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« on: September 10, 2008, 05:02:12 am »

So I was wondering--what are the good steampunk-themed computer and/or video games? The Myst series, of course, must head the list, and I'm guessing Bioshock will find its way on there (I've never played it, so I don't know how good it is), but what else? Surely, that cannot be all!

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008, 05:10:49 am »

I'm fairly certain this thread already exists. However, if one is looking for Steampunk games, one need not look much further, than Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura. It's a delightful gaslamp fantasy RPG in the isometric style, developed by Troika. I'm currently playing through it myself, and loving it. It's got a highly flexible character development system. Four words: necromancer with steampunk flamethrower.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2008, 05:38:16 am »

There are lots of Steampunk games in the works currently... and I mean by game companies not just indie stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2008, 06:06:19 am »

how about Rise of Legends? Nice RTS with a steampunk faction.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2008, 06:28:00 am »

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles on Gamecube.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2008, 07:15:27 am »

Oh, of course Final Fantasy 6 (was released back in the day as 3 in america i thinks)
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008, 08:38:50 am »

Final Fantasy VI is one of the best, but nothing tops Arcanum, I'd say.  If only I knew where I put my copy!  I know I own one, I simply can't find it....
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 12:44:49 am »

I'd add the excellent Planescape Torment, and the Fallout series.
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 12:48:48 am »

I'm too lazy to do it, but if you do a search for steampunk video games, you'll find the most comprehensive thread on the subject farther back in the board.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008, 01:32:50 pm »

Dark Cloud 2 was steampunkish. That's a fun game.
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2008, 10:14:04 pm »

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I'm guessing Bioshock will find its way on there

Having played Bioshock, I wouldn't label it "steampunk" (though some of those characters in diving suits have a steamy flavour  Cheesy). This game is actually set in a city which has kept and developped Aesthetics of the 1940's rather than those of 19th century.

Concerning "steampunk games" I wonder if the Myst series could fit in such a category : its multiple worlds and the puzzles to resolve in often imply great mechanics (like a gear-rotating fortress in the first opus) and some places could definetely fit in the victorian science-fiction (I think of the laboratory of Myst four).
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2008, 10:52:35 pm »

Could someone post a few steampunky screenshots of myst? The ones i've seen don't seem to punky to me, more fantasy. Are airships involved on any level?
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2008, 11:01:12 pm »

Planescape Torment...  What a game.  It's years since I played.  I might have to go back to it
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2008, 04:06:40 am »

As far as I can tell there are very few games that have a solid steampunk theme. (And I've looked!)

There are a lot of games (RPGs by Square especially) that have a few brief scenes that could qualify, but the total steampunk content is very low.

There are some good games that are set in a WWIIish era that feature airships. "Crimson Skies" comes to mind if you like combat flight sims.  "Rule of Rose" comes to mind if you like horror.

There are also some games that are sort of retro-future, even if the retro isn't retro enough to strictly be steampunk.  "Bioshock" is the obvious example.  "Resistance:Fall of Man" too.


There's this list on Wikipedia. But A-It's a short list.  and B-It contains some games that are marginal.



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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2008, 06:49:31 am »

Well as I said on the other thread that I guess is now buried in the recesses of the board...

Skies of Arcadia.

Three little words, look it up. You will not be disappointed. It is the single most Steampunk game ever made.
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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2008, 10:57:49 am »

Could someone post a few steampunky screenshots of myst? The ones i've seen don't seem to punky to me, more fantasy. Are airships involved on any level?
-matt

Here's a few from google:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
There's better images to be found in the game. These are just from a quick google.
Can't remember I have seen an airship in it.
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2008, 06:31:46 pm »

Wow.  I haven't seen a screenshot of the Myst mechanical age entrance gears in a LONG time!!  It boggles the mind to think of the strides made in computer graphics since then.

Arcanum still heads up my list of favorite steamy games, and when you think of it, it remains one of the only true steampunk games - nearly all others are just influenced by the style, not necessarily revolving around the genera
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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2008, 11:03:08 pm »

Arcanum still heads up my list of favorite steamy games, and when you think of it, it remains one of the only true steampunk games - nearly all others are just influenced by the style, not necessarily revolving around the genera

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2008, 11:10:14 pm »

Doubly agreed; I only played arcanum recently, and it was awesome. I'm now spreading it amongst my friends, and trying to start a steampunk revolution amongst them..........
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2008, 11:15:09 pm »

Valkyria Chronicles was just released for PS3. It is from the same team that developed Skies of Arcadia. It even has guest appearnces from the three main characters of that game!

The setting looks to be a loosely Fantasy based world with WW2 era technology in a totally over the top style. More Dieselpunk meets Fantasy, but relevant all the same.

The official trailer:
http://kotaku.com/gaming/clips/valkyrie-of-the-battlefield-comes-to-life-302854.php
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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2008, 04:31:21 am »

Skies of Arcadia.
I just went to add this game (Gamecube version) to my Gamefly rental queue and found that it was already there. 

I have high hopes for this game.  It had better be great!
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2008, 04:43:56 am »

It is an incredible game!

I can't think of another game that combines traditional FF style RPG elements with a fully fleshed out airship combat engine!

Skies of Arcadia.
I just went to add this game (Gamecube version) to my Gamefly rental queue and found that it was already there. 

I have high hopes for this game.  It had better be great!
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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2008, 06:44:04 am »

Well as I said on the other thread that I guess is now buried in the recesses of the board...

Skies of Arcadia.

Three little words, look it up. You will not be disappointed. It is the single most Steampunk game ever made.
It is also one of my all-time favorite games. I had Skies of Arcadia: Legends for the Gamecube, and if I could find my copy, I would still play it today.

One steampunkish game in development that looks interesting is Damnation. It seems to be a kind of cross between Gears of War and Prince of Persia, set in an alternate history US where the civil war has been raging for 40-odd years.
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2008, 03:20:23 pm »

The thief series, especially Thief 2: The Metal Age.
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« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2008, 06:07:42 pm »

Are airships involved on any level?
-matt
There is an airship in the third game. Unfortunately I can't find a screenshot of it.
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