Res Judicata: Vale of Myth review
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"It all started with a drunken bet - kill the Cuelebre and make a sack of gold. After being swindled out of the prize money, things get heated fast. Now Garbhan, a Scottish Highlander, and Francis, a bard notorious for his inability to sing, reluctantly depart on a journey together."
Res Judicata, or RJ for short, is a 2D comical low-fantasy JRPG, set in an alternate-history Earth in 1315 AD, shortly after the Pope dissolves the Templar Order. Blending the best aspects of western and eastern RPGs and boasting an average playtime of 20 - 30 hours; RJ highlights mythologies, locations, and cultures around the globe! Those tired of playing pest-control will be thrilled to hear there are no rats, bats, or orcs here; Vale of Myth's bestiary is a collection of hand-picked mythological creatures from many cultures. New to JRPGs? No problem! RJ encourages new players with a number of accessibility, difficulty, help, and save options. Take on the role of Garbhan, Scottish Highlander, as he battles (and drinks) his way across the old world. During his journey, Garbhan will join forces with three dysfunctional companions, including Francis, a bard notorious for his utter lack of singing talent, and Daron, a chivalrous ex-knight notorious for his skirt-chasing. Find a trove of hidden treasures and secrets and unravel the mystery of powers interested in these odd heroes, why spirit travel with them, and why ancient evils stir once more!
Complex CharactersEach hero and villain in Res Judicata have a history, parents, full name and age, nationality, area of study, religion, job, elemental affinity, unique skill tree, and birthplace. Each of them has carefully chosen, symbolic names. Many carry physical and mental scars, deep motivations for their actions and conflicting emotions. They laugh, tease one another, have candid moments, lose their tempers, and cry. These individuals try to work together in teams and open up to their comrades, while trying to protect their secrets. That's not all though, each location you can visit also has a history, and people in locations will react to in-world events.
"Real-Worldish" RegionsRes Judicata takes place in an alternate-universe Earth in 1315 AD (stated earlier); as such, expect to travel to several real-world locations, like Venice, Toledo, and Paris. These locations are inspired by reality, with gameplay and exploration as primary factors, and do not represent an exact depiction of anyone, anyplace, or anything. Deal with (interpretations of) historical figures, mythological events, spiritual concepts, and political intrigue.
Exploration ExtravaganzaRes Judicata is full of secrets! Track how thoroughly a location has been explored on the World Map, which tracks all chests and secrets found on a per-location basis. Beyond the typical fare, some secrets unlock entire new playable areas, and a number hide grisly secrets. Care has been taken to allow players to journey to previous locations throughout most of the game.
Deep DialogueThere's one guard who says, "Welcome to Toledo," and if you talk to the right man, you'll find out why that guard says that. Each location has its own concerns and rumors, and changes the player makes in one location can affect dialogue and events elsewhere. Tired of NPCs who never acknowledge when you took care of their problems? In Res Judicata, most (if not all) NPCs react to any concerns of theirs you address. Speaking of concerns, many people in Res Judicata need the help of a competent adventurer like yourself. Beyond sweet loot, some will also teach new skills or resistances.
Strategic BattleRes Judicata, while story-heavy, is carefully formed to make plenty of room for exploration and battle. Apart from traps, and cunning adversaries, the old world is full of monsters, demons, and ghosts. Upgrade equipment, cross-train heroes, unlock titles (achievements) for passive boosts, and make careful use of both skills and items to bring out the full potential of each warrior.
Player FriendlyGreat care is taken to polish every inch of Res Judicata. Whether it's crabs scuttling around on the beach, auto-save, or closed-captioning, Res Judicata has you covered. Players looking for quick-action will appreciate the amount of world-lore available only through exploration, skippable skits, and easier puzzle difficulties. Auto-saves and visual save-point reminders help forgetful players. Those with accessibility concerns will appreciate closed-captioning, screen flash disabling options, and color-blind friendly damage numbers.
Don't understand an in-game term? Just press a button for a quick explanation without interrupting dialogue flow. Each element of the in-game HUD can be toggled. Those stealth sequences you personally hate? You can skip them after one or two tries. In a hurry? Increase the speed of dialogue and events by holding [OK].
Consumer FriendlyWe've paid and done the legwork for both ESRB and PEGI scores, so that consumers will know what they're getting into. Free fully permissive streaming, review, and transitive work permissions are explicitly written in our own EULA. Our products will never feature micro-transactions, we don't remove feedback (good or bad), and we will actively work with consumers to iron out any technical difficulties they may have.
- Explore interpretations of real-world locations, monsters, and myths!
- Strong multi-layered story with complex characters and motives!
- 16-bit art with post-processing lighting and procedural fog!
- Beautiful soundtrack combining strong melodies with indigenous instruments!
- Multiple combat, and puzzle difficulties and optional iron-man mode!
- Closed-captioning, toggle screen flashes, color-blind friendly damage numbers, and context sensitivity popup accessibility features!
- Supports keyboard, mouse (menus), and gamepad, with fully-rebindable controls!
- Player friendly; full in-game help manual, pop-up term explanation, quest log and hint systems*!
- Never forget to save with auto-save, save points, and manual save anywhere!
- Battle against 68 different monsters and fiendish bosses!
- Customize heroes by learning trained skills!
- Achievements contribute bonuses to heroes!
*RJ was originally planned to also include a quick-retry system, but due to complications with the monster encounter system, it was removed.
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