posted by dasdaashiyura (BOONEVILLE, AR) Jun 19, 2014
Member since Jan 2013
The 2D graphics are beautifully animated, even in battle, but the gameplay wasn't what I expected; it has some funny moments, but the characters are generic, stereotypical, and overall- annoying. I thought the fighting was slow and uninspired, too- I just kept pressing the same button to attack over and over again, and healed every few battles. After a few minutes, it was tedious and boring, and you run in to battles constantly while walking around, much like a turn-based RPG, although this one, you attack as you dictate with little to no movement. No strategy involved. Unless you really want to know the story, it isn't really worth the time it takes to get through even just one area. The environments are boring, too- they're empty, with hardly any decoration. The only place that was decorated was your house, but it was during a cutscene, so you can't move or interact with anything. If you want something more fast-paced, with a good story, graphics, and actually interactive battles with a strategic feel to them, try the Kingdom Hearts series (the second is the best, in my opinion, but you should start with the first, if you want to know the story). There are different worlds (Disney-based), things to collect and do, and plenty of enemies and ways to fight. Final Fantasy is a great series, too, and their characters are featured in Kingdom Hearts as well, as your allies. But seriously, you could probably find a cut scene collection on YouTube for this game if you really want to know what it's like.
And if you end up liking this game, hey, that's good for you- you have far more patience than I.
I had high hopes for this game but was very disappointed. The graphics look cheap, the characters are boring and perverted, and the story made me fall asleep. I didn't like the traveling or battles at all, enemies are cheap and bothersome to fight. The only thing I liked about it was it had some comedy at times, but that's about it. I couldn't even get through half the game I was so bored to death.
But that's my opinion. Rent it, don't buy it.
posted by BloodyButterfly (LINCOLN PARK, MI) Apr 18, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with NIS America. On one hand, I love their games themselves. RPGs with generous use of dating sim mechanics is a plus for me. On the other hand, the company seems to have a habit of not properly and fully testing their NA releases (Ar Tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica and Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love being good examples) for playability issues. It's for this reason I was hesitant to play this at first...
So far it doesn't seem to have the issue that causes the hate half of my relationship with the production company. But I'm not done yet, and Melody of Metafalica's major issue was near the end of the game (a game breaking glitch in the penultimate boss) so it could be that I just haven't found it yet.
But overall, like other games I've played from the company,I enjoy it. It has its issues (like the stilted animation in conversations as many other reviews have mentioned), but it has a very interesting story and unique gameplay that while it took some getting used to at first,I actually enjoy now that I've gotten the hang of it. I picked up a copy of my own from my local GameStop (getting it for free on a buy two get one free deal is always better than spending the money to keep my rented copy from the site XD), and while I don't think it will appeal to everyone (either because of the genre, gameplay, or whatever other reasons) I think it's at least worth a rent to see if it appeals to you rather than assuming it's awful because it didn't appeal to some others.