Sea Of Stars
Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
If you grew up with the 16bit era of JRPGs then you’ve been eating good these last two years with hit after hit taking cues from the best the genre had to offer at the time to deliver fresh new titles. The latest is Sea of Stars, a story focused RPG that takes Chrono Trigger and runs like hell with it. Combat stays challenging and the turn based format is mixed up with timed clicks to keep attacks going longer or defense soaking more damage. Beautiful story about a couple friends doing their destiny thing.
Islands of the Caliph
Made by a single developer Islands of the Caliph is a middle eastern inspired oldschool CRPG you might find back in the days of DOS. Specifically it’s like the first person perspective dungeon crawlers where you move one tile at a time, except now it’s rendered in 3D because that’s way easier. It has a tight loop encouraging open exploration, keyboard only controls and quick combat that rewards fast attacks and quicker defending. You can even dodge back a tile if you’re smart enough. There’s a demo on Steam, check it out!
Relic Hunters: Legends
PC, and everything else eventually
Made by Rogue Snail and published by Gearbox this is a cartoony looter shooter that’s taken all the best bits of Destiny and converted it to a top down twin stick setup. Currently in early access on Steam it’s already incredibly polished with a campaign, good drop-in co-op action and plenty of random loot to kit your guy out with. It has saturday morning cartoon vibes, similar to Hi-Fi rush, but it’s worth it.