Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising acts as one thing of a prologue to the crowdfunded Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which is aiming for a 2023 launch on PS5 and PS4. It is a side-scrolling motion RPG with an emphasis on character-switching fight, however it additionally dabbles in Metroidvania-esque exploration and even city constructing. An attention-grabbing combine at a look, however it takes hours for Rising’s techniques to essentially click on — and the sport’s not that lengthy to start with.
It’s fairly straightforward to fall for Rising’s allure early on, although. The sport boasts some pretty artwork course, and the entire journey has a comfortable, old fashioned JRPG vibe to it, regardless of its side-scrolling fundamentals. Its foremost forged of characters can also be first rate, sporting enjoyable personalities propped in opposition to a whimsical fantasy setting. The story’s not that attention-grabbing — historical ruins and historical secrets and techniques — however for essentially the most half, it is enjoyably simple, and there is definitely potential on the planet constructing.
Gameplay construction is the place Rising stumbles. It is completely full of tediously boring aspect quests, which assist pad out an in any other case temporary tour. There’s a sort of laid-back enchantment to those aims — you’ll be able to usually grind via them with out a lot thought — however the sheer quantity of fundamental fetch quests implies that your endurance will possible be examined.
The issue is that aspect quests supply up necessary rewards, like character upgrades and enhancements to the city’s services. If you wish to get to the good things, you have to embrace the tedium — and that is very true of the title’s fight mechanics.
On a base degree, Rising’s fight is okay. The controls are pretty clean, and the character switching works nicely as you rack up heavy-hitting combos. Nevertheless it all turns into rather more participating as you acquire entry further skills and assaults — the aforementioned good things that is locked behind the grind. Now, we’re not saying that you need to simply have all the pieces unlocked from the beginning, however fights can really feel unnecessarily stunted till you can also make use of particular abilities.
For those who can abdomen its disappointingly boring quests, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a strong sufficient motion RPG. Some fairly visuals and a comfortable JRPG vibe do quite a bit to masks its flaws.