gamers (93%) found this review helpful
The first thing I will say here is that Magna Carta 2 is leaps and bounds better than the first Magna Carta. The main character not only has a much cooler design, he also actually LOOKS like a guy on the front cover (as opposed to the misleading one from the previous game).
That being said, this game has a really slow, teetering on the edge of uninteresting/bland start to it. The voice acting AT FIRST seems lacking and really repetative, but I'd say thats thanks to the main character's sister Melissa, and the other generic characters. Everyone else in my opinion is voiced very well, but you have to survive through the boring first hour or so of play before things get good. Trust me the voice acting does get noticabley better after a certain event early in the game. And expect to hear a lot of familiar voices, especially if you're a fan of Bleach, Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, etc.
The battle system that at first seems dull and "okay", very quickly becomes excellent as soon as you gain the ability to use different weapon styles and upgrade/learn new skills. Suddenly the stamina meter becomes less annoying, and the several characters available at that point are very cool (what I can't help it. Crocell is awesomel).
On the bad side, the cut-scenes are kind of short lived, and leave a bit to be desired.
In conclusion, I'd say try and stick with this game for a while. If you hate it, give it one more chance (I did, and ended up loving it). At least stick with it until you get the ability to upgrade skills. If you don't like it by then, it just may not be you're kind of game. But I personally find it a very rewarding experience and a satisfying rpg once things get roling.
posted by juicedaman (NORTHBOROUGH, MA) Mar 21, 2010
Member since Apr 2007
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Having not played the first Magna Carta, I didn't really know what to expect from this game. Coming from a huge JRPG fan, I would rank this game as one of my top 5 on the Xbox 360, and I will tell you why.
First of all, the game's story, though predictable for the most part, is very entertaining. Depending on your level of interest in the story, you will probably fall in love with the game's main character, Juto, but will be semi-annoyed by most of the other characters, especially Celestine. The story's ending is also one that can go either way for people; personally I found it to be fitting, but not satisfying, and I was also a little annoyed at the end.
In terms of the combat, this game is very similar to Infinite Undiscovery and Phantasy Star Universe in the sense that they are all real time hack and slash type games. The weapon customization is a very fun addition to the game though, which wasn't emphasized as much in the other 2 games mentioned. The skill trees are fun to level up in the game, but there comes a point where you find many of the skills to be useless, and if you're an achievement junkie like me, you'll be disappointed in the achievements that have to do with them. If you want to get both achievements for maxing out each skill category for the characters, you have to wait until you have about 700 skill points, which is about 3/4 through the game depending on how much you grind, and then you have to reload your save after you max out one of them.
Overall, this game definitely deserved a 9/10 in my books. My favorite JRPG, Eternal Sonata, is still unmatched by Magna Carta 2, but it's definitely a very satisfying 40 hours of gameplay.
gamers (59%) found this review helpful
It was pretty good overall. Good graphics, interesting fighting system, pretty standard storyline as far as jrpgs go... 100% predictable. If you're in the mood for an rpg to hold you off until the next final fantasy this ones for you.
I did, however, run into a fair share of glitches- one that broke the game entirely, and others that were mainly graphical. My main issue with the game though was that the fighting system depends so heavily on using a chaining system that is broken every time the enemy does one of those annoying cutscene attacks, and it just causes frustration and down time. Other than that, pretty good.