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Eschalon: Book II Reviewed
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Gear Diary has posted a review of the PC version of Basilisk Games's Eschalon: Book II. The RPG sequel includes improvements like re-rendered tiles, new weather effects, new skills, new monsters, and a larger world to explore.

The story starts after the end of the first game, with the introduction providing some linkage. It is nice that they provide enough context to keep fans of the original connected and also allow new players to jump right in without feeling lost. You start off building a character from scratch, selecting from gender (new!), as well as a complex set of background characteristics that help define your class.

You also can assign skills and attribute points, which combined with your background characteristics make up your overall player effectiveness. A default starting set of characteristics are provided, but you are given a ton of points to customize your player quite extensively.

Once you have figured out your character settings, you are launched right into the game. There are a few moments to get your bearings, but straight away a quest comes up that sets things to a thrilling pace.
Eschalon: Book II is scheduled for release on May 26th for Mac and Linux users. Follow the links below for more information.

Gear Diary: Eschalon Book II Review
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