Bring Light Back To The Darkness In Arc Systems Works’ Brawler RPG

By Eugene . December 16, 2013 . 1:29pm


Our last look at the promising brawler RPG, Swords & Darkness, was way back during Tokyo Game Show earlier this year. It’s now creeping toward its release later this month, and Arc System Works have shared a new trailer, which you can watch above.


The new video shows off some of the varied moves you’ll be able to do, including whirlwind and uppercut attacks. It does seem to be a little more slower-paced as a brawler though, with not that many foes on screen to overwhelm you at once.




There also appears to be a little bit of faux 3D, with one piece showing your protagonist running up a circular staircase. Since the game is part-RPG, you’ll also be able to talk to some survivors and level up, allocating skill points in up to 10 different stats including weight. Ahh, there’s the hardcore bit I was expecting from ArcSys.


Our guess is this will come into play with the types of gear you can actually equip—seeing as there’s a handy screenshot of a hooded shopkeeper selling you gear.




The story is appropriately dark-tinged, too. A war had had been waged just before the start of the game, between the kingdom of Athelstern and another. In order to save themselves, the king of Athelstern incanted a spell from the Vessel of Life, resurrecting his dead soldiers and granting them new strength. With such power, the kingdom was saved… but at a heavy price.


As the story begins, the king has lost his mind—the curse of using such powers beyond mortal ken—and his resurrected troops jealously guard the castle and the now hatred-filled king. To end that madness and return the kingdom to its rightful, peaceful ways, you must go forth to kill the king, or save him if you can.


Swords & Darkness will be out on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in Japan December 18th for 900 yen ($10)





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  • idrawrobots

    Looks awesome, but put a helmet on dude.

    • Kaetsu

      I HATE it when game characters don’t have armour on to protect themselves. Unless it’s a silly, very over the top game then it’s just stupid. The worst is in a lot of shooters when the soldiers never where helmets to look “badass” but really they would just die if they got shot in the head. The other thing I hate are characters that are clad for sexual reasons but I’m not going into that because I don’t want to make this a huge rant lol.

      But anyway this game looks cool!

      • idrawrobots

        I wonder if you can play as this guy in his underwear.

        • Kaetsu


  • Darkbeat

    I like brawlers and I like Arc System Works, but everything seems a little lifeless. I wish their background artists had taken some inspiration from games likes Knights of the Round

    • Kaetsu

      If you like games like that you should also look at King of Dragons and Dragon Crown.

    • TerrenceEncore Jones

      I will keep my fingers crossed that the final product looks this good.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Looks really good ! Hopefully it’ll be released early next year in Europe/USA :)

  • Warboss Aohd

    well This looks pretty good.

    like both the graphics and art style.

  • InfectedAI

    It looks good. I really hope it gets localized. 3DS needs more brawlers. Hopefully a successful localization of this can lead to the Kunio-kun (River City Ransom) games getting localized.

  • Arcana Wiz

    It looks cool, i would buy it.
    EDIT If localized.

  • s07195

    Shopkeeper: What’re you buying?

  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    I hope the graphics get an overhaul, but if the game is under 15-bucks and a download i will have no issuing purchasing and playing it. I do hope the final product is a bit more polished.

  • Nobody

    Hope this comes to NA.

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