Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

Look! A ranking of the 50 best RPGs on PC. I know, you never asked for this, but here it is. It is 100 percent correct, we double-checked. The RPG is a broad and deep sea and fishing out the best games from its characterful waters is no easy task. But we are capable fishers on the good ship RPS, and know when to humanely throw back a tiddler or fight to heave up a monster. Enough of this salty metaphor. Here are the 50 best RPGs you can play on PC today.

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Kenshi - Caliburn
Out now on the experimental branch only. To opt in to the experimental version, right-click on Kenshi in your Steam games list -> properties -> betas tab -> then choose “experimental”. If opting in, please be aware of bugs and instability.

Please report any bugs or feedback to either the Steam or Lo-Fi forums

  • Fixes for a few building interior visibility bugs
  • A fix for NPCs sometimes dying if you knocked them out and then left the area, now it takes their health into account.
  • Fixed bounty dialogue not triggering if you hand in Eyegor
  • Additional crash fixes
Kenshi - Caliburn
Out now on the experimental branch only. To opt in to the experimental version, right-click on Kenshi in your Steam games list -> properties -> betas tab -> then choose “experimental”. If opting in, please be aware of bugs and instability.

Please report any bugs or feedback to either the Steam or Lo-Fi forums.

Miscellaneous:
  • Stopped NPCs thinking animals are weak because they don't have weapons

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a crash if loading an invalid item in a character inventory (eg from a missing mod)
  • Fixed particle effects of buildings on roofs
  • Fixed crash if character dies while rearranging squads
  • Fixed missing temples in Holy Nation towns
  • Fixed DC_IS_NEARLY_KO being unhandled (it is a duplicate of DC_NEARLY_KO)
  • Fixed some dialog not triggering as DC_IS_ENEMY always returned true
  • Some minor fixes to the navigation mesh

Translations:
  • Chinese language updated to include user suggestions from the Steam Community forums.
  • German language has been updated to change a few words to shorter alternatives.

Special thanks to: 'Prd' for helping us to pinpoint the issue behind the missing Holy Nation temples, 'RustledJimm' for flagging a few dialogue errors, and 'Good luck' for extensive feedback on the Chinese Translation
Kenshi - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Natalie Clayton)

I hadn’t actually considered Kenshi would be getting a sequel. After six years in Steam Early Access, I imagined developers Lo-Fi Games would look at doing anything but reliving that process all over again. But working on the strange sandbox RPG must be quite fun, because they’ve got themselves in something of a jam. Lo-Fi Games want Kenshi to be the best it can be, porting it over to Unreal Engine 4. At the same time, they’re prepping a sequel.

Worried that the update will significantly stall work on Kenshi 2, the devs are asking: do you want a brand new game, or a better version of what you’ve got?

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Kenshi

Kenshi, Lo-Fi Games' eccentric sandbox RPG, left Early Access almost a year ago, but the developer has started work on a new version. This has become a distraction from work on Kenshi 2, however, so Lo-Fi Games' CEO is asking the community to help him decide how to proceed. 

Lo-Fi recently announced that it's switched to Unreal Engine 4, touting better graphics, performance, new features like cloth physics and other improvements. This isn't just for the sequel, either, which was announced back in March. Porting the original Kenshi's assets and trying to make them work with Unreal is now taking up more time than creating Kenshi 2, and Hunt's not certain it's worth it. 

"Personally I feel like it would be better to focus on Kenshi 2, which will have exciting new features, new content and world to explore and mechanics to play with, rather than remaking kenshi 1, which would be essentially the same game."

You can leave a comment here and vote in this poll if you've got a preference. The original is, despite being a bit rough, already great, so it seems like Lo-Fi's energy would be better spent on making the sequel—but maybe you think differently. 

Kenshi - Caliburn
Directly from Chris Hunt, Lo-Fi Games CEO and the man behind Kenshi:

"Good news everyone! There has been a change of plans with development, and we have switched to the Unreal engine!

Now, what does that mean?

