Eiyuden Chronicle Rising Hands-on Preview: Promising Beginning

Rabbit & Bear Studios is going to release Eiyuden Chronicle Rising, the companion action JRPG of its main project, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

This game and its older brother are highly anticipated among JRPG fans, as they love the labor of the developer who gave birth to the Suikoden series.

The story of Rising begins simply: A young scavenger named CJ travels to the mining town of New Neveah to find a treasure and overcome the challenge of his rite. Yet, she finds herself related to the village of her life as her people are in need of an adventurer like her can provide.

While this may sound a bit simplistic, it pretty much sends the perfect pretext to the player on a variety of quests and get them acquainted with the setting. Things will get more complicated down the line, but the demo doesn’t get that far.

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The characters also seem rather interesting and unique. Among the playable cast, you’ll find a grumpy kangaroo with a magical pouch capable of holding a giant greatsword, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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One of the most impressive elements of the Eiyuden Chronicle Rising is its visuals. We’re looking at an exquisite mix of 3D and 2D that creates lovely environments and a colorful but nostalgic cast of characters.

Skillful use of lighting makes things even better, creating a very fetching ensemble that will satisfy many fans of both retro styles and those who enjoy more complex visuals.

The gameplay is rather interesting. When you start playing, you control only the CJ, and you’re limited to movement, attack, jump, and a dash special move.

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising

That being said, things become intriguing when you unlock the first companion. Each party member is bound to have a different attack button, and they will become active (literally appearing from now on, while your current active character will disappear) when that button is pressed.

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If you time it right, you can chain devastating combos from different attacks to different characters, and since each character has different characteristics and combat patterns, battles require timing, situational awareness, and familiarity with each hero.

That being said, if you are not in the timing aspect, there is an easy mode available that lets you simply chain your attacks regardless of whether you time them right or not.

Personally, I enjoy the battle system thoroughly. While I personally prefer turn-based JRPGs, the challenge of combining timing with the right attacks, and knowing just when to switch characters kept things fun and fresh.

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising

Besides fighting monsters and hunting for loot, there is also a rather widespread aspect bound to gathering resources, crafting items, and helping to expand the town, which in turn unlocks new facilities and more items to craft.

Fishing is available, even if in the demo it appears to be limited to catching fish cooked in food at the tavern.

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Ultimately, it’s challenging to judge what we can expect from the main game of a limited trial of the Eiyuden Chronicle Rising, simply because the action-based combat is too different to really tell.

Eiyuden Chronicle Rising

That being said, we can already see that Rabbit & Bear definitely has its visuals down, while the world-building and character design are intriguing, which is a good base to start with.

Looking at Rising on its own, it is certainly promising, but we have to see if that promise will materialize and solidify beyond the couple of hours and two bosses of the demo. The developers promise about 20 hours of gameplay, so there’s a lot more to see.

It’ll be a satisfying adventure on its own to be seen, but I’ve enjoyed the few hours I’ve spent with it, and I’m looking forward to playing more.

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