New Release Round-Up (March 25, 2021)
Welcome to RPGamer’s new release round-up. In this column we look to provide our readers with details on all of the RPGs released over the week. Please note we do not currently include Early Access releases.
Black Legend is a strategy RPG heavily inspired by 17th-century folklore and stories from Belgium and the Netherlands. Players lead a band of mercenaries into the city of Grant, which is currently shrouded in a madness-inducing fog and under the control of cultists following the great alchemist Mephisto.
Dandy Ace is a roguelike action RPG that follows a magician that is hunting a green-eyed illusionist named Lele. The magician utilizes a wide variety of cards in battle that have different playstyles and powers, with players also able to create custom decks to unleash in skirmishes. The game features a Twitch Mode for livestreaming.
Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise is a new mainline entry in the long-running action series. The game introduces new Canyne companions called Palamutes, which players can ride and which will also attack enemies, while Felyne Palico companions will also return as support-based allies.
Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG partly designed as a throwback to 32-bit era RPGs. The game features turn-based battles and eight playable characters, each with their own story and unique base class. Octopath Traveler originally released on Nintendo Switch in 2018, before arriving on PC in 2019 and Google Stadia in 2020, with those looking to read more about the game able check out Matt Masem’s review of the Nintendo Switch version.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the latest title in the Bokujo Monogatari/Story of Seasons farming/life simulation franchise. The game sends players to Olive Town, a frontier seaside town where they attempt to restore their grandfather’s farm.
Vaporum: Lockdown is a prequel to Vaporum and follows scientist Ellie Teller as the teleportation project she is working on in a hidden facility located in the middle of the ocean goes wrong. The game features grid-based movement with real-time combat, along with a stop-time mode where time only passes while players act. Those looking to read more about Vaporum: Lockdown can check out Gabriele Malacasa’s review of the PC version.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is set a few years after the previous game, with Kiryu spending the time between in prison, and covers various locations in Kamurocho and Hiroshima. The game is the last title in the series with Kiryu in the progatonist role. Those looking to read more can check out Sam Wachter’s review of the PlayStation 4 version.