De­vel­oper Tokyo RPG Fac­tory Pub­lisher Square Enix For­mat PC, PS4, Vita Ori­gin Ja­pan Re­lease Out now (Ja­pan), 19 July ( US/ EU)

If the de­vel­oper’s name sug­gests this is one off the pro­duc­tion line, it’s hard to re­mem­ber the last time we saw a clas­sic, top-down JRPG on a home con­sole. Its crisp, win­try looks are at­trac­tive in an unas­sum­ing way, while its pi­ano sound­track dove­tails nicely with themes of sac­ri­fice and sor­row. There’s some­thing charm­ing, too, about the way your party skids into po­si­tion dur­ing en­coun­ters, launch­ing into Ac­tive Time Bat­tles with a mo­men­tum-based twist.

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