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Posted by WorstUsernameEver - at Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:11:24 GMT

More than two decades after the release of the original Wasteland, its sequel, Wasteland 2, developed by the team at inXile, has been released. It can be bought on Steam and on GOG (Classic and Deluxe editions get separate store pages), for $39.99/€39,99/£29.99 and $59.99/€54,99/£44.99 respectively.

Here's the launch trailer:

And a few words from Brian Fargo, from the Kickstarter update celebrating the game's launch:

I’m very proud that we have delivered on our promise of the deep and nuanced CRPG that you had all been hoping for. I’m also quite proud of the team at inXile for their hard work and passion to deliver something special. It was the highlight of my career when you stepped up to support the development of this game. Having your trust meant everything and there was no way we were going to let you down.

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your comments and the unique experiences you’ll have. So much of the detail is not obvious at first as you will carve a natural path through the world, there are so many numerous ways to handle situations. If you ever think you are stuck, there are probably 2-4 more ways to handle it. In fact, we’ve re-visited the concept of where and how a game can end so some of you will find vastly different endings that don’t all take place at the same point in the story.

The power of a great RPG to me is that the memory of the time I spent playing stays with me long after I finished the game. I hope this has the same lasting effect like the classics have done prior.

A few reviews have also already gone live: Eurogamer (8/10), Rock, Paper, Shotgun (scoreless, but their opinion of the game is mostly positive despite some quibbles with the art design, interface and skill design), Digital Spy (4/5), PC Gamer (83/100), Pixel Dynamo (8.9/10).

Posted by Sander - at Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:26:38 GMT

Wasteland 2's release date is drawing near, though many of you may already have access to the Beta version. And inXile is slowly starting the hype machine. Today, a combat trailer!

Wasteland 2 is set for release on September 19th.

Posted by WorstUsernameEver - at Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:42:01 GMT

While we wait for the release of Wasteland 2 and any Fallout/post-apocalyptic announcements, I rounded up a couple of Fallout-related tidbits.

First of all, crazy YouTuber "Many a True Nerd" has done a full playthrough of Fallout 3 trying to kill every NPC (and knock down the many, many NPCs marked as essential at least once). You can see the first episode here:

(thanks Kotaku).

Secondly, Josh Sawyer chatted about New Vegas during the course of PC Gamer Show's second episode:

Thirdly, Polygon has an article about how Dead Money help one of their writers explore her sexuality. Here's a snippet:
I first met Christine in the collapsed shell of a former medical building deep in the Sierra Madre. She'd been mutilated and trapped inside an Auto Doc, maimed so badly she could no longer speak. It took several minutes of guessing and wild gesticulating before she and I could form a dialogue, thanks to the deep slashes across her face and throat. We navigated through her injuries and Christine’s justified inability to trust.

I was also able to express concern for her well being with the Cherchez La Femme perk, a mutual vulnerability that resonated with my real-world physical body.

My real emotions responded when my avatar communicated with her and shared concern. Christine was no longer just a series of digital signals and impulses to me. She was real. This sudden instinct I felt to protect her was entirely facilitated by projection of self through the avatar. When given the chance, I was able to emotionally invest in a way that was scary but satisfying.

My Hero Complex was fully intact and, seeing it indulged, I saw how universal this drive could be. Was this how men get to feel all the time?

Lastly, ShoddyCast has published a couple of trivia quizzes on Fallout lore in addition to their usual lore series videos. They are pretty easy, but if you are bored and can't think of anything else, you might as well spend a couple of minutes on them: