Folks, I know it might be physically impossible to remove your Nintendo Switch from your clutches right now, but we absolutely need to talk about this week’s lineup. See, there’s a new RPG in the PlayStation Plus catalog, and it’s probably not one you expected. It’s a deep cut, and, well, it’s cool. Join us as we embark on this very short edition of RPGs coming this week!
Blade Dancer ~Lineage of Light~ – May 16th (PS5, PS4)
Blade Dancer ~Lineage of Light~ is a turn-based RPG originally released on the PlayStation Portable in 2006. Developed by Hit Maker (developers of the oft-maligned Last Rebellion), Blade Dancer was an early fully 3D RPG for the system. Featuring a unique “Lunability” system for battles, where you charge the Lunar Gauge to unleash powerful skills and the ability to craft items anywhere, the game is a fairly successful take on the traditional JRPG formula.
Blade Dancer is re-releasing as part of the Classics catalog for PS Plus Premium subscribers, and it’s nice to see Sony release lesser-known titles on the service (particularly RPGs)!
by Ben Love
Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo – May 18th (Switch)
Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo is an otome visual novel hoping to catch the attention of fans of other historical-based titles in the genre such as Nightshade, Hakuoki, and Birushana. The game stars Suzuno, a young woman ostracized by those around her because she can see usually invisible threads connected to a person’s emotions. When these threads start to turn black, horrifying monsters known as blightfall are born. Suzuno joins an elite group of secret fighters for the shogunate, helping by using her special sight to protect the city of Edo. But can they truly succeed against foes created by an onslaught of negative emotions?
As a fan of otome titles and VNs in general, I’ve been looking forward to Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo and will definitely be checking it out on the Switch!
by Audra Bowling
Man, Sony really needs to up their value proposition for PS Plus Premium. We’re almost a year into the revamp, and the highest tier still kinda sucks for how much you’re paying? Even if you bought your subscription on sale, I feel like you’re better off keeping that money, but maybe that’s just me. I’m just sad about the sorry state of PS Plus’ RPG selection.
Anyway, that’s enough of me being a sourpuss. See you all next week, readers!