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Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

There are times when Kickstarter projects will involve “bonus games” as stretch goals. For example, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s crowdfunding campaign led to Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is that for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. However, while the Inti Creates bonus game is a compelling and rich title in its own right, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is “just okay” and feels like a clunky collection of fetch quests.

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CJ is a Scavenger. A tradition in her family is to go on a journey when they come of age. She’s searching for a Rune Lens bigger than her father’s to prove herself. This trek leads her to New Neveah, a town that had Rune Barrows discovered beneath it. This attracted adventurers in search of treasure to the area, like Garoo. However, something else is going on. Earthquakes decimated the area upon the discovery. Also, the town’s mayor disappeared, with his daughter Isha working as acting mayor and trying to rebuild the town and help its citizens. In order to complete her task, CJ will also need to take the townspeople’s requests, which will in turn rebuild New Neveah, and head into the Rune Barrows to find her treasure and solve the area’s mysteries.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

This means that players send the trio into environments, beating up enemies with combos along the way. The issue is that there are other games that handle this sort of system so well. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is one of them. There isn’t that same fluidity and natural progression to these continued attacks. It ranges from passable to fine, rather than consistently satisfying. Of course, part of this could be due to the way characters work and are added.

You start out Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising with CJ. She’s a quick character with a short-range attack. She only hits directly in front of her. However, her special move lets her quickly dash forward, and later eventually in mid-air. Once Garoo joins your party after a substantial amount of time, you get a slower character with a longer reach that goes in an arch that can hit above him and a parry special move. It also means you unlock the Link Attack that lets you swap between the two for a combo with greater reach and more damage. Filling up the first Stamp Card increases the Link Attack combo by one.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

But I didn’t feel like things really started to click until Isha joins the party. This happens many, many hours into the game. (So many that I started to wonder if she was the first Stamp Card reward.) She’s the only ranged unit of the three, with homing spells that lock in on opponents when you’re close enough. Which means then you can start getting tactical by using her spell to hit a distant enemy, then trigger the Link Attack to let CJ or Garoo dash close and deal more damage.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising also wastes no time in getting tedious. There is town-building here. But most of the game relies on getting a quest that involves heading into one of two dungeons to defeat certain foes or collect certain items. After which you heading back to the hub to claim a stamp, progress the story, and do it all over again. Due to the pacing, you’ll spend hours in the same parts of the Great Forest and Quarry before finally getting Rune Barrows access to a handful of new spaces. Since the a lot of the enemies are palette-swaps and getting certain items for new quests means buying better versions of tools and retreading the same spaces, it starts feeling bland.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

Especially since there are some light Metroidvania elements. You’ll find elemental pillars blocking your progress in areas like the Great Forest and Quarry. You can’t get past them unless you get a Rune Lens element, equip the element that matches it, and go back to attack it. Which means if you want to 100% a map, you’ll need to get all the elements and go spelunking again. Though getting elements is required to progress the story, you’ll at least already eventually get things like the earth rune.

As for the appearance, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising manages to look both interesting and cheap at the same time. The character designs and environments are good! There are some novel ideas. I liked the look of the 3D environments. Except the characters and enemies are all essentially 2D, rigged puppets that look like they were pulled from a mobile game. There are games that handle the juxtaposition of 2D and 3D well. That isn’t always the case here.


I get the feeling that unless someone is extremely invested in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they won’t get anything out of Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. The background it offers for characters like CJ, Garoo, and Isha and the series’ world is great! It’s pretty valuable, in terms of lore and establishing a mood. But the actual experience is average and takes a while to get interesting. It never really hooked me. Rather, it made me want to go back to other games that did it better.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an action RPG set in the same world as Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Features town-upgrading mechanics, fast-paced combat. A prequel to the world of the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Switch version reviewed.

I get the feeling that unless someone is extremely invested in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they won’t get anything out of Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising.

Food for Thought
  • Make sure you keep buying new weapons and tools! There is a story advancing quest that needs Heavy Stone, and you won’t get it from the Great Forest unless you buy the better pickaxe from the tool shop!
  • Equipping an accessory that boosts the odds of getting higher quality items is critical if you want to finish sidequests without having to constantly go back and dungeon dive.
  • There are quite a few characters with extra detailed character portraits and designs, which makes me suspect they’ll be folks you can recruit in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
  • I can’t help but feel like the trap to catch meat is broken, as I only caught some during the “tutorial” side quest designed to teach you how to use it.
  • The font is very small on the Switch, and it can be near impossible to read some characters' names above their heads.

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Jenni Lada
Jenni is Editor-in-Chief at Siliconera and has been playing games since getting access to her parents' Intellivision as a toddler. She continues to play on every possible platform and loves all of the systems she owns. (These include a PS4, Switch, Xbox One, WonderSwan Color and even a Vectrex!) You may have also seen her work at GamerTell, Cheat Code Central, Michibiku and PlayStation LifeStyle.