Chantelise Release Date and Demo Out!

Remember Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale? Yes, the cheeky Japanese RPG (Role Playing Game) parody/example indie game that has   you playing as the proprietor of a JRPG item shop. Straight out of the same westernization workshop, Carpe Fulgur, comes yet another localization and updated Japanese title Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters. They have a demo out and it’s quite a charm if I say so myself.


Do not be deceived by the similarity and portmanteau naming scheme of the two games. While it is true that Chantelise, just like Recettear, will also sport two main characters Chante and Elise, the games are quite different. Chantelise will be a 3D action RPG, while Recettear was an isometric hack n’ slash game in some parts, and a lesson in item shop commerce in others.


Of course, I do not use localizationlightly. The folks over at Carpe Fulgur have diligently worked to recreate the comic punch lines (or created entirely new ones from scratch, such as Capitalism, ho!which has achieved memetic fame) and story weaving that sounds right in the English script.

I cannot wait to play this beautiful action RPG that was originally released in Japan way back in 2006. That is, it was released five years ago. Wrap your heads around that concept: 2006 was five years ago.


Dragon Age II Demo Out

Followed by the necessary a million downloads gets you unlockable goodies in the finished game!, Bioware has released the playable demo of their new epic Dragon Age II. The game with features that amalgamate the storyline style of Mass Effect with the rudiments of role playing is set to be the next Role Playing Game (RPG) of the Year (that is unless The Witcher 2 trumps it which I am hoping will).


As Hawke, the to-be Champion of the world of Dragon Age, you will journey through the different locations of the universe. The main character is fully voiced, and the dialog options are just the gist of what the character actually says (as in the Mass Effect games):-

In the demo, players will venture through the game’s prologue, choosing from three different character classes. They’ll also learn more about Hawke and hone their skills and abilities that will make them the ultimate hero. After finishing the prologue, players will enter a key new location in the world of Dragon Age, Kirkwall, befriending Isabela, a romantic interest in the game who is also a deadly smuggler. Upon completion of the demo, players will unlock a special weapon, Hayder’s Razor, an ancient dwarven blade which increases health, mana, and combat abilities, in the full release of Dragon Age 2.

Bioware has also created two new in-game items that will be released in the full version of Dragon Age II if there are one million downloads for the demo. The two items are the Lothering’s Lament and The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall. Both of them are lore books that give an experience (XP) boost and money when read.

So download the demo today and tell us about your experiences with it!

The demo is also available off Steam, in case you don’t like no-fuss downloading and installation.

Dragon Age II Has Quite a Lot of Gaiety

I am pretty sure my readers are used to my terrible puns in the title. It is a habit I cannot let go of, much like the habit of exploring every possible relationship possible in a Role Playing Game (RPG). To that extent, Bioware’s games have always been liberal even slightly rainbow colored. Although the option was glaringly missing in Mass Effect 2, Bioware have decided to let gamers from all orientations (except the slightly unconventional ones, um) experience virtual love in a fantasy world in their own way.


In other words, more homosexual romance options! In Dragon Age: Origins, Zevran Aranai delivered men from the pangs of homosexual lovemaking (the elf was an amorous and libidinous assassin), while Leliana the Orlesian bard did the same for female gamers (which as we know exist in the bodies of Many Men Online Role Playing as Girls {MMORPG} ).


The game itself is mature beyond this fine treatment of the rainbow pride movement. According to the ESRB’s rating synopsis, the game has its fair share of dirty talk as well as one oral sex scene (cough, cough, Bioware):-

During the course of the game, characters sometimes engage in sexual dialogue (e.g., “Why is it always about sex with you?” and “Sailing is like sex. Do it wrong, and it’ll make you sick.”). Players can also initiate brief cutscene sequences in which couples (male-female or same-sex) are shown kissing and embracing one another in a bedroom as the screen fades to black. In one cutscene, a woman kneels in front of a male character and appears to perform fellatio—there is no depiction of the sex act; the camera pans out to the rest of the room. The words “a*s,” “bastard,” and “sh*t” appear in dialogue.

Much fun to be had by the RPG loving legion in about a month’s time, eh?

Planescape: Torment Arrives on

It is the second most wanted game on For me, it has always been the first. To relive such an experience with its haunting dialogues, beautiful music and an epic storyline set in one of those little-used campaign settings of Dungeons & Dragons. Yes, the beautiful and epic Planescape: Torment is on our favorite DRM-free digital distribution center,


As GOG itself puts up, what is exactly so awesome about this game?

  • An enthralling story, considered by many to be the best one ever told in a cRPG!
  • Professional voice acting, superb music, complex and gripping dialogue that covers over 5000 pages.
  • Travel through the planes of the enormous and bizarre Planescape universe.

Greatest story ever told in a cRPG? Yes, yes and an emphatic YES! Being one of those games I grew up with, Planescape: Torment reinforced my love for good ol’ Dungeons and Dragons gaming that was first introduced to me by Baldur’s Gate. Considering that this game was one of the few things missing in my collection of RPGs that enthralled me so much that I decided to go and buy an original copy (when I was a little kid, not now), this just completes an entire cycle.

However, since I had forgotten much of the original story (ironically) it’s great to see it up for download on GOG along with an assortment of downloadable stuff available after buying the game. For $9.99 this game is a definite buy.

Online Multiplayer Neverwinter Game in 2011?

It took me a while to recover from the nerdgasm, but Atari has announced a spanking new online multiplayer game (not Massively Multiplayer) based on one of my favorite Dungeons & Dragons settings Neverwinter. Set for a Q4 2011 release, the game titled Neverwinter will be an online experience of 5 players in co-op (or one player plus four AI companions) set in a campaign whose story will be written by the renowned fantasy author R.A. Salvatore.


