I’m a massive RPG buff – give me a game with hundreds of hours worth of play-time, a massive world to explore and opportunities for character development and/or creation, and I’m pretty much in my element. There are some fantastic RPGs set for release this year, and quite a few of them are indie titles, that being said, there are also a couple of ‘big’ games coming out this year too. Here are five of those titles, all of which are worth keeping an eye on!
Hyper Light Drifter
I’ve been banging on about Hyper Light Drifter for some time now, I’m that bloody excited to play it! The game looks beautiful and the concept behind it seems pretty solid. You’ll play as a Drifter, who are “collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories”, but this Drifter is carrying a disease. As the Drifter, you will search for a cure to the disease whilst battling enemies and exploring the vast world. The developer has stated that the game takes on the best aspects of Diablo and A Link to the Past, with “lightening fast combat… an array of tactical options, more numerous and intelligent enemies”. I honestly can’t wait for this title, and I definitely recommend that you check out their Kickstarter page for more details, videos and screenshots!
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
It was actually quite recently that I first noticed this game. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is another crowd-funded project, and it’s a medieval RPG with a twist. Unlike popular RPGs like Skyrim or Dragon’s Dogma, you won’t be finding any mythical beasts or enemies in Kingdom Come. That’s because the game is a realistic RPG. You’ll have to eat and sleep to keep your character healthy and your reputation will be constantly evolving amongst the NPCs, as even the length of time that it takes you to pick a dialogue option, and the dialogue option that you choose, will have an impact on how the other characters feel about you. It’s first person and it’s set in fifteenth century Europe, and the developers, War Horse, are promising to avoid the “generic” RPG quests. What’s even more exciting, for me at least, is that the levels of customisation are immense, with around 20 slots for weapons and clothing, and multiple layers for you to kit out your character. What’s more, the condition of your character and their clothing, armour and weapons all have an impact on how NPCs see you within the complex and diverse world. Kingdom Come sounds like an incredibly well thought out RPG which is offering something. If you want to know more about it, you can check out the site here – I really recommend that you do!
Pillars of Eternity
Pillars of Eternity is one of the highest funded video-games on Kickstarter – it’s that damn popular among the community. The game will feature a party based combat system, with real time with pause tactical gameplay. It will have a 2D rendered background, similar to its spiritual successors Baldur’s Gate, the Icewind Dale series and Planescape: Torment. It’s not my usual type of RPG, but it definitely looks like a great game. Plus, with so many backers, it seems to have a mass of support from the gaming community. For more information about Obsidian Entertainment’s project, check out their website! It’s coming out towards the end of the month on PC, Mac and Linux and it really looks like a game to sink a good few hours into.
Tom Clancy’s: The Division
The Division was incredibly ‘hot’ for much of last year, but its ‘hotness’ seems to have simmered down a little over the past few months. E3 was a great event of The Division, but since then the game seems to have lost a little momentum… popularity wise. Still, it’s set for release later this year and, despite what some might say, it still looks pretty damn incredible. There are very few decent modern shooter RPGs, with the majority of the heavy hitters remaining in the fantasy / futuristic setting. Whilst The Division is set a little into the future, in a dystopian post-apocalyptic US, in the most part it’s a modern shooter with a few fancy pieces of technology at your character’s disposal. It also seems to be heavily ‘squad’ based, with the opportunity for online co-operative play. There’s also going to be a companion app for tablets ad smartphones that will allow you to jump in to your friends’ games; “the app gives you a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield, the ability to attack enemies, and to place targets for your allies or enhance their capabilities”. It’s a bold move for a Tom Clancy game, but I can really see it paying off.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Before I started writing this article, I probably would have said that The Witcher 3 was my most hotly anticipated RPG of 2015. In a way, it still is. But I must admit that I’m slowly becoming slightly more excited for Kingdom Come: Deliverance. When it comes to RPGs, CD Projekt RED has a stellar reputation with The Witcher series. Every title has stepped up in quality, and Witcher 3 is shaping up to be one hell of a game. I went to the developer session at EGX to hear a little more about the game, and what I heard was definitely pleasing. The world is supposedly 30 times bigger than previous Witcher games and every choice has an impact on the game world. Overall, it sounds like Projekt RED has really stepped it up with Witcher 3 and I really can’t wait to get my hands on it in May!
Are you pumped for these RPGs? Or do you have a few different RPGs that you’re waiting on this year? Let me know in the comments below!