The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save...
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Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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September 18

Are You Ready For The End of Times?

We are 9 hours out from Wasteland 2’s Release! After 25 years the Desert Rangers are returning to save the last remnants of humanity. Get ready to embark on an all-new adventure into the desolate wastes of Arizona and California!

If you own Wasteland 2 in Early Access, your copy will turn into a final release copy automatically. If you have it installed this will be applied to your current installation as a patch.

Wasteland 2 will launch with two editions:

Classic Edition ($39.99/€39.99/£29.99)

Digital Deluxe Edition ($59.99/€54.99/£44.99)

Stay tuned!
- Wasteland 2 Development Team

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September 9

Wasteland 2 manual released

Check out the digital version of the Wasteland 2 Manual! This 100-page Ranger Field Manual will come printed with physical copies of the game, but we're making it available to everyone to read and enjoy right now. 10 more days to release!

You will find the manual under the "Manual" link in the Wasteland 2 page on your Steam Library, or on Google Drive at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3LlgONcNnMUUnVzRGxiUUJYb2M/edit

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Reviews

“Along with Bard's Tale, Wasteland was one of the games that made me want to make games. I was privileged that Brian gave me the opportunity to work on Fallout, and I have missed those games. Getting to play Wasteland 2 is like getting to return to your past and finding out that it is still as fun as you remember.”
Feargus Urquhart/CEO Obsidian & Lead Designer Fallout 2

“InXile can be really proud. Not only did they pave the Kickstarter road for CRPGs, they over-delivered with the end result and crafted a rich experience which will keep me busy for a long time.”
Swen Vincke/Creative Director of Divinity: Original Sin

“Brian and his team have managed to do the impossible, to recreate the magic that I felt playing Fallout for the first time.”
Brian Hicks/ Producer of DayZ

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale.
  • Three digital novellas set in The Wasteland world.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

The extras can be found in your Steam installation location for Wasteland 2. (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Wasteland 2)

Classic Edition

  • A free copy of Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic.
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format.
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments.

The extras can be found in your Steam installation location for Wasteland 2. (e.g. C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Wasteland 2)

About This Game

Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! After 2.5 years in development and with the help of over 70,000 Kickstarter backers, the Wasteland's hellish landscape is now waiting for you to make your mark… or die trying.

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, the first-ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG and the inspiration behind the Fallout series. Until Wasteland, no other CRPG had ever allowed players to control and command individual party members for tactical purposes or given them the chance to make moral choices that would directly affect the world around them. Wasteland was a pioneer in multi-path problem solving, dripping in choice and consequence and eschewing the typical one-key-per-lock puzzle solving methods of its peers, in favor of putting the power into players’ hands to advance based on their own particular play style.

The Wasteland series impressive and innovative lineage has been preserved at its very core, but modernized for the fans of today with Wasteland 2. Immerse yourself in turn-based tactical combat that will test the very limits of your strategy skills as you fight to survive a desolate world where brute strength alone isn’t enough to save you. Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone and get ready for maximum destruction with the RPG-style character advancement and customization that made the first Wasteland so brutal. Save an ally from certain death or let them perish – the choice is yours, but so are the consequences.

