RPGamer Round-Up: January 23 – January 30

Welcome to the latest edition of RPGamer’s round-up column, where we look back at some of the articles that we have posted over the previous week, or in this case, two weeks. This article is designed to give reminders of some interesting content and stories that our readers might have missed.


Editorial Content

Combining real-time and turn-based mechanics is not an easy thing to do in any game. Ryan Cost sees if Nova-111 can enthrall its players or if its puzzles fail to entice.

It’s been seven years since Sophie Neuenmuller had a chance to shine in a game of her own. Michael Baker reports backs on her return as Gust and Koei Tecmo get back out the cauldron, polish the tools, and devise improvements to the Atelier formula.

Almost a month ahead of its release, Monark has a demo. Luis Mauricio reports that FuRyu and Lancarse’s game initially looks strong in many aspects, though comparisons to Shin Megami Tensei do it a disservice.

Gaming nostalgia isn’t a new thing. That said, Jason McFadden argues modernized pixel-art titles aren’t just a blast from the past, since many add once-futuristic visuals to the mix to create a truly unforgettable look and feel.

2021 has ended, and so has Pascal’s backlog challenge. Did he meet his goal? How many games were left unplayed once again?

Major News

Grinding Gear Games unveiled its newest expansion for Path of Exile. Siege of the Atlas will launch in early February with new endgame content as well as a new challenge league.

Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios announced that 2022’s The Elder Scrolls Online are devoted to the new Legacy of the Bretons storyline. The Ascending Tide DLC will release in March, with expansion High Isle following in June.

Square Enix and Team Ninja provided a look at more parts of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. Though a reimagining of the original Final Fantasy tale, the game is doing things its own way.

A demo is now available for Monark on PS4, PS5, and Switch. The demo lets players go through the game’s first chapter and transfer their progress to the full game.

Playism and Bombservice announced a new entry in the Momodora series. Momodora: Moonlit Farewell is set five years after the events of Momodora III and sees High Priestress Momo setting out to save her village from hordes of demons.

NIS America announced May release dates for the Nintendo Switch version of its Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2. The announcement comes with a spotlight trailer on Makai Kingdom.

Serenity Forge and White Rabbit announced the Ashes of Vados DLC for Death’s Gambit: Afterlife. The announcement of the story-concluding DLC comes with the reveal of an Xbox One version of the game.



Other Selected Stories


This week in Q&A Quest, we discuss Microsoft’s massive acquisition. We also discuss Dragon Quest XI and various Mega Man RPGs.

Jonathan Stringer joins us in an attempt to sell his copy of Mugen Souls. Josh is launching his Kickstarter for his new documentary, Legacy of the Bitcoins. And Chris has lost his Epic Games launcher, thanks Windows 11.


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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