Libra: Sephirothic Stories (Switch)
Libra is a series which will provide first impressions of games well before a review. As is the case with our formal reviews, these will generally be spoiler free, however some very minor spoilers could still lurk ahead.
As the resident KEMCO “fanboy” here at SwitchRPG, it was only a matter of time before another one of their titles would come across my desk. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at Sephirothic Stories, another JRPG from the KEMCO / EXE Create duo that – so far – has surprised me in a couple ways while also disappointing me in others. Let’s take a gander, shall we?
A world populated by humans and fairies relies on a majestic tree – Sephiroth – for the birth of new life in their world – Shendoah. The fruit bore by Sephiroth can either be pure, spawning human life, or murk, which must undergo a purification ritual by the fairies before being re-absorbed into the great tree. As centuries have passed however, the influence of Sephiroth has waned, which as a result has caused an overwhelming influx of murk to amass.
Seeping through pretty much everywhere save for a few holdouts, the hero of the story, Harold, knows of the murk threat all too well as his baby sister has only mere moments to live before succumbing to the miasma. Fortunately, Harold has a knack for getting around dangerous locations with ease, and his quest to save his “sister” is only the beginning of his tale.
- A KEMCO / EXE Create game that uses a more unique aesthetic toolkit for once.
- Out-of-combat and in-combat graphics match up well, and player character designs are rather nice.
- Same general feel gameplay-wise as other KEMCO/EXE Create RPGs, making it simple to immediately pick up and play.
- Terrain and asset work/design is borderline horrific.
- Scripted events feel a little odd in execution (camera panning, character movement, etc.).
- Jumping mechanic is bad and entirely unnecessary.
- While having a tree of life named Sephiroth does make sense, it also feels like a nostalgic grab.
Be on the lookout for my official Sephirothic Stories review soon!