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GURPS: Steve Jackson Games created the GRUPS (Generic Universal RolePlaying System) line of role playing games and have released numerous pen-and-paper games using the system, both on their own original properties along with licensed properties (including video/PC games like Sid Meier’s Alpha Centari). Back in 2002, Steve Jackson Games announced a plan to release a number of online games based on the GRUPS system which would be developed by Worlds Apart Productions. However, the games for whatever reason were never released. (Worlds Apart was recently purchased by Sony Online)
The GURPS system is still hugely popular and would certainly lend itself well to an online RPG system. FiringSquad attempted to contact Steve Jackson himself to find out about any upcoming GRUPS video or PC game projects but he would not comment on any such future plans.
Paranoia: There are only a few humor themed pen-and-paper RPGs out there but the dystopian future at the center of this classic game lends itself well to such treatment. The game is set in a domed city called the Alpha Complex where the Computer rules all but secret societies exist to combat the rule of the machine. The game was originally created in 1984 and has been revised several times (one of the original creators is Greg Costikyan, an outspoken game designer who most recently co-founded the independent PC game publishing company Manifesto Games). Currently the rights to Paranoia have been owned by Moongoose Publishing who released the latest version in 2004.
FiringSquad contacted Moongoose to find out if there are any plans for a Paranoia game and a representative told us, “To our knowledge, there is talk of a Paranoia mobile phone game, but nothing for PCs or consoles.” Perhaps with his new Manifesto Games company Mr. Costikyan could start a Paranoia PC game.
Space: 1889: What if the Victorian era of had started space travel? That’s the premise of this highly original pen-and-paper RPG created in 1988 by Frank Chadwick. The game (who has a title that’s a direct parody of the 1970’s sci-fi series Space 1999) has Thomas Edison creating a way for ships of that time to head into space and the main nations of the world use that technology to colonize other planets in our solar system. The game actually had a computer game released for it back in 1990 by the now defunct Paragon Software corporation. However we think the “steampunk” premise of Space 1889 would lend itself well to a more advanced video-PC game that can take advantage of next-generation art and graphics. There is no word on if any game publisher or developer has any plans for a new Space 1889 game.
Delta Green: Pagan Publishing’s pen-and-paper RPG is a kind mix of The X-Files with the Cthulhu mythos. The game, which is still being published, has a secret team of the US Government going after the evil supernatural threats that exist in the Delta Green universe. In addition to the game itself a series of Delta Green novels have been published. In 2002 Flying Lab Software announced plans to release a squad based action-RPG based on the Delta Green series that would have used the LithTech engine. However those plans were put on hold when Flying Lab decided to put its full attentions on its still-in-development MMORPG Pirates of the Burning Sea. However, the Flying Lab web site still has its Delta Green page online so perhaps one day we will see their plans come to fruition.
Godlike: Created by Delta Green co-creator Dennis Detwiller, Godlike is a decidedly darker look at super hero RPGs. Set in an alternate WWII where super heroes of both sides of the war exist, this game series forgoes the highly colorful tights of typical super hero settings for a far more serious look at the genre. Godlike’s publisher, Arc Dream Publishing, has released several products in the series and a spin-off called Wild Talents will be released late this year.
There was some talk of a Godlike PC game in the works but those plans never came to fruition. Detwiller still works on the Godlike game and other RPG projects while also working as a game designer for Radical Entertainment who has been working most recently on the upcoming Scarface game for Vivendi. Perhaps he can persuade his superiors to take on the Godlike banner and bring the series to the video and PC game realm.
There are of course tons of other pen-and-paper RPGs that would be perfect for being turned in video and PC titles. Which of your favorite would you like to see adapted and why? Post your feelings and suggestions in the comments and we will try to find out if they are underway.
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Preview Elemental: Fallen Enchantress is a standalone expansion pack and follow-up to developer Stardock's previous game in the series, subtitled War of Magic. That 4X strategy game was highly-anticipated and slated to compete with games such as Sid Meier's Civilization V for your turn-based strategy play-time, but was released in an incredibly broken and unfinished state that it never fully recovered from. Lead designer Brad Wardell apologized profusely to fans and set out with his team to go back to the drawing board and try again.
Almost two years later, the result of that proverbial mulligan is currently undergoing closed beta testing. In today's article, Will reports his thoughts on how Fallen Enchantress is shaping up, and will tell you whether or not you should be keeping an eye on it as it nears release later this year.
