Check out Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin – Kickstarter ending > 13 hours


If there’s a Kickstarter project you should be checking out and backing, it is most certainly Larian Studios’ newest RPG, Divinity: Original Sin. The Belgian developer launched their first Kickstarter in hopes to raise $400K for their upcoming prequel to the 2002 Divine Divinity. At this moment, they have already doubled their initial funding goal and looking to complete their last stretch goal that’s available at $1M. With less than 14 hours to go, they are a little more than $167K away from reaching it. Their last and final goal to integrate NPC schedules is certainly one that would add so much more depth into the game. If $1M of funding is reached, NPCs will go to sleep at night and the weather and moons will influence the NPCs and monsters’ activities as well as the schools of magic.

For those of you who have not played Larian Studios’ former games, their new installment is certainly one game that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially considering how amazing of an effort you can see from the developers’ consistent video updates. In fact with the countdown looming around the corner, many gameplay videos have appeared showing off the isometric cRPG. One earlier today was created with Destructoid’s Jim Sterling and Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios and director of Divinity: Original Sin, playing and showing of the unique cooperative dialogue system. Additionally, Total Biscuit and Jessie Cox each both did pre-alpha commentary videos which shows the stunning graphics and the turn-based combat. Also the world is highly explorable which in fact those who go off the beaten path and delve deeper into the game will be rewarded. In the video below, Swen explains a scenario where players are rewarded for exploring. So once I get my hands on the game, I will certainly try to find the city, The Black Cove, as Swen mentioned.

 

Larian Studios’ is even integrating more realistic combat by incorporating the manipulation of elements. As you can see in the screenshot below, the monster is frozen in place and the next spell used is a fire one, which naturally melts the ice and turns it into water. Additionally, if there was a lightning attack against a water doused opponent, the opponent would receive more damage since water can conduct lightning. Therefore if you are playing with a friend, you could freeze your opponent while your partner then burns them to create water and thus allowing your friend to then throw out a lightning spell to incite more damage against your enemy.

Along with a highly reactive world, deep character development, and a plethora of interactive items, the game will include drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer. Additionally, you aren’t required to follow your partner around, you may explore freely as well without being limited by your pesky comrade! With the unique dialogue system, you have your own voice and are not required to stick to the party leader’s idea. You can disagree with decisions which will ultimately affects your relation with your party members as well as your personal traits.

Therefore with such a great board of ideas, Larian Studios undoubtedly will be creating an immersive and unforgettable RPG once their funding is deemed successful in 12 hours. But it doesn’t end there with all these ideas. There’s even going to be a complete level editor available due to Larian Studios combined efforts with Valve’s Steam Workshop. Many fans will be able to create their own adventures (single or cooperative) and play them out and share them among their fellow Divinity enthusiasts. So never fear, if you finish the game, you can make your own level or enjoy endless adventures shared by others!

Hopefully some of the ideas, have opened your eyes to the developer, Larian Studios, as well as their great Divinity RPG series. Although the Kickstarter is ending very soon, you can still pledge now. Also if you don’t have a Kickstarter account, you can pledge at Divinity: Original Sin‘s official website using Paypal, which will surely be open for a few weeks after the Kickstarter ends like former Kickstarters have done.

If you are interested in the game, check out Divinity II: Ego Draconis and Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga both available on Steam to hold over your appetite. There is even a demo for Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga for you to try! I know this is a such a small overview of Larian Studios’ great efforts and works, but seriously check out their Kickstarter and peruse their updates, which would leave you in love with the revitalization of RPGs.

Steam launched Indie Spring Sale yesterday, lasts until March 29th


Yesterday Steam reduced the prices of many indie games, which of course include those Independent Game Festival Winners and Finalists. Also it’s a pretty opportunistic time to highlight indie games, since PAX East started this morning and includes Indie Megabooth that showcases a plethora of independent game developers. In addition, several developers who received funding through Kickstarter will also be there, such as the Pixelscopic of Delver’s Drop and Sinister Design of Telepath Tactics. You may now also purchase games from Steam’s Early Access Program that allows you test out alpha builds. Gnomoria, Under the Ocean, and StarForge are a few that are available now to try out.

You can check the full listings of indie games here. Below are the IGF Finalists and Winners and PAX East Games that are on sale among notable other indie games.

IGF Finalists & Winners

PAX East Games

Notable on sale titles:

NightSky – $1.99 (80% off)
Terraria – $2.49 (75% off)
Dungeons of Dredmor – $2.49 (50% off)
Trine – $2.49 (75% off)

Resident Evil 6 to release on PC under a mere two hours, Left 4 Dead 2 Crossover announced


Resident Evil 6 will be available on Steam today probably by 1.00pm EST. The latest installment of Capcom’s franchise has experienced many reviews on both sides of the spectrum. The game is available to pre-purchase on Steam and has unlocked three rewards. Those who pre-purchase on Steam will receive the digital artbook and soundtrack along with a copy of Resident Evil 5 (already have it? then you can gift it to a friend), and Resident Evil 6‘s Season DLC Pass.

The PC version also includes a crossover of Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil. Come April 5th, The Mercenaries: No Mercy mode will be available for gamers. In addition, there’s also Survivors and Special Infected Zombies mode which includes Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle. Also players will face Lepotitsa, Napad and Ogroman from the Resident Evil 6.

Check out the latest footage of the crossover below.

 

Machinarium to release on PS Vita at the end of March


Come March 26th, Amanita Design’s cute point-and-click adventure game will be available on the PS Vita for $6.99. You can also pick up the game on Steam for $2.99 (PC/Mac) during the Indie Spring Sale which won’t end until March 29th.

Sanctum 2 to release this year


The common indie game, Sanctum, will be receiving a sequel this year. Coffee Stain Studios’ first-person tower defense game will hit Steam of course. But it will also be available on Xbox Live as well as PlayStation Network. Take a look at the trailer showcasing more vibrant environments in the upcoming installment. If you want to get more information about the game, check out the development blog.

Humble Bundle VI is available


In case, you haven’t gotten enough out of indie bundles yet, Humble Bundle is back again with its sixth bundle. For just $5.79 at the moment, you can pick up six awesome indie games. The main highlight of this bundle is certainly Torchlight. In fact, Runic Games has just released their sequel to the amazing RPG. Torchlight 2 was finally made available to play yesterday. If you haven’t picked up Torchlight, this bundle is definitely a must-have for anyone who enjoys a good RPG and indie games in general. In addition to the games, you’ll also receive five soundtracks as well as any other material Humble Bundle will unlock. Paying at least $1 of the pay-what-you-want model will also net you Steam keys. As always when you purchase the bundle, you can divvy up your donation among two charities, EFF and Child’s Play, HB tip, and of course, the developers. Don’t delay, the Humble Bundle VI will disappear in less than 11 days and 6 hours, pick it up here.

Saints Row: The Third free-to-play for the weekend on Steam


That’s right; Saints Row: The Third is available to play for free until Sunday at 4pm EST. The game is also 66% off bringing it down to $13.59 from its usual retail price of $39.99. Pick it up here or just try it for the weekend and make a decision on it before the sale ends on Monday at 1pm EST.

 

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