Experience Inc., and NIS America recently released their first-person DRPG, Strange of Sword City, onto Steam. The game is visually engrossing role-playing game where players take on the role of a stranger who crashed lands into the world of Escario after their plane mysteriously goes down.
The player-character is deigned a “Chosen One”, which means that players must gather their party after creating their character, and side with one of the three main factions that populate Sword City.
The game looks great, as far as as the character art and monster designs are concerned. The actual dungeon crawling takes place in 3D maps where players will move around using the standard per-block traveling method that the Might & Magic games are known for.
You can see the first 21 minutes of the game in action, which covers the basic gist of the story and the character creation process of the PC port of this underrated PS Vita title. The video was put together by YouTuber Negark.
The video covering the character creation process is fairly interesting. The game allows players to pick a portrait from one many; in fact there are four pages full of different portraits to choose from, and there are plenty more to unlock.
From there it’s possible to choose a male or female (regardless of the gender of the portrait you chose) and you can then choose to be a human, elf, dwarf, migmy or ney.
The actual combat takes place with turn-based strategy and options centered around utilizing the skills and traits of each party member. Players can run, use their skills, fight, defend or unleash a special attack. The battle sequences take place in a separate screen, but they aren’t random battle encounters like the old-school JRPGs, they’re more-so centered around fixed battles similar to the old computer DRPGs… except, the enemies don’t chase you down if they see you.
Some gamers have already begun comparing Stranger of Sword City to classics like Might & Magic and Wizardry, but with a hint of Persona Q or Etrian Odyssey.
The user reviews warn that this is not a Westernized JRPG, so expect sensibilities, grinding, difficulty and story elements to play out like a classic Japanese role-playing game. Localization done right… right?
Well, you can learn more about Stranger of Sword City by either checking out the official website, or you can pick up a digital copy of the game for $39.99 – although you can get it for 25% off the normal price for the first week of it being on sale for $29.99 – by hitting up the Steam store page.