posted by CylanthMN (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Oct 21, 2012
Member since Jun 2011
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I am a big fan of NIS America, they publish niche Japanese games that no other publisher would touch. They have some great series (Disgaea, Atelier) and also some major bombs (Cross Edge, Planet Neptunia). Mugen Souls falls somewhere in between. It has some good ideas, but also some major flaws. In tries too hard to being quirky, and loses focuses on the core gameply.
Positives: Nice artwork, lots to do, unique story, Voicework is good for the genre, colorful visuals, anime vibe, occasional laughs
Negatives: Convoluted and needlessly complicated gameplay, weird framerate issues, dialogue can border on perverse, too much grinding
Overall: Mugen Souls tries too hard to be different and quirky. There is an intersting battle system somewhere, but its buried deep. Dialogue is often very lame. Complicated, but non-rewarding gameplay. If you are a fan of NIS America's games and you know what you are getting into, you might want to try this, otherwise, there are much better JRPGs out there on the PS3.
Upfront analysis: Good Humor & Gameplay, Bad Graphics and Theme.
To be frank, this game is just a let down from NIS America. They retain much of their original humor and introduce a new gameplay style that is a nice change of pace from the original grid-based system, allowing free movement within a circular distance. Although, A major issue that punched me in the face the first time I pressed start was the overwhelming amount of Japanese "fun" tat slapped me in the intro. I didn't know what to make of it other than it had to be some joke they were making... it wasn't. I drowned in rainbows and supposedly cute rabbits. The way that the main character is supposed to complete their goal is something I would expect in a low-class dating game from Japan as well.
Normally, all of this would lead me to only make it a 6/10 (not pleasant but good enough to play), but there is one thing I REFUSE to take in from this game: Graphics!
Note: I rented a PS3 copy. I refuse to believe that this was originally intended for the PS3 or any other modern console. The graphics are the equivalent of PS1 era. Blurry, lacking detail an overall just bad. I would have seen better graphics from most of any PS2 game there ever was!