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Not as good as I wanted it to be
posted by bcwent (EWING, NJ) Sep 4, 2013
Member since Sep 2013
I could deal with that, but the battle system is designed around having three characters, and you cannot do any remotely powerful moves unless all three are positioned correctly in the battle area. Problem is, there are whole sections of game where one of your characters wanders off due to a story point. I got so frustrated trying to battle with only two characters that I just abandoned the game around level 6 or so. I never quit games, especially RPGs. The frustration just eclipsed the fun, so I moved on.
I would recommend renting this game before buying.
posted by archangel2596 (BETHLEHEM, PA) May 15, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
posted by shadowshero501 (ELGIN, IL) Apr 13, 2013
Member since Apr 2013
good but not for me
posted by Le22az (PHOENIX, AZ) Apr 7, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
not that tight
posted by mizzery9 (EUDORA, KS) Feb 7, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
posted by Darkanda316 (LAKEWOOD, WA) Dec 12, 2012
Member since Sep 2012
posted by Cuddlebuns (DEER PARK, WA) Sep 8, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
posted by pwick1 (AUSTELL, GA) Jun 18, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
OK game until a certain point
posted by Kirutshu (BIRMINGHAM, AL) Jun 12, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
Bottom Line:The difficulty on easy is fairly easy,until Chapter 6,its worth renting but prepare to ragequit on Chapter 6,i initially regarded this game as terrible,i immediately sent it back during Chapter 6,in hindsight,it was my fault for not grinding enough and the games fault for making it so hard to grind
this is a first for me -.-
posted by omegafate (SPENCERVILLE, OH) May 24, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
so basically the game just look pretty, but caters to the more extreme rpg or mmorpg fan than the everyday rpg/mmorpg casual fan.
posted by kreyes19 (NEW YORK, NY) May 10, 2012
Member since Oct 2010
A lot of potential but...
posted by Zoxx (EPWORTH, GA) Mar 25, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
Missions, Graphics, Exploration
posted by Arshus1 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Dec 30, 2011
Member since Apr 2010
don't like it
posted by garsterj (WOODRUFF, WI) Dec 5, 2011
Member since Dec 2011
One of a Few Solid RPGs for PS3.
posted by BaIIsweat (MEDFORD, OR) Sep 25, 2011
Member since May 2011
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Firstly, kudos to Sega for a truly innovative and new battle-system that took some time to wrap my head completely around, but not long enough that I even came close to giving up. There have been sooooo many games that have tried new battle-systems for RPGs that just ended up disappointing me miserably. This isn't one of them. The battle system is pretty epic once you get the hang of out. For the slower learners, it might take awhile to get used to, but trust me when I say it's worth it.
The story is fairly decent, but not as captivating as I would like from an RPG. There are also menial side quests and an arena that you can participate in for additional rewards. I would've really liked to see more to this story, and for it to be more engaging. There are a couple of gaps, and you never really feel like the story is concluded, let alone truly started.
The upgrade system for weapons attachments is kind of ridiculous, but I'm sort of into figuring out what pieces I can put together in a puzzle in order to optimize my guns. It adds a bit of thinking, not much, and isn't completely necessary. You don't need to really have the best set-up to succeed. So, players who don't wanna bother hunting for certain pieces, etc. can just strap on whatever they can and it'll be fine, but for people who want the best they can opt to make the best.
It has some solid replay value too, but after doing all of the arena fights I needed a break before starting my new game +. I think anyone willing to take on a new, innovative battle-system with a decent story behind it will thoroughly enjoy this game. It's definitely worth a rent, and probably worthy of a purchase.
Underrated: Long and Difficult, but Worth a Play
posted by Dunric (DULUTH, MN) Sep 4, 2011
Member since Nov 2010
Game itself is pretty unique, seems a bit redundant in places, but overall it works.
Storyline is very interesting, conceptually, but it's really hard to understand the causes and effects for everything--I actually had to look up the game's plot after beating it (granted, it took me maybe 3-4 weeks of semi casual playing, ~100 hrs) to better understand exactly why some of the characters do what they do. I like the idea for the story, but it feels like big pieces are left out.
The characters themselves are very well done, graphics, sound effects and music are all amazing.
Not So Good
posted by Krazoom (CHICAGO, IL) Aug 22, 2011
Member since Mar 2009
You'll either love it or hate it
posted by killquick4 (HOMESTEAD, PA) Jun 30, 2011
Member since Oct 2010
-Very Challenging and requires you to plan many turns ahead before making a move
-Movement of enemies requires you to think if your move will kill you or win you a fight
-The combat system is very enjoyable once you get it down.
