New Release Round-Up (January 20, 2022)
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 where the game is still in development.
Available: PlayStation Store, Xbox Store
Price: $19.99 (10% launch discount on Xbox One)
Open-world survival RPG Dysmantle is set on an island that is trapped in time somewhere, between the 1970s and 1990s, following a disaster. Players emerge from an underground shelter appearing to be the only survivor. They must survive using the resources and tools around them and uncover the island’s mysteries to eventually escape.
Empire of Ember
Publisher: Poleaxe Games
Developer: Poleaxe Games
Price: $24.99 (25% launch discount)
Action RPG Empire of Ember puts players in control of a former wizard’s apprentice after their home city is razed in a surprise attack during which their master is killed. Taking charge, players can rebuild the city and rule it, leading armies into battles involving up to a hundred units.
Publisher: Dawdling Dog, ltd.
Developer: Dawdling Dog, ltd.
Ephemeral Tale is a turn-based RPG inspired by classic JRPGs. The game spent around a year in Early Access and includes multiple control and difficulty settings as well as other accessibility options. It tasks players with exploring dungeons and other environments while they search for those with the power to rewrite fate.
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Logic Artists
Available: Steam, GOG.com, Epic Games Store
Expeditions: Rome puts players in the role of a customised Legatus in the late Roman Republic. After their father is murdered by a political opponent, players escape Rome and join a campaign to subdue a Greek rebellion. As they strengthen their position and abilities, players have the opportunity to make numerous choices that affect how the game’s story plays out. Those looking to read more about Expeditions: Rome can check out RPGamer’s review.
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Shinobi Games
Available: Nintendo eShop
Labyrinth Legend is a hack-and-slash action RPG. The game has players controlling a lone adventurer from one of three classes entering a monster-filled labyrinth said to contain a lost treasure. The Nintendo Switch version includes a new dungeon, more story elements, additional items, the new Nightcrawler class, and online co-op.
Nobody Saves the World
Publisher: Drinkbox Studios
Developer: Drinkbox Studios
Available: Steam, Xbox Store
Price: $24.99 (10% launch discount on Steam, also included on Xbox Game Pass)
Action RPG Nobody Saves the World sees players transforming among fifteen-plus forms including rat, rogue, and robot as they go through procedurally-generated dungeons. Players can combine abilities from different forms, with each form getting its own set of quests. It includes two player co-op and New Game+ modes.
Available: Steam, PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Nintendo eShop
Price: $29.99 (20% launch discount on Steam, PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch)
RPGolf Legends is an action RPG that has players go on a golfing adventure in a world full of monsters. The game is a follow-up to RPGolf, which released on Android and iOS in 2017 and on PC via Steam in 2018. It features six different environments, a class system, and side content including fishing and crafting.
River City Girls
Developer: WayForward, Arc System Works
Available: PlayStation Store
Price: $29.99 (Free upgrade for owners of PlayStation 4 version)
Beat-’em-up River City Girls is a spin-off to the Kunio-kun brawler series starring Misaki and Ryoko, who set out to rescue regular Kunio-kun protagonists Kunio and Riki. Two related titles are also planned for release later this year: River City Girls 2 is a sequel adding Kunio, Riki, Marian, and Provie as playable characters alongside other features. River City Girls Zero is a Nintendo Switch port of Japanese-only Super Famicom title Shin Nekketsu Koha: Kunio-tachi no Banka.
Publisher: Third Sphere Game Studios
Developer: Third Sphere Game Studios
Price: $19.99 (10% launch discount)
2D action RPG Watcher Chronicles takes place in Purgatory, where a group of evil beings known as the Watchers attempt to turn it into a new Hell. Players fight against enemies, including twenty-plus bosses, in challenging combat as they adventure through its interconnected locations. The game includes two-player local co-op and a new game plus mode.