posted by skelecopter (MURRYSVILLE, PA) Aug 2, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I rented this expecting it to be pretty bad but i really was looking forward to a jrpg, haven't played one in a while. Anyways there are definitely flaws with this game, but its mostly in the learning curve. It is very unforgiving in the beginning, and if you don't put time into the optional tutorials you're going to be totally clueless and suck at it. Another huge flaw is the save system, it can screw you if you aren't vigilant and make sure you stay on top of saving. It reminds me of the older school rpgs in this regard.
Also when you start you will be given two pistols and a smg for your three players. It doesn't suggest this, but its a must, you HAVE to switch these weapons around and level up everything equally on everyone. It will make the game dramatically easier because every level you get increases your HP. So instead of having your players have one weapon at level 10 and 2 more at level 1 (giving them an overall level of 12). They have a level 8 in everything and are level 24 and have dramatically more hp. Yeah it's confusing if you aren't playing it, sorry...
Then you have to master the tri attacks and how scratch damage works. I found this game to be extremely fun, even though it's really not even a jrpg. The combat is totally unique, the story is totally unique. There are almost none of the annoying stereotypes that a lot of jrpgs have...like the mandatory annoying little kid character for instance is absent in this game. The scenery is really interesting and i've never seen anything like it before in a game.
In a sentence, just ride out the difficult beginning and you will really enjoy the game. I was disappointed there was no option to keep it from gamefly, but i managed to snag it on amazon for cheap. I put in like 15 hours and im only a fraction of the way through (i grinded levels out a lot)
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
If you're a Final Fantasy fan, then this is the game for you. If you're not... Well, you'll probably hate this game.
The graphics are wonderful, the worlds are fully interactive and have the depth of an underwater trench, and it's obvious that the designers put a great deal of effort into this game... But that doesn't change the fact that your game-play is going to be endless fetch-quests and constant trekking across the beautiful landscapes.
To put it another way, this is for people who prefer style over gameplay, and freedom over action. It's in no way a bad game, it's just not for everyone. 5/10
Graphics: 8/10 The overall area is bleak and just different shades of gray. When you think about the fact that they are living in a giant tower made of metal then I guess it's not so bad. When you go into battle is when it gets good. The "Hero Actions" are like watching a movie. Heck, when you're in a battle it's more like you're in a movie then in a video game.
Sound: 9/10 The music for this game is nice. Not the best music out there but it's good. The voice acting on the other hand is top notch. It's adorable without being annoying.
Gameplay: 8/10 This is where it gets a little weird. The battles are kind of hard to get used to. You really need to go to The Arena and do the training missions. Since the actual story path doesn't really teach you how to play at all. You play with guns pretty much, but there are a ton of things you can do and if you don't do the tutorials you will lose the ability to do some very life saving moves.
Story: 8/10 It's so subtle it's almost as if it's not really there. After every chapter you get an Fmv to move the story along a little bit. That's about it.
Overall this game is fun to play but has a bit of a learning curve and you may want to study up I guess on how to do everything. Once you get the hang of it though it turns into a rather enjoyable game.