It's hard to place why this game keeps me going. The combat's not fantastic. It's fun, and deviates from typical hack/slash fare by throwing in some shoot'em'up elements. The music isn't fantastic. It ranges from very good songs to downright annoying songs. Its graphics aren't amazing. They're actually pretty underwhelming for a PS3 game. They get the job done, but they're nothing to write home about. The storyline is where this game shines.
To expand on that, the pacing behind the storyline is probably some of the best I've seen in a game. It told me a story that I thought was pretty cut and dry, but as it progressed left me wanting more. This game is definitely one you need to give a little time to gain its momentum.
Ok, let me put it this way. If this game is a boat travelling through a river that leads to the ocean that is your mind, don't dam the river before the boat gets there. If you do, it'll crash and you won't get the goods. If you don't, it'll get to the vast ocean and float there forever.
What I mean is just keep an open mind while you play, at some point it'll find its way in there and just when you think "Nah, I'm done with this", you pop it back in to get to the end.
I said this at the beginning, but while none of the individual parts are particularly fantastic (except for the story), it definitely comes together into a very good package.
After the first playthrough you can do it again for more endings, but in all honestly I didn't feel the need to do that. It's good, but not THAT good. Unless you're obsessed with completion or you really do get that taken by the story (wouldn't blame you if you did) then the one playthrough should do you well.
posted by Cloroxman0 (MILLERSVILLE, MD) Jul 12, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
Game play sucked, dialogue was okay but the voice acting was mediocre. I absolutly did not enjoy playing this game it more of a chore then an actual game. The ending however was good but hardly worth it. I mean what kind of game forces you to READ! That's just lazy! I have books for that! That is all one level was! A make you own adventure game! I play video games so I don't have to use my imagination! That may work for some people but not me! I'm so happy I'm finally done with this... I don't even want to call it game! This was garbage! I still can't believe this is from the same people who gave us FF and Kingdome Hearts ( my favorite game of all time)! Not to mention it was just sad through out the entire game. I undertstand drama but how about a little more comedy relief. If it wasn't for the condescending book, I wouldn't even give this a 4. He was only character I liked period.
posted by Hero_Toxiko (MORENO VALLEY, CA) Jun 2, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
It was terrible, im no rpg noob but i seem to have a real harf time playing square enix games without quitting for boredom.
i rented it and spent 5 hours talking to uninteresting npcs trying to figure out how the story made sense and killing sheep/bandits.
the only fun i had was rolling around stalking animals.