RPGamer Round-Up: September 1 – September 8

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

Utawarerumono Zan sees Tamsoft and Aquaplus attempt to add some Musou to the series. It’s an idea that has worked for others, but Alex Fuller finds that it perhaps doesn’t offer a huge amount for fans and newcomers alike.

Mable & The Wood is a 2D side-scrolling RPG with some unique game play mechanics. Charalampos Papdimitriou finds that while the game offers lots of neat ideas, it is let down in its execution.

With Trails of Cold Steel III coming this October, many have been using the PS4 releases of the previous two games to catch up. RPGamer’s Pascal Tekaia was one such person, and found himself thoroughly enraptured by the opening chapter of Erebonia’s saga.

August has ended and Whatcha Playing is back to round up the games that hooked our staff. The newest Fire Emblem has unsurprisingly gotten a lot of play, but some rereleases have also caught our staff’s attention.

RPGamer has more fresh impressions from PAX West, with more still to come. Readers can check out impressions for Trails of Cold Steel III, Trials of Mana, Boyfriend Dungeon, Get in the Car, Loser!, The Dark Crystal, Haven, Cat Quest II, and many more.

Major News

Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation was chock-full of RPGs. Headlines include Switch versions for Xenoblade Chronicles, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and Divinity: Original Sin II, plus a release date for Game Freak’s Little Town Hero, a new demo for Daemon X Machina, and some more Pokémon Sword and Shield features.

Moon is an oddball RPG that released for PlayStation in Japan but which never managed to release in the west. Onion Games has revealed that it will be releasing the game for Nintendo Switch, and that it will finally come to North America and Europe.

Once players have completed Borderlands 3’s story campaign, they will still have plenty of things to do. Gearbox Software provided details on the game’s True Vault Hunter Mode, Guardian Rank, and Mayhem Mode at PAX West.

CD Projekt RED has plenty more footage to share of Cyberpunk 2077. A new Deep Dive video show the district of Pacifica and two possible play styles, and is followed by a Q&A session with some of its senior developers.

A couple of new trailers for Monster Hunter: World’s Iceborne expansion surfaced ahead of its release during the week. The videos include the newly-announced return of thunder wolf wyvern Zinogre and debut of water-based Elder Dragon Namielle, with Rajang to be added in a free update.

Koei Tecmo and Gust have announced a new RPG based on the very popular Fairy Tail manga and anime series. Little is known about the game at this time, other than it is coming to PS4, Switch, and PC next year.


Additional Selected Stories


The latest episode of Q&A Quest sees some guest hosts coming in to answer our listener questions. There is also a special bonus recording discussing PAX West and the Nintendo Direct.

There’s some more convenient timing for the RPG Backtrack as it examines what happens when the Shin Megami Tensei concepts are extended into other series, namely Etrian Odyssey and Fire Emblem. Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE are the focus of the latest episode.

Chris and Anna Marie are back from PAX West with lots of games to talk about. Peter, Kelley, Alice, and Alex join them to discuss fun life events, other games they’ve been playing this week, and 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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