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GF Rating
6.4

373 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Really bizarre direction for the series

posted by KaneShadow (NEW YORK, NY) Sep 16, 2014

Member since Jun 2004

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I am among a select few who was a fan of this franchise. They weren't the greatest games ever, but acquiring and leveling the weapons was definitely satisfying, as was nuking your opponents from dragonback and the Panzer Dragoonish flight sequences. It made for a great experience.

This one takes things in a weird direction. The language is a bit salty, and there are a lot of sexual themes in the character development. I don't have anything against that per se but it feels like they're trying too hard to be dirty, like a 13 year old who just learned a new bad word.

Regardless of the plot though, I didn't find the leveling as satisfying. In the previous games your sword would get XP. Instead, you now have to purchase your upgrades with gold, and you are rate-limited by acquiring "upgrade material" which is not readily available at first. While it has one specific advantage- you can grind with a good weapon to earn upgrades for a lesser one- Something about purchasing upgrades is less satisfying. Also, the levels are a bit linear. The previous games were wide open and you'd be throwing fireballs at armies of hundreds of soldiers. Now there are very few levels where you control your dragon, and seemingly none where you can choose to fly or walk.

This game comes after an 8-year gap in the series and in the end I don't think it really feels enough like a sequel, nor does it have enough new material to offer.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Awesome game in my eyes, but not for everyone

posted by Librianitus (MEMPHIS, TN) May 26, 2014

Member since Aug 2012

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The story, dialogue, and language seem to be a turn off for most with this game, yet the craziness of the story and the communication between the main character Zero, and her disciple's is what makes up a good percentage of the game. The story is random and comical, and it does not transition between its serious and comedic moments too well all the time. It starts a bit slow with the dialogue as well as the combat, but as you progress and obtain more weapons, upgrades, and companions, the game starts to shine.

The combat is pretty darn cool, my favorite weapon out of the 4 that you will receive over time will have to be the combat braces. It is a gauntlet on your right arm, and a shin guard on your right leg. It is the fast DPS weapon of the game, and is very, very freaking cool to use. The combos and stamina moves that you pull off depends on that particular set of braces, which is also cool, it gives you a variety of different styles to choose from. There are also Spears (the heavy damage but slow DPS (damage per second) weapon), Chakra's (The medium speed disc-like weapon), it serves as a crowd control kind of weapon that can also take out far away enemies by holding down square and auto locking onto multiple targets at once, and your main weapon, the sword. It is the second fasted DPS weapon and is well rounded and very fun to use, and like I said before, there are different styles of basic combat moves and stamina moves. They can be balanced, aerial, range, or ground based styles.

The dialogue between you and your disciples makes up a good portion of what makes this game funny, you never know what they are going to say to one another next. I do not want to give away too much about them because it is fun to learn about them yourself as you progress through the game and acquire them as companions.

Overall the game is a barrel of laughs, or at the very least, chuckles! I recommend it, worth the rent. Really give it a try, don't be too skeptical of it.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Repetitive gameplay, but amazing story.

posted by Joshua3886 (ARCADIA, CA) Aug 20, 2014

Member since Oct 2009

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

The game is made by Square Enix, the most respected RPG company in my opinion. The story for this game is just as captivating as any Final Fantasy game they've made. The characters are mysterious, inhuman yet human at the same time. You fall in love with every personality you come across because you can either relate to their emotions or you're just so curious about their motives. The story even starts off right in the action, no boring prologue to baby the gamers into understanding what's going on. To summarize: the story has everything worthy of an Oscar.
However, this isn't just a movie it's a game. The gameplay falls short of being addicting. Very repetitive, the levels are linear and the enemies are just clones of each other with different color schemes. The customization is almost pointless and even without a difficulty setting most of the enemies are extremely easy. There isn't much to do in terms of gameplay, but the good side of the game being so easy is that you can just sit back and enjoy the griping story.
So if you're looking for a great movie to watch this is the game for you, but if you want a great game look elsewhere.

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