|Platform(s)||PC, Wii U, Nintendo EX, Xbox One, PlayStation 4|
| Original: November 5, 2016
Remastered: February 26, 2019
|Single Player, Multiplayer|
|Media Included||Wii U Disc, Xbox One Disc, EX Disc, PS4 Disc, PC Disc, Digital Download|
|Manual(s)||Golden Soul: Rise of a Legend Official Prima Guide|
|Max. amount of players||2|
Golden Soul: Rise of a Legend (known in Japan as 黄金魂：伝説の台頭 Kogane tamashī: Densetsu no taitō) is an action-adventure hack-and-slash game developed by OmegaFire Games for the Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo EX, and PC devices. It is the first game of the Golden Soul series and the first game of the main tetralogy. It was released worldwide on November 5, 2016.
A real canon novel is set to be released in 2017.
In Golden Soul: Rise of a Legend, players take control of Merideth Alma, a young heroine who wields a legendary blade called the Athena Blade, better known as "Meri" for short. Much like other games of the same genre, Meri must explore a vast land, discovering secrets and defeating bosses along the way. The game is a mix between linear and open-world, with the player having to perform a certain action or go down a certain general path but are free to proceed however way they please. For example, the player will be tasked to obtain a treasure by visiting three dungeons; there is no set order for the dungeons and the player can go in whatever order they wish to go as well as explore other areas beforehand. Usually, the player must complete a number of tasks in order to reach a certain objective so they can then be given the next.
The battle system takes inspiration from PlayStation's God of War series and Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, specifically the 3D games. Meri attacks in a hack-and-slash fashion, but slightly slower and more calm, like in God of War. The player can lock onto larger or more powerful enemies and bosses, making the camera focus on them, making them easier to attack and target. Meri primarily uses her sword and shield in battle, but can also use other items and tools to aid her.
As the game progresses, Meri can gain upgrades to her arsenal, as well as her magic and health. The Athena Blade is upgraded by finding Magic Angels, who bless the blade and increase its attack power and magic consumption. Item upgrades increase the effectiveness, damage, and/or efficiency of them. Items are upgraded using Golden Orbs found in special chests, but can gain additional functions by paying for them at Weaponsmith's Forges, which are located in most towns and villages. Health and magic can be upgraded by giving relics to Oracles. All upgrades are completely optional except for the Glorylight upgrade to the Athena Blade.
Novel and Comic Series
- Not to be confused with the real book releasing in 2017.
A series of novels and comics based off Golden Souls series, including the first one, was release on February 12, 2017.
A film adaption for Golden Soul was released in April 2019 and was based off Golden Soul: Rise of a Legend game. It was a critical and commerical success, earning $90 million in its opening weekend in North America.