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Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes review

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes screenshot
Image: 505 Games

If you’re a Suikoden fan, it’s safe to say you’ll enjoy Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Though chances are, you’ll enjoy it even if you simply adore old-school JRPGs. This spiritual sequel brings many of the standout features and mechanics of Konami’s cult RPG series into the modern age. It’s just a shame that it’s missing a little magic.

After a dramatic opening cutscene that’s reminiscent of the old Suikoden games, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes throws you in control of Nowa, a young, meddlesome man who’s just joined the Watch. Representing the League of Nations, his first job finds him working alongside Seign, an elite of the Galdean Empire, as well as a number of other companions. Ultimately they succeed in their task of recovering a mysterious Primal Lens. But before Nowa and Seign go their separate ways, Seign shares words that are very ominous.

The story of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes then begins proper some six months later, but it takes a while to really get going. This is mostly a political tale, just like Suikoden, but there’s something missing. Being a more light-hearted affair, the stakes just don’t feel as high here, and there are less events that pull on the heartstrings. Still, it doesn’t mean that the story isn’t engaging in its own way. You’re just likely to feel less impacted by it.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes screenshot
Image: 505 Games

It’s in the gameplay department that Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is likely to impress the most. This is a proper old-school JRPG, complete with towns, an overworld, and even turn-based combat. Progressing the story, you’ll travel though many locations, including dungeons, engaging in random battles as you go. Playing on Normal difficulty, for the most part you’ll just be hitting the ‘Auto’ battle option, letting your party of six act according to the rules you’ve set for them. When it comes to bosses and certain other arduous encounters, however, you’ll want to take direct control.

The strategy in the combat of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes primarily comes from the Rune-Lenses you have equipped on your warriors. Some provide skills that require SP to be used, which is accrued over the course of a fight. Others require MP, which is a more finite resource that you’ll have to carefully manage. There are Hero Combo skills, too, in which numerous characters combine their powers for a variety of effects. These will force you to experiment, trying to find party members with strong bonds.

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Boss fights are the highlight here, though, with most having some sort of gimmick to also consider. In one early boss fight, for example, you have the option of hitting one of two magical grimoires on the left and right hand corners of the screen. With the boss out of sight while you decide, you’ll want to choose the correct side of the screen in order to deal massive damage with a magical hammer. Such tricks can indeed feel a little gimmicky at times, but they add a little pizazz to these standout battles at least.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes screenshot
Image: 505 Games

As players progress through the game, they’ll take part in some battles a little out of the norm, too. There are one-on-one duels, for example, and all-out wars that play out in more of a strategic manner. Again, these will be somewhat familiar to Suikoden fans, and while they’re mechanically quite simple, they’re a welcome addition.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is growing your army of allies and developing your base. As the game’s name suggests, there are a hundred heroes to discover and recruit. Many are unmissable as you simply progress the story, but there are a large number that you have to go out of your way for if you want to battle with them by your side. Those that aren’t skilled in combat generally provide services back at your headquarters instead.

Many of the issues you might encounter with Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes stem from the fact that it tries to provide such an old-school JRPG experience. You have limited inventory space, for example, which means you often have to discard useful consumables in order to pick up valuable loot in dungeons. The save system is pretty archaic, too. The game does autosave, but not very often at all. And manual saves can only be performed at specific points. Forget to save, or encounter a crash like we have, then, and you might lose considerable progress.

Despite these issues, it’s hard not to be won over by Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes on the whole, especially if you’re a Suikoden fan. While its story might not have much emotional impact, it’s still pretty engaging. And many will love the fact that this does genuinely feel like a JRPG from the golden age of the genre. It’s not quite the Suikoden successor we were hoping for, but it’s still a worthy game in its own right.

This review of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is based on the PC version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes review - GameSpew's score

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
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As a spiritual successor to the Suikoden series, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes gets a lot right. It's just a shame its story lacks emotional impact and in some ways it's a little too old-fashioned.
As a spiritual successor to the Suikoden series, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes gets a lot right. It's just a shame its story lacks emotional impact and in some ways it's a little too old-fashioned.
8/10
Total Score

We like...

  • It looks fantastic
  • Combat system is fun
  • Building your army is rewarding

We don't like...

  • Story lacks emotional impact
  • Old fashioned to a fault in some ways
Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!