Mass Effect: Andromeda (WiiU)
The fourth part of the hugely popular action RPG game series in a space-opera setting. BioWare Montreal, the development studio that helped create the two previous installments took the reins of Mass Effect: Andromeda's development. The game's story is not associated with the trilogy about Commander Shepard's fight against the Reapers, offering instead a completely separate plot featuring new characters and locations. Using the proven pattern, the creators of Mass Effect: Andromeda put the focus on a spectacular TPP action experience and moral choices that have a direct impact on the course of events. The technical side of the game is based on the third-generation Frostbite engine, providing high-quality audiovisuals.
Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU)
RPG 29 April 2015
The second installment in a jRPG series launched in 2010 with the release of the well-received Xenoblade Chronicles. Both games were developed by Monolith Software. Xenoblade Chronicles X tells a completely different story, however, which begins in 2054. As a result of the war between two alien species, the Earth is almost completely destroyed, and humanity needs to find a new home. White Whale, an American spacecraft crashes into the surface of the planet Mira. The crew of the ship establishes a city and names it New Los Angeles. The player assumes the role of a survivor hired by an organization aiming to explore the unknown planet. The gameplay mechanics combine elements of the previous installment with ideas inspired by the Monster Hunter series. In the game, the player explores different regions of the planet, completing various assignments and fighting monsters inhabiting its surface in a real-time combat system.
Mass Effect 3 (WiiU)
RPG 18 November 2012
A third installment in the science fiction series created by BioWare, which is a combination of action RPG with a third-person shooter. The title is the culmination of the epic Mass Effect trilogy, completing the story of Commander Shepard and his war against the Reapers. The action begins as the protagonist is about to be summoned to a hearing concerning the aftermath of his last assignment. Shepard's testimony is interrupted by the very same invasion he desperately fought to prevent. Being the only person possessing both the reputation and the experience of successfully fighting the Reapers, the protagonist starts a race against the clock to unite the forces of the whole galaxy against them. Similarly to Mass Effect 2, we can continue playing with a character that completed the previous entry in the series, retaining all of his or her experience. The gameplay mechanics have avoided major changes, although they did become more dynamic and arcade. The introduction of a multiplayer mode and linking it directly to the story campaign is the game's biggest novelty.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (WiiU)
RPG 07 May 2013
The third installment in a series of cyberpunk action games with RPG elements. The franchise was launched in the year 2000 by Ion Storm, led at the time by Warren Spector. The reactivation of the series was made possible by the Eidos Montreal studio. Story-wise, the game is a prequel to the original series, taking us back to the year 2027, when Sarif Industies only begins to explore the possibilities of biomechanical augmentation of the human body. You assume the role of Adam Jensen, the company's chief of security, who gets seriously injured when an unidentified armed force suddenly attack the company HQ. Saved by a series of surgeries and mechanical implants, he decides to investigate the puzzling truth behind the events. Gameplay boils down to combat, exploration, and interactions with the environment. Of course, there are the also series’ landmark features, such as sneaking and hacking mini-games. Depending on the augmentations you choose to implant in the hero’s body and the skills they provide, each in-game problem can be solved in several different ways.
Child of Light (WiiU)
RPG 29 April 2014
Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (WiiU)
RPG 04 March 2016
A remastered version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a game initially released in 2006 on GameCube and Wii consoles. The new version was developed by Australian studio Tantalus, which specializes in converting popular titles to various gaming platforms. Similarly as in most other installments in the series, the main character is a young man named Link, who begins a new journey, this time to help the children kidnapped from his village by monsters. When the protagonist reaches the Twilight Realm and is transformed into a wolf, he meets a mysterious creature called Midna, who promises to take him to princess Zelda's castle and help him in reclaiming his former shape. HD version isn’t very different from the original game, which was a combination of RPG and a third person perspective action-adventure game in which player was mostly exploring and fighting. In addition to noticeably improved graphics, the gameplay was slightly changed and improved.
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (WiiU)
Another installment in the popular series of RPG games that depict the life of a farmer. The game was developed by studio Natsune and is part of a series that was started in the second half of the 90s. In Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories the player becomes a novice farmer and is tasked with rebuilding the former prosperity of a farm and gaining sympathy of the inhabitants of a nearby city by completing various story quests. For completing those missions, the player obtains seeds of memories that contain a record of the most important moments in the life of a character. Although the gameplay returns to the roots of the series, the developers have decided to added some completely new features as well. During the game, the players plant seeds, gather crops, and breed animals. In addition to engaging in farming activities, the players can also cook, go fishing, and work in mines. All of those activities require tools, which, as the game progress, can be upgraded and replaced by new ones.
Edge of Eternity (WiiU)
A third person action-RPG combining the most important aspects of Japanese role-playing games with medieval atmosphere and elements of the steampunk subgenre. The game was created by Midgar - an independent French studio, mainly known for mobile apps. The action takes place in Heryon - a fantasy land whose inhabitants have come under the threat of an alien civilization capable of turning both humans and animals into metal monsters. The player assumes the role of a young farmer by the name of Daryon, who is willing to confront the danger. The story is set in three main locations, including a mercantile town, a citadel controlled by the authorities, and ruins of the old capital city. During the journey, the player encounters randomly generated monsters and mutants. The game offers a turn-based combat system enriched with several modern-day mechanics. For instance, the player can spy on the enemies, checking which one is going to take the next action; one can also combine their spells together for a more powerful effect. The creators paid a great deal of attention to the soundtrack, which was composed by Cedric Menendez and inspired by works of Nobuo Uematsu, Jeremy Soul and Hans Zimmer.
