The GWJ JRPG Club: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Q2 2024)

Releasing later this year, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is the long-awaited spiritual successor to the Suikoden series. Our second-game for 2024 is a smaller-size, slightly different introduction to the world of Eiyuden Chronicle. Rising is a game that sounds like it blends RPG elements with some (relatively) not-too-hard combat and Metroidvania exploration. Get ready to run those errands and rebuild that town!

Here's what HowLongToBeat.com has to say:

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So in!

I will be in... at some point in the next month. It's installed on my PS5 and ready to go, but I have a bunch of things in progress and would like to finish a few of them before I jump in (including FFVII Remake which I am not enjoying very much and may end up dropping).

I love this game. I got all the achievements when it first showed up on gamepass. I want to play through again to remind myself of the characters before the next game is released.

Huzzah! Count me in!

Well, I installed it on PC!

I installed it last night, and fired it up for a few minutes after work, and I can tell I'm going to like it. I might even put Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth on pause for it. And I love LAD. But that game is complex and has so much going on, it's kind of like playing a gamified version of ADHD. This is kind of soothing in its simplicity.

And immediately, I have to say, I love the graphics. They're bright, have such a great art style, and I enjoy all the detail in the backgrounds. It feels like a very relaxing game.

I am in, just need to decide if I want to go switch or PS5 on this. Already have three games lined up on my PS5 which makes it hard to jump between them.

I installed it last night, but I'm neck deep in Tales of Arise at the moment so it might be a while before I start.

Might hop in if we see a Switch sale within a month, because my couch console gaming is going to belong to DDog2 for a good while.

Played a bit more this morning before work, and I am up to the point where you can improve your gear. (Abt 60-90 minutes in). I wish the game did a little less tutorializing, but all of the individual teaching moments go by quickly so it's not a big deal. I also wish the dungeon crawling, so far, lasted a little longer. At least in these early segments, it feels like I have only just gotten into the action when I find that I've gathered whatever material the game wants me to scavenge, and I'm encouraged to go back. And the resource pouch does not really allow for a lot of storage, either, which also encourages turning around promptly.

I’ve realized that as soon as you run into a sign in a dungeon (save point & fast travel) you should just jump back to the start to unload and then continue your run.

Bosses respawn!

Being an action game threw me at first, I just assumed it was turn based. I’ve just finished building the weapon and armor shops. It definitely has that one more quest thing going.

Yeah, it does a pretty good job of getting out of the way of the action (when you want action), and setting up quests to get you places. I'm a tiny bit behind you right now, GT - about to work on the armor shop. I have yet to completely fill my bag with loot, though I've come close once. I'm liking what I see so far; very much an action game with a boatload of JRPG trappings.

Incidentally, since the main story missions are sequentially numbered, I spoiled myself a bit by googling how many there are so I could roughly gauge how far along I am. If anyone is similarly curious:

Spoiler:

There are 31 main story missions.

I’ve only played through a few main quests but I’m really liking the look & feel! And I beat the tutorial boss tree without dying, so at least I don’t suck as badly as I did with FF7.

Yup, it seems to be on the easy side so far, which I'm totally fine with!

I'm just finishing up the quest to renew the farm. Bopping along to that Quarry BGM.

Regarding the Trading Post: The UI isn't completely clear on this, but there are a bunch of items you can "buy" from the Trading Post once you get enough stamps. The stamps are not used up when claiming these items, so as far as I can tell, there's no down-side to snagging them as soon as you're able.

Oh my! I was definitely planning to save my stamps for the big ticket items at the bottom of the list. Time to cash in then!

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Oh my! I was definitely planning to save my stamps for the big ticket items at the bottom of the list. Time to cash in then!

I was planning the same thing, but I decided to try a save-scum experiment, and as it turned out, I didn't need to reload.

I think there was dialogue about getting a reward with every 10 stamps earlier, from Isla. That made me comfortable enough to give it a try. But yeah, the UI could be clearer!

Just beat the Rune Golem and on to restoring the farm. I definitely enjoyed the dungeon crawling to get to the Golem, it felt a little meatier than some of the stuff before.

Yeah there was indeed a bit of dialogue, but I was still hesitant to risk the stamps.

I'm a fair bit further than that - about the 2/3rds point according to the main mission count. I do love a good RPG that gives town-improvement quests (even if they're just about all fetch quests).

On the subject of risking things, the game has suggested that I can sell treasure for cash, and there are certain items in my storage that -- from the text -- seem like they exist to be sold. But given how many items are used to upgrade all the different stuf that my characters use, I'm hesitant to sell any of it. But I've also gotten to the point where quests can't quite provide me with enough cash to upgrade all the things I want to upgrade.

So, anyone know if it's safe to sell high-value stuff that appears to be treasure, only?

LastSurprise wrote:

On the subject of risking things, the game has suggested that I can sell treasure for cash, and there are certain items in my storage that -- from the text -- seem like they exist to be sold. But given how many items are used to upgrade all the different stuf that my characters use, I'm hesitant to sell any of it. But I've also gotten to the point where quests can't quite provide me with enough cash to upgrade all the things I want to upgrade.

So, anyone know if it's safe to sell high-value stuff that appears to be treasure, only?

From what I've seen so far, the last ~4 items on the list (the pricier ones, that have descriptions like "valuable to collectors") are never used for crafting and should be safe to sell. Be sure to double-check the town tax rate before selling, though - it can change at certain times of the story.

Thanks! And, change, as in go down? It's never going to get worse, is it?

LastSurprise wrote:

Thanks! And, change, as in go down? It's never going to get worse, is it?

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... pardon me, I have some sales to make!

LastSurprise wrote:

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... pardon me, I have some sales to make!

Yup, I've had to put all my sales on hold for story reasons! Really hard up for coin right now.

I didn’t sell all the treasure I could have, just most of it — and now I’m regretting that decision.

Started into the game yesterday and got to the point of opening up presumably all the shops on Outlander Lane and Second Street. Combat is pretty simple so far which is refreshing with all the other action RPGs I've been playing lately.

I am liking the characters so far, especially CJ how she tries to cover up how caring she is with the bravado. I just wish she didn't act so childish at points. I know she's only 16, but she's been living on her own in a world full of monsters for a year, one would think childish tendencies would not last long in an environment like that.

I just rolled credits. As it turns out, doing all of the side quests really helps for getting overpowered; the last few fights (and if I'm honest, more like the last half of the game) were kinda pushovers. That said,

Spoiler:

beating the game unlocks Hard mode, which you can enable immediately as of your last save, and also unlocks a bunch more side quests - so that's what I'm doing now! Yay, more Eiyuden!

Definitely looking forward to the sequel releasing in about a month.