Xuan Yuan 7 Quick Time Review- Decent RPG Undone By Its End

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Posted October 12, 2021 by Thomas James Juretus in Video Games

Developer: DOMO Studio, SOFTSTAR, DOMO Production

Publisher: Yooreka Studio, EastAsiaSoft, SOFTSTAR

Available on: PS4, Xbox One

Release date: September 30, 2021

The Chinese RPG Xuan Yuan 7 is the first title from the series to make its Western debut. The franchise has a 30 year history in China, and is rooted in Chinese mythology. The story follows Taishi Zhao, a swordsman, and his sister, Taishi Xiang, who is mortally wounded and accompanies her brother in soul form on his journey. The title is a standalone experience.

PROS

Likeable cast of characters

AI for NPCs in combat works fairly well

Combat is solid

Traversal is simple and makes platforming areas easy to pull off

Visuals are good

Overall story is decently written, giving a sweet undertone th the relationship between Zhou and Xiang

Zhuolu Chess is a fun side activity

Puzzles can be engaging and require careful observation of the environment

CONS

Lackluster villain

Mediocre final boss fight

Frame rate slow down (particularly in late game)

Some long load times

Short for an RPG (my playthrough was 12 hours, 18 minutes- even doing all side quests will only take 20 hours at most)

Needlessly padded ending making you retread multiple areas

In all, Xuan Yuan 7 is a decent but short RPG with a likeable cast and good combat. Sadly that’s undone by a mediocre final boss fight and a needlessly padded ending. Completing the game really leaves no incentive to replay it. At $50 it’s not really worth the full price, so those interested in the game would do well to wait for a sale. The series seems interesting, and hopefully if future titles come West they’ll build more on the game’s good points.

6.5/10 stars


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