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Game News September Madness - Pathfinder: Kingmaker Released

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Owlcat Games; Pathfinder: Kingmaker

    September Madness continues this week with the release of Owlcat Games' Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Kingmaker appeared in our lives out of nowhere back in May 2017. Some were skeptical at first - a rather generic-looking RTwP RPG from a team of Russian unknowns with obligatory Chris Avellone involvement, clearly intended to capitalize on the success of Pillars of Eternity. The game would soon would make its way to Kickstarter, and with each new update it became clear that this was no typical Eastern European shovelware product. The "team of Russian unknowns" was in fact a band of seasoned Nival veterans and roleplaying enthusiasts, who had been working on the game for at least a year. It was already in a quite functional alpha state when the Kickstarter launched, and the gameplay footage we saw was indisputable evidence that Owlcat knew what they were doing.

    So Pathfinder: Kingmaker is out today, and expectations are high. Not only is it the world's first proper Pathfinder CRPG, it's also in effect the first real D&D CRPG since Neverwinter Nights 2. Not to mention the game itself is an adaptation of a well-known Pathfinder tabletop adventure path. For those frustrated by Obsidian's iconoclastic take on the Infinity Engine formula, Kingmaker is an especially important milestone. But even with all their talent and experience, do Owlcat really have what it takes to produce a satisfactory adaptation of a six chapter adventure path on their first try - with a complex kingdom management layer on top, to boot? I guess we're about to find out. Here's the launch trailer:


    Pathfinder: Kingmaker is available now on Steam and GOG for $40. There are no launch day reviews, which strengthens my suspicion that Owlcat had to crunch on this game until the last minute. Some players are reporting severe loading time issues and typos - hopefully we're not about to witness another review bombing.
     
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  2. Grauken Arcane Patron

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    eh, nobody expects a game to be good on the first day anyway

    just waiting for the enhanced edition to see how good it really is
     
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  3. Van-d-all Learned

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    People are already complaining about some obvious bugs like the double typing in character screen, which solves the mystery of no review copies. The sad part is, there's also a save corrupting bug reported. Hopefully they'll patch it up.
     
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  4. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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  5. Jrpgfan Savant

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    Wtf is this september madness thing. Could you please stop using it in every news title? It sounds retarded. Thx.
     
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  6. jerfdr Novice

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    Can we expect a Darth Roxor review of this? Would love to read it.
     
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  7. V_K Arcane

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    You say it like being a seasoned shovelware producer is good thing.
     
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  8. Volourn Pretty Princess Pretty Princess

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    'Russia'.

    ie. Stealing an Amerikan game using an Amerikan writer and pretending it is all Russian original idea. All while drinking vodka. The Russian ideal. Russia. The country still butthurt that they aren't the most successful white nation ever. LMAO
     
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  9. Volrath Arcane Patron

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    Already better than the pillow abortions.
     
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  10. Ismaul Arcane Patron

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    So many games, it's M A D N E S S!

    As a Jrpgfan tho, you should be quite at ease with things sounding retarded.
     
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  11. Brozef Learned Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
    Very curios how it turns out.
    Please someone spoonfeed me since I reinstalled Path of Excel this week and will be on vacation the next. There is zero hope that I'll have time to check it out. I'll be back to play the patched, GOTY, Enhanced Edition.
     
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  12. DeepOcean Arcane

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    Hey, they made the last good Heroes of Might and Magic game, if you think that is shovelware, just look to all that crap that came after it and that shit would fit the definition of shovelware with high honors.
     
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  13. Jrpgfan Savant

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    And Silent Storm.
     
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  14. ortucis Prophet

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    Will this game repeat the success of Bard's Tale 4?

    :smug:
     
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  15. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    It topped out at almost 13k players today, less than PoE2, much more than BT4
     
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  16. Bocian Arcane

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    The absolute state of modern game development.
     
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  17. jerfdr Novice

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    And Evil Islands.
     
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  18. BEvers I'm forever blowing

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    And Rage of Mages 2.
     
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  19. ScrotumBroth Scrotal Projection Patron

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    Is anyone playing this? Or touching with a ten foot pole?
     
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  20. Jinn Arcane

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    I've played it for 5 hours already today, and plan on playing it for many more. If anyone has specific questions, I can attempt to answer them for you. I'll be checking in on the forums periodically.
     
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  21. jerfdr Novice

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    How many skill/ability score checks have you encountered so far? And of which skills/abilities? (without going into story spoilers pls)
     
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  22. youhomofo Augur

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    Would you say the game is a raging pile of homosexual feces or is it worthy of Codexian attention? I hated the crap out of POE's combat. Is this game more gooder or more worser, sir? Also, please answer in the form of a haiku.
     
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  23. Jinn Arcane

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    Well, if you dislike PoE combat, but like something a little closer to IE titles but - in my opinion - better, then you'll like the combat in this. It's definitely worthy of Codexian attention. I am sure many will consider it much better than PoE.

    Fuck your haikus :)
     
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  24. Zep Zepo Titties and Beer Patron Repressed Homosexual

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    In a few more days.. We can look forward to OCTOber Surpises!

    :mhd:

    Zep--
     
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  25. Jinn Arcane

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    I have encountered I believe 5-6 skill checks in dialogue, and 3-4 during exploration. I'm playing a bard, so they all ended up being diplomacy/persuasion checks. I passed them all with a high persuasion skill and an 18 charisma. The other ones have been agility checks to overcome barriers and lockpicking. There are also a lot of alignment dialogue options that seem to be tied to your starting selection. These will eventually shift you alignment.

    Oh yeah, there are skill checks every time you camp too, as far as I can tell. Obviously less vital to whatever roleplaying path you are taking in the game, but there none-the-less.
     
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