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The Classic RPGs that Skipped Europe

I got my first console back in the late nineties when I was around twelve — a PS1. In the preceding months, I spent hours thumbing through gaming magazines and getting excited about specifically playing Final Fantasy VIII (which was due out soon) and Final Fantasy VII (which I’d bought a magazine wa… Read More »

2D Zelda-Like Castaway Launches August 16th

Lunark developer Canari Games has announced Castaway, a top-down action-adventure title, is releasing worldwide on August 16th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. This charming bite-sized game features pixel art visuals and is heavily inspi… Read More »
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Stellar Blade

NieR: Automata is one of the most influential games of the previous generation and one of my favorite games of all time. So, when a NieR-like game gets announced, I sit up and listen. When Stellar Blade was revealed in 2019, it quickly slotted itself into my most anticipated list. Every trailer pain… Read More »

Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2 Soundtracks Now Available to Stream

Atlus has announced that the original soundtracks for its cult-classic RPGs Digital Devil Saga and Digital Devil Saga 2 are now available on music streaming services. This release commemorates the series’ 20th anniversary. The music has been consolidated into one playlist with a total of 139 songs.… Read More »

9 R.I.P. Spooks Up Eligible Bachelors on October 15th

Look out, it’s a scary… boyfriend? Idea Factory’s upcoming spooky otome game, 9 R.I.P., launches on the Nintendo Switch digitally and physically on October 15th. Physical copies will be available in standard and limited editions. Dive into the world of handsome, spooky spirits in the trailer below… Read More »

Random Encounter 301 – Oy “Vay,” We Could Use a Vacation to Hinterberg

On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re diving into a magical alpine journey and revisiting a classic RPG. First up, Abe joins us to discuss Dungeons of Hinterberg. This action RPG with Zelda and Persona-like elements is set in a beautiful Austrian resort town, combining combat, puzzles, and soci… Read More »

RPGs Coming This Week, 7/21/24

This edition of RPGs Coming This Week solidifies 2024 as an exceptionally strong year for RPGs. I mean, we knew that before the year even started, but it kind of hits differently when you lay it out week after week. And this week, seven solid titles grace storefronts for the first time. Not all of t… Read More »
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Racing Lagoon

The mid-to-late ’90s are by far the peak of creativity and ingenuity for legendary development house Squaresoft. Buoyed by Final Fantasy VII’s success on the PlayStation in 1997, Squaresoft created a wide range of experimental titles for the platform, blending genres like survival-horror (Parasite E… Read More »
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Nintendo Switch Pokémon Scarlet・Violet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Super Music Collection

In February 2024, The Pokémon Company decided to make up for lost time by publishing not one, not two, but three OSTs on the same day. Among them was the soundtrack to their gen-9 flagship title: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet! This soundtrack is the largest of any from the franchise to date, spanning… Read More »

AI LIMIT Hands-On Preview: A Sci-Fi Souls-like with Style

The action RPG landscape is dominated by Metroidvanias and Souls-likes these days. As the subgenre gets more crowded, developers must find ways to make their games stand out amidst a sea of clones. Aside from The Surge, there haven’t been many sci-fi-oriented Souls-likes, and outside of Code Vein, t… Read More »

Retro Encounter 426 – Dark Souls Part I

Let’s praise the sun! Doo-doo-doo-doo The Dark Souls of RPGFan podcasts has finally arrived! Dark Souls is one of the most celebrated RPGs of the 2010s, helping to establish an entire new genre of RPG. Today, one Dark Souls newcomer and four Souls-like veterans discuss this challenging, carefully-cr… Read More »

Unmask the Truth in Emio – The Smiling Man: Famicom Detective Club, Coming August 29th

Three decades after The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind, developer Nintendo has brought back the Famicom Detective Club series with a new mystery adventure game titled Emio – The Smiling Man. This third installment will debut on August 29th exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Digital an… Read More »
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Dungeons of Hinterberg