-The game doesn't hold your hand and play for you
-The hero gauge is WAY to short for the first half of the game
- Casual gamers ( like myself) will enjoy the game overall but hate more of it than the hardcore gamers.
- Boss Battles are insanely to hard in the beggining and this will discourage alot of players
- the hero gauge depletes to easy and you'll find yourself close to winning a battle then sitting in a corner until you get killed
Overall the game is fun for the hardcore RPG players but for the casual Gamers then this title should be avoided as it will annoy you more than you will find entertainment from it.
Promising without Delivery.
posted by Deception613 (VASSAR, MI) Jun 16, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
I am sorry to say that this was not one of SEGA's master pieces. The graphics and structure of the Full Motion Video's was breath taking to say the least, and the idea's of the story line were marvelous. On the other hand, much like my Title, the game did not deliver.
I would rate the poorly managed battle system a 6 out of 10. The lack of an item system made a person rely on Leanne for a good majority, and when she becomes a heavy hitter, it is entirely wasted.
There is a lot I can say about this game, and I am sore to say that after a good 200 hours of playing, I was not impressed. A tip for all of you readers, who take the time to read reviews before you rent-
This game is nothing more than a "shelver". You take it out when you are bored, but that is about it. Best advice? Buy it used, unless you are a die-hard SEGA fan. Keep it for a rainy day, but do not invest your last $40 for a disappointment.
Fun and Flawed.
posted by Isomemory (WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OH) Jun 8, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
With that being said, that doesn't mean that the game is horrible by any means. Allow me to Explain.
Without going to far into detail, the first thing that will grab you about this game is that it's combat system is pretty fantastic. Unfortunately, from the moment you get into your first battle, the combat system never really changes at all and that pretty much killed it for me.
- Fantastic Combat System
- Unique steampunk setting
- Interesting and likable main characters
- Fun weapon customizing system
- Ability to customize character clothing
- Above average voice acting (for most of the cast)
- Combat Arena
- Unique and fun "World Map" system
- Neat enemy models
- Combat never really changes
- The story is uninteresting and has severe pacing issues
- The majority of the game is spent pretty much in combat, which despite being fun, becomes mind numbingly repetetive
- Weapon's do not change when you equip them with custome parts (makes sense when you see how absurd you can make them look on the schematic screen, but is still dissapointing
- Graphics are kind of hit or miss.
- The soundtrack becomes quite annoying after a while
- Lack of character depth
With all of that, I still think that if you enjoy JRPG's and are dying to play something unique and different from what you're used to, I think you should definately give this a shot.
not what i thought
posted by olicapone (YORBA LINDA, CA) May 20, 2011
Member since Sep 2010
posted by djbeatzzz (WEST NEW YORK, NJ) May 7, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
Fresh perspective on the RPG World
posted by revenger68 (PHOENIX, AZ) Apr 3, 2011
Member since May 2010
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The characters are well-developed and have a unique story. I found myself loving this game right out of the box. Graphics are great, animation is fluid and combat is refreshingly unique to any other RPG I've played with a perfect balance of tactic and variety. Combat may seem complex at first, but it's quite easy to grasp. On top of that there are interactive tutorials to show you every step of the game.
If you forget how to pull off a technique, or are stuck: there is an in-game manual you can pause and go to at any time from anywhere in the game, even in combat.
All I can say is it's a refreshing change in the typical "Am I going to be a mage or a swordsman?" type of mentality most RPG's have. I think of this as a turn-based game with the pace of live-action. It's well worth the rent, if not buy (I'm buying this!).
Last but far from least: the game has FANTASTIC sound. If you have a surround sound system this game was designed for it. There is even a configuration utility in-game for configuring sound. I found this to have the best audio i've heard in a RPG for quite some time.
A unique experience
posted by coldzero (PELHAM, AL) Mar 5, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
I haven't gotten fully into the story yet, but what I've seen is well done. The graphics could be a little better, but I feel like the creators achieved the look they were wanting. The characters seem to be decently well thought out, as all three main characters appear to have a full, distinct personality all their own. I would take three well done characters over twenty static space takers any day.
I can't say much more as I've only completed the first three or four chapters of the game, but I will say that it is a nice change, and a breath of fresh air when the market seems full of remakes and retellings of the same old thing.
Its nice to know that sometimes an original idea can still be formed and put together decently enough to be considered a solid game.
It isn't going to be for people that just want a quick, easy game. The rest of us though that are looking for a challenge might find this game to be what we're looking for.
Master the triangle and gun damage
posted by BAH315 (TOLEDO, OH) Feb 18, 2011
Member since May 2010
4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful