New Release Round-Up (September 2, 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.
Available: PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop
Price: $14.99 (10% launch discount)
Armed Eleth follows Valess, a young boy trying to make ends meet in a community of drifters. He meets a golem called Lock, who gives Valess his own golem when he discovers a criminal leader has placed a bounty on his head. Players build up golems as they follow Valess journey between commune, acting as a bounty hunter.
Beyond Mankind: The Awakening
Publisher: Brytenwalda Studios
Developer: Brytenwalda Studios
Price: $19.99 (30% launch discount)
First-person post-apocalyptic RPG Beyond Mankind: The Awakening is inspired by Fallout, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and Metro 2033, and lets players create their own soldier for H.O.P.E., a military organization tasked with recovery after a nuclear winter. The game features survival elements, including hunger and thirst management, crafting, searching for shelter, and limited inventory space. Players can also build up relationships with other characters, including romance.
Bravely Default II
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Claytechworks, Square Enix
Price: $59.99 (10% launch discount)
Bravely Default II is the third title in the series and is set in a different world to its predecessors, with a new story and cast of characters. It retains the game’s turn-based combat system with Brave and Default actions that players utilise and build up additional actions for a single turn. Those looking to read more about Bravely Default II can check out Anna Marie Privitere’s review of the Nintendo Switch version.
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Gunfire Games
Available: Google Stadia (link not available)
The second entry in the Darksiders action RPG series, Darksiders II follows Horseman of the Apocalypse Death as he sets out to exonerate his brother War after the end times are started prematurely. The game was originally developed by Vigil Games and released in 2012, with Gunfire Games founded by Vigil Games veterans creating the remastered Deathinitive Edition. Those looking to read more about Darksiders II can check out Adriaan den Ouden’s review of the original Xbox 360 version.
Developer: Twin Hearts
Available: Steam, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Nintendo eShop
Price: $19.99 (20% launch discount on Steam, PS Plus)
Kitaria Fables is a mixture of action RPG and farming sim. The game is set in the world of Canoidera and has players controlling a feline warrior who has been called to defend Paw Village. It features classless combat, crafting, farming, and bonding systems, as well as two-player local co-op. Those looking to read more about Kitaria Fables can check out Pascal Tekaia’s impression.
Mercenaries Blaze: Dawn of the Twin Dragons
Publisher: Circle Entertainment
Available: PlayStation Store
Tactical RPG Mercenaries Blaze: Dawn of the Twin Dragons is the fifth entry in the Mercenaries series and launched for Nintendo Switch in 2020. The game is designed to accommodate newcomers and has a standalone story campaign with two distinct routes as players build up their team through numerous optional battles and class upgrade choices. Those looking to read more about the game can check out Paul Shkreli’s review of the Nintendo Switch version.
Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Maple Powered Games
Available: Steam, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Nintendo Switch
Price: $16.99 (15% launch discount) on PC, $19.99 (20% launch discount) on console
Farming sim/monster battling hybrid Monster Harvest sees players building up their farm near the town of Planimal Point, where they can explore the surroundings to find new resources to upgrade their home with. The crops planted can mutate into Planimals, which players can bring with them into battle. The world has three distinct seasons — Dry, Wet, and Dark — with bizarre weather patterns that affect what players can grow.
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
Publisher: META Publishing, Owlcat Games
Developer: Owlcat Games
Available: Steam, GOG.com, Epic Games Store
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is the follow-up to Owlcat’s previous game, Pathfinder: Kingmaker. The game features both real-time and turn-based combat modes. Set in the Pathfinder universe, Wrath of the Righteous features a new campaign as players are tasked with repelling an incursion of demons from the Worldwound.
Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Available: Nintendo eShop
Price: $39.99 in bundle with Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
Phantom Brave is a tactical RPG that follows the 13-year-old Marona, who lives on an island on the oceanic world of Ivoire with her guardian phantom Ash. Marona earns a living by working as a Chroma, effectively a mercenary for hire. The game features a turn-based combat system with a gridless map that makes heavy use of the environment’s traction, or lack thereof.
Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Available: Steam, Nintendo eShop
Price: $19.99 on PC as individual purchase, $39.99 on Nintendo Switch in bundle with Phantom Brave
Soul Nomad & the World Eaters is a strategy RPG where players control Reyva, who can be male or female. Reyva becomes infused with the soul of “Master of Death” Gig. After attempting to possess Reyva, Gig offers them a deal, gifting some of his power to Reyva in exchange for being allowed to share Reyva’s body. However, should Reyva overuse that power, Gig will seize full control. The game includes multiple story routes and endings.
Developer: Nerdook Productions
Available: Steam, GOG.com, Microsoft Store, Nintendo eShop
Price: $14.99 (15% launch discount on Xbox One)
The Magister sees players controlling an agent of the Emperor who is sent to the rural village of Silverhurst to investigate the disappearance of another agent. Players have fourteen days to solve the case with the game using a card-based encounter system that allows for both violent and diplomatic resolutions. Each playthrough is generated, leading to different culprits, events, and clues in each run.