Key Features


  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Don't feel like finding the key for a door? Why not try a Rocket Launcher! Basically the same thing... right?
  • Enhanced Classic RPG Game Play: Classic RPG game play ideas updated with modern design philosophies.
  • Decision Making... with Consequences: With both short and long term reactivity to the players choices, every decision matters in the outcome of the story.
  • Huge & Customizable: Dozens of hours of game. Hundreds of characters. Thousands of variations on your Rangers' appearance. Over 150 weapons. Dozens of skills. Even the UI can be customized.
  • Steam Features: Wasteland 2 supports Cloud Saving so you can sync your saves across multiple computers!
  • Enhanced Audio: Immerse yourself in the post-apocalyptic soundscape with Razer Surround.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 300 Series or Radeon equivalent (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or Radeon equivalent (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Tactical turn based combat, a cover system, optimal fire range's on all the weapons that you will have to consider, crouch and head shot options, overwatch mode, weapons that can jam and need to be reloaded mid battle, all of which will cost you action points to utilize in combat. You also have a skill system for outside of combat that include things such as toaster repair (think the wasteland version of treasure chests), perception (land mines, trap/alarms on objects), lock pick and safe crack, computer repair, mechanical engineering and much more. All of your skills you will be finding yourself using quite often in your travels to do many things such as get the core out of a plastic man to performing surgery (a skill) on a kid who had his leg blown off from a land mine or fixing various broke down machines you come across for the people of the wastes to make their lives easier. There are so many places for you to use your skills that they never feel like a useless point dump when your weapon skills are high enough. With a story set in a post apocalyptic wasteland where life is cruel and unfair and just a bit radioactive (maybe more if you're not careful) that's what kind of game this is. The variety of people you meet along the way and places you will journey is just amazing, there were a few times where I found myself laughing out loud at something stupid I came across from some junkie's camp or in wonder at the place I had just discovered filled with robotic junk and run down machinery. It really was a joy to explore in this game I have to say. Many of the characters have some real personality to them that you will remember long after you move on which really makes it feel more personal when the NPC's you meet aren't soulless bunches of code and pixels you know? Often there were times where I found it had a very elder scrolls quality to it where you just look around you and go wow I can explore ALL OF THIS which, if you ask me, is just a fantastic thing to feel in a game.
Posted: September 23
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Okay, so this is my what?...61st game on Steam...! Yeah, there's a lot of pro and con with that fact, but there's no con with Wasteland 2, this game is GREAT. Reminds me, strongly of Jagged Alliance (in the best possible way), and Fallout (in the best possible way as well.) That said, this is NOT either one of those games, but instead it's both game series minus the flaws and inconvenient play geometery. As a Ranger you get to use pre-set members of your team, or create you own and export them to the box of pre-mades for later use. I've created 4 Rangers and found the process entertaining, thoughtful, and just a tad painful. That last part is due to having a set unmber of free points to put against abilities and traits, but in a world of bad guys, robots, and environmental problems I could use hundreds of points, but only get 7 and 12. So, my first team is okay, I have the difficulty set at Rookie, though I am not even close to that rating, I've played games since the absolute first, including 2 I wrote and gave away to those who had computers (about 120 people at the time). This game is too good, it's addictive like some kind of mental/heart rejoicing crack that will keep you up all night, calling in sick and only stopping when your last Ranger has fallen or you've conquered the game world presented. I love this kind of game, it's so much fun to see what comes up next to challenge my team, stalwart, good hearted, generous people all! Sniper, Mechanic, Outdoorsman, Explosives expert - and me controlling each to perfection! Well, maybe not quite that good, but we're still alive and just gained a level - a feat worth bragging over in any game! I'm retired, gaming is a large part of my life, (has been since the '60s when I played Squad Leader on boards spread over a 4'x8' sheet of plywood in the basement beneath a hanging light that gave just the right atmosphere to the whole experience. Now I have red LED lights for atmosphere, great stereo speakers and a powerful computer - everything any old man could need or want to enjoy those hours when sleep eludes and dreams are all digital! PLAY ON!
Posted: September 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Wasteland 2 is the best written game I've played in a very long time. Every time I find a new piece of junk I rush to read its item description. It helps that the gameplay is straight out of classic RPGs like Fallout 1 & 2, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Arcanum. The world isn't black and white but also not grimdark, you get the sense of a place where most people just try to scrape on by. Add to that challenging combat, believable characters, interesting environments (full of things to use your multitude of skills on and interesting to explore) and mood-setting flavor text at every turn. I've already spent a ridiculous number of hours in the wastes, and I imagine replaying this game many times in the years to come.
Posted: September 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
If you loved "Fallout 1" and "Fallout 2" as well as "The Fall - Last Days of Gaya" you will absolutely love Wasteland 2. Party based RPGs have been missing for a LONG time, those in a post-apocalytic setting for even longer. Wasteland 2 brings this forgotten genre back to live with thrilling tactical combat, great story telling and that sense of humor that made the orignal Fallouts so great in the first place.

