Posts Tagged ‘Diablo clone’

Fate

February 2, 2008

The third game I bought was called Fate. I had downloaded a demo before and played it, and thats really what hooked me.. but I just never got around to buying the game. Well now I have it and I don’t want to put it down. You can’t know a game is of this calibre until you find yourself being able to make a character that looks like this:

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If I could afford a red hat (and have the stats to equip it), I’d be one whoop-ass santaman. I actually started with a girl that looked somewhat like my girlfriend, but she isn’t much to look at right now.

I mean, I don’t even know where to start about how great this game is. Take all of the things that make Diablo great, and then stuff a whole bunch more into it. The game looks great, plays great… MAN! I may be a whore for Fate, but.. well, I don’t have a good ending for that statement.

How about we start by taking a look at the other screenshot I took:

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I’ve got JayCee beating up on a pretty heavily-stacked Level 5 special monster called Nightreaper to complete a quest. The thing is huge and has some sort of double-sized shape that looks like its made of lighting. I had a hard time taking this thing down, until.. See that gryphon there? Yeah. That’s my cat Mittens. Bitch say whaaat?

One of the fun things about this game is the pets. You choose a cat or dog when you create your character (see Spot up there by my steelgolem-ey santaman?). Your pet levels up as it gains exp from things. You can also use it as a pack-mule and equip some jewelry to it if you want. Well any fish you catch (oh yeah, you can fish in this) can be fed to the pet for varying effects. Every fish I’ve caught so far changes pets into another creature. The gryphon above gets +40-+50 for a bunch of stats added on. Mittens pretty much killed the miniboss there in 2 or 3 swipes.

There isn’t any kind of skill tree to walk through in this, just a list of different skills you can improve at any level-up. The game’s “special abilities” come exclusively in the form of spells only, like in Diablo1. But thats fine by me.

I’ll wrap this up now. I want to play some more. Love this game.

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Restricted Area

February 2, 2008

I played a little bit with the other three characters. One is a japanese guy specializing in kung-fu and swordplay; I didn’t play with him for very long. One is a girl with a leather bra and miniskirt who uses psychic abilities like psy-bolts and mind control. A little more interesting, but I’ve never been a big fan of the mage classes in these.

The fourth character is a hacker. She’s by far the most interesting character in the game for me, because she can access cyberspace:

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I’ve got my hacker working at breaking in and getting something. The letters aren’t meaningful at all, it just randomly picks letters each frame and shows them to represent the hacking process. There are a whole bunch of things you can gain by doing this. The only super-useful thing I’ve found so far is that you get your maps completely uncovered for you, which is really great for finding the next stair down. You can also find money this way too, though I haven’t really found a super-good use for money yet. You can’t usually buy decent equipment, you wind up being more likely to find them when you kill monsters.

The only other thing I figured worth mentioning is that this is the first Diablo clone I’ve played that had useful exploding barrels. And are they ever! Check this out:

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You can aggro a whole bunch of monsters and just run along toward your goal until you pass some barrels. Then you run around the barrels until enough of the monsters are gathered, and BOOM. Easy experience and items, good times for all (except those poor bastards I just killed.)

Diablo clones, Ahoy!

January 31, 2008

If you were keeping up with my GameDev.net Journal, you may recall that I was interested in playing as many “Diablo clones” as I could. I’m going to be very loose in my classification of what makes a game a Diablo clone, suffice it to say that if there’s some amount of Action and a peppering of RPG, then I’m there. I’m going to consider Fallout a turn-based Diablo1 clone, until such time as I deem myself horribly wrong.

I decided it was time to see if I could pick up some of the games from my Diablo clone list at E. B. Games. I found only three:

Dungeon Siege II Deluxe Edition ($19.99cdn)
Fate ($19.99cdn)
Restricted Area ($39.99cdn)

I’d say that of the three, you would be most familiar with Dungeon Seige. I’ve installed that first, and it will be the first of the three I will try out. I’ve never played any of these games, and I have no idea what I’m getting into.

Some of you may recognize Fate, and if you’re not familiar I recommend giving the demo a shot. I was addicted but the time ran out and I didn’t get around to picking it up until now. I’ll probably be trying this one last, since I’ve already been here.

I’ve never heard of Restricted Area, and I’m sure you probably haven’t either. It’s set in a futuristic sorta Shadowrun-looking world. I have no idea what to expect from this, but I’m excited to play it. I expect cool things from it. I’ll certainly be posting about it no matter how I feel about it, so be sure to check in once in a while if you’re curious.

If you know of any Diablo clones that aren’t in my list, please drop me a comment and let me know? I’d really appreciate it.