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Columnists - The RPG Files

In this "whenever we feel like it" column, we'll be talking about, reviewing, and previewing all the best and brightest RPGs coming to the market, even if they're not "MMO" in nature.

Sister Wives - The Tale of the Modern RPG

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! This week, Chris talks about sweet, sweet love, erm… workin’ it, and how modern RPGs really seem to hate monogamy. Posted Feb 11, 2016 by Christopher Coke

SWTOR - Less MMO, More RPG Than Ever Before

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Hot on the heels of The Force Awakens, Chris jumped back into Star Wars: The Old Republic to see how it holds up. It’s half the MMO it used to be and a much better RPG because of it! Read on to find out why. Plus, in the Quick Hits, we have impressions of The Division, Darkest Dungeon’s roadmap from launch, a new character and the possibility of a new demo for Final Fantasy XV, free content for Shadowrun: Hong Kong, and more! Posted Feb 5, 2016 by Christopher Coke

On Bringing Dragon's Dogma Online to the West

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This week our friend Christopher Coke is celebrating a new arrival in his family, so Bill Murphy is sitting in to talk about the week’s RPG news. Also, he urges you all to play Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on the PC, so we might get the MMO version outside of Japan.Posted Jan 22, 2016 by William Murphy

What RPGs Need to Learn from Divinity: Original Sin 2

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Divinity: Original Sin was one of the most exciting RPGs of the year when it released. This year, Larian will unleash its sequel, Divinity: Original Sin 2. It promises to improve the original in nearly every way and other RPG developers need to take notice. Here’s what RPGs need to learn from Divinity: Original Sin 2.Posted Jan 15, 2016 by Christopher Coke

Oculus Rift is Overpriced and In Trouble

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Oculus made a splash by opening up pre-orders this week and unveiling their retail price at $599, substantially more than Palmer Luckey’s September “in the ballpark” of $350 quote. While many gamers are gleeful that virtual reality will soon be arriving in their very own living rooms, our RPG columnist is concerned. Is $600 just too much?Posted Jan 8, 2016 by Christopher Coke

That's Not an RPG! 2016 Edition

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It’s a new year and that means it’s time to return again to a question we first posed last year: What exactly makes an RPG? As different genres appropriate more staples of the roleplaying genre, the waters continue to get muddier and muddier. Is Fallout 4 an RPG, for example? How about Destiny? Let’s break down exactly what makes an RPG in 2016.Posted Jan 1, 2016 by Christopher Coke

Why The Witcher 3 is a Better RPG than Fallout 4

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As the year draws to a close, gamers and critics around the world are figuring what their best games of the year were. In the RPG category there are two clear contenders: Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3. Fallout is a phenomenon years in the making. On the other hand, The Witcher 3 is a grassroots success that has taken the gaming world by storm. Despite a long, beloved history and mighty publishing power of Bethesda, The Witcher 3 is by far the better roleplaying game. Here's why.Posted Dec 25, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Steam and the Rise of F2P RPGs

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Over the last year, Steam has begun recommending free to play RPGs to our intrepid RPG columnist. He decided to take them on and investigate exactly whether these “free to play” RPGs were worth your time. Click through to see what he found! Plus Marvel Heroes gets a new endgame mode, Elite: Dangerous gets planetary exploration, Diablo 3 takes on a new form of narrative, and more!Posted Dec 18, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Mordheim - City of the Damned - Not So Damned City

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We’ve covered Mordheim: City of the Damned on its path to release. Now that it’s here, we’ve taken Rogue Factor’s tactical RPG for a spin. Does it deliver on the tabletop games lofty pedigree? We’ve got the answer.Posted Dec 11, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Hard West - A Fun, Twisted Introduction to Tactical RPGs

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Hard West was released by CreativeForge Games last month and we’ve put it through the paces to offer you our unfiltered review. Offering a unique blend of Wild West shootouts and cult-inspired horror, is this tactics RPG worth the $19.99 buy in? Read our review to find out.Posted Dec 4, 2015 by Christopher Coke

What We’re Grateful for in the World of RPGs

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We spend hours and hours discussing our favorite games and looking to what’s to come. In all of that, it’s easy to lose sight of how much we have to appreciate in the here and now. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, and all of the people around the world who make our hobby possible, we’re devoting this special edition of the RPG Files to what we love in gaming. Join us in sharing our gratitude and let us know what you’re grateful for in the comments below!Posted Nov 27, 2015 by Christopher Coke

The Top 20 Highs and Lows of Fallout 4 So Far

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Fallout 4 has been out for a little under a week and we’ve spent hours sinking into the wasteland. Join Chris as he recounts the top 20 highs and lows of the game so far! Plus Sword Coast Legends gets an update, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets a big delay, Pillars of Eternity’s - The White March Part II gets a release date, and more!Posted Nov 20, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Fallout is Still Riddled with Bugs and That’s a Problem

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Gamers everywhere are returning to the wasteland. You’ll hear a lot in the coming weeks about how much there is to love in Bethesda’s new RPG -- and also about bugs. Like every Bethesda game before it, Fallout 4 has its fair share of glitches. Join us as we explore why this is a bigger problem than gamers make it out to be. Posted Nov 13, 2015 by Christopher Coke

10 Reasons Why PC is Still the Best Place to Play RPGs

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The PC vs Console rivalry is once again hot. Bolstered by the injection of 2013’s new console hardware, both groups are closer than ever before. But we at MMORPG love our PCs. Sorry console friends, here are the top ten reasons why PC is still the best place to play RPGs.Posted Oct 31, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Faceoff: Open World RPGs vs. CRPGs

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October is the most mainstream month isometric RPGs have seen in years. Wasteland 2, Sword Coast Legends, and Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition just around the corner, this is the month where CRPGs hit the mainstream like never before. Not to be outdone, November will push back with the open world juggernaut, Fallout 4. So, we’re going to do what any self-respecting gamer would do: compare the hell out of them.Posted Oct 23, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Sorry Game Critics, MGS:V is Nowhere Close to an RPG

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launched last month and across the internet people are labeling it as “pretty much an RPG.” We think that’s wrong and are here to tell you why. Plus, Cyberpunk 2077 news, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition gets a release date, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the ill-fated pre-order promotion and more!Posted Oct 9, 2015 by Christopher Coke

A Skeptic's Return to Destiny

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The original Destiny was a letdown. Our author played it through and, like so many others, left just after finishing the campaign, equally disappointed and aggravated at the game that should have been. With all the buzz surrounding The Taken King, he’s returned to see if it lives up to the hype. Is one expansion enough to overcome a year’s worth of mistakes? Posted Oct 2, 2015 by Christopher Coke

ARK: Survival Evolved - Where RPG and Survival Collide

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This week, the RPG Files digs into ARK: Survival Evolved and how its excellent blend of RPG mechanics and survival gameplay make it a game RPG fans should pay close attention to. But not buy. You heard us right. Read on to find out why and all of the week’s RPG news!Posted Sep 26, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Pushes RPGs to New Heights

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RPG Files is back from its two week break, and Chris dives deep into Divinity: Original Sin 2 and how it’s shaping up to be one of the most revolutionary RPGs in years. Posted Sep 18, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Pillars of Eternity - The White March Packs a Punch

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This week, a few of us at the MMORPG offices went hands-on with Pillars of Eternity’s first expansion, The White March - Part 1. Read on for what Chris thought of his first two hours in the game. Posted Aug 28, 2015 by Christopher Coke

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