With what could very well be the last PSP game to ever be released in America, XSEED has followed through on its promise to release Nihon Falcom’s Brandish: The Dark Revenant before the end of January. PS TV, PS Vita, and even PSP owners can enjoy the game as it launches on PSN when the PlayStation Store updates next week.
Brandish: The Dark Revenant is a remake of the original released way back in the Super Nintendo-era. Although it has many forms on PCs over here in Japan, the Super Nintendo version did make it to the States intact. However, released deep into the SNES’ lifespan in 1995, it was lost among other RPG hits like Lufia 2, Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG.
Essentially, it’s a huge dungeon crawler with 40 floors of monsters. XSEED describes it as:
Players take on the role of swordsman Ares Toraernos as he climbs his way through over 40 sprawling floors of monsters, traps and puzzles in an attempt to escape a long-forgotten underground labyrinth.
This venerable ‘90s classic returns with a highly polished recreation of its ominous maps, cunning puzzles and sinister traps, but adds smoother gameplay, revamped boss battles, enhanced graphics, newly arranged music and more.
I am a fan of other Nihon Falcom games, but I have never played any iteration of Brandish. Still, the $19.99 asking price seems a little steep for a PSP game, and those don’t often go on sale anymore. My guess is that I’ll pick it up down the line at some point.
Be sure to check out the trailer at any rate. Nihon Falcom’s soundtracks are never what one would call “subtle,” and I totally applaud the company for its ridiculous, over-the-top refusal to turn the music down.