After many false starts and games passed, this year I have finally come back to the RPG. After purchasing Mass Effect in late ’07, I realized that I was yet to complete the most western of western RPG’s, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. So starting the year of the RPG (2008), I made it my mission to at least complete the main storyline. I finally did so, but it doing that I know I still have much, much more to do there. Specifically the Shivering Isles expansion. From there I moved on to Bioware’s new IP, Mass Effect. It took a few months of here and there play which added up to approximately 55 hours. All those hours were well worth it as this game captured my imagination like few others before it had. As much of a work of art as games today can be. Not only was this game designed with the ‘western’ underpinnings, it was also created in Canada.
The last two I have recently blogged about. Penny Arcade Episode 1 was a nice and quick RPG available for download in the Marketplace. A lot of fun and laughs as well as a seriously good RPG to boot. If you want to know what the combat in Grandia II was like, this game would give you a strong indication of what it was all about. Three more episodes are to follow, and I am looking forward to each one. I have also started recently on Fable: The Lost Chapters, playing this via the backwards compatibility of my 360. I have sunk about 14 hours back into it and I am truly wowed by this game all over again. There are so many possibilities, I may have to play this game a second or third time!
Now if that was just it I could say it has been quite a year for RPG, but it is not even close. In the last part of my RPG roundup, I will discuss what the rest of the year will have in store, and it is going to be awesome!
*Continued in Part III