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Great action, hilarious dialogue, addicting gameplay. This is a true hidden gem. Don't be fooled by the title or the cover, this game is one of those games that people don't expect to be good but turns out to be amazing.
The cover and title are terrible marketing ploys, I'll admit it. Nobody would want to control a princess; but I have to be clear here, 'Code of Princess' is a GOOD game, enjoyable by both genders and multiple ages.
One shouldn't weigh the means of trying this game by how the cover looks; they just need an inherent liking or toleration of goofy anime. That's just what this is: a comedic anime with a script that's highly laughable, and charmingly unique characters that turn their respectable character classes on their heads. From the self loving elven bard (or sage) Allegro, the Frankstein zombie necromancer Zozo, and the primary character of the unusually scimpily dressed Princess Solange (seriously, I can't call that a bra); to the hilarious villains of Sergeant Emble and Ergeant Semble, along with the awkwardly hilarious Ninja boss. Voice acting is notably above average; a strangely rare and pleasant surprise.
On the subject of gameplay, make note this is by the company that made such unique games as the Trauma medical series and Catherine; they love experimentation. This is no different: it's a basic 2-D beat-em-up at its core, with added rails that you jump between to give it a more 3-D feel. It's by learning to utilize the various unique mechanics and (as I learned) particularly dodging attacks by jumping to another rail that you trounce the hoards of soldiers and monsters. However, one has to note that, unless you're flexible, this game is HARD! Most boss battles feel almost impossible as you may never get a chance to even attack back. Luckily, one can play through old or bonus stages so as to level grind to the point you can overpower them, and the four different characters you play each have a unique playstyle for all types of players.
This is a very peculiar kind of game, and I'll admit it has flaws; the flaws kept me from completing it. However, it's certainly something to just look at; you'll probably get hooked on its overflowing charm, I assure you.
In fact I am afraid I have to call Atlus out on this one. The person who decided that it was perfectly acceptable to continuously switch between 2 and 3 Dee presentation needs to be FIRED. A mere 30 min. play session is enough to send your eyes into watering spasms of exhaustion.
It's an unfortunate flaw for what seems to be a key element in bringing a full 3D RPG to the system, with a Dungeon Fighter-inspired combat system that almost seems MADE for the platform.
One could argue that playing the game slider-down may make the experience less exhausting, but it will also be less 3DS. Also, sadly, I don't have the time to hand-hold games into usability.
In Conclusion, this is not the full 3D RPG the system has been waiting for, but even worse, its not worth biding your time with this attempt. Play something else in the meantime. The game we all want will come...
posted by justinetruant (SAN RAFAEL, CA) Feb 27, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
Ugh, this game was incredibly boring. Some people call the dialogue funny, I call it stupid. Gameplay was boring. The characters weren't developed beyond being girls in skimpy clothing jumping up-and-down. Weapons and equipment aren't fun. The only thing that I kind of enjoyed were some of the monsters -- they were developed with at least a sliver of creativity. If you really, really, really enjoy beat 'em ups, then you'd probably still only enjoy this as a last resort. The combos weren't even fun.
The characters and story are mildly entertaining(if a little off the wall). It plays more like a simple fighting game with the addition of the ablity to level up your characters and buy equipment for them. You also have the ablity to play various levels from each of the 4 main character's points of view but there usually isn't much difference except for fighting techniques. Overall this game is worth a rental at least.
posted by caotic_hero (GROESBECK, TX) Dec 12, 2012
Member since May 2012
Its an alright game. But the annoyance of the main characters, I couldn't get over it. It was very repetitive and I couldn't get into it. Maybe if I had more time to devote to it, maybe I could get into it.