A new Kickstarter has appeared from White Guardian Studios called Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge. The game sports a lot of classic westernized comic-book inspiration and combines that with isometric, sprite-based role-playing. It's not really a Japanese RPG (because it really isn't) but it's not quite far-removed from what made a lot of JRPGs popular in the first place.
The game is described on the Kickstarter page as a cross between Suikoden 2 and Final Fantasy VIII. I honestly can't properly speak on behalf of both those classics, because there were way too many games on the PSX to keep up with and I missed out on the Suikoden games (too busy playing wrestling titles across multiple platforms) and I missed out on Final Fantasy VIII because Squall annoyed the piss out of me and his little whiny story was something I just couldn't get into.
However, even without those classics under my belt, I can at least say that Celestial Tear: Demon's Revenge actually looks pretty slick. The intro above reminds me of the Malibu Comics from the 1990s, and the gameplay is reminiscent to titles like Breath of Fire and Suikoden (after doing a quick Google search on the game, of course). You can see how Celestial Tear plays out with the gameplay trailer below.
I'm really digging the combat system. It reminds me a lot of the Heroes of Might & Magic games, which focused on the dynamic turn-based system for combat but still had a world map where players could venture around. I'm also sure there's another game out there with an even closer combat system to which I could have referenced, but I can't jog the memory for the life of me to name drop the game... as if that would really matter?
The game will feature the classic skill training, magic-learning and combat progression that you would expect from any other typical RPG.
In a way, it feels like another one of those throwbacks to the sort of nostalgic experiences that helped shape one of the most important eras of the role-playing genre. Even though the combat style is totally different, I'm also getting a lot of vibes of Phantasy Star IV with the over-world and isometric designs for the game.
Anyway, the story might trigger some of the sensitive radical justice warrior types, as it deals with a planetary conflict that involves racism. That's right, the game tackles an actual topical matter that could reflect current trends in today's society. I wonder if this game will receive any kind of press from the major gaming outlets given how they seem oh-so-selective about games like this?
Regardless of what others have to say, the Steam Greenlight page is ripe with positive feedback. Many gamers can't wait to see the title get greenlit. Additionally, the team is already 50% of the way finished with their Kickstarter. You can donate if you want by paying a visit to their official Kickstarter page.