Posts Tagged ‘Birthday’

Fable II – Staff Review

I’d like to start this review with a caveat. Normally, I don’t review sequels unless I have played the previous game. This time, however, I’m reviewing Fable II as someone who never played Fable. Though I won’t be able to tell what’s an improvement or a step down from the first game, I’ll be able to present the perspective of someone who is new to the series.

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Deus Ex: Invisible War – Staff Review

Nobody could envy the task set before Harvey Smith and Ion Storm: following up on the surprise success of Deus Ex. If they changed too much, they would risk losing what made the game special, but if they changed too little the series could stagnate. Unfortunately, the changes Invisible War brings to the table are too often damaging in comparison to its predecessor, and some of the changes make little sense on their own. Invisible War does deliver a compelling adventure, to a point, and brings a few neat ideas to the table, but it fails to meaningfully follow in Deus Ex‘s footsteps and makes too many of its own stumbles along the way. Continue reading ‘Deus Ex: Invisible War – Staff Review’ »

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria – Staff Review

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria has an impressive set of credentials to recommend it. Possessing a high-energy, yet tactically challenging combat system, an unexpected epic symphonic soundtrack, some truly impressive visuals, and a sharp, well written story, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria is a remarkable title which should appeal to a wide variety of gamers. However, those expecting an experience similar to Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth will be disappointed, as most of the gameplay mechanics that made it so unique have been gutted or outright omitted. There are also a few problems with stiff animation, poor lip sync, and a bit of excess deus ex machina late in the plot, but the game offers an entertaining and thought-provoking take on the Valkyrie Profile world to those willing to accept the changes it makes to the series. Continue reading ‘Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria – Staff Review’ »

RandomNPC Celebrates Two Years

Two years ago today, our diabolical plans dreams became reality as RandomNPC went live. Since then, we’ve grown in readership, added new features, and covered many new games.

For the next week, we’ll be celebrating our birthday by posting some special features. One will be a series of reviews for games that feature “2” or “II” in the title or are simply sequels of previous titles. We think it’s a great way to salute our second successful year, which is itself a sequel of our first year. We’ll also be running a special comic series from our local artist Michael “CactuarJoe” Beckett.

Thank you for supporting us for our first two years. Here’s to many more!

RandomNPC’s First Birthday Podcast

RandomNPC’s staff discusses how the site got started, its first year, and its future. Continue reading ‘RandomNPC’s First Birthday Podcast’ »

RandomNPC Birthday Nostalgia

(Most of) RandomNPC reflects on their first RPGs and what got them into the genre.

RandomNPC Turns One

One year ago today, RandomNPC went live. We’ve come a long way from the small reviews-only website we started out as, but we plan to continue to add features and grow. We appreciate the support of readers who have dugg us or have helped to support us in other ways; it’s really been a big help in getting the word about us out there.

Well, since it’s our birthday, we might as well bring out some sort of presents too. We’ll be posting several reviews and features as this birthday week progresses. We hope you all enjoy it ^^.

Happy Birthday to Us!