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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Retro Encounter 425 – RPGFan Quiz Show VI: Contest of Champions

There can only be one. Since time immemorial (May of 2019), Retro Encounter has held quiz shows to determine which Retro Encounter panelist knows the most about the subject we celebrate every day on our beloved website. Today, five former RPGFan quiz show winners duke it out in a trivia free-for-all… Read More »
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Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories

The release history of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is a somewhat long and strange one. Commercially overshadowed by its immediate predecessor and successor, it was initially released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004. After several years, the game got a remake in 3D for the PlayStation 2 as Kin… Read More »

GBA Classic Sigma Star Saga Returns in 2025

Twenty years after its initial Game Boy Advance release, developer WayForward is bringing back Sigma Star Saga in 2025. It’s expected to come out for PC, “modern platforms”, and even the GBA again, as a reproduction cart. It will run on Limited Run Games’ proprietary Carbon Engine, which enables por… Read More »

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak II Officially Rises in the West in 2025

It’s official! NIS America have announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak II will be coming West in early 2025 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG. Check out the announcement trailer below. NIS America may have been forced… Read More »

Ys X: Nordics Launches October 25th; Pre-Orders Now Available

Well, fans don’t have to wait longer, as developer Nihon Falcom and publisher NIS America have finally locked in October 25th as the western release date for Ys X: Nordics. The tenth entry in the series will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epi… Read More »

Metaphor: ReFantazio Delves into Story in Anime Expo Showcase

ATLUS’ next epic, Metaphor: ReFantazio, is seeing release in a few months. However, the company stoked the flames of anticipation with a panel at Anime Expo showcasing the game’s fantasy story. Game Director Katsura Hashina and Character Designer Shigenori Soejima revealed the perils players are in… Read More »
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Random Encounter 300 – Draft to the Future

On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re celebrating our 300th episode with a special draft! Four years is a long time in the video game industry, so we’re making predictions about what things will be like when we record our 400th episode in April 2028. Jono has gathered all the hosts from the RPG… Read More »

RPGs Coming This Week, 7/7/24

This edition of RPGs Coming This Week is, once again, for the visual novel enjoyers. And yet, I feel like now’s a good time for unversed folks to check it out. With everything going on lately, I know for sure I’d love a quiet evening reading an engrossing tale on my Nintendo Switch. If that sounds l… Read More »
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

It’s now par de course for ATLUS to release expanded follow-up releases of their titles, the first being Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES back in 2008. Nearly 20 years later, with almost as much of a mouthful of a title, we have been blessed with Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. This version-1.5 g… Read More »
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Stray Gods: Orpheus

When the lights go out after the show, what do you do when you get an unexpected encore? Stray Gods: Orpheus, a DLC follow-up to Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical, invites you to step into the shoes of the long-suffering Orpheus after the main game’s conclusion. Orpheus, idling during his eternity… Read More »
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak

In The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak, the blurry line between law and chaos is painted with shades of gray. You play as Van Arkride, a “spriggan” taking on all types of jobs for people that fall between the cracks of society so long as they don’t overstep his honor code. Located in the R… Read More »

Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana Launches West in Early 2025

Adol has found his voice! After a rocky reveal, we’re learning more about the upcoming release of Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana, now set for early 2025. The HD remaster of Ys: The Oath in Felghana, itself a remake of Ys III: Wanderers From Ys, adds new features like improved visuals, new art, tur… Read More »

Retro Encounter 424 – Top Eleven PS4 RPGs

PlayStation IV: A New Hope The PlayStation 4 was a massively successful console, with incredible sales, an official lifespan of seven years, and game releases continuing to the present day. And moreso than its predecessor, the PS4 had a rich selection of RPGs. Today, four Retro Encounter panelists e… Read More »
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Retro Encounter Final Thoughts: Grandia II

Claton Stevenson My first impressions of Grandia II was initially to cringe, particularly at the abrasive and often misogynistic sass coming out of main protagonist Ryudo’s mouth. Thankfully, though, Ryudo is quickly given opportunities to soften and grow, as the narrative reveals more about his lif… Read More »
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Riven (Remake)

It’s 1997, and you just sat down in the computer room on a summer evening to relax and stay up late playing videogames without worrying about school. You boot up Riven and enter a dimly lit, expansive stone chamber, seemingly underground yet not cramped or claustrophobic. Intricate carvings extend a… Read More »

Darkest Dungeon II Journeys to Xbox on July 15th

Red Hook Studios has confirmed that its turn-based RPG Darkest Dungeon II will be coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on July 15th. Earlier this year, the game had been confirmed for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch following its 1.0 release on PC last year. Check out a new t… Read More »

XSEED Leaks Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana Ahead of Anime Expo 

Just a few days before Anime Expo 2024, publisher XSEED Games accidentally announced the western release of Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana on Twitter/X. The tweet in question had Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana in the lineup of playable demos at the event. Here’s the tweet that fans spotted befor… Read More »

Elrentaros Wanderings to Launch August 16th

The action RPG Rear Sekai, released last year in Japan, is coming West on August 16th as Elrentaros Wanderings. It’s coming out on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, according to Gematsu. The studio behind it is HAKAMA, known for the life sim/action RPG hybrid Worth Life, while Red Art Games is the p… Read More »

Rhythm Encounter 138 – City Poppin’

Almost exactly a year ago, we published a fun episode on jazz and funk RPG music. Today we are back with a spiritual sequel, talking about jazz, funk, but especially city pop. All our tracks in this episode represent one or more of these genres, but all are excellent listens. So sit back and listen… Read More »
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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Original Game Soundtrack

Wizardry is a series with a storied history, dating back to 1981 with the release of Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. From a musical perspective, there wasn’t much to say with the first few titles throughout the ’80s … at least, not in America. As Wizardry found its way to Japan in t… Read More »
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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord turned me into a quivering wreck. Over this last week or so, the sheer thought of losing yet more brave adventurers to enemy blades, of being teleported to a distant part of a trap-laden dungeon, or of having to return to the safety of the surface with h… Read More »

RPGs Coming This Week, 6/30/24

Would you rather choose dawn, or daybreak? This edition of RPGs Coming This Week dares to ask, “Why not both?” Also on the docket are two Chinese titles, including the latest free-to-play feast for the senses from industry giant HoYoverse. Join us as we roll out the red carpet for these blockbusters… Read More »

Wuxia RPG Fate Seeker II Coming to PS5; Steam Version to Get Localized

Chinese martial arts-themed action RPG Fate Seeker II will be released for the PlayStation 5 on July 4th, with its previously untranslated Steam version to receive an English translation on the same day. Developer Niugamer and publisher JSL Entertainment shared the release date via a video on the Pl… Read More »
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