Stranger of Sword City (also known as Stranger In Alda and Stranger of the Village of the Sword for PC, PSV and etc. is a dark fantasy, first-person jRPG dungeon crawler. It was developed by Experience, creators of Demon Gaze, a 2013 PlayStation Vita game with a similar vibe.
The game was first released only in Japan for PC and Xbox 360 in 2014 as Stranger of Sword City: White Palace. A year later it was released for PlayStation Vita as Stranger City: Black Palace. Thanks to NIS Amercia, it was translated and released in the United States in 2016. A digital version for Xbox One was released the same year. In this version, players can choose between two alternative graphics styles.
In Stranger of Sword City for PC, PSV and etc. we play as the titular stranger, whose plane crashed after an encounter with a mysterious portal. Being the only survivor of the crash, we end up in the legendary sword city Escario, and our main goal is to find the way back home. The problem is that the citizens of Escario think we are the Chosen One who will save them from the dark forces. To fulfill our task, we will have to fight difficult battles and forge unlikely alliances.
In terms of mechanics, Stranger of Sword City for PC, PSV and etc. is a typical jRPG with a turn-based combat system. During our adventures we will explore dungeons filled with deadly traps like poison, icicles, or lava tanks. Beside the usual monsters, we will have to face powerfull bosses. The latter ones can be brought back to life, so the only way to definitely kill them is to destroy a mysterious crystal.
Like in many other jRPGs, there are different classes and races available, but our protagonist has to be a human. He might be, however, accompanied by elves, dwarves, halflings, and Neys, a race of catpeople. In between our dungeon crawling adventures, we can rest in the guild’s headquarters, a home of many “not of this world” outsiders, and level up our hero’s abilities.
Stranger of Sword City offers only a single player campaign, but thanks to the implemented Rank Chart, players can compete and compare their accomplishments.
Stranger of Sword City for PC, PSV and etc. has visuals typical for a jRPG game, but unlike the other games developed by Experience, the slightly comedic stylistics were replaced with a much darker and grimmer climate. PlayStation Vita version of the game also supports touch screen controls, a feature not included in the PC and Xbox releases.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 GT or better), 3.5 GB HDD, Windows Vista(SP2)/7(SP1)/8/8.1
Uses: PlayStation Network