RPGs coming this week, 5/23/22


So, as you might already know if you saw my name up top, Quinton really isn’t here to write this week’s column. I probably have their blessing to take the reins just once, so well done, Quinton! I will do my best to make you proud. Dear Reader, I’m Gio, a member of the RPGFan News Team, and it’s my pleasure to serve as your temporary guide for all the RPGs coming this week. Pictured above: I carry you, happily struggling to explain what Touken Ranbu Warriors is.

Touken Ranbu Warriors – May 24 (Switch, Windows)

The best and most succinct way I can describe Touken Ranbu is that it is a strategy simulation card collecting game. It’s…probably more intuitive than it sounds, but five minutes into the fan wiki tutorial gave me a headache. As far as I know, it’s free to play on your browser, so you might have better luck than me trying to analyze this (inexplicably massive) game. For me, the main draw here is that all the swords you collect turn into hot anime dudes. With musou spin-off Touken Ranbu Warriors, the guys are now in glorious 3D, and they look damn hot. There’s apparently a substantial demo for Switch and Steam, and I’m a little tempted to give it a whirl when I’m done writing this. Why, to get my Omega Force hack-and-slash battle fix, of course! Stop asking questions!

Forgotten Fables: Wolves on the Westwind Screenshot of a woman in a brightly adorned skirt and coat against the backdrop of the raging ocean and jagged rocks at night.

Forgotten Fables: Wolves on the Westwind – May 25 (iOS, Windows)

To my great shame, I have never played a tabletop game in my life. What little understanding I have of Dungeons & Dragons–RPG style comes from this episode of Community, and it ended up piqued my interest and scared me to play something like that. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen it. Having said all this, Forgotten Fables: Wolves on the West Wind is actually a visual novel, but it’s set in the world of “award-winning German tabletop RPG The black eye.” RPG elements show through in stats and decision-making; the story will take on unique twists depending on your decisions, and there’s also a degree of combat to be had. You even have to deal with health and mana stats somehow.

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds Screenshot of a huge majestic castle against a bright blue sky.

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds – May 25 (iOS, Android)

Level 5 could use a win. Seriously, I feel like Ni no KuniThat’s all that keeps them alive these days. Cross Worlds, a sort of MMORPG spin-off/sequel, was a hit when it launched in Asian markets, but there’s no guarantee it’ll replicate that when it comes to the West. There’s also no guarantee that I’ll get it back because my phone can’t handle Twitter anymore (even, phone, even…). In the absence of a correct English version of Dragon Quest X however, it’s my platonic ideal for a multiplayer RPG: simple, wholesome, fun to watch, and (hopefully) with servers not jam-packed with people. You can pre-register until Wednesday on the App Store or Play Store.

Hellslave screenshot of a first-person battle in a dark rocky cave against an orc-like monster with a huge hammer and a humanoid with four glowing skulls wielding a follower.

Hellslave – May 26 (Windows)

God, watch the trailer. This game is discreet appalling?? Hellslavethe graphic appeal of darkest dungeon‘s grotesque style in mind, which is exactly my jam. Judging by its aesthetics alone, this intimidating looking RPG seems like a winner and should probably be on your radar if you like dungeon crawlers. Also, I’m probably going to sound stupid saying this, but souls games are my only frame of reference for character creation, and it is indeed very souls-to like. Of all the RPGs coming this week, this is the number one game I see myself getting into. It will be available on Steam, Epic Games Store and GOG.

Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms Screenshot of a maniacal-looking lord shouting Gwahahaha!  Become rest on my Celestial Blade!  on a grid-based battlefield.
Uh, what?

Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms – May 26 (Switch)

Here’s the only Switch exclusive on this week’s list, and it’s pretty straightforward. Twin Blades of the Three Kingdoms is a classic Chinese novel-themed retro strategy RPG Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Can anyone name a single book with more games based on it?

To its name, the game features “over 120 generals”, a “highly flexible combat system”, and authentic 8-bit tunes by BUNBUN aka Yasuaki Fujita, who composed the soundtrack for Tenchi wo Kurau II (the Japanese-only sequel to that old NES game Destiny of an Emperor). It’s quite the pedigree, and I’m sure it will particularly appeal to fans who grew up playing those old Capcom games. The Switch eShop is currently the only way to get twin bladesso keep that in mind when you go looking for it.

Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers Screenshot of full-fledged contemplative Zapper talking about the injustice of the universe to a worried fellow in a hoodie.

Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers – May 27 (PS4, PS5, Switch, XB1, XSX, Windows)

Finally, a dating sim with voice acting. Admittedly, I had never even considered this possibility before watching the trailer, but I don’t think I can do without it now. The voices of everyone in Arcade Spirits: the new challengers are beautiful, and that fact makes it all the easier to get attached to them. You may or may not know SungWon Cho aka ProZD [Editor’s note: How can I let you mention him and not link this?]; he’s in it, and he plays one of nine (!) different people to romance. I recommend visiting the game’s website just to read the profiles and admire the character portraits. They are awesome. Moreover, this game is released practically everywhere. On PC, you’ll find it on Steam and itch.io.

default StP LIGHTKRAVTE Screenshot of a red-haired girl smiling at a blue-haired girl on a swing under a tree as a lavender-haired girl appears to conjure fire from a jewel in her hand.

Default – StP – LIGHTKRAVTE – May 27 (Windows)

I am so sorry for inflicting this title on you, dear reader. It’s my fault *Drum roll * Ba Dum Tss*. Well, no, it’s not, but I apologize if trying to read it gave you a headache. default – StP – LIGHTKRAVTE is the latest in a series of cinematic visual novels that are meant to be truly compelling. The Steam description says you don’t need to play the first two games to enjoy this one, so take it for what it’s worth. I’m curious what the “shocking revelation” is. Does the main character find out he’s in a visual novel called default – StP – LIGHTKRAVTE and suffer from a mental breakdown? There’s only one way to find out.

Also coming this week

There’s only one port this week, and it’s a game we’ve already covered. Let’s cut to the chase.

Maglam Lord – May 30 (Windows)

I like a little humor in my video games. games like Deny and Drakengard 3 managed to work their way into my heart because they’re so funny, and I suspect I’d appreciate Lord Maglam for exactly the same reason. If you’re considering picking it up on Steam, probably check out Audra’s review first.

This week, like most weeks, we have a nice variety of RPGs. None of these games are what I would call blockbuster releases, but, frankly, you’re probably not reading this column to remember Xenoblade Chronicles 3. I’d like to take this opportunity to shamelessly plug in our Upcoming Games page, which is our nifty way of helping you keep track of what’s coming out and when. Until next time, readers!


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