Role-Playing Video Games

Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing

This is a continuation of last week's interview with Hiroyuki Birukawa, the producer of Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, which premiered earlier this month.

How is this new series related to the original?

Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am

Alternative reality

Imagine being an independent director who has spent years planning what you perceive as an imaginative take about individuals finding new life through alien bodies - and then seeing James Cameron unfurling a US$240 million blockbuster of more or less the same premise months before yours does.

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Hexyz Force

Sharpen your swords and dust off those books of magic spells. The fate of the world lies in your hands in the fun, role-playing game (RPG) Hexyz Force for the Playstation Portable. It is a classic, old-school Japanese-styled RPG that uses all the genre's clich?s and devices to great effect. Thanks to good, solid storytelling, the game is really fun and engaging.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Crimson Gem Saga

The Sony PlayStation Portable has seen a number of lacklustre role-playing games but now we finally have one that shines a little brighter than the rest. Crimson Gem Saga is the latest offering from Atlus and it finally gives RPG fans a good solid game using classic old-school gaming elements.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Mana Khemia: Student Alliance

Learn alchemy by fighting monsters and gathering ingredients in a wild forest, in the mountains and in creepy old schools. That is the premise of the new portable PlayStation game Mana Khemia: Student Alliance.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica

Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica features 100 gaming hours, an intriguing storyline, oodles of monsters to kill, beautiful damsels in dire need of rescuing and a great soundtrack.

Even better, this Japanese role-playing game (RPG) is available for the Sony PlayStation 2 in English.

The game is developed by Gust and published by NIS America.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Knight fights

The time has come to sharpen your swords and dust off your spell books for Valhalla Knights 2, in which players confront big, bad monsters and an ancient evil hiding in the centre of the world.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Visual reality

The thronging lunch crowd in the main podium of Festival Walk passes without a second glance. In a white T-shirt, slim-fitting jeans and holding a bag of art supplies, Yoshitaka Amano looks much like any other shopper in the mall, even though he is standing in front of a huge sign that reads 'Eyes on Amano'.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Norse code

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is the latest role-playing game (RPG) for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) system from developer Tri-Ace. The game, first released six years ago for PlayStation 1, includes new computer graphics to enhance the story of Lenneth, a Norse battle maiden (or valkyrie).

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Fantasy world

Japanese illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, the artist who brought video game Final Fantasy to life, will hold his debut solo exhibition in Hong Kong next month.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

A game for killing time

There are only a few role-playing games (RPGs) available in the market for Sony's PlayStation Portable system.

Those games fall into one of three categories, just like the 1966 Sergio Leone spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Marcus points way of Dragon

Seven-time champion jockey Basil Marcus surely can't get it wrong twice in succession which is just one of the reasons his mount, the improving Country Dragon, is the one to focus on in the middle pin to tomorrow's Sha Tin Triple Trio.

1 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Stunning graphics paid for in loss of speed

Baldur's Gate is a monumental tribute to the grand-daddy of all role-playing games (RPGs) - Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

It is the most faithful presentation of an RPG modelled after D&D I have seen. Combine this with a great story line, and Baldur's Gate has the potential to be the best RPG of the year.

9 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Sega Saturn takes starring role

The list of games for the autumn looks to be quite interesting, especially the role-play games (RPGs).

The Sega Saturn has got the jump on its competitors in this arena.

There will be three English conversions released in the near future for the Saturn and one for the Playstation.

27 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Down into dark depths

The land of Mordor has pulled through the War of the Races and is now a thriving place with bustling cities and thousands of new settlers. The largest city is Marlith, built upon the ruins of Rohin, known to historians as Dejenol.

4 Aug 1996 - 12:00am