While it’s easy to get swept up in the visual attraction of role-playing games that support 3D graphics, massive online environments and other new technology, there’s something awfully reassuring about “old school” computer role playing games too. To that end, Exile and Avernum maker
Spiderweb Software keeps plugging away at its efforts. The company just announced Geneforge 2, a new fantasy role-playing game coming out this summer.
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Geneforge 2 is a fantasy game with science fiction elements too. You are a “Shaper,” with the ability to manipulate genetic technology to create life to serve your own needs. When you and your teacher are sent on a mission, things go awry — you find yourself in the midst of a conspiracy to overthrow Shaper rule and use hitherto forbidden powers.
Geneforge 2 sports an open storyline, and sports dozens of different potential endings. You’ll be able to replay it over and over again to reexperience the game with different outcomes.
Like Spiderweb’s Avernum series and Nethergate, Geneforge 2 sports graphics displayed from an isometric perspective, and if it’s anything like past Spiderweb offerings, it should have fairly modest system requirements.
Geneforge 2 will be US$25, or $32 with a hint book included. Look for it this summer.