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  • Summary: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising combines a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins with the tale of one town’s rise from the ashes. Drawn by lenses and other treasure in the nearby Runebarrows, our heroes learn that the town is struggling to rebuild after an earthquake and decide to help. AlongEiyuden Chronicle: Rising combines a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins with the tale of one town’s rise from the ashes. Drawn by lenses and other treasure in the nearby Runebarrows, our heroes learn that the town is struggling to rebuild after an earthquake and decide to help. Along the way, they’ll resolve disputes between eager adventurers and wary locals who don’t think the Barrows should be disturbed. And they’ll learn more about each other’s reasons for seeking treasure, deepening their bonds in the process. As you will learn, these Runebarrows hide a great secret that has fateful implications for one of the characters. What begins as a simple treasure hunt turns into a dark conspiracy that will shake the world and plant seeds that carry over into the main story of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The game will introduce a portion of Eiyuden Chronicle’s cast of characters in an original story with thrilling action and engaging town-upgrading elements.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 16, 2022
    90
    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising packs a ton of fun into a small package. The combat has surprising depth, even if the game starts out unbearably slow, and the few areas you explore are fun to revisit and discover all the nooks and crannies. The town building aspect fits perfectly into the gameplay loop, and makes for an addicting experience.
  2. May 10, 2022
    70
    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an appetizer prepared for fans of Murayama's work who can't quench their appetite while waiting for Hundred Heroes. With obvious limitations and problems that are not always easily digestible, Rising is a work recommended mostly to all those who do not want to miss a single piece of the universe of Eiuyuden Chronicle. If played with the right awareness of its reduced ambitions (also thanks to a budget price of 15 euros), it can still turn out to be a pleasant interlude in an action-RPG sauce: simple, long-lived enough and with a good artistic direction.
  3. May 12, 2022
    70
    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is short, clocking in at about 15 hours for 100% completion--though it probably could have cut a few hours of side-questing out and still wound up being a fine little adventure. Despite enduring a fair bit of filler, I don't regret the time I spent playing the game, and am interested to see how the characters and setting play into the bigger Eiyuden Chronicle world being created. It might be flawed, but Rising accomplishes what it sets out to do: whetting players' appetites for a grand adventure down the line.
  4. May 10, 2022
    60
    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a charming if tedious RPG that probably shouldn't have been an RPG.
  5. May 11, 2022
    60
    Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a gorgeous title with some charming elements, but the action isn’t sharp enough to be memorable, and the town building elements only serve to hamper the other sides of the gameplay. A lovely game is buried in here somewhere, but instead, too many unsuccessful elements drag down the greater experience.
  6. May 11, 2022
    60
    I get the feeling that unless someone is extremely invested in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they won’t get anything out of Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. The background it offers for characters like CJ, Garoo, and Isha and the series’ world is great! It’s pretty valuable, in terms of lore and establishing a mood. But the actual experience is average and takes a while to get interesting. It never really hooked me. Rather, it made me want to go back to other games that did it better.
  7. May 9, 2022
    50
    Do you enjoy waiting for public transit in the rain? Could you bear sitting next to a screaming toddler on a transatlantic flight? Do you think you’d derive pleasure from chopping down trees in the Great Forest over and over again until you had enough light lumber to fulfil three or four requests? If so, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising has a delightful little adventure hidden beneath a lot of tedium just for you. If not, we wouldn’t begrudge you for staying clear and hoping Hundred Heroes doesn’t follow too closely in its predecessor’s footsteps. This game certainly has charm, but it makes you work too hard for it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. May 12, 2022
    10
    Eiyuden Rising is definitely an important introduction for Eiyuden: Hundred heroes to establish not only the lore, but the quality of productEiyuden Rising is definitely an important introduction for Eiyuden: Hundred heroes to establish not only the lore, but the quality of product (even though is developed by a partner studio) that the developers are aiming for this new IP - a spiritual sucessor for **** Murayama's Suikoden, which personally I have a lot of emotional investment since Suikoden is perhaps the most important game of all time for me. I was able to feel the legacy of Suikoden in this small game that does have the general direction and feeling of Murayama's writing within its characters and world building. Even though Murayama is doing the Hundred Heroes game, he actually supervised this game and the whole scenario creation is his.

    At its core, Eiyuden Rising is actually pretty simple (gotta remind that this game was developed and released in pretty much a year): A very straightforward town building system based on NPC quests to gather resources, bring back to the town and finish the buildings to unlock more gameplay options. The gathering resources per say is a metroidvania dungeon crawling with a very tight combat system that is definitely inspired by some of the best side-scrolling JRPGs from the early 2000 like Valkyrie Profile - which actually made it more action based with its linking attack mechanics mapped at different buttons. And the simplicity aforementioned is not a bad thing at all, the game is consistent and very solid focusing on what it does best.

    One of the most amazing aspects of the game is it's art style, a blend of carefully animated 3D environments with very detailed pixel art characters is simply gorgeous. The game has a "feel good" direction reminding me once again of those great JRPGs from the 90's and early 2000.

    I have to mention once again that this is a companion game for the Eiyuden Hundred Heroes game developed in a year with a fair price tag for what it delivers, so content wise don't expect a full blown JRPG with 100+ hours, this is not the goal with this game, it is NOT a JRPG - and doesn't sell itself as one, but it delivers what it promised: A nice prequel introduction for Eiyuden Hundred Heroes in form of a more simple companion ARPG.

    Totally recommend it, specially if your a fan of the first Suikoden games.
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  2. May 15, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great little tie in kickstarter stretch goal. It’s a prequel, akin to webisodes tie-ins for television shows. Expand
  3. May 14, 2022
    5
    This is barely a game, and wouldn't have been passable in the PS1 days either. Unless you are dying to play fetch quests, it's not worth yourThis is barely a game, and wouldn't have been passable in the PS1 days either. Unless you are dying to play fetch quests, it's not worth your time. There is no way I would have ever paid money for this, and I hope this isn't a bad sign of the full release's quality. Expand
  4. May 12, 2022
    3
    Decent graphics but poor writing and characters. The animations are not the best but get the job done. This is being touted as a spiritualDecent graphics but poor writing and characters. The animations are not the best but get the job done. This is being touted as a spiritual successor to the great Suikoden. Unfortunately, this game doesnt even come close. The main character is also very one dimensional and the supporting cast dont fair much better. Give this one a pass. Expand
  5. May 14, 2022
    0
    boring game, ugly graphics and there's nothing challenge here. I don't recommend this
  6. May 15, 2022
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game was fantastic up until a game style / difficulty bait and switch occurred. It was a fun, simple, enjoyable metroidvania style platformer with a decent story. Then you get to the dark part, which is typical of these developers, and fantastic! Story got better. You fight Isha’s father, who you realize now is a corpse being ridden by the spirit of the big bad sorcerer. Cool, fine. The fight went as they went the whole game, fun, reasonable, and doable. Then suddenly, it becomes a bullet hell tease with the transformed bad guy out of reach of any reasonable attacks, with an invincibility shield, constantly raining down fire, ice, lightning, and status effects on you, and even when it gives you the prompt that he is weak, and makes it so you can hit him, nope, invincibility frames for 99% of it. Did I mention he heals every single cycle? Yup, he also throws corpses at you, which he sucks up to restore both health, and shields! Farewell any hope of progress! Look, I acknowledge I suck at video games, but I didn’t buy a fromsoftware game. It is nonsense to do this to an avid fan, who only bought this game because of who made it. I am a casual gamer, and this was framed as a casual game. Can we PLEASE have a game once in a while that doesn’t have to be a stressful nightmare to just finish?! Expand