posted by OldSkewlRPGer (KIMBERLING CITY, MO) Jul 12, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
One of the best RPG's i've played in a long time, and I have played alot of RPG's this year. Big story line and 80+hrs of GP if you complete the majority of "sidequests". If your old school like me, and loved the "Ultima Exodus", "Dragon Warrior", and the Original FF games then you'll love this 1!
gamers (85%) found this review helpful
This is the game people like me, and my daughter, have been waiting for. Koei, who makes all the Dynasty Warriors games, finally takes that gameplay engine and put it in an RPG, with European themes. If you love DW, you'll love this, with the except there is no local multiplayer. If you don't love DW, then why are you playing this?
Now as for gameplay, it's identical to DW but you can instantly switch between 3 characters. In fact you eventually gain the ability to switch "in attack" allowing for combo's. However, you never obtain any more characters (to control) than the first 3. Furthermore, unlike DW, you never become so powerful you can just burn through quests, you're always at just the right level to complete a quest. Really though, the easiest way to play is to just upgrade the redhead guys shooting attacks and stand back away from danger.
Lengthwise, this is possibly the longest game I've ever played besides Final Fantasy 3. It gets to the point where you stray away to play something else, but then miss it and come back. Although some of that length comes from visiting every town repeatably to find the next story quest.
Storywise, the game starts-out familiar, but by the end has terrific and sad story.
The music is good, there's endless content, and even a sexy bounty hunter later on. I loved it!
First of all this isn't a bad game by any means. It just lacks in certain areas. Game play- Its hack and slash but has RPG skills to use in combat. You run around kill things get xp and also get money and the occasional item drop. You level up and updrade skills with SP. You can block and evade, which is helpful. Some monsters are huge and you fight about 20 to 30 things at once. That about sums up gameplay.
Graphics- There seems to be some type of grainy filter applied to the overall look of the game. It makes the game look worse. Why they put a filter on i dont know. Unless your on a HD TV this game looks like bad its very dark and hard to see with no gamma option. But in HD it looks decent. Animations are average. Models both character and enemy look good. Effects are nothing spectacular but get the job done.
Presentation- Menus menus menus, thats all you see when your not fighting. Towns-menu, dialogue-chat boxes, and lots more. The only exploration you do is in the games zones. That do have multiple areas but if you don't like that idea watch out for this game. Not only are there a lot of menus but they are generic and plain. Nothing special something you would see on a DS or PSP game not a 60$ 360 game. If it was 40$ that would be the right price. Oh but there are cut scenes that are fully voiced and animated but there are few and they don't last long some only 20 seconds.
Lasting appeal- Well the game has tons of quests most are opttional. Quests are balanced and different. I would say there are about 10 different types of quests. They are fun and each one does feel unique. The game should take you about 20-30 hours if you do all the quests and try to max level to 50. Story is ok but nothing great.
Over all its a decent game. If your a fan of hack and slash rpg you will feel right at home with this game. Just dont let the simple interface and menu system get to you. Its definitely worth a rent or a buy at a cheaper price maybe 40$.