Very E rated this game is... But fun for anyone -- If you enjoy stories as this. The game reminded me of the movie "Spirited Away" . I'm not sure if it was written by the same author, but it still had much resemblance of that show.
The game interface will remind you of Final Fantasy. The simplistic nature of controls fits well for the title, but I still would have preferred a "Zelda-like" interface that could have you switching characters out.
The story is a very rich debt and enlightening tale.
In a world parallel to ours--where magic is still alive--a great darkness has stricken the soul of everyone. Stealing fragments of people's life force and killing anyone who opposes him, this inflicted evil is cast by one who is called Shadar .
There is one who can end the reign of that evil... Known as "the pure-hearted one", Oliver.
This game has one very long tutorial, but you wont notice that the first hour of the game is the tutorial. Until you have unlocked all of the menu items in the game... You have not seen what the game or story has to offer.
I'm not a big role-scenario type gamer that likes to sit and press a button and let the game fight itself. But I like these type of stories and its a good break from the western gaming & story routine. Eastern cultures still bring delightful folklore to the table so often and its a very rare thing to see new folklore.
Its a great time killer and fun story. Playing on Normal difficulty is pretty useless. Level5 placed a lot of work in all the game elements and it fits well in all instances.
If you like a very clever story or folklore... If you liked Final Fantasy... You would definitely find this game amusing.
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Despite what you'll hear from the thousands of screeching fanboys out there, to any other adult gamers out there (I'm 31), this game is frustratingly childish, to such a degree that I had to give it up about 10 hours into it, something I almost NEVER do.
I'm a big fan of RPGs, even JRPGs, but this game makes it impossible for an adult to take seriously. There is fantastic visuals and animation, to be sure; the cut scenes are essentially Miyazaki movies, and the graphics are first rate. The world is large and diverse, and extremely detailed, with a lot of nice little touches.
But you can only play a game so long that actually where your main character actually says things like "Gee Wilickers, Mr. Drippy!" non-ironically. Every character is so cutesy and cornball as to defy belief; every character hits you with a "friendship makes anything possible" and "you can do it if you try your best!" 20 times a conversation. Every monster, too, is basically either a Kirby-like marshmallow or looks like steamboat willie.
I was a huge fan of Dragonquest VII, which while having a "childlike" art style, still had some mature themes. Not so here. A real shame, I really wanted to like it. Maybe it gets fantastic at hour 11 and I'm missing out, but I doubt it. Every real critic's review mentions that the plot is basically garbage, and that definitely seems the case to me.
Iv fallen asleep multiple times playing this game, its just utterly BORING! I think i'v warn off the X button's X due to all the worthless information and boring childish dialog. The spelling errors are tolerable but the lack of fun isn't!
-Battle system (if you can ever get to it) Is so stupid! making it Real Time was a bad idea it should of been turn based so that you could actually make it fun! oh and here's a tip - the only time you block is on boss fights if you waste your time blocking on trash mobs your an idiot.
-Trash mob's spawn rates are way to high, you cant even turn around after you take out something the last thing you battled is already back up and behind you running around. so getting though an area and checking every spot is very time consuming (yet it forces you to lvl up)
-MP is wasted in battles to get the stuff over with and then when you need it for story line stuff or to heal yourself out of battle you have to find a save spot to get it back or lvl up. so tip - keep mana pots on you at ALL TIMES or you will hate this game so much.
-visuals. It really isn't that bad I liked the kid like drawings and etc.
-The amount of chat that pops up on your screen and they couldn't do a little voice acting drives me nut's. I think if it was on a Gameboy I wouldn't be as disappointed with it but its on a ps3 and for the amount of text I was required to read I would figure why not just give the game to me in book format.
I cant honestly say I had fun or if I enjoyed this game at all let alone recommend it, so just take heed to my tips.
-mana pots all times
-bring plenty of coffee before you start you will need it
-set your ps3 to never shut off or your you will fall asleep and forget to save and have to do that boss fight all over again.