Planescape: Torment is the classic PC RPG developed by Black Isle and written by Chris Avellone. What sets Planescape apart from its peers is its unique setting and writing quality. As the title implies the game has an overall melancholy mood, but its lightened with doses of humor throughout.
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In 2011 Bloodline champions came out. The concept was simple, turn World of Warcraft’s arena combat into an entire game. This was accomplished by taking elements from MOBAs, fighting games, and top down shooters. I always felt like this game deserved more attention than it received. For new players and viewers, it’s easier to understand than a MOBA or RTS, but features team based matches that fighting games lack. By utilizing the best elements of other competitive games, this game seemed poised to be the next big thing.
But it wasn’t meant to be, for whatever reason the game never caught on. Outside of a vague feeling that the game should be bigger than it was, the only other thing I remember about the game was its unique tribal art style and theme. Fortunately, Stunlock Studios didn’t die out, and now they are back with BC’s spiritual successor Battlerite. This game recently launched as a free to play title. With fond memories of the old game I grabbed some friends to try it out.
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My favorite game of 2016 is the farming simulator Stardew Valley. Created by sole developer Concerned Ape, it’s a throwback to the old Harvest Moon series. Just like in that series you will be planting crops, raising animals, and interacting with villagers. What made Stardew Valley one of the most memorable games I’ve played is its variety of gameplay, routine building, and relaxed attitude.
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