I really miss NES and SNES era RPGs some days. Then I remember fighting ogres outside of Elfland for like eight thousand hours, or the days spent creeping through dungeons only to lose to the first stupid boss in Dragon Warrior, and I smarten up. Still, there is an odd charm to the mercilessness of monstrosities and turn-based combat that draws me back to the vicious entries in the genre, and it's been captured (and thankfully softened up a little bit) in Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Formerly Dragon Fantasy: Book I), which is now available on Steam.


Do you feel more nostalgic for NES or SNES visuals and sound while you're dying in the dirt in some cave? Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria lets the player choose which style of experience they prefer, switching between the two eras with a little slider. Both have had an equal amount of hard work put into them, and it can be fun to switch from one to the other depending on your mood and how you'd best like to experience the game's silly storyline. Poking fun at old RPGs, the game rarely takes itself very seriously, and everything from NPC dialogue to monster attacks to treasures have all had some sort of joke or pun added to them.


It'll be nice to crack a smile at some of the jokes, as the combat and grind of old RPGs is still mostly intact here. It's a faithful experience that harkens back to old RPGs, and while it doesn't mean hours and hours of work outside of one town, there will be grinding and there will be dying. With its two art and musical styles, slightly softer need to grind and fight, and its lighthearted tone, Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria promises a lot of fun for someone who misses older RPGs but might not entirely miss being totally brutalized by them. Just slightly brutalized.

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria is available for $9.99 on Steam (plus %10 off until April 16). For more information on the game and Muteki Corporation, you can head to the developer's site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.