Monday, August 22, 2016
Recommendation: Eternal Senia
Since the games I'm currently playing are all taking a little longer than expected to finish, it'll probably be a little while before I have any new reviews or impressions to post. So, I'm going to take this time to recommend a game that that I finished a few months ago that was a pleasant little surprise: Eternal Senia. This is title is a short little indie action RPG that's currently available on Steam for free. Even though I'm usually a cheapskate, I generally avoid games that are listed as "free to play" since there's almost always a catch. For once, that's not at all the case; the game is actually just straight-up free since it was made and distributed as a labor of love by its designer. It also helped that the game came highly recommended by Syrenne McNulty from 4 Corner Games (she has yet to stear my wrong). Another bonus is that the game only takes a few hours to complete so it was easy to work into my queue. Keep in mind going into this one that it's a very low budget RPG Maker-style affair by someone whose first language is not English. That being said, see below for my brief review and a link to the Steam page for Eternal Senia:
Eternal Senia, A Sweet Indie RPG
This is a fun little RPG that was clearly made with a lot of heart. For a short game, it manages to pack in far more character development than I expected. The script does suffer slightly though from a somewhat flawed but still very readable English translation. The gameplay has a simple old-school feel (like a greatly simplified version of Illusion of Gaia) that makes for a satisfying experience, but is certainly not without its rough edges. The music is pretty nice as well. Considering that this game was made pretty much exclusively by one person as a passion project and was given out for free, it's pretty impressive. This is the first game from this developer and I'm definitely interested to see what he comes out with next.
Completion Time: 6 hours for 100% completion including seeing all 3 endings
Eternal Senia on Steam