The top-down RPG revival (Chained Echoes, Octopath Traveller II etc)

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As a big big big fan of Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, FFVI etc, I'm intrigued. Chained Echoes is £20 on PSN which seems a little steep. Worth it? What else is good?

Sea of Stars is another big upcoming 'indie' one

imo 'revival' is a weird way to put it because these things have been being made straight on through on GBA/DS/3DS for the past two decades. as well as a rich history of rpgmaker games on PC that i dont know a whole lot about but occasionally one gets really big e.g. Omori

ciderpress, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 22:34 (one year ago) link

Dog Latin if you're coming from an Elden Ring addiction I'd really recommend you trying out some old-school roguelikes (ADOM, ToME, DCSS, Brogue)

Blessed Bloated Burdened (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 23:09 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Octopath 2 is getting high praise from a lot of places, what're people's thoughts here?

Shartreuse (Leee), Tuesday, 18 April 2023 02:26 (one year ago) link

I like it. The combat's satisfying, the music is great and most of the origin stories I've done so far have been engaging enough. The benevolent young merchant with the desire to heal the world with capitalism and the voice of a 55 year old man is a bit of a weird one maybe

Didn't play more than the demo of 1 so I suspect there's more redundancy in terms of mechanics and classes if you have, and there is too much grinding to get your new level 1 characters up to any kind of useful speed because they don't passively level (which should be literally illegal), so I can imagine running out of steam with it eventually because there's so much of it. But not regretting the purchase and it's a great fit for a steam deck

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Tuesday, 18 April 2023 08:28 (one year ago) link

I played the demo of Octo II and it was fun. Not enough to tell yet but some strong FFVII vibes. I hear Chained Echoes is similar to Chrono Trigger?

I wish they'd just re-release Chrono in some form - either just rolling it out on console or a full remake. I think there's some sort of legal reason it can't be, but it's ridiculous at this stage.

Rolling Coastal Black Country New Roads (dog latin), Tuesday, 18 April 2023 09:18 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'd heard good things about "Weird West" (not to be confused with "Evil West"), the top-down supernatural western action RPG. They just released a "definitive" edition, which is on sale for $20 for the PS4 version, but upgradable for free to PS5 (the standalone PS5 edition is full-price at twice that amount, though it's anyone's guess why you'd buy that version).

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 14:12 (one year ago) link

That game does sound pretty cool:

Random Restaurateur (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 May 2023 18:01 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

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