The use of isometric games has been around for years. However, it wasn’t until recent years that this style of game design was used to create a game like Mass Effect. BioWare’s games always had strong isometric views in them, and this continued with Mass Effect. In this game players take the role of the protagonist as they go through the adventure of finding and working with the various crew members and their rag-tag group of allies fighting against the merciless evils. This leads to many memorable moments, where you play the character and see the world through his eyes as well.
Isometric games are those that view the game world and gameplay through an isometric camera angle, instead of from a top-down, top-view perspective. This viewpoint brings the first-person perspectives of both 2D & 3D, at times known as ma-graphics or igs, to life. A good example of an isometric is fallout 2, which is perhaps one of the better isometric RPGs on the market today. The world is top-down in this game, similar to the way you would view an RPG cut-scenes but better.
Another one of the isometric games that comes to mind is Baldur’s Gate. Like fallout 2, Baldur’s Gate plays much like an RPG; however, its perspective is almost totally different. Instead of looking down on your characters from a top-view perspective like in most RPGs, the camera views the characters from the third-person perspective. The camera views your character at an angle so that you can see facial expressions and much more. It really gives the player a sense of being a part of the action, instead of just playing the same old game over.
Another isometric rpg with great key features is the curse of the mage. This PC game has great potential and is shaping up to be one of the best RPGs of this year. It takes the “casts” of typical animes and replaces those with magic students. What makes this RPG very unique, is that the cast has special “blessings”, that can only be used by using special items that are obtained through gameplay.
One of the key features of this game is the excellent level design. Not only does it use isometric gameplay, but it also uses a very tight leveling system. In fact, there are only a few quests to complete in each area, and completing all quests and going after the goals for the game will take a lot of time. Some of the areas are even deplorable, which adds even more incentive to play the game.
The game is coming out soon, and if you like role playing games with fantastic storyline, and great graphics, then you’ll probably like the curse of the mage. There won’t be any major surprise if you like the RPG’s genre, or if you have played the original Sin II, which is a better version of this game. However, the concept, and implementation, of this game are absolutely stunning, and I look forward to more of their efforts. They already have some really nice visuals, and a very polished gameplay, which bodes well for their future projects. So if you like classic RPGs with great story, and excellent animation and graphics, then look out for the curse of the mage, which is going to be released soon.