GOOD SIDE:
  • Amazing graphics with little effort
  • Better performance
  • Less work for us long-term, as we don't have to worry about engine bugs and features. We can focus more on gameplay.
  • Fancy features, like maybe cloth physics for example
  • Better stability probably?
  • New pathfinding system

BAD SIDE:
  • More work for us short-term, porting is a huge job
  • We have less control over the engine
  • Modding support will be more complicated, Unreal is a difficult engine to work with and has limitations in this respect. I don't know the engine well enough to say how exactly. The likely scenario is "more powerful but more difficult". The FCS will remain the same, but will control less stuff. Mod support will be a high priority for us though, so don't worry.
  • Kenshi 1 update now uncertain:
    Here's the kicker: Porting Kenshi 1 to Unreal engine is now way more work than making Kenshi 2, because we have to port assets and make the old stuff work, where for Kenshi 2 we are making the assets from scratch in the Unreal-compatible way. We have started porting Kenshi 1, but I'm not sure whether to finish it because it is a lot of extra work and will delay Kenshi 2

So I'd like some feedback from people. Personally I feel like it would be better to focus on Kenshi 2, which will have exciting new features, new content and world to explore and mechanics to play with, rather than remaking kenshi 1, which would be essentially the same game."

To get some more definitive feedback we've also put up a poll here: https://www.strawpoll.me/18697532

P.S. This does not mean Epic Exclusive, it's just a game engine choice. Don't panic.
Kenshi - Caliburn


Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a crash related to adjusting the font size.
  • Fixed an issue with loading screen tips displaying incorrectly for some users.
  • Fixed an issue with character and NPC names displaying incorrectly.
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Kenshi - Sam


This patch includes a number of changes which have passed the previous experimental branch version and additional fixes directly to the live branch.

Translations:
  • French translation updated to correct some errors
  • Chinese translation updated to correct some errors
  • Changed Chinese Language font - Following community feedback we have reviewed the Chinese language font with our translation partners and changed the font to one which is more legible.

Bug Fixes:
  • Random crash fix
  • Fixed dismantle button missing from turret info data panel if upgradeable
  • Fixed crash in Escape Cannibal Cage tutorial
  • Fixed clothing being chosen for characters before race limiter is set up
  • Fixed boots spawning on characters with no legs
  • Fixed boot slot not being disabled for characters spawned with no legs
  • Fixed crash when making savegame names ending in '...'
  • Fixed getting stealth XP when in a cage

Steam Community Forums:
  • We're currently working to update the stickied posts and consolidate some of the information into a more readable format. These updated stickies will be translated into other languages where possible.
  • Added Chinese language sub-forum on the Steam Community Forum - Our Chinese translation partners will be assisting us with user feedback here
  • Added Japanese language sub-forum on the Steam Community Forum - Our Japanese community manager will be assisting with user feedback here
  • Added Russian language sub-forum on the Steam Community Forum


Help my mods are missing!
This seems to be a wider Steam issue going on the reports from other game communities, leaving the mod restore steps below anyway for posterity but I recommend hanging tight for now and waiting for something from Steam.

If your mods are missing after this or any other client update we recommend the following steps, they're listed in this order to make it as painless as possible.
  • Restart your Steam client and see if this fixes the issue.
  • Restart your computer and see if this fixes the issue.
  • Change your Download Region in Steam settings, if this fixes the issue you can change it back afterwards.
  • Go to your steam folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\workshop) and delete the appworkshop_233860.acf file. Right click Kenshi in your library, hit properties then 'Verify integrity of game files...' this should force it to re-download your mods.
  • Unsubscribe and resubscribe to the mods on the Steam Workshop. (If you favourite them first it makes it easier to find them again)
  • Remove and reinstall Kenshi. (Make sure to back up your save file first!)
  • If none of the above works please contact Steam Support.
Kenshi - Sam


Following a huge amount of community feedback we've added Steam Trading Cards to Kenshi, once again thanks to everyone for all of your support. The current loadout includes a full set of badges, 5 trading cards, 5 backgrounds and 5 emotes which are previewed below.

Additionally, we're still working on finding an appropriate merchandise partner and hope to share an update around that sometime soon.


Badges:

Rank 1:


Rank 2:


Rank 3:


Rank 4:


Rank 5:


Foil Badge:



Trading Cards:
Skeletons:


Hivers:


Gorillo:


Bonedog:


Beakthing: - (Aware of a mistake on this including a space in the name, we've requested it to be changed)


Backgrounds:

Background 1 - Dunes:


Background 2 - Drifter:


Background 3 - Ashlands:


Background 4 - Shek:


Background 5 - Beep:


Emotes:

Emote 1 - Cactus Rum:


Emote 2 - Holy Flame:


Emote 3 - Greenfruit


Emote 4 - Dustwich:


Emote 5 - Beeped:


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