RPGamer Round-Up: September 29 – October 6

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

On its twentieth anniversary, Final Fantasy VIII gets a second wind with enhanced graphics and new gameplay options. Elmon Dean Todd sees whether these features will be enough to entice new fans to an older game.

Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had a storied development, including a hefty Kickstarter campaign. Now that the game is finally out, Mike Moehnke offered his thoughts on the Metroidvania title.

Tokyo RPG Factory’s latest title, Oninaki, examines the themes of death and reincarnation. Ryan McCarthy looks to see if the game is a powerful exploration of heavy topics or simply wallows in darkness.

This is the second in our pair of reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. After Anna Marie Privitere offered the opinion from someone completely new to the game, Mike Apps provides thoughts of someone who played the original Game Boy title.

Mike Moehnke has a second review this week, looking back at Ubisoft’s Child of Light. Despite taking longer than he would’ve liked to be able to play the game, it ensures fond memories remain.

Zero Escape series director Kotaro Uchikoshi returns with Spike Chunsoft for a new adventure title, AI: The Somnium Files. Alex Fuller joins investigator Kaname Date and his AI partner as they dive into the subconscious.

Major News

Sega provided some details on the new job system in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The company revealed four of the jobs that will be available to players: Dancer, Fortuneteller, Riot Officer, and Idol.

Kadokawa Games has announced three Metal Max projects ahead of the series’ 30th anniversary in a couple of years. Metal Max Xeno is getting both a remake and a sequel, with a series reboot also in early development.

With less than two months to go to release, Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting a month’s worth of info. Get ready for more details throughout October.

Mobile spin-off Dragon Quest of the Stars is getting an international release over four years after it launched in Japan. The game will come to iOS and Android early next year, with a closed beta starting on Android soon.

RPGamer’s ad hoc Kickstarter Check-In feature returns for a look at two ongoing crowdfunding campaigns. This edition features Zeth’s Bound by Blades and Transolar Games’ Summer Daze at Hero-U.

Additional Selected Stories


Kelley, Peter, Josh, and Alex join Chris and Anna Marie for this week’s RPGCast. While Chris destroys Anna Marie’s right Joy-Con (press R to pay respects), the rest of the cast discuss their now playing and the news of the week.

The technical difficulties of last week’s Q&A Quest linger for another week. A bumper crop from last week at least meant that there were plenty of questions to answer.

Mike and Phil return with more tips to get players going in Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion. The pair also discuss some of the other games in the series they’ve been drawn into after being reinvigorated by Iceborne.


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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