members
    edited February 2012
    Whoops, that's what I get for just skimming. If you're gonna play TOEE, remember to get this mod as it fixes a lot of bugs in the base game and adds tons of extra optional content - http://www.moddb.com/mods/circle-of-eight-modpack
  • redwing42redwing42 Classic Console Junkie Full Members
    edited February 2012
    The Doomhammer said:
    Just a heads up, if you don't have Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape yet, Gog has a 'buy one D&D game get one free' deal going until the end of the month. http://www.gog.com/en/news/buy_one_get_one_free_all_dandd_games_on_sale_for_a_whole_week

    Edit: Oh wait, I think It's only TOEE you get free when you buy another D&D game, but they're on sale anyway.
    I've already got Planescape and BG1, but I'm not sure about BG2. Is there another game on that list that's worth having?
  • The DoomhammerThe Doomhammer Prod with the Prod Full Members
    edited February 2012
    The Icewind Dale games are pretty good if you want a much more combat focused BG, and TOEE is the best representation of D&D combat in a computer game. I wouldn't bother with Neverwinter personally, and I've never played the Non-RPG's on the list.

    Definitely get BG2 though, it's structured quite differently from the first game. It's more focused than 1, but not as constricted as Bioware's later games. You also don't have to deal with some of the frustrations of low-level D&D combat either (instead you deal with the frustration of dispelling mage protection spells, but at least that's based less on luck.)
  • EmeraldSuzakuEmeraldSuzaku Member Full Members
    edited February 2012
    The Doomhammer said:
    Just a heads up, if you don't have Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape yet, Gog has a 'buy one D&D game get one free' deal going until the end of the month. http://www.gog.com/en/news/buy_one_get_one_free_all_dandd_games_on_sale_for_a_whole_week

    Edit: Oh wait, I think It's only TOEE you get free when you buy another D&D game, but they're on sale anyway.
    Nope, it really is buy one get one. Pick one game, 9.99. Pick two games, still $9.99. And TOEE doesn't count toward that--it's free as long as you buy one game. So you can buy two for $9.99 total, and you get those and TOEE for that price.
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited February 2012
    Works exactly as Emerald has described. I got most of these games. I love myself some D&D! Now, I play Pathfinder pen and paper...what I wouldn't give for a good computer rendition of that! Regardless, if you're into pen and paper, these are some of the best games out there.
  • redwing42redwing42 Classic Console Junkie Full Members
    edited March 2012
    Thread for March/Fallout is open. Try to get around to it at some point this month before Mass Effect 3 takes over your life.
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