Saturday, April 14, 2012

Just a couple of RPG games - Kingdoms of Amular and Game of Thrones

I saw a couple of press release items from a couple of days ago.  I thought they made for interesting reads, so I figured with it being a slow weekend for me personally, I'd share with the rest of the class.  One is talk about Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning expansion and the other about Game of Thrones (which I just watched season 1 of on Bluray and loved).

First, Game of Thrones:

GAME OF THRONES TO UNLEASH ON PC AND CONSOLES THIS SUMMER
Koch Media to distribute hugely anticipated fantasy role-playing game across UK and Ireland
11th April 2012 – Hampshire, UK… Game of Thrones, the hugely anticipated video game based on the George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels, is set for release early-June 2012 in the UK and Ireland, announced distributor Koch Media today. Having already sold over 15 million novels around the world, as well as being made into a critically-acclaimed TV show on HBO®, this incredible fantasy world is now brought to vivid life on console and PC in an action RPG that boasts all the vengeance, allegiance, betrayal and honour fans have come to expect from the series.

Offering a brand new story developed with creative input from Martin himself, Game of Thrones is a stunning action role-playing game that throws fans into a rich, fantasy environment as they engage in a heart-pounding quest for the famous Iron Throne.

Playing as either Mors, Sworn Brother of the Night’s Watch, or Alester, a Red Priest in search of redemption, players can expect to visit familiar locations from Westeros, such as The Wall and the famous King’s Landing, while well-known faces you’ll encounter include Queen Cersei, Varys the Spider and Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

In Game of Thrones, players have full control of their character’s development; choose your character’s class, find your fighting style, develop a balance between your strengths and weaknesses, and take part in epic battles. Find, buy or loot new equipment and weapons to fit your fighting style, and gain experience to improve your abilities. Likewise, political skills can be every bit as lethal as a sharpened sword, so never underestimate the power of a silver tongue when it comes to solving a critical situation!

● An epic Action/RPG offering an original story based on the best-selling novels, “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin
● Lush, fantasy visuals powered by Unreal Engine 3.
● Visit familiar places and meet well-known characters, faithfully reproduced from the TV series
● Play the game from the viewpoint of two different charismatic characters, each with their own background and skills
● Progress the way you choose: get involved in epic fights, or try to solve explosive situations through dialogue!

Developed by French studio Cynaide and published by Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media is scheduled to distribute Game of Thrones on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, and Sony PlayStation®3 for early-June 2012.
And then next, the info on the Kingdoms of Amular expansion:
38 STUDIOS AND EA ANNOUNCE TEETH OF NAROS DOWNLOADABLE EXPANSION FOR KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING
Teeth of Naros Introduces Players to a Mysterious Race, an All-New City and Epic New Adventures
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – APRIL 2, 2012 – Glimpse into the future of Amalur, as Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), 38 Studios, and Big Huge Games unveil Teeth of Naros™, the second downloadable content (DLC) pack for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning™. Players will journey through a forgotten land called the Teeth of Naros, a harsh environment named after an ancient troll god. In this new journey players will encounter the Kollossae, a devout race of giants, and uncover the mysteries of their faith. Teeth of Naros will be available starting on April 17,2012 on Xbox Live for 800 points and PlayStation®Network, Origin™ and Steam for $9.99.

The Teeth of Naros DLC and the journey through the mysterious land will feature:
· A New City – Explore the city of Idylla, which magically floats in the sky above the Teeth of Naros featuring more than 20 side quests, multiple dungeons and a mysterious new race
· New Enemies and Dungeons – Players will take part in a crucible of faith and tribulation with new dangers and enemies as they journey through five enormous new dungeons
· New Twists of Fate and Items - Three new Twists of Fate, nine new armor sets, six new shields and 18 new unique weapons for players to choose from as they journey through this new world