I am not sure how far in the story I am now but after doing the first set of major places (4 of them visited) I can also say that they really stuck through with their promises that choices in this game would matter. Both local and immidiatly as well as on the grand scheme of things to come. And I love the game for it.

I am not really sure what some people's gripe with the combat system is because as far as I can see there is not much difference from X-Com's and Shadowrun's systems other than some rules about iniative that lead to enemies doing their turns before some of your squadmates do as well as squadmates having two action phases per round. And hey for the most part the AI acts a lot smarter than in those games, which makes overcoming forces that outnumber your squad quite the challenge. You gotta use the terrain and cover otherwise you are quickly out of means to heal your squad or even worse out of ammo.

A Modding Toolkit is announced for some time after release and when it arrives I am looking forward to playing some really great mods.
Posted: September 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
I remember playing the original Wasteland on my dads computer 13 years ago and I was clueless as to how the game operated and I spent no more than 2 minutes with it and never went back to it until last year.
I played through Wasteland and found myself pleasantly suprised by the depth the game had and how enjoyable and how much I got attached to my custom made rangers.
So now we have finally come to Wasteland 2 a game which has been patiently waited for by fans of the series for over 25 years (You give Half Life fans a run for their money) and it's return is glorious.
The story of Wasteland 2 is as follows, You and your group of rangers(All of which you can personally customize) are tasked with regulating the hostile wastes of Arizona and later Los Angeles from raiders, mutants, robots, cyborgs and more.
One aspect of Wasteland 2 is choice, like most games that have cropped up recently Wasteland 2 is no acception to choice based gameplay.
One of the first choices you make is decieding whether to save the town of highpool from raiders or saving an agricultural facility from mutants.
It was great to see that this choice had a lasting effect, as I choose the AG Center first, Highpool was destroyed and taken over by raiders as a result.
The gameplay is similar to the original Wasteland but thanks to the advancement of technology we now have gameplay which will be more remeniscent of the games which Wasteland inspired allah Fallout with it's turn based gameplay and chance based combat, this means you have action points which are used in combat and anything from movement, attacking, healing and reviving all take up points.
This means you have to be strategic and choose your actions carefully so 2AP for crouching, 3 for moving into position and 3 to take a shot.
Weapons all have different AP usage rifles typically use 7AP and using pistols and fists takes up 3AP.
Now onto the graphics.
Wasteland 2 uses the unity engine and it does a pretty good job of capturing the look and feel of the post apocolaypse with run down buildings, sandy plains and nature taking back the enviroment with green plantlife and vine covered roads and buildings.
It's been a long time coming and it does not disappoint in the slightest.
If you are a fan of the original Wasteland, Fallout or stories set in the post apocolaypse Wasteland 2 is one that will kick you to the ground, stick your head into an irradiated toilet and keep you invested until the bitter end.
Posted: September 23
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466 of 533 people (87%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Full Video Review = http://youtu.be/pqELTg4w2SU

Wasteland 2's story places you in the boots of four raw recruits to the desert rangers. The game starts you in the desert wastes of Arizona as you attend the funeral of Ace, a desert ranger who was recently killed. As the funeral ends the desert rangers leader General Vargas throws you into the deep end and sends you off to track down Ace's killer.

Let's start with character creation, in the game you start with four characters. You have the option of either creating your own characters or choose from pre existing builds, you can even have a combination of both. In terms of aesthetics the character models are not pleasant to look like and there isn't a large variety of faces to choose from. That being said the statistical side makes the appearance’s short comings up in spades. Your characters have both attributes which are things like strength and skills. There is a large range of skills available including things like lockpicking, safecracking and more. It's often best to create a diverse group after all the more skills your party has collectively, the more options you'll have throughout the game. I myself opted first for a assault rife bearing squad leader, a sniper with lockpicking and computer skills, a melee focused demolitions expert and a shotgun wielding medic, aptly named Doc.

