I really don't know about this one.... It has some tactical variety, but it comes across a bit bland... I spent the majority of my time reading text, but there is some combat to be had... Nothing really stands out in this game... It is tactical and it has some value, but the story seems a little on the dry side... I may be a bit harsher then I need to be... The game has something of a "yeah, so what?"feel to it.. Try before you buy!
Were you one of those people who was fascinated by the Final Fantasy 8 Junction System? Was the combat grid & turn order list of Radiant Historia a compelling take on RPG combat? Was the tale woven by childhood friends Sora, Riku, and Kairi a tearjerker in your mind?
A yes to any of the above means that this is the next end-of-life PSP game that is going to fly under your radar. This import is a story-driven, character focused, somewhat steampunk fantasy romp that, get this, stars a flawed-but-likeable female protagonist.
I could waste the next 1000 characters with flowery words on how this game is great and it's a shame so many are going to miss it, but I will instead shoot as straight as possible. If any of the above has even remotely piqued your interest, put this in your Q now. If you hate well-translated JRPGs, true strategic turn-based combat, or do not own or already traded in your PSP, go ahead and join everyone else who will overlook this solid gaming experience.
This might not be a great review, just wanted to let everybody know that this game is pretty good. It's a turn-based RPG, but instead of random encounters you enter battle whenever you touch an enemy. There could have been more options for magic use, but what they have is good enough.
I gave this game a 6, because it's good not great. I've played over 70 hours on this title, and never got bored. The dialogue is interesting enough and there is enough to do as you travel the kingdom uncovering mysteries & plot twists while at the same time searching for your father.
You encounter various colorful characters who temporarily join your team in each section of the country, but the main characters are Estelle & her (adopted) brother Josh.
Rent the game, there is enough to keep you entertained and busy for a while!