gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Although I was always interested in Resonance of Fate since it's announcement, I was a little wary of the game at first. After a few hours of playing though, I was absolutely hooked!
Story: The game's story unfolds in a very unfamiliar way which is a vague intro followed by a series of scenes that eventually tie everything together. It is a little confusing at times and was ultimately a letdown for me though. It's not terrible, just not as good as it could have been. In regard to the characters, they're fantastically done. I love every single one of them especially the main characters. The developers chose the perfect VA's and did an excellent job on their design. I actually enjoyed the characters so much that I overlooked the flawed story.
Gameplay: The game plays sort of like a mix of turn based and action rpg elements, and it mixes rather well. The fighting consists of two types of damage. Scratch and direct damage. Direct damage doesn't usually inflict much damage by itself but this is where scratch damage comes from. Scratch damage sticks to the enemies life bar and can be combined with direct damage to inflict maximum damage. One thing to note about the gameplay is that the game is pretty hard when comparing to other recent rpgs.
Sound and graphics: Sounds effects like guns and pushing buttons are probably like you expect, they get the job done. The music is mostly just a bunch of hard rock music, nothing too exciting. A plus about music though is that through the XMB you can play your own music. A very nice feature to have. As for graphics, they're great and hold up well to other games.
Overall despite any flaws, this game is fantastic if you're into shooters/rpgs. There is a lot of strategy and pre-planning involved though so if that's not your style I don't recommend this. There's also a slight learning curve as well as a pretty high difficulty. Still, this is one of the best games I've played on my PS3 and look forward to a sequel.
posted by Marmilin (SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI) Apr 10, 2010
Member since Dec 2005
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I am one of those gamers who laugh at the idea of using a tutorial, but in this game it is pretty much a must. Using a really, funky yet fluid, blend of real time turn based strategy, this game pulls off some really flashy stunts, and insane game mechanics. All that with a steam-punk, post-apocalyptic setting and story, mixes to make one of the greatest games ever right?
Well it is Tri-Ace so don't expect the most gripping thrilling story that would make you rethink your life morals and values. It is, so far pretty standard fare, interesting enough to keep you playing, but will be basic as it can get.
The systems within this game are unique that i haven't seen many others like it, if any at all. The world map consists of hexagons that you use various shapped light squares to 'reveal' thus being able to travel on them. Making the world map itself a mini 'puzzle' game, i stress mini since getting these light squares is a simple matter of murdering more foes. The strategy with this comes in lighting up various energy sources for bonuses. Making the map glow a certain color, think Geosquares in Disgaea, will give that area certain status effects. Cover a dungeon with that color and the entire dungeon has that effect.
Overall both the world map, exploration, and combat systems have been fresh, to a rather stagnant jrpg scene lately. I am 22 hours in and loving it, even if it has some quirky characters and parts. There is also a sort of Barbie dress up deal. Your guns, and accessories are your 'stat' gear and your clothes are basically just whatever you feel like wearing. It gets addictive seeing what new clothes you can buy and what new eye colors, hiar colors, holsters, etc you can deck each character in.
Overall I bought this game and know it'll go unnoticed due to poor advertisement and poor release date, released same day as God of War 3... really?
Excellent game!! Complex, but great battle system.
posted by Chikage (COVINA, CA) Mar 19, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
This game is better than I had imagine.
The steampunk saga is a little over done now but this game, with its post-apocalyptic theme, makes it unique in it own way.
At first, it took me a while to learn the battle system. Took me about 10 mins to get through the tutorial but when I got through it, I realize how crazy this game is.
Shooting your opponent in the air, laying smackdowns on the opponent (no joke, that's what they're called) and creating tri-attacks to demolish the opponent with all your characters.
Pros: The battle system is awesome once you get it. Feels like you're playing some other Matrix movie or game. Music was done by Motoi Sakuraba, composer of the Star Ocean, Tales of Series, and Valkyrie Profile. Unique leveling up system keeps you wanting more.
Cons: The characters on the menu system and battle system look pixelated, which makes them look really awkward. As others were saying, the battle system was really confusing for beginners. Takes 5 gigs of install data for this game, the heck do you need 5 gigs for???