After your plane flies through a strange rift and crashes, you awake under an unfamiliar sky. This is Sword City, a dark fantasy world that combines magic and technology. Explore, level up, make a perfect team, and slay monsters. But choose your allies carefully if you want to find a way home.
In Stranger of Sword City, you must perfect your DRPG skills and navigate your way through Escario, a place of fantasy races, fierce monsters, and treacherous labyrinths. Explore labyrinths to slay the powerful Lineage Type monsters within and take their Blood Crystals to increase your power. Who you decide to trust, be it the Kingdom, Medell Co., or the Strangers Guild, is entirely up to you. But choose wisely. Your fate depends on it.
Playing Stranger of Sword City, you can tell it's a dungeon crawler rpg. The game is turn based, using rounds for combat. As always, those familiar with the early final fantasy games like myself will know; that characters with the highest stats such as agility will have their moves first during the rounds. This style of rpgs and gameplay is long overdue and missed, the ability to change your character classes and adjust their stats was one of the most fun parts of the game for me. Furthermore, your characters can even keep skills learned from other classes! This allows so much character customisation and theory crafting that it truly makes the game stand out from final fantasy. The visuals however are not so great because the textures may get muddier as you use a greater and greater resolution. You can tell that Stranger is a port right off the bat from this. Playing on normal, the game is still quite challenging due to the ever present threat of its permadeath system. Therefore, you can?t let your party members die too often or they die for good! So far, Stranger of Sword City has been very unique for me due it?s final fantasy-like rpg battle system and the introduction of the permadeath system.
Originally released on the Playstation Vita and the Xbox One, Stranger of Sword City is japanese Dungeon Crawler with a beautiful art style (Except for a few characters that are designed for fan-service and use a very different art style.) The game takes place in a Post-Apocalyptic world with a big dark fantasy vibe. You explore dungeon in first person view and defeat a lot of monsters, getting stronger and stronger after each encounter. During the game you'll recruit new characters It's a very fun and challenging game (There is a permadeath feature).
I just saw this game on the front page and figured i'd try it out for it has been years since i last played a full price jrpg as they are quite time consuming and often a hit or miss in my history of the genre. First Impressions: First hour in and must i say the screen shots do not do this game justice, the opening sequence was downright amazing and the art seems to be all original(i thought i saw a disidea penguin in the background of one of the screenshots). I soon went to the character selection screen which follows a pretty common practice of "choose a portrait"(there is a TON of options) which i have no qualms with, i have noticed that there are 2 or more artists clearly working on this project though. One appears to be drawing in the more Guild wars two or magic style, while the other seems to be a modern anime with a MUCH lighter colour scheme to it. The gameplay is what you'd expect form these types of games so not much to say there. The main cast was introduced as well and seem to be quite likeable, but i do notice some tropes early. I really am liking this so far i hope some more of my party's backstory is explained in the future. ALSO there are no options for fullscreen, borderless, or normal window resolutions so some may find it hard to immerse. TL;DR: its pretty, its a jrpg, found out its a port so you can look online for other reviews, its a ok-ish port, I'd say give it a shot thats the first hour and a half ill update this probably 10 or so hours in and give an in-depth review. i just made this to help those who impulse buy like me and want a brief reason to splurge with no shame.
To be honest, I never though Stranger of Sword City will made it on Steam. Sadly in modern gaming Dungeon Crawler genre is pretty much dead with few examples so every game really counts. So, why you should play Stranger of Sword City? It's pretty easy. First of all, it's a must play for every fan of this genre. You won't be disappointed. The art is really beautiful and, at least me, I will never get bored with it. Music fits really perfectly and you won't get annoyed no matter how many hours you will spend listening to it. Like many Dungeon Crawlers, Stranger of Sword City is hard and challenging game, maybe sometimes even too hard but that's even better, you won't get over with this game fast and it will motivate to make your team even more stronger. As for how PC port is, it's not bad. I had stable 60 FPS, there is fullscreen borderless window mode and didn't had any crashes. Maybe it wasn't received well in gaming journalism BUT if you ask me, Stranger of Sword City is game worth buying and playing.
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