RPGamer Round-Up: January 10 – January 17

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


Editorial Content

Need to figure out where to ease into Ys? Our latest Where to Start guide has you covered, laying out the series in its entirety and providing a recommended trio of starting games to tackle.

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a pixel-art take on the familiar Souls-like formula. Pascal Tekaia sees if it breathes life into a pristine new creation or a nightmare patchwork of decaying design ideas.

The first Fire Emblem was originally released in Japan on the Famicom in 1990. Now after 30 years, Nintendo finally ports the original to the Switch with a new translation and a few quality-of-life improvements. Elmon Dean Todd examines whether these new additions help an old game stand the test of time.

Who’s dandy and dapper and a man about town? Not Yamada! But Michael Baker learns when it comes to hanging out in his underwear and coding away the blues, Yamada is the bravest of them all.

Atlus gave RPGamer the opportunity to check out the opening portions of Persona 5 Strikers. Alex Fuller finds that the game goes all-out in translating the game’s combat into hack-and-slash action, but it’s the chance to follow the Phantom Thieves on a new adventure that is the main draw.

The world is facing complete erasure at the hands of a lich, and only the hero can pick up the broken pieces. Gabriele Malacasa discovers that despite the dire setting, Loop Hero is shaping up to be quite a treat.

What started as a humble feature running solo has now blossomed into a foursome of RPGamer staff each trying to blast their own backlog. In this introductory post, you can learn a little more about this year’s backloggin’ crew, their backlog, and how each will be tackling their pile of games.

Major News

The fourth and final part of The Legend of HeroesTrails of Cold Steel subseries has a Switch release date. The game will launch on the console in a few months.

Quest for Glory’s Lori and Corey Cole returned in 2018 with Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption on PC, Mac, and Linux. Now Silesia Games is letting Switch players spend some time at Hero University.

Idea Factory International announced western release dates for Neptunia Virtual Stars. The game will arrive in March, with the publisher releasing some new media showing its combat.

Square Enix provided additional media and details for Bravely Default II in Japan. The update focuses on the nation of Rimedahl, introducing new characters and jobs, as well as a new card-based mini-game.

XSEED Games provided an introduction to Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town’s eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Meanwhile, a hefty new batch of screenshots show character customisation options, ways for players to grow their families, and some more townsfolk.

CD Projekt RED put out a new statement regarding Cyberpunk 2077. The studio attempts to explain the situation behind its troubled console release and goes over its current update plans.



Other Selected Stories


In the latest RPG Cast, Chris launches a new MLM scheme, Alex plays Shooty Souls, and Kelley reveals a new screenshot from her upcoming game. Now if you don’t mind, we all have resolutions to go break.


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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