Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Quintin Smith)

Here's a game about fighting dirty. So dirty, in fact, that they've smeared some grease on the camera lens.

Here’s an oddball for you. Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes is a tactical RPG put together by a four-man team who describe their game as “ironic”. The plot follows a young wannabe hero called Drake who fails the final exam at his military academy only for all of his successful classmates to go off and die in a terrible battle. In the subsequent and deeply awkward quest to save the world, Drake teams whoever he can find, including criminals, the world’s greatest hero (since fallen from grace) and “still the most dangerous of all creatures, whose help they could seek: WOMEN!”

Any takers? There’s a German demo out, but the installer apparently lets you change the language to English. Trailer follows… (more…)

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

  • Optimized english language texts
  • Trinigy vision engine update to 7.6.24, may improve stability (depends on DirecX SDK February 2010, you may need a local directx update)
  • Optional code for positioning hardware cursor (better results on lower framerates)
  • Performance improvements in quest
  • and dialog-system (fixes cyclic fps drops)
  • Config tool: added background music
  • Config tool: added windowed option
  • Config tool: added disable intro-videos option
  • Config tool: removed tahoma font dependancy (fixes a crash on some machines)
  • Fixed a bug where pressing escape in the option menu the first time would mess up the menu system
  • Clamped the mouse speed to 0.1
  • More error outputs if the gfx hardware does not meet the requirements
  • Charmed chars are auto-uncharmed if game goes into explore mode (fixes misc potential quest deadlocks)
  • Camera: iso move speed has been increased
  • Camera: height angles have been changed to avoid level collisions
  • Necessary release files are now copied into the related MyDocuments folders (write access is required, otherwise an error occurs)
  • Alternate improved exception handling with the option to send debug reports anonymously
  • Fixed a bug where you could not attack anymore after a levelup
  • Fixed a bug where the conversation would not continue if the related partners were out of processing range
  • Changed chocochicks fraction to friendly in order to avoid some movement deadlocks
  • Changed fraction of three soldiers in riverwind in order to avoid a movement deadlock situation
  • Dawnclaude is set to invisible before he joins the party (otherwise it was possible to kill him in advance)
  • Fixed a tooltip for dawnclaude not showing up
  • Added cheats (tba later)
Product Release - Valve
Grotesque Tactics is now available on Steam! To celebrate its' launch, the game will be available at 20% off now through October 22nd, 10AM PST.

Grotesque Tactics combines the features and clichés of popular Western and Asian console RPGs and provides a highly addicting and entertaining change to the current, more serious role playing games. The game is focused on providing the fascination of the Strategy RPG genre, but also weaves a humorous storyline and plenty of amusing dialogue, poking fun at some of today's most successful RPGs.

To protect the kingdom from the merciless cult "The Dark Church" which has murdered all of the kingdom’s heroes and knights, you will have to hire dubious soldiers and rescue jealous maidens who will follow you into combat as your groupies. Up to 10 heroes are deployed in tactical battles to take on the Dark Church with their mysterious special abilities.


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