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GF Rating
7.2

585 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not so non-linear..

posted by Henjin (ALDERPOINT, CA) Jun 20, 2006

Member since Apr 2006

9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Steambot Chronicles is set in a semi-Steam punk universe where everything is done with "Trotbots" or is it "Trotmobot"? Not the point, they're basicly customizable mechs. They're used for everything from farming to fighting.
Your character wakes up on the beach with no memory, you meet a girl, get shot at and then you're off in the trotmobot.
I found myself waiting for the part where it gets non-linear, and it didn't come. I think what they're labeling non-linear is the fact that you can wait as long as you want between story arcs, but some ares are still blocked to you. Some the things promised in the tag line aren't totally apparent at first glance.
This is not to say that game is bad, in fact it's quite good. The story is a little predictable and some what convoluted but it does it's job. It controls somewhat akin to Katamari, you use both control sticks to move your robot around. The game is riddled with musical mini games, if you don't like rythem games, you should probably pass on this one. There are many elements similar to Animal Crossing, there's museum to stock, a house to furnish, fossils to collect and errands to run for people.
Even if it's not as non-linear as marketed, it's a very good game. There's a lot of replay value to find in this game, whether it's doing the story again and choosing different routes or just playing around with your robot in battle arenas. Steambot Chronicles is worth a look for any RPG fan.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Steambot Chronicles- Best game since Zelda

posted by Ravenkliff (CLOVER, SC) Jun 9, 2006

Member since Jun 2006

13 out of 14 gamers (93%) found this review helpful

This is one of those games that you see an ad for in a magazine and instantly think its one of those games that are trying to be RPGs but seem more like college roommates made as a graphic design project rather than a real company game.
Once you pop it in your PS2, however, you would realize how ridiculous that was. it is a true RPG adventure nothing short of AWESOME. many people complain about that control system of the Trotmobiles, but i think its really fun! a Trotmobile isn't suppose to be a giant human with as much agility as a little one, it's suppose to be a heavy, industrial revolution style clunker! If you want a game that will make you feel like your playing Gundam Wing- RPG edition, this isn't for you.
However, if you want a game that makes you feel like your driving a vintage auto mobile from 2245, yet set in the 1800s, anime style, then play this. I am warning you though, these aren't your average mechs, there like the first time a mech was invented.
Great graphics, cool story, great open-endedness, and a game that we all can enjoy.
The only things holding it back from a ten is that everyones name is a food item I.g. main character named Vannila Beans, and that the characters could be better, they kinda seem less like real peoplle and more like robotss programed to act like a human with a sub-par operating chip. Nonetheless, it still rules.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A truly non-linear game

posted by rpger19 (ARLINGTON, WA) Jan 20, 2007

Member since Aug 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is my personal favorite, and if this wasn't critique, I'd give it a 15/10. But, there are problems with this game that keep it below a perfect: The voice acting for Vanilla sounds really awkward. There's not much music while you travel. The story is a little too open-ended. You have to look for people, with no clue given to their specific whereabouts, except for the town they're in/nearby. The loading times can get annoying. And, the character models don't move very smoothly.

Now, for the good: There are so many different choices in the game. You can do so many things. You can be so many occupations. The battles are fun. The song system is greatly enjoyable, and does a good job of staying to the beat of the song. There's just so many things to do in this game! You can go on dates, you can farm, you can be a trader, you can be a policeman, you can be a taxi driver, you can be an archeologist, you can be part of an evil secret society, you can be in a band...the list goes on and on.

All in all...This game will not be enjoyable to you if you're looking for your typical RPG, or your typical ARPG. But, if you really enjoy sidequests on RPG's, then this game's unique style should cater to your tastes. I know it did for me. The improvements I could hope to see in a sequel (now word at all about one...) are more interaction using Vanilla, and not only being able to venture in a trotmobile. More story would be cool too

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