Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones Review
In many ways, the game was an eye-opening experience. It sets the bar high what comes to meaningful content and depicting an atmospheric game world and also reminds of what is still possible to achieve in its well-worn genre when given enough effort, heart and thought.
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep Director's Cut Review
Anyone who did not pick up The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep when it was released in 2018 missed an amusing and well-crafted RPG, a definite high point in a storied and popular franchise. With some minor interface and gameplay tweaks and the addition of some new quests and significant additional areas to explore, the Director’s Cut makes a good case for itself.
Swords & Souls: Neverseen Review
Making its way to PC after starting life as a web-based Flash game, Swords & Souls: Neverseen is a simple but enjoyable RPG that is modest in both its demands and accomplishments. It has a little more depth than might be apparent at first blush, but its gameplay loop doesn’t evolve much over the course of the game.
Tyranny: Bastard's Wound Review
Over the years, they have gradually improved on these features while increasing their prevalence in their games. It never felt like they reached their true potential though until Tyranny came along. Although it wasn’t known for excelling in some traditional RPG areas like combat or loot, Tyranny was a landmark achievement in story, party interactions, and role-playing.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Review
What The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel may lack in production values, it makes up for in the richness and depth in its unpretentious and diverse narrative. That makes following Rean and his friends during their year of study uncannily engaging entertainment. I can’t think of any better way to get acquainted with The Legend of Heroes series than this. The only thing bothering me right now is how long I have to wait for the second part!
Nights of Azure Review
Despite its early leaden pacing, Nights of Azure's story concept isn't bad. The two main characters, with their shy, budding romance and mutual dependence, have potential for an interesting arc. What surrounds them -- bland visuals, inconsistent design, sloppy localization and fast-paced but ultimately repetitive action -- makes it challenging to appreciate their relationship and story.
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Nimble gameplay, luscious aesthetic values, wise storytelling and truly understanding the principles of its genre make Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan a breath of fresh air amidst Western games with often are marred by needless drudgery. Quite an achievement for a 2D side-scrolling action-RPG with a very modest price tag coming from an untapped territory in the world of gaming.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen should be played by every fan of action RPGs. There’s much to do and discover, and from exploration to character interactions to the exciting combat, everything is fun and genuinely interesting. It looks great, it sounds great -- the musical score is outstanding -- and refreshes the genre with some innovative ideas and masterful variations on old ones.
Age of Decadence
It’s hard to talk about the game’s story except in general terms because each playthrough will forge a relatively unique experience, but Age of Decadence is a welcome alternative for players a little tired of fighting mages, dragons, and orcs, having to manage an unruly party of specialists, or intimidated by the prospect of a vast open world with too much to do and not enough direction