RPGs coming this week, 7/18/2022


I often wonder if my friends in the southern hemisphere feel left out when most of the planet’s population has settled in the bountiful lands of the north. Australia, New Zealand and a large number of English speakers in other southern countries have to constantly skim through references to northern-centric commentary on weather conditions. There are dedicated regional websites of course, but some sites don’t have full replacements. (Like RPGFan, if we name names!)

And so, for you, my wonderful southern family, today I’m going to pretend that my worldview reflects yours.

It’s really cold outside. I like the cold, but it’s like, super cold. Right now, and I say this every year, I never end up sticking to it, but at present, I would do anything to make it through January when the sun beats down on me like a mallet on a pork tenderloin. Oh, mildest January, fierce in the heat and definitely not snowy.

How am I doing so far? Oh, and before I forget, there are RPGs coming this week, so let’s talk about them.

As Dusk Falls – July 19 (XB1, XSX, Windows)

As dusk falls follows two families tangled by fateful events beginning in 1998 and gradually progressing through 30 vast years of repercussions. I’m old enough to remember when the generational epics of three decades ended in 1998, but here we are. Then someone will tell me that JNCO jeans have been out of fashion for decades.

With a unique aesthetic that blends painterly vibes with hyperrealism, I think these visuals are going to do it for you in a big way or not at all. Either way, what you’re watching here is a point-and-click (yes!) adventure that begins in small town Arizona with a failed robbery that resonates in the hearts and minds of these two families for very, very long. Hope, betrayal, sacrifice and Xbox Game Pass – these are some of my favorite things, and As dusk falls has them all.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II – July 20 (PS4, PS5, Switch, XB1, XSX, Windows, macOS, Linux)

The time was, if you wanted a solid isometric action RPG extravaganza, you hooked up your PC and played some Diabloor you’ve avoided the whole notion and gone back to Xenogears. I’m sure you can guess which path I chose in life.

But ignoring Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and its sequel, which happens to be arriving on modern hardware with technical bells and whistles this week, my console-exclusive teenage years skipped a beat. These games were spoken with almost the same reverence as Blizzard’s dark fantasy phenomenon, after all, and a whole new generation of gamers can experience the second entry on just about every modern platform under the sun. (As a reminder, we are Aussies today, so we welcome the sun right now.)

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered – July 20 (Windows)

Oh my God. So imagine queuing for a midnight launch at EB Games Australia, right? And everybody the rest is there for Call of Duty 37: When Duty Calls 3and someone asks you what platform you’re getting it for, and you answer without breaking eye contact that you’re actually here for Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered.

Naturally, this enhanced PC-bound port of an older, Japan-only visual novel isn’t getting a physical release. But it is okay. It may be best to maintain some basic containment measures here, given the premise: humanity was invaded by ruthless aliens in 1973, and it’s now 2001, and you’re piloting one of our fighters surface tactics in a desperate attempt to prevent human extinction. No pressure.

The funniest thing about Total Eclipse Remastered, whether by the way we’re looking at or not is that the protagonist is an American hotshot… but the original version of this game was never localized in the West. Is Yuuya Bridges one of the few American-born protagonists who never spoke a word of English until his game received modern attention? Maybe I do not know. I am not a video game historian. I suppose so ?

LIVE A LIVE – July 22 (Switch)

The more I think about it, the more I realize that Octopath Traveler is pretty much the best thing Square Enix could have brought to the world in 2018. Love it or hate it, and I happen to personally love it, the HD-2D engine in this game is responsible for projects too epic than March. Triangle strategyan upcoming remake of Dragon Quest 3and yes, oh yes, the very first Western localization of the 1994 cult classic LIVE LIVE.

What is LIVE LIVE? For starters, this is a game that got over 500,000 tweets the other day, and that’s kinda crazy, isn’t it? There’s just something about Nintendo’s marketing, huh? Specifically, it’s an ancient grid-based, turn-based JRPG that follows multiple heroes and heroines from various points in Earth’s timeline, as they each have their own adventure. From distant prehistory to the distant future, Square Enix has done an impeccable job of giving each setting its own complete vibe, and there’s a certain connective tissue to it all that I think you’ll find satisfying.

Play that!

Also coming this week

Yeah, so like, in our main section this week, we have a remaster, another remaster, and a remake. I realize that stuff like this often ends up filling up our ports section below, but all three of these games are big, big news, so here we are.

That’s not to say that these last four are anything to scoff at, mind you.

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin: Trials of the Dragon King – July 20 (PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, Windows)

I think Square finally gets it. stranger from paradise is a fun game, don’t get me wrong. But from the moment it was unveiled, it was the biggest batch of memes since Metal Gear Rising: Revenge…except, in this case, the studio didn’t seem to realize it at the time. Jack is either magnificent or terrible; I’m not sure there’s a middle ground here. Own it, I say, and thanks to recent social media humor, like several polls asking fans who their favorite reps from each job category are — including cheekily Jack in every photo — I think they finally have it.

In any event, Trials of the Dragon King. July 20. Four new main missions, nine side missions, three new jobs. Go home and be a Bahamut man.

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp – July 21 (PS4, Windows, iOS, Android)

The twisted twists and complicated characterizations of the Danganronpa the franchise continues its assault on mobile devices as Ultimate summer camp stakes land on iOS and Android. If you prefer to run it the conventional way, grab the PS4 or Windows version instead. Just, you know, beware of the bear.

Coromon – July 22 (Switch)

The latest monster catching craze comes with the addition of some top-notch puzzles and other light 2D games. Zelda-like mechanics. coromone is, in fact, a game I got to preview on behalf of RPGFan a little over a year ago, and had a blast. Reviews of the finished product on PC are pretty mixed, but I’m totally hooked on the Switch port.

Omori – June 24 (PS4)

Omori is… phew. It’s the kind of RPG with an atmosphere no triple-A publisher would dare tap into, which is a friendly reminder to tip your local indie dev. You really need to see this thing to understand, so rather than try to explain what makes its visuals so compelling, I’m going to cheat and link you to its Steam page. Watch these videos.

As it is so cold outside, I enjoy a lovely very very hot freshly baked apple pie and extremely hot chicken wings. I have the heating on, and uh, you know, other things that make me a convincing citizen of the southern hemisphere.

Look, it started with noble intentions. I wanted to shed some light on the other side, since I talk about the weather so often in this column. If my unique summer-winter inversion masquerade made only one person feel represented, then my job is done.

But, since I highly doubt my nonsense actually had that effect, don’t worry; we will be back next week with the usual complaints about the hot sun.


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