Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Hands-on Impressions

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Hands-on Impressions

By  Alana Dunitz - 23rd Apr 2024

Will Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes be a must-play turn-based RPG, or will it feel like all the others that have come out recently?

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Hands-on Impressions

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is an upcoming RPG that has fans of the genre excited to check out. Developed by Rabbit & Bear Studios and published by 505 Games, this game boasts the creative genius of Yoshitaka Murayama, the mastermind behind the beloved Suikoden series. Although not a direct successor, it's hailed as a spiritual one, capturing the essence that fans cherish. I have never had the chance to play Suikoden, but I couldn’t wait to try this title.

In my recent hands-on experience with an early build of Eiyuden Chronicle, I found myself immersed in its captivating world. Set in a universe where you join The Watch, a group of mercenaries, as the protagonist Nowa, the game introduces a diverse cast of characters, each with their own quirks and abilities. From the gruff leader Garr to the fiery newcomer Lian, every member contributes to the dynamic team dynamic.

What sets Eiyuden Chronicle apart is its innovative combat system. Controlling a party of six characters sounds crazy when you are used to teams of three, but it's surprisingly intuitive and exciting. With fluid camera movements and strategic command options like combo attacks, battles come alive, offering a refreshing twist on the usual turn-based RPG formula.

The game's strategic depth extends beyond combat, with additional mechanics like battlefield gimmicks adding spice to the mix. Whether it's timing attacks to exploit your enemy’s weaknesses or strategically reviving fallen allies, every decision matters, enhancing the overall challenge and engagement.

Outside of turn-based combat, Eiyuden Chronicle offers a variety of different gameplay elements which is a nice change of pace. My favourite part was recruiting new characters, it was exciting to see what kind of unique abilities each hero had. When you aren’t in huge epic battles, the game maintains a surprisingly light-hearted tone, offering moments of humour and optimism which was nice to see from the usual doom and gloom you see in other RPGs.

Visually, Eiyuden Chronicle was impressive with its blend of realistic environments and charming pixel art characters. From punk rockers to magical girls, the diverse cast is fun to interact with and is complemented by a dynamic soundtrack that adapts to the unfolding story as you progress.

While the game isn't a cakewalk, it isn’t without its challenges, particularly in its demanding boss fights; the overall experience is immensely rewarding. Whether you're a seasoned RPG veteran or a newcomer to the genre, Eiyuden Chronicle promises hours of entertaining gameplay and an intriguing story that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

I think Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a must-play for fans of turn-based RPGs. With sometimes challenging gameplay, unique characters, and an interesting story, it's a title that is sure to be enjoyable. So gear up, gather your heroes, and prepare to embark on a grand journey where you recruit and build your ultimate party.

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