New Release Round-Up (December 7, 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.
Arashi: Castles of Sin – Final Cut
VR action adventure RPG Arashi: Castles of Sin puts players in the role of assassin Kenshiro, who is tasked with defeating the Six Oni of Iga, leaders of a bandit group plaguing Japan. Kenshiro is joined by loyal canine companion Haru as he infiltrates castles using a variety of tools and abilities in order to face off against each Oni.
Born of Bread
Adventure RPG Born of Bread stars Loaf, a flour golem in a mystical land that is under threat from beings from another age. The game features a 2.5D visual style, with turn-based combat that utilises QTE elements. Weapons feature a mixture of physical and special damage types, which enemies have different weaknesses and resistances to.
Enclave is a third-person action RPG with two separate story-driven campaigns where the player sides with the forces of Light or Darkness. The game features numerous character classes including Knights, Wizards, and Druids for Light, and Berserkers, Assassins, and Goblins for Darkness.
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is a single-player, chapter-based title. It covers key events from titles including the original Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, as well as new content, including events focusing on a younger Sephiroth and that surround Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.
Legends of Amberland II: The Song of Trees
Legends of Amberland II: The Song of Trees is a follow-up to 2019’s Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown. The game inspired by classic 1990s cRPGs and features a first-person perspective with grid-based movement. Players lead a party of seven pre-built or created heroes on an adventure to defeat evil lurking within Amberland. The game is set in the same world as its predecessor, but is designed so that they can be played in any order. Nintendo Switch and Xbox console versions are planned to launch in 2024.
The Last Soldier of the Ming Dynasty
The Last Soldier of the Ming Dynasty is a hack-and-slash action RPG. Players control a Qi army solider in Ming Dynasty China who is washed up on an island controlled by Japanese pirates. Sword-based combat is built upon three main actions — stab, cleave, and sweep — which are used for other offence and defence.
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
Turn-based RPG Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader sees players leading a ship of personnel as they explore the dangerous Koronus Expanse, making decisions that will have ripple effects throughout the universe. There are numerous companion party members to join with the player including sly trader Jae Heydari, loyal first officer Abelard Weserian, fierce Adepta Sororitas Sister Argenta, and more.
Xuan-Yuan Sword: Mists Beyond the Mountains
Turn-based RPG Xuan-Yuan Sword: Mists Beyond the Mountains — a remaster of 1999 title Xuan-Yuan Sword III — is set in the 8th century CE, taking players from Venice through the Middle East to China. It follows Frankish Knight Septem, who is tasked by Pepin III to seek out the Invincible Arts of War. His journey takes him through multiple historical events as the game blends history with Chinese and western mythology.