Reading one of the reviews before I actually got this game, I saw someone mentioned this being akin to Dynasty Warrior. This comparison is dead on, but with vast improvements to the Dynasty Warrior's formula. Leveling up skills, new character classes (which aren't even really classes, just additional skill trees), an engrossing storyline, and plenty of things to do outside of the main quest. The lengthy adventure took me 60+ hours and could've taken more because you're constantly looking around (or at least I did) for additional quests, loot, etc.
That said, there could have been plenty more improvements that were not made. You only have 6 skills selected at any time (your tree has 12 total, so half of your skills go to waste), combat is repetitive (when you get fireball, and it's early on, you basically use this spell all day long to lay waste to everything around you), your companions do ok SOMETIMES, but more often than not are useless when you're not in control. Sure, you can switch between them but the second you do, the character you were previously is nowhere near as strong as you were when playing as him/here.
Final Word - Decently fun game if you're in the mood for an action RPG where you just beat up dudes all day long. I enjoyed it because the story wasn't too intense and I could fight battles without having to put much effort in. It was fun, but I didn't have to be invested at all to know what was going on. Kill the bad guy who murdered your dad? Got it. Find the item? No doubt. Kill xyz monster in such and such a forest? Easy. While I do love very involved RPG's with lengthy, complex storylines and intricate characters, it was nice to just sit back, relax, and take down an entire legion of bad guys without having to pay attention to every little detail.
posted by OldSkewlRPGer (KIMBERLING CITY, MO) Jul 12, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
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!