[PlayStation 5] Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Review

by Ceidz, Owner

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes by 505 Games and Rabbit & Bear Studios is a new JRPG set as a spiritual successor of Suikoden with an expansive world and story. Check our Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes review!

Our story begins in one corner of Allraan, a tapestry of nations with diverse cultures and values. By dint of sword, and by way of magical objects known as “rune-lenses,” the land’s history has been shaped by the alliances and aggressions of the humans, beastmen, elves, and desert people who live there.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes from 505 Games is a new JRPG taking inspiration from the Suikoden franchise – a spiritual successor one would say. You’ll begin your adventure with Nowa, a new local watch recruit who lands in the village of Arenside. Almost immediately, you’ll be joined by a few other characters: Garr – a local watch veteran – and Mio and Lian. Your first mission will be joining the Imperial Army in order to explore some ruins that have been located and, hopefully, find a rare artifact there.

Rabbit & Bear Studios took the project to Kickstarter back in 2020 with a goal of ¥53,808,516 to be able to work on the game’s development. To say that this crowdfunding project was a hit would be an understatement. It was funded in roughly 2 hours! Once the campaign was over, and thanks to the support of more than 46,000 backers, the team managed to secure ¥481,621,841 in funding, which back then was roughly $4.5 million. Yes, that total is indeed correct! We first got action RPG prequel Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, which we got a chance to review on PlayStation 5, and it’s now time for the main event!

The battle system is turn-based, and encounters are random, but I consider the encounter rate to be fair. The battle system is also fast-paced, which is always something I like in games like this one. You can see the turns of each character and event on the battlefield and will enter the commands once for all the characters, and then you’ll see the battle round unfold. I’m not quite used to this and thought it required slightly more strategy than “real-time” turn-based, as you have to guess how each enemy’s health will be decreased and plan in advance.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Review

Each character has Rune Lenses, which contain their unique special skills and magic. I liked how each character had a different skill set, which gave this one a different dynamic. The battle system also has a built-in Auto Mode reminiscent of the one found in the Breath of Fire franchise, which was great for standard battles. The AI can be customized, but out of the box, I was really impressed by how well it was reacting. For instance, in a certain boss battle, I had mostly lost control with a few characters KO’ed, so I set the game to Auto Mode just to end it quicker… a single round after, my party had already recovered, which was a pleasant surprise.

The world map is in 3D, and while exploring dungeons, there will be a fixed camera, which is exactly like Final Fantasy X, which I have mixed feelings for. I like to be able to control the position of the camera around me freely so I can see in the direction I want. The developer also used this opportunity to hide treasures in corners of the viewport. I thought that the writing was usually good, but I thought that Nowa’s lines felt too naive for me, which might be different for you.

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One thing that didn’t charm me at first, however, was the game menu, which I think could have been improved. I’m not a fan of how each section was in the header and requires pressing the L2/R2 button to change. You only see the next menu title, so you’ll constantly have to scroll past a few to go where you want to go, which was an unnecessary extra step for something that should have been easy to handle and has usually been for the past 30+ years in gaming. I also had some issues with dungeons, which ended up feeling a bit too long. You can certainly expect to spend 1 to 2 hours in the same dungeon, which can end up feeling a bit redundant at times. The save points are also a bit far from one another.

The game has been made with the Unity engine, and it’s a gorgeous experience. It has high-quality 3D backgrounds and sprites, similar to the HD 2D engine used by Square-Enix for games such as the excellent Octopath Traveler II, running at 60 frames per second. I liked the water and reflection effects, and the animations are superb. The game also includes voice acting, and you can choose between Japanese or English voice acting.

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And now, let’s talk about the game’s trophies. This game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on, and since it’s a Cross-Buy release, you can download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game to your PS5 console, and each one will have a separate trophy list. The lists will have 48 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 2 Gold trophies. There are many objectives for you to complete. Some examples include raising Nowa’s level to 99, opening all treasure chests, appraising 10 items at the Appraiser’s Shop, catching all types of fish, cooking all dishes at the restaurant, staying at inns 10 times, spending a million Baqua and finishing the game and watching the ending.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a great JRPG with an expansive cast of characters and a great world to explore. I liked the game’s presentation and how the battle system unfolded, including the Gimmicks feature, which changes the flow of some battles. There isn’t much to complain about this game, and I recommend it to every RPG fan looking for a long and invested adventure. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is available for $49.99 as a Cross-Buy title, and you’ll be able to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. There’s also the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99, which includes the following:

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Early Bird Pack
Easy Journey Pack
Season Pass
Digital Mini Artbook
Digital Soundtrack

This Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by 505 Games.

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