I rented this game after it popped up on the side under related games on GameSpot while looking at another (cant remember what game it was). I read the professional review BEFORE I came to this site and saw the weak reviews. So in essence I was prepared for the really sharp learning curve and boring backgrounds. I believe if I wasnt enlightened by the review I would have disregarded this great game as well. It is not a 10 but I gave it one in hopes that it would counter act other really unfair scores. As the title suggests you have to be patient. It would also be helpful if you are creative. This game is not rocket science but it requires you to do a lot of reading and work in the beginning in order to fully enjoy it. It is a very artsy and funny game. It does have a bit of raunchy humor at times so its not for kids, but very enjoyable for your run of the mill adult gamer. I suspect that most of these bad reviews are from kids with attention problems because it does require you to learn a new fighting mechanic. It is semi turn based. Its not like the old fashion I hit you you hit me RPG but more I plan my attack then execute and we see how you react kinda thing. If you control your character while fighting it then becomes realtime (moving your character or shooting activates realtime.).
Your creativity comes in to play when you learn the mechanics and want to fully utilize the awesome bonus system. For instance jumping during an attack seems to help you dodge better when you are drawing fire and it lengthens the attack just a bit but running gives you a better chance of air juggling. So during an tri-attack leave at least one character on the ground to get the best of both worlds.
posted by KristophG (CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH) Mar 31, 2010
Member since Nov 2009
gamers (44%) found this review helpful
Resonance of Fate, probably one of the best RPG's so far this year I have played. The is so much to do in this game it is astounding.
First off that really held me with this game is the battle system. It is Valkyrie Profile 2 with Guns. You can move in real time but you have a time gauge on how far you can go before it changes to the next player or when the enemy attacks. You can do three kinds of attacks, your normal attack, Hero attack, and Tri-Attack. The Normal attack is where you stand in one place and let your gun charge up and shoot but you maybe hit in the process if you are not fast enough, the Hero attack is where you run (and you are invincible) as the meter charges up in your gun and you can unleash heck, and the Tri-Attack when all your characters attack at once. There is a meter called the Hero Meter and it starts with three at the bottom but it eventually grows bigger when you defeat bosses. If your Hero gauge is depleted you are in "panic mode" where you can take Direct Damage instead of Scratch Damage. I will explain that in a minute and if you die, you can pay a certain amount to try again so it is not too hard on the new players to send them back to where they saved last.
Scratch Damage comes from Machine Guns and Direct Damage comes from Pistols. If you do a ton of scratch damage, be sure to hit the same enemy with a pistol for some devastating Direct damage.
The Characters, Vashyron, Zephyr, and Leanne are really likable and believable characters. They don't always fight the troubles but they also pick on each other and act like friends do in real life, so it is a nice breath of fresh air instead of the cliche "save the world" plot so we all need to be serious business.
You can customize your pistols and machine guns into super weapons depending on the items you make through Item Creation. The story is average but not bad in the slightest, graphics are beautiful and the music is astounding and awesome gameplay. Well done Tri-Ace