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GF Rating
7.2

260 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Good game, if you don't mind the changes

posted by Alexander (PEORIA, IL) Oct 4, 2006

Member since Feb 2005

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

First, if you didn't like the first BK, then don't bother playing this one. The biggest changes in this game is of course the new battle system. You no longer attack with individual weapon cards you can equip them to boost your attack power during battle, which helps out a ton), but instead with either Weak 1 or B, Medium A or B, or strong A or B attacks. It sounds somewhat boring at first, but you're no longer limited to one special/finisher card per turn: you can use 3/4 ( not all have a level 4 finisher) if you have enough MP, which you gain by simply using cards. You can also do relay combos, which are the key to getting high card/hit combos and doing major damage to one enemy. You do this simply by ending someone's combo with a finisher, while having another character ready to act, and having them use a weak attack card.

Defense and healing are now redone too. As with weapon cards, you have to equip an armor card for it to have any effect. For the most card, they're really useless. You'll spend most of your time fighting with weapon cards equipped, since you regain all your HP after each normal battle anyway. Now instead of being able to use multiple healing cards in one turn, you can only use one. Again, very useful for boss battles and some of the tougher normal battles.

Another big change is in quest magnus. In BK1, you were limited to simply 8 blank magnus. But now you get upwards of 24 (that's how many I currently have) and the ability to mix quest magnus together to form new ones. And quest magnus now affect your stats, some increase your attack or defense simply by having them.

Though, if you're expecting a lot of new areas, you'll be disappointed, as there aren't all that many new areas ( some new ones are Hasselah, the Coliseum, Sedna). Some old areas do look different from before though, so they don't exactly feel like the areas you went to in BK1.

All in all, BKO is certainly a more challenging game. I'd say more...but I'm out of characters.:(

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A kid with wings saves the world with cards

posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Apr 6, 2007

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Member since Mar 2006

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Baten Kaitos Origins is a unique kind of RPG, one with cards. Okay, let's start with the story. The main character, Sagi, and his homicidal living puppet friend, Guillo, have been commissioned by the Dark Service to eliminate the emperor. It's soon revealed that things are not as they seem and soon they are hunted by basically everyone while trying to clear their name, aided by a stuck-up girl with big clubs, Milliarde. You play the spirit living inside Sagi and as the game progresses you learn more about your history and theirs. This game gives you plenty of content. I spent over 66 hours in-game and hadn't even done all the side quests. Gameplay basically boils down to constructing a deck of cards and using combos, special attacks and equipments to get the upper hand on your opponent. The cards are drawn randomly from the deck, but if you get running on a combo, the cards start coming up to keep it going. Deck construction becomes the biggest role-playing aspect of the game. You'll explore several continents and will probably notice the environmental backdrops are like works of art. Animation doesn't fare as well, though, seeming too robotic. Still, the art style is magical and the world feels alive. The sound design is nice, but themes and effects repeat constantly. Voice acting is surprisingly effective, although the overly-dramatic "mwah hah hah" and "it hurts... aaargh!" moments feel cheesy. When you see text like that come up, just click through the VO. Still, the story gives you plenty of twists that keep you engaged and you'll actually start to care about these characters and the world they're trying to preserve. Having not played the original, I think having gone through Origins first gives me a great backstory when I play the first game (and I will). Gamecube owners, here's another solid RPG for the system.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

It's a good one

posted by france4lif (MISHAWAKA, IN) Jan 19, 2007

Member since Dec 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I have played the first Baten Kaitos before and it was really good. I am still playing this game, there are some good things and some bad things about it. Overall this game will keep you on your heels and keep you interested throughout. I recommend this game to anyone.

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