Young Adult fiction has become considerably more acceptable to adults over the last few years, with the line often blurring between adult and teen fiction and authors writing stories based on their own merits instead of pandering down to children. One of the best authors leading this charge is Rick Riordan, a man who many have termed the ‘Myth Master’ and it’s a title he’s earned. With two high-budget film adaptions of his first two novels in the Percy Jackson series, it was inevitable that there would be a at least one video game tie-in.
The end of the original single-player Phantasy Star series was a landmark title for Sega, shipping on a specially made cart and selling for $100, an amazingly high price for a Mega Drive title at the time. Phantasy Star 4 was very much the epitome of what Sega stood for at the time. Sleek, fast and in many ways ground breaking, despite garnering mixed reviews.
My hat goes off to Cartoon Network’s gaming department, which has followed on from ‘Steven Universe’ their first foray into the RPG genre with an equally impressive miniature slice of action in Teeny Titans, this time based on the popular modern series ‘Teen Titans GO!’
Kemco has a history of releasing regular if not stellar RPGs onto mobile devices that dates all of the way back to the Game Boy (and has started to release onto the Nintendo 3DS as of late), but few of their games can be actually described as great. Their ‘Alphadia’ series is possibly their most successful long-running property and the studio behind it brings us Revenant Saga using the same engine as last seen in ‘Alphadia IV’.
Standing out in mobile stores not for its premise but for its hand-drawn, watercolor art style, Creature Chaos is a game based on the popular ‘monster collection’ sub-genre of the JRPG and fuses this with elements of RogueLikes.
Released digitally onto PlayStation Network for PS3 and Vita here in the UK, Trails of Cold Steel is the start of a third trilogy in a series that’s had a spotty release schedule for western audiences but is finally starting to get the love it deserves through Steam and Sony’s various systems.
Is it possible for a game to make something of itself using both the engine from the frankly disappointing ‘Alphadia 2’ and a new freemium model? Surprisingly, there are some good ideas stirred into this strange soup, but are they enough to save it?