RPGamer Round-Up: January 5 – January 12

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


Editorial Content and Features

Heroland is now open for business. Anna Marie Privitere heads to the island theme park to explore dungeons of legend with her helpful guide Lucky.

This year, Michael Baker’s resolution is to get through that backlog of game reviews that he’s been sitting on since before the site upgrade. Here’s the first to arrive off the old typewriter.

The final chapter in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky series took a decade to get an official release in English. In her debut review, Kelley Ryan finds out if it was worth the wait.

Elder Games heads for the stars with sci-fi action RPG Everreach: Project Eden. Alex Fuller finds that the journey it takes players on isn’t a very long one, and this is one of those cases where that’s a blessing.

Michael Baker found that Metal Max Xeno didn’t live up to expectations when it launched, and ended up being joined by many others in that assessment. With Metal Max Xeno: Reborn coming to Japan in just a few months, he offers up a list of things that would go a long way to giving the remake a head start.

Erik van Asselt feels excited for the future of Pokémon Sword and Shield and wonders if this is only the start. What if the franchise became a Game as a Service?

Major News

A new Direct presentation today focused on the Pokémon series. The first games in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series are getting a remake while, in lieu of a third version, Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting expansions.

DMM Games and ShiraVN have partnered with Aquaplus to bring Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth to PC. Both games will be available through Steam in just a few weeks.

Both the Ni no Kuni and Dragon Quest: Your Story movies will be made available in the west via Netflix. Dragon Quest: Your Story has not yet been dated, but Ni no Kuni will be arriving very soon.

If RPGamers needed more evidence of Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s JRPG inspirations, Sega has provided it. The game is going so far as to add dungeons and appropriate bosses.


Additional Selected Stories


Alice and Alex make their first RPGCast appearances of the decade. The two join Anna Marie, Chris, Kelley, and Peter to share what they’ve been playing and look back at the recent RPG news.

Q&A Quest heads into 2020 with some talk about the many RPGs that came to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. The hosts also discuss classic JRPGs Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy IX.


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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