New Release Round-Up (September 9, 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.
Arboria is described as “a rogue-lite with Souls-like combat” rooted in Norse mythology and features procedurally generated dungeon floors, upgradable Symbiotic Weapons, and the ability to earn the Gods’ favor by paying tribute to them. Players control members of a tribe of trolls called the Yotunz who are sent to the dungeon Durnar where they must defeat enemies to gather a resource called Veri to send back to their village. When the player-controlled Yotun dies, a fairy takes its head back to the village, where its experience and remaining Veri are used to birth a new Yotun.
Roguelike adventure RPG Crown Trick sees Elle waking up in the Nightmare Realm with a magical crown to guide her. The game features turn-based combat and procedurally generated dungeons as players develop their own fighting style from an assortment of potential items and active and passive abilities.
Sci-fi tactical RPG Encased is set in an alternative 1976 and sees players exploring the Dome, a structure found in a remote desert. The Dome has been constructed by an alien civilisation, with players controlling a new recruit of one of the CRONUS Foundation’s five “Wings” as they investigate the Dome’s secrets.
Final Fantasy IV (Pixel Remaster)
The pixel remaster version of Final Fantasy IV joins those of the previous three title and includes redrawn 2D pixel characters and background graphics, including character pixel designs from the games’ original artist Kazuko Shibuya. They also include rearranged soundtracks, controller and touch controls, updated UIs, and auto-battle options as well as new features including a bestiary, an illustration gallery, a music player, and the ability to save at any time. Similar releases are planned for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, but have not yet been dated.
Harvest Moon: One World
Harvest Moon: One World is set in a world where crops are fading from existence, with the protagonist travelling around while searching for answers and maintaining their own farm. Players will be able to create their own character and become romantically involved with other characters in the game. Players also have the ability to bring their farm with them on their adventures.
Hindsight 20/20: Wrath of the Raakshasa
Hindsight 20/20: Wrath of the Raakshasa follows young one-armed warrior Jehan. When growing up in the kingdom of Champaner, he learns to embrace pacifism. However, a virus causes the kingdom’s citizens to turn into violent Raakshasa and Jehan’s father is murdered. The game sees Jehan at a crossroads between maintaining his merciful ideals and embracing ruthlessness. His actions in combat, conversations, and who he chooses to aid will lead to one of ten different endings.
Tales of Arise
Tales of Arise is the newest entry in the long-running Tales series and is set on the twin planets Rena and Dahna, with Rena holding dominion over Dahna for the past 300 years. The two main protagonists are Alphen and Shionne. Alphen is a young man aiming to free the people of Dahna who wears an iron mask and is unable to feel pain. Shionne is a woman from Rena whose touch inflicts pain and who decides to join Alphen in his fight against Rena. Those wishing to read more about Tales of Arise can check out Luis Mauricio’s review of the PlayStation 5 version.