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom (WiiU)
An unusual action RPG developed by French studio Enigami. The title takes place on planet Mahera which is inhabited by members of various species that live in symbiosis. Due to a civil war that took place years ago, the land was shattered into pieces and the survivors found refuge on islands floating in the space. The main protagonist of the game is Chado who together with his friend Poky crashed in a place called Adorn. The protagonists are quickly caught in a bigger intrigue that will determine the fate of the whole world. The gameplay of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is based on three pillars: exploration of various locations, fights with enemies and completing main and side quests. What’s interesting, the objectives can be completed in any way the player wants. For example, instead of using brute force, one can sneak past the opponents. The battles take place in real time – player participates in one on one duels while the companions are supporting their friends with ranged attacks. The game also contains a character development system which allows for using new combat techniques, spells and collecting better equipment. Unreal Engine 4 provides high-quality graphics.
Hyper Light Drifter (WiiU)
A retro-style action RPG that takes inspiration from 8- and 16-bit console titles. Hyper Light Drifter is set in a fantasy world with some science-fiction elements. Player becomes one of the Drifters - the seekers of forgotten technology. He embarks on a journey to dangerous land in order to find a cure for his deadly disease. The gameplay in Hyper Light Drifter is based mainly on exploration and dynamic combat, featuring many tactical options. Character’s primary weapon is an energy sword of limitless power but he can also use pistols and rifles charged with batteries. Moreover, he is accompanied by a flying probe which can generates a shield to defend him, provide light in dark corridors, help find hidden passages, and manage the character’s equipment. Both the items and the probe can be upgraded by installing additional modules.
Paper Mario: Color Splash (WiiU)
RPG 07 October 2016
Another installment in a series of popular RPGs brought by Nintendo and created specifically for Wii U. The player is taken to the Prism island - a place which was once very beautiful but is now losing its colors for unknown reasons. Mario's task is to discover the source of this terrible situation and save the island. The game offers interesting mechanics that distinguish this title from other role-playing games. The player is required to color blank spots in the game world, but to do so, Mario needs to equip a special hammer. Hitting things with it results in colors being restored in the area, characters getting revived and prisoners released. For doing all of this, the player is given golden coins. Interestingly, the player is engaged in coloring even in combat, but instead of coloring parts of the game world, special cards become their targets, representing different kinds of attacks. In terms of visuals, the game combines three-dimensional environments with flat, "paper" characters. Paper Mario: Color Splash is a very colorful game as its very title suggests, resembling in this aspect other games featuring the famous plumber.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (WiiU)
RPG 26 December 2015
A jRPG title developed for Wii U console by studio Atlus and the Nintendo company. We play as a teenage boy named Itsuki Aoi, who accidentally becomes part of the talent agency Fortuna Entertainment. Our hero learns about the existence of mysterious creatures from different dimensions called Mirages, which attack our world unnoticed and absorb human energy known as Performa. Allying himself with a few friendly Mirages, the boy steps up to fight against the enemy. We explore two districts of Tokyo, meet NPCs and complete side quests. We also travel to another world, which is simply a huge dungeon. Fights take form of turn-based battles on separate arenas. We lead our team, with each member having unique magic abilities. Visuals of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE are quite colorful.
Soul Saga (WiiU)
RPG December 2017
A game developed by American studio Disastercake. The title was inspired by classic jRPG games released on the first generation of PlayStation consoles. Soul Saga takes place in a fantasy realm called Oterra which was devastated by a powerful cataclysm and then gradually conquered by hostile monsters known as Inkheart. Thirty years earlier the forces of evil were stopped by the grand alchemist who created a magic barrier impenetrable for the monsters. When the spell is starting to weaken, the player assumes the role of a young adventurer named Mithos who, together with a group of companions, is trying to find a way to save the civilization. Gameplay mechanics of Soul Saga are strongly inspired by such series like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden and Persona. The game concentrates on exploring the world, developing characters and facing enemies in turn-based combat in which correct selection of attacks is the key to victory.
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (WiiU)
An independent cRPG featuring a turn-based combat system and easily distinguished by its colorful visuals and a fairytale atmosphere. The game was released in three episodes. The player is taken to a fantasy world - the planet Umbra, where a catastrophe occurred in the wake of which the planet ceased to spin. Thus one part of the globe is being constantly scorched by sunlight, while the other remains frozen. The player assumes the role of a young treasure hunter who gathers their team during his journeys and tries to solve the mystery behind the cataclysm. The other playable character here is a young scout - the player can switch between the two characters freely. Traveling across Umbra takes place on the world map; when the player encounters enemies, a separate tactical map is loaded. Making a good use of the characters' abilities is the key to success in turn-based fights. What's more, the player manages their base - where they can develop the characters, both refill and upgrade their equipment, as well as cultivate a magical garden.
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (WiiU)
RPG 23 July 2015
A collection of two remastered old-school role-playing games: Dragon Fantasy Book I and Book II. The titles included in the Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria edition take the player to the eponymous Westeria continent, where evil spreads its influence and two nations are warring for domination. The story is split into chapters, each featuring a different protagonist – actions of these heroes have significant impact on this world’s situation. The Dragon Fantasy series combines solutions typical of the classic representatives of the jRPG genre, such as Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, with a daring sense of humor characteristic of EarthBound. Apart from many adventures, conversations with non-player characters, and battles fought with randomly spawned opponents, the game could not miss out on a character progression system. Along with the story progression your heroes are gaining progressively better weapons and armor, as well as and more powerful spells. When it comes to audiovisuals, the games in the Dragon Fantasy series offer old-school graphics and retro sounds, resembling 8- and 16-bit titles.