I'm not sure who here might be interested in this game, but its a huge favorite of mine. It just came out on Steam and I figured I'd post it up here in case anyone's interested! It's currently 10% off until the 22nd.
Loren: The Amazon Princess is a visual novel/rpg hybrid game where you pick to either play as the male human Saren or the female elf Elenor, and pick a few things about them. You can pick their class, from Warrior or Thief, and you can chose a little bit of their back-story; although the general gist of it remains the same. You've been a slave for the Amazons for a long time; and their Queen has just gone missing. Her daughter, the Princess Loren goes off to find her, and you're sent with her.
From there you find yourself caught up in a conflict with the fate of the world on the line. Its kind of your standard RPG fare, and I won't claim that the story is anything groundbreaking, but it is enjoyable, clever and well written. The characters are all very memorable, and enjoyable, as well; in my opinion, they're one of the best things about the game.
There's also a series of romance sub-plots to go down if you wish. Its sort of handled similarly to a Bioware Game, especially Dragon Age: Origins. That's either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about Bioware games and their handling of romance, but I think that personally, the developers made the romances very engaging in this game regardless.
Also like Bioware, there's a little something for just about everyone. The titular character Loren is available for romance by other Saren or Elenor; as are several other characters of both genders. Other characters are gender-specific, however. Myrth and Draco can only be romanced by Saren, for instance, while Karen and Rei are only available as romances to Elenor.
You'll get some measure of choice, though it isn't quite like Dragon Age, in that you only get a few major plot decisions, but they do feel important, and it works for this game. The combat is pretty graphically simple, but its still enjoyable and tactical; though as I said, the story and the characters are more the focus; the combat being solid is just icing on the cake. How you level, equip and position your party matters, and knowing what skills to use when is pretty important, especially when you get several battles with no recovery between them. This is more applicable in the medium and hard difficulty levels, though, and if you just want to breeze through the combat for the sake of the story, easy mode is just what you want. You can also change the difficulty at any time if you so desire.
Now, for my dear friends on E, I have two recommendations.
1) Get the DLC, its cheap and easily worth it.
2) Buy the game off Steam, then download the demo off their main website. It'll recognize that you have purchased the base game from Steam, and will give you access to the full game. The Steam version had some 'risque' content cut out of it. Namely the characters will wear skimpier outfits and you'll get some steamy romance scenes near the end of the game. The version on their website will have an option to toggle that content on or off, depending on what you want, while the Steam version doesn't have the option and its automatically disabled. The creator has said doing this will work, and I have verified it on my own.
ANYWAY. Have you heard of the game? If so... discuss it! If not... go play it now! Then discuss it!
I hope you guys will enjoy this game as much as me. I'm sure this game won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I think this community might be just the sort to like it. I think most of us have two things in common. We appreciate good writing, and some smexiness. This game has both.
EDIT: Oh yeah, just to be clear. The skimpier outfits work both ways; there's hot man-abs galore just as much as there's scantily clad ladies.