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Friday Frugal Findings – RPG Special

After much discussion with Deadman this week we came to the conclusion that there is not enough love for the Role Playing Game as there should be, so following his tribute to the much maligned and misunderstood genre of gaming, we set off on an adventure to bring you the best prices on some of the greatest RPG’s around in this a Friday Frugal Findings RPG Special, Wizard’s hats and Broadswords at the ready everyone.

Demons Souls; at Amazon UK
PS3 – £17.34/$28.49/19.82 Euro

Top of the shop when it comes to brutality, Demons Souls is truly unparalleled when it comes to being unforgiving, if you fuck up, the game will fuck you up. As well as the hardcore gaming, open ended play setting and style, sheer beauty of its world and depth, what really made this title stand out was the use of multiplayer, which has everything you would normally expect to find and so much more. The network features allow players to leave hints, tips and clues for each other, revive the dead cooperatively and even invade other players games and hack and slash some poor un -expecting sod to pieces, but this is really only the half of it. If your yet to experience the carnage of this PS3 exclusive it is well worth your time and money, you may die a lot but for gamers looking for a sense of achievement this bad boy will certainly put you controller skills to the test.

Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption; at Amazon UK
PC – £17.96/$29.52/20.53 Euro

As this one would make my list of favourite games of all time, let alone RPG’s, I will endeavour to keep the gushing to a minimum. Lets begin with a warning, if you’re the type of gamer who only likes playing titles built on some of the more recent game engines then this one is more than likely not for you as it was released a little over 11 years ago, however you will be missing out on one of gaming’s cult classics if you can’t get beyond its slightly tired looking visuals. For all you old school tabletop RP’ers out there the name Vampire The Masquerade will mean something to you, however for those of you who have always cocked a snoot at the idea of book based games who may not be in the know, VtM was a gaming line published White Wolf which set the players as vampires or Kindred as they are known, who inhabit The World of Darkness which runs concurrently to ours, filled with Mages, Werewolves and all manner of other interesting folk. Redemption takes it setting in the same universe as you take on the role of Christof Romuald a crusader who is wounded on the field of battle and is nursed back to health by a Nun, Sister Anezka, which is where our story begins. In one of the most engrossing and well written storylines ever seen in gaming that takes you from Prague during the Dark Ages to modern day New York and London, this is a must for all RPG fans whether they be familiar with the pen and paper games of the same name or not.

Final Fantasy VII; via Playstation Network
PS3 – Around 10 of your currency of choice

This was the title that sold so many PS1’s back in the 90’s and rightfully so. For a start, although we’d had other Japanese RPG’s in Europe, such as the often forgotten Defender’s of the Oasis on the Game Gear, we’d never had a Final Fantasy release until this one showed up and when it did it blew us away. I remember how this travelled by word of mouth, I had mates at the time who had gotten the PS1 (or Playstation as we all called it back then) and this had come with it in the bundle, now some of these lads had never been near anything like an RPG in their lives and the very thought of playing anything outside of something without a bit of the old ultra violence or sports, would never have crossed their minds, if you would have told them the outline of this game before they had played it they would have given you the ol’ skunk eye, like they did to me every time I wouldn’t’t leave the house as some of my nerdier chums and I and where having a Talisman session, but Christ did they get into this one. It pulled in Rp’ers and non alike, it was massive and had ton’s of re-play-ability and it still does come to that. The titles antagonist has made such an impact on the gaming world as a whole that wherever you can customize a character in a game someone will always knock out a Sephiroth-a-like PC, which can be seen in uncountable MMO’s for example. Of course what makes every great RPG, the story, was immense and for many gamers who were new to the genre, they were surprised that a game could be so engaging and rich. I lost mates to this one for weeks at a time and I did the same, I even had a buddy of mine ring me at about half 12 one night sounding like someone had just stabbed his mother in the eye with a biro when Aerith, well I won‘t spoil it for you. If you have played Final Fantasy titles over the last few years and enjoyed them, we would suggest you take a look at the Granddaddy of them all which makes all releases since look sickly and green around the gills.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D; at Best Buy
Nintendo 3DS $36.99/£22.52/25.38 Euro

The very mention of this classic is enough to start a barroom fight over the greatest RPG of all time. Originally released back in 1998 on the N64 to great critical and commercial acclaim, it was always conceivable that a remake would appear at some point. The 3DS version stays true to the original and adds some neat new features to take full advantage of the hardware in Nintendo’s latest handheld as you take on the familiar role of Link as you travel through Hyrule in an effort to thwart the evil Gannondorf. A must for all Zelda fans and gamers who like there Role Playing Games with a blend of combat and puzzles.

You can find videos for all of these titles and many more over at Deadman’s tribute to the Gaming genre that gives you the most for your time and money.

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