This game is more of a Cult Classic. It is an import from a very successful series in Japan. That being said we Americans are wusses when it comes to difficulties in our games. "Normal" in this game should be considered "HardCore". Each time you start you have no items and must grind to get them again. "Easy" allows you to keep your items but make sure you always have an escape scroll handy.
Also this game is not a dungeon crawler but more along the lines of a Tactics. It is turn by turn you move and your allies move then the enemy. You can take control directly of your allies and switch between them easily or give them standing orders on what you want them to do.
The story is quite interesting using time travel of 1,000 years and in between, to alter the present. The music while basic stays true to its roots. It also doesn't detract from the game. The graphics for the system they are on are great.
In short this game is not for casual players. The Average review sadly does not take into account that many probably got this game for an RPG and not a tactics well worth the rent.
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It is not a good sign when the leading character is a carefree wanderer. All you do is go from here to there without a care. Story? Who needs a story? Who cares if the leading characters do the right thing or not if all they do is walk mindlessly from one place to another?
In Shiren the Wanderer, you play as the title character, and you and your Sensei are our to find a castle.
But all this is just an excuse for you to do some dungeon crawling (like many RPGs) This part of the game has you and your partner(s) wandering about, beating up monsters, gathering up money. It is also the part that many RPG players will enjoy. (I find some of the dungeons a little too large and repetitive for my tastes).
It would be even better if this game wasn’t stuck in last gen mode, but it is. The graphics are lacking, every conversation is text driven, there are almost no cut scenes to uncover, and the story is very bland. I really had no interest in finding out if Shiren and his Sensei find that castle or not.
Another big problem this game has is the archaic save system where the game determines when you can save your game. This can lead to major frustration when I get killed in a dungeon and get sent back to the last save point and have to go through a large part of the game a second time. Guys, the player should decide when the game gets saved, not the game makers.
Shiren the Wanderer is a game for those of us who enjoy an old school type of RPG, but the rest of us can look elsewhere. SKIP IT.