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It isn't That bad of a game, but it is Still far from perfect..
This game is a diablo clone, but it seems to lack a lot of variety in the loot... The story itself has quite a few twists and turns, and never assume a an endings meaning to be properly translated... The True ending is really what happens when an evil prophecy comes true, and NOT a form of "canon" in that sense of the term.. The game is not with out its shallow moments for the amount button-mashing you will end up doing.... how shallow does this game get? there are five weapons in this game.. They are a sword, a hammer, a spear, a lance, and the long range weapon the staff... I would guess the game would be great at a clearance price, of 20 dollars or less, but if you have money burning a hole in your pocket you might snag the game for about the range of 30 or so... it isn't really worth more than that though... NIS used to make games that were surprisingly deep, but they seem to have stumbled in their path... A lot of their games are turning out to be cheaper efforts than what they used to be... NIS!! TRY MAKING YOUR GAMES DEEPER!!! Give us more weapons and tactical variety and we won't gripe so much!!! This game has pretty high production values, but if only they could have added a wider selection of weapons and talents we easily could have forgiven a lower production quality.... NIS, get your act in gear!!!
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To start, the game crashed multiple times. Twice resulting in file system corruption on my PS3 which fortunately was able to auto repair.
The game is just filled with boring game-play and useless features. Items you buy from shops, mostly weapons, are junk compared to what you find out in the field so it's rare that you might actually buy ANYTHING from the shops. What they don't sell are items to replenish Gigacals (GC), which is like your energy meter which constantly drains. You can consume enemies for GC but you don't get much from most enemies and your inventory fills up with garbage real fast. You can't discard items j(unless you obtain a special one use item) or use items you find until you return to base so inventory management is a bit of a pain.
The levels are needlessly long and littered with twists and dead ends. What should take a few minutes can take hours depending on the level and if you have to mess around with switches or jump spots or teleporters. They all tend to be generic and long and get very tedious to traverse. This in addition to your constant GC drain management adds to the dull experience.
You can raid houses for items, but most of the items are useless and raiding raises your Karma. This affects prices at shops, but since you probably would buy anything it doesn't matter, which also makes money near pointless. Through the whole game I bought only one weapon everything else I found.
Probably the only good thing is the colorful array of NPCs. The witch is sadistic and crude which makes her dialog pretty funny. The butler is lazy and laid back and says "Yes..." a lot. The Hundred Knight looks like a squashed knight with long arms and big hands.
Some may like it, other may not.
Excessively large levels.
Poor inventory management system
Boring game play.
Long load times.
Don't trust all the negative feedback this game is getting. The worst thing about is is the camera angle, but you can rotate it, there is a lot of objects that block vision above you so you are constantly turning the camera to see what is going on. The combat system is fun and very easy to pick up. Enemies are weak to magic, crush, or slash attacks so setting your combat style up for every level is very important or you will just be taking way to long. I see a lot of complaint about the long dialogues between characters and I find it really amusing and fun to watch. If you like anime's such as Soul Eater you will enjoy this game. The humor is great, I lol every time the witch starts talking and the expressions that Hundred Knight has are hysterical. The story is amazing, the graphics are nice. Boss fights can be challenging if you don't go into overpower mode, then it just becomes to easy. If you are into anime, have a sense of humor, and like long games give this one a go.
In my opinion, the game was pretty fun. I enjoyed the battle system and game play. The camera angles can be frustrating and there is a lot of cut scenes and dialogue to get through. Also, the dialogue itself can be very crude and even pretty offensive! The story wasn't boring and I kept coming back to play more and finish the game. Though I did find ALL the NPC's rather annoying. The stages and dungeons are long and take patience, but in the end, the game is very much worth the time and effort.
Sometimes you get in a groove. You try to level up and maybe you do this over two levels without saving (I didn't see an option for auto saves) and as you are finishing the level to reap your rewards the game freezes. It's not so bad if the levels weren't so confusing. Needless to say I packed it up shortly afterwards to return it. If you hate doing things twice then don't play this game. Apparently it freezes often (after doing online research).
I played this game for several hours and found it enjoyable. As other gamers have pointed out there is a lot of dialogue, but thankfully most of it can be fast forwarded over and doesn't have an effect on the outcome of the game. I can't give a true assessment because they game kept randomly resetting the system. I don't know whether it is a software glitch or a bad disc, but if you enjoyed Tales of Symphonia or other similar RPGs this might be worth a try.