gamers (52%) found this review helpful
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.
posted by cwestbrook5309 (ATLANTA, GA) Mar 20, 2013
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
This game was fantastic for me (23M). However, there are a few things an adult needs to know before going into this game. The story, game-play, and musical score are all extremely engaging and you can have an amazing experience, yet this can only be had if you drop all cynicism before playing. There are dialogues and cut scenes that are almost painfully childish. As an adult, this can really pull you out of a game and it has for me before. I essentially just convinced myself that I was playing a video game form of a Disney movie and was able to enjoy myself quite a lot. In summation, if you can drop the adult cynicism and just enjoy a Disney-esque adventure, then I could not recommend this game more. However if strong, preteen themes and dialogues are too too much for you, then do not waste your time on this game.
There was a lot of hype to this game, & while I wasn't one of the googly-eyed minions waiting with my mouth ajar letting drool down to the floor, I will say that I decided to get this because I thought that there were not enough RPGs fro the PS3. This does not meet the requirements however to be considered "great" in my opinion.
First it's playable. It isn't really replayable and it lacks quite a few cognitive measures that would make a great RPG. My reasoning lies in the facts that:
A) It's a rehashed Pokemon game system. There are games that have familiars in them that do more than a few "tricks" and capturing your enemies after you beat them to a pulp? Sound familiar? That's because it was started a 10+yrs. ago. There is no depth to this system by the way; you beat it up and it randomly decides that after you beat the living daylights out of it that it wants to give you it's eternal soul. Meh.
B) It's slow to build and incorporate features that really didn't require such. A specific battle skill for instance is learned after the battle where it would have been really useful to use to begin with. It is almost as if it's taunting you with the status of being unable to do something and then three minutes later once you win giving you the ability to do what you wish you could have done ten mins. prior. Meh.
C) Character specializations don't really shine for a very long time. The third character you acquire has a specific skill that really is not useful for most of the game. This is true for other chars. as well.
The musical score is good, not great, good, and the graphics are expected, not astounding, just expected. It is not seamless between animated scenes ( as per hype ) and probably would have been better shaded in my opinion. It gets a 7 because of how few competitors it has not because of it's inherent genuine genius. Even the story is a rehashing of the age old "Death = Hero for Revival" trope. It gets better as you go but I admit I just was n