I haven't played a lot of this game but no one here is talking about it and I hate you all.
Crimson Shroud is a Level 5 RPG where you roll dice and explore a dungeon.
Like you roll actually d20s and shit on the bottom screen it is awesome.
Why has no one done this.
I was going to make a really long OP about how choice sucks in video game now it punches moral choice games in the dick by proving that it feels more impactful when choice is completely grey and a roll of the dice can completely change your fate and it isn't up to choosing the right dialogue choice even if it is just something as mundane as deciding whether or not to open a chest.
The reason I didn't do this is because I am sick and have the poops.
I think a lot of developers are scared off of screwing over players like this but I don't think they should be. When you actually show the rolls the player have something to blame. When you surface actual dice it doesn't feel like you were just screwed over for no reason, you tried to do something and it didn't work out. There is a clear path of causality. It never feels like you're getting a result you didn't want because it's very clear what happened unlike ever Bioware RPG released in the last 2 years.
Also it's really difficult but fair and it has a smart combat system where you have to combo moves and all your spells and character stats are based on equipment, but this is Level 5 so this is to be expected.
Also it does a good job of evoking old school dungeon crawlers where you can get screwed over by opening the wrong door or getting greedy when you're in a fucking dungeon crawling with goblins. It inspires caution and tension despite the fact that the entire narrative is delivered through text.
It's really nice to see this kind of thing in a Japanese RPG which are often fairly straight forward and anyone who liked the old D&D CRPGs will at least get a kick out of this.
It's also like $8 so why the fuck not.
Also did I mention all the characters are actual miniatures, man this game is great.
The story is kind of confusing and the camera is zoomed up everyone's asshole but who cares, video games.