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[Games Around the Corner] Week 7, 2021 – Retro Games and a JRPG

Embrace 2D, hand-drawn, and retro graphics this week, as we’re getting two games with retro visuals and a JRPG sequel with 2D hand-drawn graphics.

A sequel to Fallen Legion, Fallen Legion: Revenants is a JRPG set in a miasma-covered world with mutated creatures where mankind has to live in the floating Welkin Castle. The story follows the politician Lucien, who learns about the Exemplars, described by the website as “weapons that can turn into sentient soldiers”. Each Exemplar has an element, such as water and lightning, as well as their own weapons and backgrounds. Lucien also meets Rowena, a revenant who wants to be revived in order to raise her son, and teams up with her to defeat Welkin’s mad tyrant Ivor. There will be battles in which Rowena controls three Exemplars, while Lucien has to deal with politics and the occasional stealth section. Lucien can also assist Rowena with potions and information. There will also be story decisions to make and multiple endings to uncover. Fallen Legion: Revenants will be released for PS4 and Switch on February 16.

Speed Limit

Speed Limit is a retro action game with pixel art that dabbles in multiple genres. As the game’s website says, “The difficulty curve ramps up to breakneck levels while you run and gun in a side-scrolling shooter, weave through traffic in a faux-3D bike racer, dodge incoming missiles in an isometric shoot 'em up, and more!” The connecting theme here is transport, with the player progressing to speedier transport types throughout the game, and the gameplay and perspective shifts will happen “radically every two stages”. Speed Limit will be released for PS4, Steam, Switch, and Xbox One on February 16, 17, 18, and 19 respectively.

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Released on Steam in 2019, Anodyne 2: Return to Dust will make its way to consoles this week. You’re a Nano Cleaner called Nova, who must explore the island of New Theland and shrink inside the inhabitants’ bodies to deal with the Nano Dust that has infected them. “Anodyne 2: Return to Dust combines the thrilling scale and cinematic storytelling of 3D games with the tight design and easy-to-pick-up satisfaction of 2D Zelda-like adventures,” reads the Steam description. “With art that re-imagines the PS1 and N64 era, explore 3D cities, valleys, and wastelands then shrink into the varied 2D mindscapes of characters, from snowy, aurora-lit valleys to perilous volcanic construction sites!” The game will be released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on February 18.

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