PREVIEW: Heroes of Ruin

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

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Heroes of Ruin is an action role-playing game courtesy of developer n-Space by way of publisher Square Enix.  The game was designed to take advantage of most of the 3DS’s capabilities, even getting help from Nintendo in the development.  If you live in Europe (or have a European 3DS), you can buy the game right now.  For those of us in the NOA region, we have to wait until July 17th for the game to release.

But we can get a taste of the game right now.  The demo of Heroes of Ruin released on the North American eShop on July 5th.  So if you’re looking forward to this game – or maybe you’re on the fence as to whether you will purchase this game – check it out.  Here’s what you can expect in the demo.

You start by selecting your character class.  You’ll choose between the Vindicator (a sword-swinging warrior) and the Gunslinger (a distance attacker with slashes in close).  In the full game, you can choose between the Alchitect (a magical sorceress) and the Savage (a big brawler).

After customizing your character, you enter the demo story, The Tangled Growth.  There will be about half a dozen quests you do during the demo with the main story quest having you kill the evil Michadele.  You also get a taste of multiplayer (minus the voice chat) in which you can jump in or drop out with fellow players.

I like the feel of the game.  It reminds me a lot of Gauntlet with the music, the character dialog, the character visuals, and the camera (the last of which was the only issue I had with the game).  The 3D was used very well in the game.  Overall, I liked it.

But before I recommend Heroes of Ruin and give it the Rainfall stamp of approval, I must say that not everyone on the staff is in complete agreement with me.  A number of staff members didn’t care much for the single player portion of the game.  However, those moods seemed to change when they played the multiplayer, leaving pretty much one person not liking the game.  With that said, I would recommend buying the game so that we have people to play the multiplayer with.

Heroes of Ruin is rated T for Teen and will be releasing on July 17th in North America.  If you wish to learn more about the game, click here.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

  • Jared Cyhowski

    I played the demo for about 15 minutes. I need to give it another chance and try out the multiplayer. What was it like? Do you run around like in single player and kill monsters/complete quests?

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      The multiplayer is a co-operative version of the single player; you get the same quests as in the single player mode. However, we all need to realize that this is a barebones version of the game. I believe that the full game, with all features intact, will make for a great experience. One of the main things I’m looking forward to in the full game is the voice chat during multiplayer, which I hope will enhance the online experience.

    • Jared Cyhowski

      Would this be the first 3DS title with voice chat? If so, that’s pretty cool. I hope it works well.

  • Excellent game, and a fine example of the level of dedication all third parties should be putting forward on the Nintendo RPGs.

  • The first time I played the demo, I was underwhelmed. But, when I played it a second time, it was a little better. The multiplayer was promising, even if it kind of glitched up at the end of my session and the boss wouldn’t appear.

  • Devin Kotani

    I can’t say I was very impressed with the game, to be honest. Will probably be skipping this one.

  • I paid off the game in full some time ago because it kind of reminds me of PSO / Diablo. I’ll give it a chance; eBay will eat it up if I wind up not liking it.

  • kool_cid414

    The biggest problem I had was the fact that the classes are gender locked. I personally hate games that give the option to customize your character but you can only be this one body type and gender. This is just my opinion from the demo so if I’m wrong I apologize it’s just a pet peeve of mine.