Eschalon Book 2 release date

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Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Kickaha » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:05 pm

See http://www.basiliskgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3004. This is one I'm looking forward to!
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Jude » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:27 pm

Me, too. Did it say if there was a choice of a female protagonist, this time?
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Kickaha » Sat May 01, 2010 11:56 am

Yes you can play as either sex - see http://basiliskgames.com/eschalon-book-ii. Shame it's been so delayed but that gives me a breather after finishing "Avernum 6" before I launch into another RPG!
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Kickaha » Thu May 27, 2010 3:12 am

And I've now downloaded the Mac build and have started playing! Looks very good indeed, I find old school games easier to play than 3D ones.
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Kickaha » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:52 pm

Have now finished!

Eschalon Book 2 is a traditional turn-based RPG game. You can play either a male or female character, and choose between playing as a fighter or mage or thief. The game is presented as an isometric third-person view, with dynamic weather which affects gameplay (so firebolts don't work so well when it's raining.) Dialogue is text-based rather than spoken.

The plot carries on from Eschalon Book 1. It's a standard quest for powerful object, but there are plenty of side quests and NPCs to talk to. There is a nice range of dungeons to trawl through, locations to locate, and enemies to fight. The graphic quality (I played at 1028 by 768 resolution) is great, one can play as a dedicated mage which I prefer unlike the first game, and I enjoyed playing. Definitely looking forward to the third game.

The ending was a bit of an anti-climax, at least for my mage who could cast Invisibility. The last boss General Ghorr became gore rather too easily. But there had been some good battles up to that point. Striking a good balance is difficult, the first game again was too easy at the end.

The second game also seemed to be incomplete. You can reach the entrances to dungeons only to be told your way does not lie there. The end scoresheet you get said I had achieved no challenges - I didn't get any challenges to achieve so that was confusing. Dialogues didn't always reflect actions - so if you talk to the guards you must pass to get to Durnore after already passing you get nonsense. But overall this was a good game.
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby draclvr » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:09 pm

Ooo... Can't wait to hear what Jude thought of this one on her Mac...
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Jude » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:29 pm

I haven't bought it yet, but I liked the first one.

@ Kickaha, if you email the designer with your list of "bugs" he will read it. He listens to feedback and changes things if he can. Also, you may want to /check out/post on the forum there to see if other people had the same problems.
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Re: Eschalon Book 2 release date

Postby Kickaha » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:27 am

Thanks Jude that's worth doing - I tried to avoid checking forums too much, but it was from a forum that I learnt how important Perception was as an attribute to build up. Critical for mages.

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