The Elder Scrolls Online Details Leak - Should Fans Be Excited? The Elder Scrolls Online, long rumored to be in development, was officially announced yesterday. Still in development at Zenimax Online Studios, this MMO aims to combine traditional genre mechanics with the spirit and sensibilities, not to mention setting and lore, of the immensely popular series of single-player RPGs. Though the game is set for a full unveiling in the next issue of Game Informer magazine, what appears to be the entire cover story article has been leaked to the interwebs already. In today's article, you'll find summary and analysis of all the alleged details, as well as feast your eyes on the very first screenshots and concept art from the game. Of course, the burning question now is, should you be excited?
ANNO 2070 Review
The year is 2070. The majority of life on Earth was devastated when global sea levels surged after the melting of the polar ice caps. Swaths of previously habitable land are now deep underwater, and sovereign nations are a relic of the past. But there is still hope...
This city-building RTS/simulation game from Ubisoft tasks you with re-colonizing what little land areas are left on the planet following a global warming apocalypse. Does it have what it takes to be worthy of your time and money, or should it be cast out to sea with the rest of civilization? Find out in today's review!
Hear that? It's the sound of the largest computer chip manufacturer in the world churning out new processors to power your gaming rig. This week, Intel is launching their next generation of Core CPUs, code-named Ivy Bridge. Like last year's Sandy Bridge chips, they're low-power, quad-core powerhouses that also feature integrated graphics processors. Want to find out more? Maybe check out a whole bunch of performance benchmarks on both the CPU and graphics sides of things? Well you can, in today's review!
Intel Z77 Chipset & DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Overview
Looking forward to those new Ivy Bridge CPUs? In anticipation of their release later this month, Intel has already unveiled the new Series 7 chipsets designed especially to take advantage of what will be the 3rd-generation of Core processors. In today's article, we take a look at the architecture of the enthusiast variant, the Z77, and how it's used in the Intel Desktop Extreme DZ77GA-70K motherboard. Even if you're not particularly interested in the motherboard itself, you'll probably want to see some of the new features that come along with it, so read on!
Mass Effect 3 PC Review
This latest release from EA/BioWare is the final entry in their trilogy of sci-fi action RPGs, putting you in a dire situation: rally the troops to save Earth at all costs. There was a lot of hype surrounding the final act of what has been a vast and highly-customizable story-telling experience, and the reception among many hardcore fans has been less than stellar. Even people that haven't played the game have probably heard about all the nerd rage going on over Mass Effect 3's ending...
If you want to cut through all the crap and find out whether or not the rest of ME3 is worth playing, come check out Will's spoiler-free take on the first blockbuster game release of 2012.
Batman: Arkham City PC Review Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to 2009’s smash-hit action game Batman: Arkham Asylum. As the name suggests, you will be reprising your role as the Caped Crusader and going against an even larger 'prison' filled with Gotham's criminals and villains. A textbook example on how to do a proper sequel, Arkham City takes what worked in the original, excised or improved upon what didn’t, and elevated everything to an even greater scope. The PC version suffered from a few months of delay, but in that time, Rocksteady worked closely to NVIDIA to implement some familiar technologies from the last game, such as PhysX and 3D Vision, along with new DirectX 11 optimizations. But how well was the whole package executed? Read on to find out!
Saints Row: The Third PC Review Saints Row is one of most unique series of games to build upon the open-world action template forged by Grand Theft Auto, and has met with plenty of critical and commercial success since it began on consoles back in 2006. This latest iteration, titled Saints Row: The Third promises the most outlandish fun and freedom of customization of them all, and in a much more PC-friendly package than its predecessor. Does it live up to those expectations and, more importantly, is it worth the price of admission? Find out in Will's latest review!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC Review The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is Bethesda Softworks’ latest offering in their series of epic fantasy RPGs, as well as one of the most highly-anticipated PC titles of 2011. As the Dovahkiin, or Dragonborn, prepare to take the fight to the mythical beasts that have returned to the realm after centuries of slumber, all the while exploring a huge and highly-detailed open world.
The PC version of the game promises enhanced graphical fidelity, standard RPG trimmings such as hotkeys and quick-save, as well as unbridled mod support, something we’ll all be thankful for once they release that SDK. Skyrim has already sold millions of copies and set records for play-time on Steam... Find out why in today's review, which happens to be one of the biggest and most in-depth articles on the subject out there!
L.A. Noire Complete Edition PC Review L.A. Noire, as the name clearly states, is a video game built on the tropes of one of the greatest periods of American cinema: film noir. Developed by the now defunct Australian developer Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games, this title has been out on consoles for a full six months before finally making its way to the PC. This “Complete Edition” of the game features improved graphics, keyboard/mouse controls, and every bit of previously-released DLC for free. But was it truly worth the wait? Read on and find out!