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‘Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story’ Arrives in November 

  • Coming to home consoles on November 7th.
  • Character creator to express yourself.
  • Another great looking entry in the River City series.


Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story is set to be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on the 7th of November. Things on the game have been silent, thankfully gamers have had River City Girls and River City Melee Mach!! to keep them busy. Finally, Arc System Works has updated the official website with new information and images for fans.

Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story allows players to make choices throughout the game that will, in time, affect and change the ending of the story. Your actions as well, how you physically deal with a situation, will play a role in how the game changes. The story and ending will change at the very start of the game because you’ll be able to change the name, gender, and the relation to Kobayashi-san in the character creator menu.

The first time you complete the game, you’ll learn first hand how difficult the forces of evil can be, it’s a powerful organization to try and overcome. Luckily, you’ll be accompanied by a boy from the future named Mizoguchi, and it’s through his time traveling abilities that you’ll be able to expose this organization and bring an end to their malicious ways. Defeated enemies will drop stars that they wear, allowing you to collect them and use them to upgrade Kobayashi-san, Mizoguchi, Kunio, and other characters.

The game’s control scheme is simple enough for anybody to pick up and play. You have normal attacks, jump attacks, juggle hits, and special moves that have three levels of charge. It’s up to you to take all of these tools the game gives you and mix and match to create your own combos. The enemies are varied and some will require different strategies to defeat them, encouraging players to experiment with the move set and get creative.

When you’re in combat, you have additional characters that can join you and offer different abilities. You have Mizoguchi from the future, who is a support type character that offers healing. Kunio is from the River City series and is more offensive; he’s a street fighter that has powerful special moves. You can’t go wrong with either choice, but you can only have one with you at a time.

The River City series, and similar games, are always a joy to play. Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story looks to be no different and I’m beyond excited to play. To stay up to date with the game, make sure to follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website.