Developed in Japan by FuRyu and released there as UnchainBlades ReXX , Unchained Blades is a role-playing game that utilizes an old-school dungeon-crawling first-person perspective and is set in a monster-filled world. The game's RPG pedigree is evident in its credits - the title was directed by Toshio Akashi of the Lunar series, while the game's story was penned by Grandia series veteran Takashi Hino.
Unchained Blades follows the story of the vengeful dragon emperor named Fang. After being stripped of his powers by the goddess Clunea, Fang embarks on a journey for revenge, in the hopes of returning to his true form. On the journey, Fang is joined on his quest by a cowardly golem prince, a shy medusa priestess, a young phoenix clan maiden, and many other mythical beings seeking an audience with the goddess.
Boasting an all-star roster of famous Japanese artists, Unchained Blades represents a special collaboration between some of the best talent in the industry. The main character Fang was designed by Pako, most famous for his work on the Shining Force series, while other characters were fashioned by artists such as Toshiyuki Kubooka (Lunar), Shinichiro Otsuka (Summon Night), and Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!), to name a few.
In Unchained Blades, players journey through the game with a party of up to four characters, moving through dungeons in a first-person perspective and engaging in strategic turn-based combat. The game features a unique "Unchain" system, which enables players to try and tame monsters in order to help them on their quest. If an enemy monster is successfully "Unchained," that monster will then join the player's party and help them in the future by blocking attacks or supplying players with unique attacks. Each character in the player's four person party can hold up to four "unchained" creatures, ensuring plenty of combat variety. The game has also been completely redubbed with new English voice-overs and features over 60 hours of gameplay.