I was looking for a good JRPG since there had not been many good ones on PS3, so i got this on a whim.
The opening cutscene was very nice. It was amazing CGI like something Square Enix had done. This made me very excited to play it since i thought there would be a bunch of these sweet cutscenes through out.
Game starts out pretty well... create your own character, join main characters in a random story to get some wine, fight some mobs to learn the combat system.
About 30mins to 1 hour in, the main story comes in. It is looking great :) I am playing as the white knight and its really powerful.
Now, it all goes down hill. The princess is captured Bowser style :P
Follow random story -> fight to save her... whoops, she gets taken away.
Follow random story -> fight to save her... whoops, she gets taken away.... AGAIN.
There is no life to the characters. They just accept the way things happen in game like a poor amateur drama. The fights are plain, and the boss battles are unfulfilling and boring :(
I was thinking to stop playing, but i checked the walkthrough and i had apparently gone more than half way already. Boy that was fast. The whole game tries to slow you down so you dont finish it in afew hours. Eldore repeatedly says "Lets make camp" and while he is not saying it... cutscene forces us to stop. To regenerate HP and MP (hp = blue and mp = green... whose idea was that?) you have to WAIT around.
The maps are either simple linear and boring... or annoying because you have to run around, come back to the start... run off and come back again (the map with the switches is the worst).
They boast that there are 450 weapons and around 600 items. The items are stupidly done. Like in the shop, there is a ring that gives "Def+1 INT+3". Then there is a ring that is "Def+1 INT+3 SPR-3". Why have a ring that is exactly the same, but one with a negative attribute in the same shop???!? Easy to fill this 600 item claim.
I think it would be easier to list what is good about the game:
1. Music - Fantastic music. I want to get its Soundtrack :D
2. Graphics - Pretty decent, nice controls too.
3. Online game play - Doing quests with friends is fun... defiantly beats story mode.
This game is only worth £5... really :(