If Daedalic Entertainment's turn-based role-playing game, Blackguards, has you on the fence, you can test drive a no-risk demo of its first chapter on Steam. I like it's self-professed "appealing, dark story of villainy." I like it's criminals-as-protagonists approach.
I'm having difficulty, however, getting behind the idea that grim fantasy translates into dimly lit, hard-to-discern characters of I-can't-tell-who's-standing-where on hexagon maps. It may all pan out clearly once I see it in action, though.
Blackguards' special edition is on GOG.com. The standard edition and demo are on Steam.
Blackguards demo available now – Chapter #1 released as free public demo
Hamburg, January 21st, 2014 - A few days before the official release of Blackguards, Daedalic Entertainment opens the gates to Aventuria for everyone: the first chapter of the turn-based RPG is now available as a free demo version for PC and Mac.
This version includes all of the finalized game's features, including the advanced character creation, which has been implemented in the course of the last weeks due to feedback given during the Early Access phase. Players can use save games they created while playing the free demo in the full game as well.
A download of the demo can be found on the following pages:
Blackguards' will be released on January 24th, 2014 for PC and Mac online. The Standard Edition will be available for US$39.99/ €39.99/ RUR699/ £29.99 and the Blackguards Collector's Edition for US$ 59.99/ €59.99/ RUR999/ £44.99.
Blackguards is probably one of the bleakest stories ever told in the universe of 'The Dark Eye':
What if the only remaining hope of a world is not a company of virtuous heroes, but instead a bunch of outcasts and criminals?
Blackguards will answer this very question. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters.
They may spare the world its grim fate, but their good deeds are neither acts of kindness nor heroism, but according to their roguish nature rather a result of their attempts to save their own hides.
Staying alive is a feat of its own, since not only the long arm of the law wants their heads, but there are also other, mysterious powers with much more sinister intentions on their trail. As if all this wasn't enough, Aventuria's south is crawling with dangerous beasts and monsters...
Blackguards is a turn-based RPG with strategic combat and combines the studio's high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment.
Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss.