RPGamer Round-Up: June 20 – June 27

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 readers might have missed.


Editorial Content

The non-linear story of Legend of Mana returns after two decades. Luis Mauricio finds that with exotic characters and varied activities, this free-spirited entry in the Mana series offers a fun journey.

Kiryu and co. have been kicking around the streets of Kamurocho for years now. The Yakuza Remastered Collection brings definitive versions of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 to western gamers, and Pascal Tekaia provides his thoughts on all three titles.

Miitopia comes to Switch a short four years after debuting on 3DS. Matt Masem finds that Mii faces help lighten the mood during a boring slog of a journey.

Game director Shina Ninomiya is trapped in the VRMMORPG World’s Odyssey and must get to the end of the game to escape. Ryan McCarthy checks out the Switch port of the VN/RPG hybrid from Compile Heart.

Chibig’s farming RPG comes to Nintendo’s handheld console. Michael Baker reports back on his visit to the small world that is Planet Deiland.

During its E3 presentation, Square Enix revealed Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. Paul Shkreli checks out the game’s trial version, which shows off a dark vision of the first Final Fantasy.

Death Trash looks a bit like a cross between Fallout and Dark Souls, but the actual game manages to carve out a far more unique niche for itself. Pascal Tekaia concludes that those looking for something lighthearted or casual, however, need not apply.

In En House Studios’ Glitched, the player and the protagonist go on an epic quest together. Pascal Tekaia tries out a demo for the fourth-wall-breaker.

Trails! SaGa! Dragon Quest, oh my! Sam is back for another three months of backlog slaying. Has she made a huge dent in her epic collection? Or bought a ton of games? Find out in this quarterly installment of Backloggin’ the Year!

After giving ourselves a week to digest everything, some RPGamer staff members have picked out their favourites from Summer Game Fest and E3’s showcases. We hope you enjoy reading about our picks and invite readers to share theirs.

Major News

Nihon Falcom held a 40th anniversary concert during which NIS America announced four more Legend of Heroes titles are heading west. The developer also revealed an alignment system will feature in the series’ newest entry.

It’s not an OOPArt; a demo for NEO: The World Ends with You is calling. Square Enix also provided new media showing a twister of story and gameplay elements.

Pre-orders are open today for Shin Megami Tensei V’s physical editions. There are two options available: the SteelBook Launch Edition and the Fall of Man Premium Edition.

Following being delisted shortly after its launch, Cyberpunk 2077 has returned to the digital PlayStation Store. Not all of its major issues have been resolved, but apparently enough to let people spend money for it again.

GreedFall is getting a story expansion next week. The De Vespe Conspiracy releases alongside the game’s dedicated PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions.

RPGamer’s ad hoc Kickstarter Check-In feature returns for a look at an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. This edition features Brandon Braun’s adventure RPG Frogsong.



Other Selected Stories


This week in Q&A Quest, we discuss all things E3. This means there is plenty of talk about Metroid.

Joshua asks “Am I fighting a house?!” (spoilers: he is). Chris is on the wrong side of 40 and somehow forgets JRPGJuly. Kelley espouses “Exposure: The Cryptocurrency of Artists.” Anna Marie is teaching the whole RPGamer staff how to speedrun FF4: Free Enterprise. Yes, things got a little…weird this week.


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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