Friday, August 01, 2008
Eschalon: Book 1 and Depths of Peril Now Even Cheaper!
Two great indie RPGs are now available for a reduced price. You know, with inflation hitting new highs and the value of the dollar sinking to new lows, you'd think everything would be getting more expensive. But apparently, the price of some good, entertaining fantasy worlds just keeps getting cheaper.
Both Eschalon: Book 1 and Depths of Peril - two absolutely awesome indie RPGs that I have not hesitated to recommend highly - have dropped in price to under $20. Well, a penny or five under, but who's counting? These days, that's something like... what... two euros? Okay, maybe a little more than that... (under 14 at last count)... :)
Both games are available for both PC and Mac, and Eschalon: Book 1 is also available on Linux. Sorry, Commodore 64 owners, you are pretty much S.O.L.
Eschalon: Book 1 is, in my opinion, a brilliant return to "old school" Computer RPG gaming, mixed with more modern graphics and design sensibilities. Waking up in a desolate ghost-town in a land in the midst of war, you find yourself lacking any memories of your own identity or knowledge of the current turmoil. Relying upon notes from an unknown benefactor, you discover that your amnesia and circumstances may not only be no accident, but that you yourself may have been responsible. But for what purpose? Your quest for answers will take you across the land, down into the deepest dungeons, and against fierce foes in this classic-style fantasy RPG.
Depths of Peril borrows from the action-RPG gameplay of Diablo, Dungeon Siege, and Fate, but mixes it with a strategy and dynamic world system that makes it what I consider to be the most innovative RPG - indie or mainstream - that I have seen in years. In the barbarian city of Jorvik, you are the leader of one of several covenants. While venturing forth into the monster- and dungeon-filled wilderness beyond in search of adventure, battle, and loot is a focus of the game, the game doesn't revolve around you. Other covenants are doing the same thing, and may come into arm conflict with you, or may become your fiercest allies. In fact, you may even team up with those allied covenants and adventure together. Neglect the home front for too long, however, and you may find yourself facing a war at home as well as a war in the field. In addition, the events and quests of the game progress in real-time. Ignore a quest, and you may find the stakes escalating --- or that your rivals have become the beloved heroes of the city while you were away.
If you haven't even tried out the free demos of either of these games yet and you are a fan of RPGs, you are missing out. But if you were holding out on buying the full versions, now is the time!
(Note: Depths of Peril dropped in price a few weeks ago, but the price drop caught me snoozing. So they didn't drop in price the same day by some spectacular coincidence - in case you were wondering... Nope, no big indie RPG developer conspiracy going on here. As Far As You Know... )
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That's still a bit more than twenty of our (weaksauce) Australian dollars, but whatever, it's a good deal, I'm sold. I've been meaning to get my hands on these for a while.Post a Comment
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