Publisert: 23. mars
is an RPG in the style of classic SNES-era JRPG's. It's fairly typical to the genre, but I found that it had some nice tweaks that kept it interesting.
The turn-based combat system features "threat" for each party member, which rises as that character does more damage against enemies. Enemies will always attack the party member with the highest threat, leading to some interesting decisions. The characters' special abilities were varied and each party member felt unique. Buffs, debuffs, and other status changes were key to winning battles, so I didn't feel like I was just constantly tapping the button to attack. Several times during the game the characters will be able to upgrade their class, with each of the options granting different new abilities.
There are no random battles, but instead monsters wander around the map. Once they are defeated, they're gone forever, so you can't really over-grind. Leveling up doesn't increase your stats all that much anyway, and most of your stat boosts will come from new equipment. Equipment can be forged from various stones found in the environment and further augmented with gems and other items.
The story involves the conflicts of ground-dwelling humans and winged skyborn who are gifted with magical abilities. It kept me playing and had a few unexpected twists, but wasn't anything truly ground-breaking.
I first started the game on Normal difficulty, but after finding a few battles too easy I switched over to Hard. I found battles much more interesting on this setting and I kept it this way until the very end of the game. The second-to-last boss kept destroying my entire party before they could take any actions. As I was at the point of no return with no way to get better equipment, I could either load up an earlier save, or decrease the difficulty level. I chose the latter. Reading the game's author's comments on Steam, it looks like defeating the final bosses on Hard would have required a lot more effort, so my regret over this decision is minimal.
If you're looking for a relatively-short classic JRPG with a few modern twists, I'd definitely recommend giving Skyborn
a shot. It's been bundled several times and I expect it to do so again, so you should be able to find it for cheap.