New Release Round-Up (October 12, 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.
Alphadia I & II
Alphadia I & II is a bundle of the first two games in the Alphadia turn-based RPG series. The games are set in a world revolving around the use of life force called “energi” and sees the Schwarzschild Empire declaring war after a century of peace. The second game is two years after the events of the first, with choices from the first game impacting the second.
Tower-defense dungeon crawler Dwerve casts players as a young dwarven tinkerer who adventurers into a ruined kingdom. There he discovers lost technologies of turrets and traps to help dwarvenkind fight off Witch-Queen Vandra and her army. During combat players place turrets and traps while assisting with their own attacks, including a boomerang. Players can uncover new abilities by finding artifacts, as well as upgrading their turrets, each with its own upgrade tree.
Honkai: Star Rail
Honkai: Star Rail is a free-to-play turn-based RPG that tells its own standalone story in the Honkai universe. The setting features Aeons, incarnations of universal principles that can freely travel between its worlds and apply their principles to them. Players embark on a journey on the Astral Express along with other passengers looking to explore the universe and find out its secrets.
Long Gone Days
Long Gone Days is set in a war-torn version of Earth and stars Rourke, who has been trained from birth to be a sniper by a subterranean paramilitary state called the Core. However, on his first mission, he comes to realise the war he trained for was not what he was taught, and considers desertion to help bring the bloodshed to an end. The game features two different combat systems, with players able to participate in strategic turn-based fights as well as use Rourke’s sniper skills to take down targets from long-range, with no random encounters. Those looking to read more about Long Gone Days can check out Ryan Costa’s review of its PlayStation 5 version.
Lords of the Fallen
Action RPG Lords of the Fallen is set a thousand years after the events of the original 2014 game. The game sees players becoming the bearer of an ancient lamp and joining the Dark Crusaders. They must use the lamp to restore radiance to the land’s five beacons to put a stop to the demon God Adyr’s uprising. Those looking to read more about the game can check out Ryan Costa’s impression from this year’s PAX West.
Mercenaries Lament: Requiem of the Silver Wolf
Strategy RPG Mercenaries Lament: Requiem of the Silver Wolf is a standalone title set in a world plagued by an epidemic that casues its victims to rise as zombie-like beings. Mercenaries make a living exterminating them, with the game following Silver Wolf Company leader Johan. Johan encounters a man known as the Grim Reaper and receives a prophecy foretelling an inescapable death in 100 days. Shortly after, he encounters and joins up with a maiden who has the apparent power to cure the plague. A PC release is planned for 2024.
Mercenaries Saga Trilogy / Mercenaries Wings
Mercenaries Saga: Will of the White Lions, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle, Mercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War, and Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix are the first four games in the Mercenaries standalone tactical RPG series. All of the games feature turn-based tactical combat with an isometric viewpoint and their own separate stories and settings.
River City: Rival Showdown
Brawler River City: Rival Showdown is a remake of the original 1989 NES title River City Ransom featuring new story paths and endings, and comes with a fighting game, Double Dragon Duel 2023, included. The game gives protagonist Kunio just three days to figure out why he is being targeted by others and to solve the latest kidnapping of Ricki’s girlfriend. Those looking to read more about River City: Rival Showdown can check out Sam Wachter’s review of its Nintendo 3DS release.
Post-apocalyptic RPG Space Wreck is inspired by isometric cRPGs including Fallout, Fallout 2, and Arcanum, and is set in space twenty years after a major conflict revolving around asteroid mining. The game features a sandbox world and turn-based combat, though the combat is said to be completely optional with quests having multiple potential methods of completion.
Language-discovery RPG Terra Alia is set in a world beset by greed for magic and technology. However, Professor Esperanto still espouses equality, justice, and the right for everyone to learn arcana arts. Players are invited to study under her, but she suddenly disappears without a trace. Players can select a native tongue and grasp the language to cast spells, unlock abilities, and solve puzzles. The game features support for American English, French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.