posted by SurfFreak (LAGUNA BEACH, CA) Apr 1, 2008
Member since Jun 2004
First of all, I’m not a big fan of turn based combat RPGs so I wasn’t expecting too much from this title. I rented it as a time filler. However, this game really delivers. At 80+ hours and 4 discs (I don’t think this includes the movies) the game is well worth a purchase. I had a lot of minor complaints throughout the game but will forgive all of them for the overall experience. The graphics are great. Story is very well developed if a little corny at times. The combat system is good with a wide selection of magic, items and moves to work with. The difficulty is pretty challanging, especially at times when you have to backtrack in order to find the way forward. Overall, I am really impressed with this game. Warning: this game contains lots of reading but for the most part, the stories are optional.
This was a great game, although very long. It's very much like the FF series, long and frequent cut scenes, turn based battle, complex story line- the works. Graphics were excellent, and I didn't notice too many bugs- screen would freeze for a second every once in a while but never locked up on me. I would say the only drawback I saw to this game was that it was a little too long, I probably put more time into this than any other game I've played- except Oblivion, which I still play... Granted, I like to complete all the side quests and explore everywhere but after a week of exploring, I just wanted to end it. It didn't help I was lost in 1 dungeon for about 8 hours, but when I finally got out I was just about invincible. I didn't keep track of the total hours played but I had the game about a month total, usually playing for 2-3 hours each night. All in all it was a great game with a very interesting story to keep you occupied.....
posted by markblumbe (SCOTTS VALLEY, CA) Mar 23, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
I would have rated this game higher. It has excellent graphics, a decent story line, and engaging game play. Unfortunately, a few things drop it down: You have to sit through extremely long cut scenes, the build up before fighting drags on forever, and load times are slow. All in all, it's a typical Japanese RPG ala Final Fantasy, but not as good. It's complex turn-based fighting system is not easy to learn. Also, you'd better learn quick because the first two boss fights can be difficult and frustrating. If you're not adept at this type of gaming you'll find yourself playing boss fights over and over before you can progress in the game. Some may enjoy this, but I don't.