Xseed's magical ability to license and localize the most interesting an odd niche Japanese titles was in full swing when it brought over Unchained Blades, a dungeon crawler RPG taking heavy inspiration from Wizardry as well as more modern titles like Etrian Odyssey. Available first on PSP via digital download and then later released on Nintendo 3DS, Unchained Blades is, quite literally, hundreds of hours of intense dungeon diving RPG glory. It's only for the most dedicated of adventurers.
In Unchained Blades the player takes on a party of misfit characters, each with their own attacks and abilities. Unlike JRPGs, however, Unchained Blades is a first-person dungeon crawler. That means that the player will be moving tile by tile through grid-based dungeons of tunnels and halls. Again, this is all in first person, which may at first seem disorienting. Luckily, especially on the 3DS, it's extremely easy to put together a map of each dungeon as explored.
Each of these dungeons are known as Titans and conquering them is a sure fire way to garner the attention of the Goddess Clunea. Fang, a once-powerful dragon struck down by Clunea for his ego, find himself in a position where he must once again prove himself worthy so he might meet Clunea again and have his revenge. Odds are his journey this time might change him... for better or worse.
Altogether Unchained Blades is a charming story of an initially unlikable character finding himself by overcoming adversity with the help of new-found friends. Unfortunately the gameplay isn't as lighthearted as the story and tone, because the difficulty curve is rather insane. Still, for fans of dungeon crawlers which really pack in hours of gameplay, Unchained Blades has a lot to offer.
 Hardware Info
This game is also known as UnchainBlades Rexx in Japan.