Coming out in January 2022 is a much anticipated Nintendo Switch title – that is not the game I shall be featuring here. After all, that particular title is due for release right at the end of January, so it might be better saved for February’s post.
There is, however, an action RPG that caught my eye and was released on Switch and PlayStation this month. I also have a couple of honourable mentions of games that I acquired right at the tail end of last year.
First up, the honourable mentions – a couple of leftovers from 2021, if you will.
– Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack – A collection of games consisting of Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX. With Atelier Sophie 2 being released this year, I figured I’d get prepared for it – and decided to grab the trilogy whilst I was at.
– Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – Adol embarks on yet another adventure, getting cursed and becoming a Monstrum in the process. He uses that cursed power to fight a phenomenon called the Grimwald Nox, alongside other Monstrums.
Looking back now, both Shin Megami Tensei V and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox would definitely make it into my top ten games of 2021 now I’ve spent more time with both.
With that said and done, here’s my first Game of the Month for 2022.Eternal Radiance is an action RPG that focuses on a squire named Celeste. She sets out on a journey to prove herself worthy of becoming a knight, chasing after a thief who stole a dangerous item just before Celeste could secure it.
Celeste travels across a continent in pursuit of said thief, allying herself with two other girls – Valana and Ruby. They’ll steadily unravel a sinister plot whilst learning more about the world and its history.
Of course they’ll encounter plenty of monsters during their quest.
Being an action RPG, Eternal Radiance‘s combat takes place in real time. You have your light and heavy attacks, as well as various skills to learn. Celeste also has an ability tree that you can assign points to as you earn them, building up both offensive and defensive abilities. Weapons, armour, accessories, items – all that typical RPG stuff – is very much present, too. Can’t forget the side quests, either.
Nice to have an action RPG to kick the year off.