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Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3 Review

OTRSPD:E3 mixes up the Penny Arcade series with a fun, refreshing challenge.

July 30, 2012
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Introduction

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 3, is the latest installment of the gaming franchise for the webcomic Penny Arcade. It's the first in the series to be developed by Zeboyd Games in their signature 16-bit RPG style. It's a marked departure from the animated style of the first two episodes, which held more closely to the design of the comic itself. After a bit of time mired in development hell, Episode 3 comes through as a startlingly sophisticated turn-based RPG with 16-bit roots and modern day appeal, with the Penny Arcade soul firmly intact. There are some changes in the overall narrative arc, as well as some decisions that better accommodate the change in graphical style, but Episode 3 picks up right where Episode 2 left off. While it lacks the length or depth of the games its style seeks to emulate, RSPD:E3 is a fitting entry into the Penny Arcade universe, one that will please both fans of the comic and classic RPG lovers alike.

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  2. Gameplay
  3. Storytelling
  4. Graphics & Atmosphere
  5. Conclusion
  6. Photo Gallery
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