RPGamer Round-Up: July 14 – July 21

Welcome to the latest edition of RPGamer’s round-up column, where we take a quick look back at some of the articles we’ve posted throughout the week. This article is designed to help give reminders of some interesting editorial content and stories that our less regular visitors might have missed.


Editorial Content and Features

As of the time of writing, there’s just ten days left in this year’s JRPG celebration. The RPGamer staff was out in force to update us on what they’ve been playing for #JRPGJuly, with the week 3 round-up coming very soon.

Citizens of Space brings quite a bit to the table, offering players an impressive variety of systems with which to engage, and turn-based combat with many unique ideas and a myriad of options. Charalampos Papadimitriou investigates whether its risks in opting for a humor-driven story, rather than a more traditional one, pay off.

Devious Dungeon 2 provides a short rogue-lite experience without the permadeath. Ryan McCarthy discovers that, while it’s fairly enjoyable in short bursts, there’s not much reason to go back to it after one playthrough.

Major News

Atlus and Vanillaware have announced a Japanese release date for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. The news comes with some more details about the game, including a new trailer and some gameplay footage.

The release rush in the second half of September is now very slightly less ridiculous. NIS America has pushed back the release of the third Trails of Cold Steel game by a month.

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series has a new release to hang its hat on. That’s not all, however, as more superheroes will soon be joining the fray.

Headup has announced new sci-fi action RPG Everreach: Project Eden, a game where players control Nora Harwood, who is part of a security division on a mission to secure the colonisation effort on the planet Eden. The game is coming to PC and Xbox One this September, with a PlayStation 4 release to follow as well.

The Shadows of Adam developer has announced two upcoming JRPG projects. Pillars of Dust is a cross between traditional JRPG exploration and arcade time-attack completion, while Quartet looks to provide some puzzle-based dungeons with a story featuring eight characters coming together through four different introduction stories.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and Roach Games’ Kingdoms of the Dump could well be a veritable landfill of riches. The game, created by former janitors, is currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.


Additional Selected Stories


The latest RPG Backtrack focuses on Summon Night. The tactical RPG series has only made occasional trips west, but those games that did make it get their time in the spotlight.

This week’s Q&A Quest features a discussion on the worst entries in various long-running RPG series. There’s also chat regarding a potential digital-only future.

Chris manages to get himself kicked off the show this week to make room for guests. Kelley, Matt, Nathan, Jonathan, and Peter join Anna Marie to discuss what they’ve been playing for #JRPGJuly and run through the latest RPG news.


Alex Fuller

Alex joined RPGamer in 2011 as a Previewer before moving onto Reviews, News Director, and Managing Editor. Became Acting Editor-in-Chief in 2018.

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