Ciao, and welcome to the latest volume of Keep An Eye On It! We’ve got lots of exciting titles to showcase this time around, some just around the corner. Whether you’re looking for a sequel or spinoff to an existing series or the indie game you never knew you needed in your life, there are some great games in development right now.
The original PlayStation was full of timeless turn-based RPGs; to this day, the likes of Grandia HD Remaster get very positive feedback on Steam. Here, I’d like to revisit the ten best turn-based RPGs on the original PlayStation. Keep in mind that this list, much like any, is subjective, and my taste in games might differ from yours.
What’s the difference between Roguelike/Roguelites?? I don’t know…. and I’m not very intent on getting into that in this article. What I do know, however, is that to give a guideline to our blog and especially to my mind, I define Roguelikes as all those games that arise from the ashes of Rogue (1980) and therefore what I expect to find in this tag are games like Stoneshard , Tangledeep, Tales of Maj’eyal, ADOM and more.
It is quite lovely to see how JRPGs have transitioned to mainstream in the West. JRPGs at the time, were seen as “weird” or even “boring”, especially those with turn-based mechanics. With the immense success of: Persona 5, Dragon Quest XI, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, it cannot be said to be the case anymore. It’s great to see Western gamers becoming ever more interested in the madness of turn-based JRPGs.
I could continue to look the other way, to talk about how many great games are going to be released this month, how beautiful they will be and how happy we will be, but everyone knows we have a big problem. Hardly anyone seems eager to talk about it, but, nonetheless, the “brutal reality” is always before our eyes, and Its horrors prevent me from thinking clearly of anything else.
Don’t know why, but lately I’ve been thinking about how great the Phantasy Star series used to be. It has rivaled the best turn-based games of the SNES and MegaDrive era; yet, for whatever reason, with the end of that era it too has ended. Sure, there were spinoffs, but nothing continuing the mainline story for almost ten years. When finally Phantasy Star Online came out on the Dreamcast it has ditched everything gamers loved about Phantasy Star – and has moved away from its turn-based roots. It was an MMO – hence “online” in its title.
Nowadays it’s very hard to find free times to do something; work, family various duties takes all our time and maybe the idea of surfing a 40/80 hours RPG it’s scary. Fortunately, there is a category of games that goes under the Roguelite tag that can help us in our short and intense sessions in front of the monitor.
An open world, it’s what I’m always looking for inside the games I play. A Sandbox experience or the possibility of going around taking on quests without a pre-set order – it’s vital for me and makes the whole difference. More and more games are taking this approach and below I’ve listed some of the best you can actually play that also offer another aspect I love; tactical battles.
There’s nothing like a good board game, and digital adaptations make our favorite tabletop experiences more accessible than ever. In this edition of Keep An Eye On It, we’ll take a look at several games adapted from or inspired by their analog cousins. Nemesis Lockdown and Death Roads: Tournament bring some of the hottest new board games into the digital space, while Shotgun King: The Final Checkmate is a wonderfully irreverent take on chess.
Hello! In an attempt to write something other than reviews, I thought it’d fun to make a list of free games to try during your free time. These three are roguelikes that marked my teen years when I had a really slow computer. They are incredible projects, rivaling AAA products in depth and overall experience; robbing me of countless sleep hours. I also specifically chose games with three distinct themes and graphic styles – so that, I hope, anyone may find something they like here.