New Release Round-Up (September 14, 2023)
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.
Another Crusade features a world designed around 3D wooden puppets and is inspired by titles such as Super Mario RPG. It features turn-based combat with timing and button sequences, as well as puzzle-solving and platforming elements. The game underwent a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2020.
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster includes both Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and its prequel Baten Kaitos Origins. The games feature card-based combat systems and mechanics, with players taking on the role of a guardian spirit who guides the protagonists on their journey. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean follows Kalas who joins Xelha as both seek to defeat the Alfard Empire for their own reasons. Baten Kaitos Origins takes place twenty years prior to Eternal Wings and follows Sagi, a member of an elite unit in the Alfard Empire who seeks to clear his name. The HD Remaster versions of the games come with Japanese-only voice overs and improved graphics, as well as options to turn encounters off, auto-battle, a cutscene skip option, and auto-save.
“Apocalyptic dating action game” Eternights is set during a catastrophic event where a mysterious virus has turned humans into violence-obsessed monsters. Players look to find a cure with their allies, going through dungeons to meet the deadlines before time runs out. In between dungeon runs, players can grow their relationships with other characters, each with their own story and abilities that can help players in battle.
Mary Skelter Finale
Dungeon crawler Mary Skelter Finale is a sequel to Mary Skelter: Nightmares and Mary Skelter 2. It follows six protagonists who have escaped from the living prison known as The Jail only to discover that the outer world is filled with the bodies of those killed by Genocide Pink. Finale includes an adventure mode that recaps the events of the previous two games. The Steam release includes all of the DLC released on other platforms, including the Locked Up in Love – True End canonical visual novel and Locked Up In Love – Blood High spin-off visual novel. Those looking to read more about Mary Skelter Finale can check out RPGamer’s Deep Look of its Nintendo Switch version.
Mugen Souls Z
Strategy RPG Mugen Souls Z is a sequel to Mugen Souls and sees protagonist Chou-Chou return as she tries to conquer the twelve Zodiac worlds with a cast featuring new and returning characters. It features turn-based combat on free-roaming battlefields with a 9999 level cap.
First-person action roguelite MythForce is inspired by 1980s cartoons and features co-op for up to four players. Players can fight as Victoria the Knight, Rico the Rogue, Maggie the Mage, and Hawkins the Hunter as they fight through the vampire lord Deadalus’s ever-changing dungeon and his minions. Though they go back to the start with each defeat, players can level up and gain artifacts and upgrades to make them more powerful for subsequent runs.
This Way Madness Lies
This Way Madness Lies is a turn-based RPG blending Shakespeare and magical girls that follows the Stratford-Upon-Avon High Drama Society. Its members attend school and put on plays for the community while also working as magical girls. The group — Imogen, Paulina, Viola, Rosalind, Miranda, Beatrice, and Kate — teleport to alternate worlds based on Shakespeare’s plays to save them from the forces of Nightmare. The game originally released for PC in 2022 and won RPGamer’s 2022 Michael A. Cunningham Memorial Award. Those looking to read more about This Way Madness Lies can check out Matt Masem’s review of its PC release.
Wandering Sword follows a young swordsman who becomes caught up in a feud. They travel between towns in ancient China, helping those in need while learning to master an array of martial art and weapon styles. The game allows players to swap between turn-based and real-time combat modes. Players can also build relationships with and recruit various NPCs, with the game featuring multiple endings and numerous side quests.
Tactical RPG Wartales takes place in the remnants of the Edoran Empire, which still suffer from the effects of a plague one hundred years earlier. Players attempt to survive the cutthroat world by recruiting mercenaries and taking on dangerous missions to pay the bills. Those looking to read more about Wartales can check out Phil Willis’s Deep Look of its PC version.