When your not actually in a location, you'll be traversing the wastes on the world map. There are lots of locations to discover in the world and you can find hidden cache's of loot so its worth spending time to explore. On the world map you have to take several factors in to account when travelling. First is your water supply, your group has water canteens, each mile you travel will use up water and if you run out your party will take damage from dehydration. You can however stop of at any oasis you find in your travels to fill your canteens. Another factor is radiation, after all nukes do tend to leave some nasty after effects in the environment. Safe travel through irratiated zones can only be done by having the appropriate radiation suits, if you don't your party will die of radiation sickness very quickly. The world map also has random encounters not all of which are combat focused. Many will be raiders or animals that you must combat or run away from. Some will be travelling merchants or on the occasion something much more interesting.

Graphically Wasteland 2 isn't the prettiest of spectacles, However its art direction does bring a certain harsh, grittiness to the affair which is very appropriate for the post apocalyptic setting. I think the character models could have been done better as some of the models and animations have a blocky look to them which looks out of place. While it is not the prettiest of games, the effect animations such as explosions look well done. On top of that the things like NPC character art is fantastically done. On thing that does shine in the game is sound which is no surprise when
Mark Morgan who was responsible for the soundtracks to fallout and fallout 2 is your composer. Everything from music, sound effects and surprisingly voice acting is done superbly and brings a real atmosphere to the whole affair.



Let's move on to one of, if not the main part of the game, combat, after all theres plenty of dangers lurking in the wasteland and you can't avoid all of them. Those familiar with the recent X-com or the even more recent Divinity Original Sin will be right at home with Wasteland 2's tactical turn based system. Combat is straight forward and works from an action point system. Your characters attributes determines the amount of AP you have at the start of each turn as well as the order of which characters take their turns in. The combat is fairly fast paced similar to X-com enemy unknown, there is both cover and crouch mechanics too. The cover system is simplistic and being in cover gives you defensive bonuses. Crouching on the other hand improves your chance to hit as well as raising your chance to evade attacks.

Depending on the difficulty combat can become fairly challenging. Particularly later in the game when you meet tougher enemies and enemies with both unique mechanics and better weaponry. As you go through the game you can gain followers to your squad, these followers if you don't have the leadership skill can have a chance to lose control and they will do as they please in combat. Your weapons can also jam, usually at most inconvenient times, plus you will have to regularly reload your mags and watch your available ammo.

Overall the combat is solid, challenging and fun. It can throw you a few curve balls along the way too which is always good for keeping you on your toes. It's something that InXile had to get right and thankfully in my opinion they have executed it very well.

Wasteland 2 boasts a large number of quests to embark on. The great thing about the game is that you often have the freedom of choice in how to deal with the situations you encounter. Depending on who you have in your party and your skills, there are often multiple outcomes to any given scenario. An example of this is when I went to a graveyard and dug some graves, all was fine with me looting form the dead however upon reloading an earlier save I gained a different follower on the path and when I went to dig the graves my ally took offence to disturbing the dead and turn on my group. Things like this can happen all the time in the game and its great to see all the different possibilities there are. Not only does it ensure a good amount of re-playability but it also ensures that while two people can play the same game, different things will happen to each.

In conclusion wasteland 2 lives up to its namesake and not only provides a great post apocalyptic rpg experience but it provides a memorable one too. You will spend hours laughing at the video game culture references throughout the game as well as enjoying the well written characters. One thing I love is that the game doesn't hold your hand and lets you solve problems as you see fit, if there’s a wall in your way you could use the brute force skill or just throw a grenade, the choice is yours but the game won't tell you to do either, its up to you to come up with a solution if at all. The games story is strong and with its multiple choice system, there’s plenty to see and do. It's a solid title from InXile and something that you certainly felt after having such a successful crowd funding campaign, one that had to get right. While its release date has been pushed back several times, in all it seems it was worth it and Brain Fargo and the team have created a fitting sequel. While it does have its occasional issues and minor bugs, its a game that I would highly recommend adding to your collection. Whether your an avid RPG player or not, the majority of gamers will find hours worth of enjoyment in Wasteland 2.
Posted: September 19
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