Developed by Cryptic Studios (the same people who worked on Star Trek Online), the game will be released with pen-and-paper campaigns and an entire story series that will also be penned by Salvatore. However, don’t get those custom character sheets prepped yet for you will be limited to one of the five classes (Fighter, Rogue, Ranger, Wizard and Cleric, according to Gamespot). While much of the intricacies of the game-mechanics have not been made public yet, some info has been revealed about the custom game making toolkit named Forge. If all goes well, this will see some great mods akin to that which came along with the original Neverwinter Nights developed by Bioware.

Nevertheless, it’s great to see good ol’ RPGs make a comeback. Hopefully this game will deliver, and deliver well!

Dragon Age 2 Trailer Released: 8 March 2011 Is The Day

Dragon Age Origins from Bioware was one heck of a super duper RPG. It was crowned as one of the best RPGs till now. Personally, I found it so exciting that I completed that game 10 times. As a Dragon Age fan, I was badly waiting for a glimpse of the upcoming Dragon Age 2. Finally, Bioware has released a cinematic trailer of Dragon Age 2.


The story seems to be completely new and it has no relation between Dragon Age Origins. In the video you can see new weapons, powers and enemies. The game will be releasing on 8 March 2011 on PC, PS3 and Xbox platforms. You can also preorder it now. Here is the trailer, enjoy!


Dragon Age 2 Announced

Epic RPG makers Bioware today announced the epic sequel to the epic RPG game of yesteryear in an epic announcement page today, er… epicly (!)

I guess they got bored of developing Mass Effect 3

Dragon Age II will be taking place across a decade, with each and every one of your choices having consequences far into the future. Though the initial setting is pretty similar to what we have played already, I am pretty sure Bioware has some new tricks up its sleeve that would definitely make this one a huge, if not gigantic, hit.

Morrigan? Please?

The usual marketing snippets follow:-

Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.

New visual stylesounds pretty sweet but I don’t think a Borderlands-ish effect is what I want from my RPG. Nevertheless we’ll see how that goes.

A trailer is inbound on the 17th of August. Stay tuned for it!

Torchlight Available for 75% Off on Steam and GamersGate

Remember Torchlight? Yes, that nifty little Diablo-esque action RPG we reviewed. Well, one Steam sale notwithstanding, Torchlight has captured another Weekend Sale on Steam at $5.00. Not wanting to be left behind, GamersGate has put up the game on sale for $4.95 5 cents less. There are the residual advantages and disadvantages of the two, but I’d recommend everyone to go for the Steam version because it has achievements, no DRM and, well, it’s Steam.


The game is an action RPG that takes the better parts of the Diablo series and crafts it with colorful visuals, outstanding sound and an expansive and deep dungeon world. Though most of it is mundane mouse-clicking, it attacks the player’s just a minute moreweakness and thus is very addictive. The game always puts up a new item which on closer inspection is actually a small modification of the original but you buy it anyway. This is a great game for action-RPG lovers, and the price is just right. Go ahead and buy it!

Buy Torchlight from Steam for $5.00 or from GamersGate for $4.95.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut for $9.99 on Impulse. Buy it.

As you may have noticed from the title of this post itself there is no question about this deal. If you like RPGs, you have to utterly, completely, definitely, unquestionably buy The Witcher. I have never been so vociferous when it comes to a game but this is no mere RPG.
This is by far one of the triumphs of gaming evolution, with moral dilemmas whose consequences you have to face 10-15 hours into the game.
Although it does seem like I am going overboard with my love for this game (and I might have just a teeny bit mind you) this game from CD Projekt deserves as much. As an RPG gamer, I haven’t played anything quite like this. With Impulse’s deal, there is no question of debating. I repeat, if you have the money and like RPGs, you should not wait and go ahead and buy it for $9.99.


As the renowned monster hunter (a Witcher) Geralt of Rivia, players will explore the rich and well-written universe where there is truly no rightor good. The player’s decisions have a major impact on the storyline. I still cannot believe the ending of this game which stayed with me for a very long time. When a game actually makes you feel guilty for a lot of things that you have done, it definitely deserves to be right up there with the greats.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut features the D’jinni Adventure Editor, the Official Soundtrack CD, a Music Inspired by The Witcher CD, an official game guide, a Making-of DVD with behind-the-scenes video footage, and a map of The Witcher’s world. Loaded with this enhanced features this game is a must buy.

I really hope the RPG fans go ahead and buy this amazing game. This is one deal that should not be missed.

Buy The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut from Impulse for $9.99.

EverQuest Starter Pack with 15 Expansions available for $2.50 on Steam

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game the expansion of the acronym MMORPG immediately brings up the phrase World of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainments massively popular online game evokes multitudes of emotions from its players and its haters. WoW has had two expansions with a third in the making. However, if you think of the game that defined the genre of MMORPG, it has to be EverQuest. Since its release in March 1999, the game has had sixteen expansions and is still going strong despite being an aged game. Steam has released a highly discounted starter pack of EverQuest for the jaw-dropping price of $2.50 for its 10th anniversary!


Though the graphics have deteriorated visibly, the game still retains its inherent playability (as seen by the vast amounts of people still playing this game) and with frequent expansion packs, this is Sony Online Entertainment’s cash cow. Nevertheless with twenty new zones and a 30-day free subscription to an EverQuest account, this is by far the best deal on EverQuest in quite a long time.


The monthly subscription for EverQuest is $14.99 and will be charged after the 30-day free subscription expires. There are also two unique non-tradable items available for Steam buyers the Rusty Steam Valve and the Shroud of Steam. Talk about puns!

Buy the EverQuest Starter Pack from Steam for $2.50.