gamers (94%) found this review helpful
After reading previews for the game I was not bowled over. After playing it, however, I'm sold. It turned out to be a pretty solid, unique RPG title.
The story is slow paced at first but really picks up in the middle chapters. It's not as epic an outline as many RPGs but it does well pushing the game forward. The game takes place on a tower city with multiple levels. The rich on top and the poor at the bottom. The bulk of your missions will take place here. The world map is divided into hexagons to form a grid. At first only certain points are open and you must defeat enemies to acquire hexes to advance on the map. Regular hexes and energy hexes make most of your list. Regular hexes uncover paths while energy hexes open up new areas and dungeons normal hexes cannot open. It sounds complicated but is really quite simple.
The combat is the highlight of this title. An RPG centered on guns and grenades. Not swords and magic. I was hooked immediately. The guns are fully upgradable with many different parts and effects. Very cool to tinker with the guns. Once combat begins it is quick and action packed. Hero moves provide great moments of gun play that musty be balanced against loss of your hero gauge which keeps your party going. Each hero move depletes it but killing an enemy or doing large damage will refill it one or more spaces. So really you begin in wait mode, survey your enemies who you can target at any time and decide the best course of action. One a character moves a turn begins and all enemies begin movement. When you stop they stop and so on. Some battles may have an enemy "leader" and defeating him is an automatic win. Overall a very fun system.
You level up as your guns do and your guns level up as they are used. As well as thrown items like grenades. More use, more exp. Simple, no. Lots of side missions, and character customization is cool. Lots of outfits and odds and ends that you can play with. They even show up in cut scenes.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I can honestly say that Resonance of fate has entered my Top 10 list of favorite games of all time. The graphics are simply beautiful and the gameplay brings on a fresh look to RPGs away from the "press one button to attack" mechanics of others.
Now I'm not going to lie. If you are new to RPGs, it would be wise to try one or two others before you try this one as it is not noob friendly, especially since this is a game developed by Tri-Ace who are known to make challenging games.
For one, it's highly recommended that you go to the Arena located a little to the side of the city you start in because the game does not give you an in-game tutorial through the beginning of the game like other RPGs and the last thing you want to do is go into battles with no knowledge of how to do stuff in this game because you will get murdered. However, if you do go to the Arena, the tutorial they give there will teach you everything that you need to know to play this game.
Secondly, this game offers amazing customization from the look of the characters to the abilities of the guns. A warning though. Gun customization takes a little while to get used to as there isn't an in-depth tutorial for the guns but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy.
Ah, one more thing. Leveling up works in a unique way in this game. Instead of gaining EXP for the character, you earn it for your weapons and the level that you are on is equal to the sum of the levels on your guns. So if your handgun was at LV19, your machine gun was at LV20 and your grenades were at LV13, your character would be at LV52.
The one thing that I do not like is that although there is a story, it is hardly deep enough to the point where you have to put the pieces together yourself. Otherwise i have no complaints.
So if you like a challenge in your games, this is a must.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Hello one and all!!
If you are an RPG fan than this game is for you! Lets get the negatives out of the way first. If you are a fan of having many different options well touph luck, the 3 characters you see on the game case are the only ones you use. The game makes up for this by allowing the user access to an impressive amount of outfits to customize the characters with.
The story itself while interesting is not explained very well and infact this gamer was only more confused with every cutscene, which were by the way very beautiful and detailed; Square Enix would be proud. However there is a good bit of comedy thrown in that makes the cutscenes worth watching.
Luckily,this game really shines where it matters, the battle system. Battles are fast and exciting and often require original thinking, at first. The battles never stop being fun mainly because of the complexity of the battle system itself mixed with the different enemy types and insane amount of slow motion flips. Unfortunately, later on near the end of the game it become a rinse and repeat cycle with every battle, while this doesn't make the battles less fun its just kind of a bummer. There is a small problem with failing as small mistakes in battle can cost you immensly to a point where it almost seems unfair, luckily this was a rare occurence.
All in all I invite anyone who is an RPG fan to give this game at least a full day before you decide it is unworthy because while this game may have its issues its never enough to ruin the experience. For those of you who have played many RPGs and want something new please give this game a real chance.