New Release Round-Up (May 12, 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.
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a follow-up to the 1998 PlayStation tactical RPG Brigandine: The Legend of Forsena. Its main campaign sees players choosing one of six nations as they try and conquer the whole of the continent of Runersia. The PC version of the game includes a new Creative Mode that unlocks after its main campaign is completed once, and lets players customise the game’s power balance and starting knight assignments, as well as initial base affiliations. Those looking to read more can check out Ryan Radcliff’s review of the Nintendo Switch version.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising
Side-scrolling action RPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a companion title to upcoming tactical RPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The game is set in the town of New Nevaeh, on the frontiers of the fantasy world of Allraan. A giant earthquake has revealed Runebarrows below the town, to which adventurers and merchants flock in the hope of finding treasure within.
Turn-based RPG Infinite Links is set in a world with powerful magical items known as Talismans. The game follows wizard-in-training Kronos and childhood friend Serene, who both consider each other siblings but become embroiled in a conspiracy revolving around the Talismans.
Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars
Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars is an action RPG crossover spin-off between the Neptunia and Senran Kagura series. Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars takes place in the Game Ninja World, where two nations (featuring Neptunia’s Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert and Senran Kagura’s Asuka, Homura, Yumi, and Miyabi) are battling through their respective ninja schools for dominance before the world is invaded by a machine army.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2
The Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2 bundle contains remastered versions of tactical RPGs Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman and Makai Kingdom, which originally released on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 respectively. Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman sees players controlling a silent character who takes on the mantle of the Unlosing Ranger after the previous one is killed while rushing to confront the Darkdeath Evilman and save Japan. Makai Kingdom puts players in the role of the overlord Zetta, who tries to restore the Sacred Tome — a book that controls reality — after he burns it and has to seal himself inside to avoid his own destruction. RPGamers can check out Phil Willis’s impression of Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman’s Nintendo Switch version.
Salt and Sacrifice
Side-scrolling action RPG Salt and Sacrifice is a follow-up to Salt and Sanctuary and takes place in the Altarstone Kingdom, where criminals can either opt for execution or live in service as Marked Inquisitors tasked with hunting down Mages. Players choose the crime, appearance, and class of their Marked Inquisitor before conducting the rite that puts them into the Spellmarked state between life and death. It includes online PvE and PvP multiplayer.
Rhythm-based dungeon-crawler Soundfall sees players transported by the Composers to the world of Symphonia, where they are tasked with fighting the forces of Discord. The game combines looter-shooter progression with rhythm-based combat as players unlock abilities and gain new equipment. It features local and online co-op for up to four players, with five playable characters to choose from, each with their own play style and abilities.
Source of Madness
Side-scrolling action roguelite Source of Madness is set in a Lovecraftian-inspired world, with both locations and unearthly beasts created by a mixture of machine learning and procedural generation. Players control an Acolyte armed with close-combat magic in a world controlled by entities that reshape it every day as they look to uncover the mysteries of the Loam Lands and the Tower of Madness. Players have access to five classes and can upgrade their skills and unlock new abilities by finding equipment and items on their adventure.
Black-and-white mecha RPG Wolfstride tells the story of Dominique Shade, a former yakuza member who enters the Ultimate Mech Tournament taking place in Rain City. In battles, players will need to utilize movement points to outmaneuver opponents and action points to attack. Mechs can be upgraded, and battle scars will carry over from previous fights, but they can be fixed in the mech hangar. Those looking to read more about Wolfstride can check out Ryan Costa’s impression of the game from E3 2021.