Wednesday, April 10, 2013

PAX East 2013: Sully: A Very Serious RPG (Breadbrothers Games)

At Muteki Corporation's booth this PAX East, we caught sight of another developer in the midst.  We found that Muteki was sharing the booth with Breadbrothers Games, another independent developer working on an RPG itself: Sully: A Very Serious RPG.  We got to speak with Ben McGraw, the leading man behind Breadbrothers about the game and then some!

Sully: A Very Serious RPG is quite the opposite.  It is a humorous JRPG which apparently stars Darin, a young boy and his friend Crystal who are experiencing their last summer vacation together before they go off to college.  Of course, the vacation does not go entirely as planned, and an adventure begins!  Telling exactly what happens might ruin a bit of the surprise, so I will keep it secret from my end.  Either way, there are twists early enough that its unveiling surprised even me!

The game's demo did not offer too much in the way of battle mechanics, but it did give me a sense of the game's style.  Players control the hero around a large map, and encountering battles brings up a large sideways battle sequence, decorated with highly-detailed sprites which move smoothly on-screen. Unfortunately, the demo only let me see a couple battle sequences, which was a little disappointing.  Of course, the animations that were complete looked pretty good, and so I suspect when the game is more complete the battle sequences will look great.

One thing I would like to bring up is who Sully is.  Sully is a talking clam with an attitude, and before things get crazy, note that talking sea creatures are not something to be freaked out about in this world.  Instead, players can "equip" a particular sea creature (such as Sancho the Sad Octopus) which can boost their stats or provide them with magic abilities.  In the game world, you will encounter a multitude of talking sea critters, and some will help and others will hinder your progress (although in the case of the whale, I doubt it was exactly HIS fault he got stuck on a sea-bank in the first place).

Sully is currently slated for PC, Linux, and Mac computer systems as well as PlayStation Mobile later this Summer.  You can preorder the game for five dollars off at the official website here.

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