Misplaced Eidolons is an unusual sight within the present RPG panorama. It is a technique title that takes clear inspiration from video games like Fire Emblem, however it forgoes a stylised artwork route for realistic-looking characters who, at a look, would not seem misplaced in a AAA, blockbuster manufacturing. And that is an vital level to make, as a result of exterior of its largely strong voice appearing and first rate fight animations, Misplaced Eidolons feels decidedly thrown collectively, significantly by way of presentation and efficiency. An odd combine, to say the least.
You are taking command of the battlefield as Eden, an area gang chief whose muddy village exploits give rise to a mercenary firm that grows over the course of a 26-chapter marketing campaign. It is a rags-to-riches story set in an intriguing medieval world, the place a seemingly mad emperor’s as soon as iron grip on the land is loosening. Seeing Eden and his merry band of mercs set up themselves as a serious participant makes for a compelling story, even when the dialogue and cutscene pacing is tediously drawn out at occasions.
Naturally, Eden and his initially ragtag group (which is made up of particular person, named characters, once more, very like in Hearth Emblem) should combat for his or her proper to ascend the empire’s hierarchy, and this ends in loads of tactical, turn-based battles. It is a simple system on a floor degree, as you progress models throughout grid-based maps and reap the benefits of enemy weaknesses — like heavy weapons being efficient towards plate armour — however depth is revealed in how every character class will get its personal set of particular skills. Knights, for instance, can entice the ire of their foes, drawing enemies away from extra fragile social gathering members.
About midway by way of the marketing campaign, once you’ve unlocked quite a few courses and your military’s of a major dimension, you may have greater than sufficient to consider — even throughout lesser skirmishes. Fortunately, the problem curve is usually nicely judged, and new ideas are launched at a manageable price. It is solely when preventing towards monsters that fight fumbles, as these beasts require the chaining of particular assaults to deal any significant harm. As such, monster encounters can shortly turn into a slog if you do not have the appropriate weapon sorts accessible on the proper time, slowing the already methodical gameplay to a crawl.
All in all, Misplaced Eidolons is a reasonably bold outing that nearly sticks the touchdown, regardless of some critically tough edges.