Everyone needs a chance to escape the doldrums of life on occasion to refresh and re-find themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. For some, this could mean taking a trip to a whole different environment and possibly discovering a new course for their life. For many, that’s one of the reaso… Read More »
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RPGFan’s Top 25 PS4 RPGs

A lot of people will point to the Super Nintendo or the PS1 as the “Golden Era” of RPGs, and there’s certainly something to that. But the PS4 is full of so many excellent RPGs, and they run the gamut between big budget, AAA titles, smaller AA titles, and indie darlings that took the genre in unexpec… Read More »

GreedFall 2: The Dying World Launches in Early Access September 24th

In a recent trailer, publisher Nacon and developer Spiders announced September 24th as the Early Access release date of GreedFall 2: The Dying World. It was more than two years ago when the sequel to GreedFall was first revealed. Here’s the 40-second announcement trailer uploaded to Nacon’s YouTube… Read More »
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Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Sieges are prolonged military campaigns rooting out a city or a settlement’s inhabitants and defenders. Fortunately, soulslite action RPG Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn’s campaign isn’t an excruciatingly long siege, despite its title. It offers players an entertaining gameplay loop that manages not to… Read More »
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System Shock (Remake)

We are just rats in a maze. I turned 32 years old during my playthrough of System Shock’s remake for consoles. I am just old enough, I think, to remember a time when first-person shooters shared far more in common with mazes than gymnasiums or amusement park rides. Yellow cards, blue cards, green ca… Read More »

GBC-Inspired Veritus Launches July 22nd on PC

Publisher and developer Colorgrave has announced Veritus, a new top-down adventure influenced by the era of Game Boy Color pixelated graphics. Players don’t have to wait any longer to experience this classic; it launches on July 22nd for PC via Steam. Check out the announcement trailer, which featur… Read More »

Paraside: Duality Unbound Splits Reality in 2025

The publisher WhisperGames, with notable title Astlibra Revision under their belts, is releasing another stellar-looking title, this time a strategy RPG. Paraside: Duality Unbound, developed by the American and Chinese team Mistold Games, is a post-apocalyptic tale that splits the world into two dif… Read More »

Rhythm Encounter 139 – Indie RPG Music Spotlight

The indie RPG scene is ever expanding, and while indie RPG music makes its way into many a Rhythm Encounter episode, we wanted to make an episode just about celebrating the music from indie devs. We enjoyed it so much, we may even make this a regularly recurring topic! But, for now, come journey thr… Read More »

RPGs Coming This Week, 7/14/24

No niche will be left unserved in this edition of RPGs Coming This Week… except the tactics fans. Sorry, but SRPG junkies have to wait a bit longer for their fix. For everyone else, let’s just dive into this week’s embarrassment of riches! B-Project Ryusei Fantasia – July 15th (Windows) B-Project… Read More »
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Atelier Resleriana: Forgotten Alchemy and the Polar Night Liberator

The Atelier series has seen numerous crossovers over the past 25 years. Be they collaborations with Capcom and NIS like Cross Edge and Trinity Universe, one-versus-one-thousand Musou games like Warriors All-Stars, or even town management sims such as Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of t… Read More »
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend

I’m the first to admit that my knowledge of Musuo/Warriors games is severely limited. I’ve only played three spin-off titles from the celebrated hack-and-slash subgenre. The first two were Fire Emblem Warriors and Touken Ranbu Warriors, which I immensely enjoyed. However, it was… Read More »

Famitsu Shares Stunning Gameplay Footage of Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

Famitsu has shared a 30-minute gameplay video (below) of the highly anticipated Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake. The video features a full tour of the opening island, starting in the iconic town of Aliahan, vividly reimagined in living, breathing detail. A party of four adventurers explores a sprawlin… Read More »
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Panzer Dragoon Saga

Panzer Dragoon Saga is gaming’s most well-hidden masterpiece. And while it is not necessarily cloaked in underground obscurity nor buried under obtuse design, playing it legitimately today requires a monetary devotion that is practically unachievable for all but the extremely wealthy, making it a ra… Read More »
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