New Release Round-Up (November 2, 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.
Achilles: Legends Untold
Action RPG Achilles: Legends Untold begins at the Battle of Troy and Achilles’s death during his fight with Paris. However, Achilles wakes up back in a monster and undead-infested Greece with no memories of how he returned.
Etrom 20th Anniversary Edition
Point-and-click action RPG Etrom was announced in 2003 but first released for PC in Italy in 2005 and internationally in 2006 under the title Etrom: The Astral Essence. The game features a dark sci-fi setting as players control former elite soldier and fugitive Etrom, who seeks to uncover the truth about Astral Essence while dealing with warring factions, space-time portals, and otherworldly creatures and entities. Etrom features its own point-and-click style control scheme including access to melee weapons, firearms, spells, transformations, and a war mech.
For The King II
Strategy RPG/board game hybrid For the King II is a follow-up to 2019’s For The King. It takes players to the land of Fahrul, where they attempt to defeat its tyrannical Queen. Players select a party from a variety of classes before venturing through the procedurally-generated world, which has hex-based maps but grid-based combat. The more players play, the more items they can unlock for future playthroughs.
Little Goody Two Shoes
Narrative-based horror RPG Little Goody Two Shoes is designed as a homage to PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles as well as 1990s/2000s anime. It is set in the village of Kieferberg and follows a girl called Elise who hopes to strike it rich and leave the village. The game features resource and time management, exploration, and puzzle elements as players complete day-to-day tasks while investigating secrets at night. Those looking to read more can check out RPGamer’s Deep Look of its PC version.
Little Noah: Scion of Paradise
Little Noah: Scion of Paradise is a casual action roguelite that follows self-proclaimed genius alchemist Noah and mysterious cat Zipper as they journey through a set of ruins. On their adventure, the duo can recruit allies known as Lilliputs and use their attacks in combination with others.
My Time at Sandrock
Life-sim RPG My Time at Sandrock is the follow-up to Pathea Games’ My Time at Portia. Players take on the role of a builder in the frontier town of Sandrock as they explore the desert, build a custom home, and take down enemies in real-time combat.
Phantom Rose 2 Sapphire
Phantom Rose 2 Sapphire is set in a world where Phantoms constantly threaten its populace. The game follows Aria, who wakes up in an empty classroom with no memories and only a Marian Magic Academy student card in her pocket. Players can select the Blade or Mage class, each with its own unique cards and mechanics; encounter other survivors who may provide assistance; and collect over 200 cards by defeating phantoms and rescuing others. In addition to the main adventure, which is built on repeated short run throughs, an Arcade Mode lets players take on bosses for rewards and Custom Mode lets them create their own challenges.
Star Ocean: The Second Story R
Action RPG Star Ocean: The Second Story R is a remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story, which was originally developed by tri-Ace and released for PlayStation before later getting a PlayStation Portable remaster titled Star Ocean: Second Evolution. The game features two main protagonists — Claude C. Kenny and Rena Lanford — with players selecting one as the primary viewpoint character. Claude is a lieutenant with the Pangalactic Federation who becomes trapped on the medieval-technology planet of Expel. Rena is a native of Expel who has extraordinary healing powers.
Thirsty Suitors follows Jala as she returns home to Timber Hills on a reconciliation tour following a(nother) bad break-up. The games combines three primary gameplay elements of turn-based combat, skateboarding, and cooking. Those looking to read more about Thirsty Suitors can check out RPGamer’s interview with Designer and Creative Director Chandana “Eka” Ekanayake as well as Co-Founder and Animator Aung Zaw Oo, as well as Sam Wachter’s review of its PlayStation 5 version.
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.