If you ever survived of a plane crash, what would be the first thing that you would do after such as traumatic event? Instead of calling for help, if you’d join with a group of adventurers to defeat groups of legendary monsters, then you will feel right at home with Stranger of Sword City. Originally released back in 2014 for the Xbox 360 exclusively in Japan, this dungeon crawler has now been ported to Xbox One and PS Vita, as well as receiving an English script translation and all new content for its western debut.
During the first few minutes of Stranger of Sword City, you witness several news reports regarding the crash that your protagonist has been involved in. When this is over, you awaken in a world filled with fantasy creatures, terrifying monsters and magical weapons. After discovering that you, along with anyone who crosses over from Earth have supernatural abilities in this new world, you join together with a group of fellow survivors who are known as Strangers to the general populace. Taking inspiration from other dungeon crawlers such as Etrian Odyssey, you design your primary character before the game begins. After this, you spend almost the entire adventure in first person view, which makes your choice seem slightly redundant. As time goes on, you can create new party members from pre made designs to use as your own personal army. While the customisation process for the species and vital stats for each character can be heavily modified, the amount of options for changing your physical appearance for your allies and protagonist is severely limited. Instead of allowing you to interchange clothes and hair at will, you are instead presented with a small set of fixed templates such as samurai, mages and sword wielding warriors.