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Exist Archive’s first English trailer – Sleeper hit of the year?

Aksys Games has published the first English trailer for its upcoming tri-Ace developed JRPG Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky. I know tri-Ace isn’t really on everyone’s good terms at the moment due to the poor reception of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, but hear me out! This one will be a much better game.

I remember last year, playing both titles at Tokyo Game Show 2015, and I walked away feeling nothing but a whole lot of “Meh” for Star Ocean. I should have taken that as a warning sign, but I tried to spin those into positive feelings. Forcing it obviously didn’t help. However, that same show I also walked away from Exist Archive with a much better impression, and I called it my surprise hit of the show.

The game is modeled after tri-Ace’s indisputable masterpiece Valkyrie Profile, incorporating many of the same platforming and combat ideas. The jumping my be a bit floaty and the story has a few bat-crazy issues, but on the whole, it felt like a very unique JRPG that could do a great job standing out on the modern market.

I remember getting a serious “dark horse” vibe from Shadow of Mordor two years back, and I have the same hopeful feeling in my gut for this one. Not “Game of the Year” quality like that game was, but still a memorable title on its own level.

Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky launches for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on Oct. 18.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...