Five RPGs you might have missed in 2021

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Every year, a lot of video game releases come on the market, making it hard to keep track of everything. RPG fans had a pretty good 2021, from great indies to new games in popular franchises. Bandai Namco gave us two amazing RPGs in Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus. Remakes and remasters, like Nier: Replicant, Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, provided plenty of nostalgia while also bringing new fans into the fold. Long-awaited contributions finally debuted with Shin Megami Tensei V and Neo: The World Ends With You. And it only scratches the surface. Here are five time-honored RPGs that may have slipped past your radar.

eastwards

Switch, PC, Mac

If you like RPGs with a nostalgic 90s vibe, Eastward is worth your time. Between the pixel art style, whimsical atmosphere and captivating ties between the main characters John and Sam, there is a lot to love. The whimsical adventure is full of surprises as you unravel the secrets of this strange world by using frying pans to knock enemies out of the cold and bombs to blow past obstacles. It’s equally bizarre and heartwarming and pays homage to Earthbound with its own arcade game called Earth Born, which you can play when you need a diversion from the main story. If you want an RPG with simple mechanics and a unique setting, look no further. Read our review for more.

Ice IX: Monster Nox

Switch, PS4, PC, Stadiums

The long-running Ys series continues to shine, proving that it is not afraid to take any risks along the way with Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. The series still follows the iconic red-haired hero Adol, but he gains supernatural abilities and the power to cast monsters for this post. During his adventure, he meets others who are gifted with these powers, and they all have their own specialties to help you cross the city and receive the wicked. The unique methods of traversing and increased verticality make exploration an explosion, and the big bosses and quick action do not disappoint. In addition, the story goes in some wild places. See our new gameplay today for more.

Crystals

PS5, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Stadiums

With a beautiful aesthetic and exciting concept, Cris Tales captures your attention and offers more than a few reasons to keep going. Ultimately, a love letter to classic RPGs, Cris Tales takes worn-out genre tropes, such as time travel, and turns them into more than a gimmick. For example, Cris Tales’ time-jumping mechanic lets you see the past, present, and future at the same time, providing not only fun exploration but also interesting combat opportunities. Think: Use a water spell on an enemy’s powerful shield and then move to the future to make it rust, bringing its defenses down. It’s fun to see the impact of your actions through the different timelines, and if the game proves anything, it’s that no future is guaranteed.Read our review.

Wild myth

PC

This character-driven, procedurally generated tactical RPG has gained its share of recognition, but still managed to fly under the radar of many people. Its PC exclusivity could be part of the reason, but it’s worth finding a way to play it, especially if you enjoy table role-playing experiences. Like running your own Dungeons & Dragons campaign, you’ve arming a team, making decisions that affect their history, and taking on hordes of enemies in various turn-based combat setups. While each campaign is independent, the cool part of Wildermyth is that you can take characters you develop for subsequent campaigns, complete with all their stats. Our own Dan Tack put it best in his review: “If you’ve always wanted a fantasy Dungeons & Dragons-styled XCOM game, Wildermyth might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s hard to design a game about random storytelling, but Worldwalker pulls this off with gusto and gravitas. ” Read the full review here.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

PS4, Switch

If you like strategy / RPGs, but prefer a bit of insanity and exaggerated pranks, then a new post appeared in the long-running Disgaea series this summer. This post is a bit more streamlined, but still retains its humorous bent and fun strategy battle that lets you link ridiculous damage figures. This time you play as a humble zombie named Zed who uses the power of the super-reincarnation to come back to life every time he dies. Zed’s persistence in getting better every time and improving those around him makes it one of the better story lines in the series. Graphic upgrades and a new, albeit divisive, auto-play feature add a bit of paint to the series. If you’ve played other records, you’ll probably enjoy this one. And if this’s your first Disgaea rodeo, then this is a great place to start.

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