Top critical review
Okay game but there is a lot better out there with a lot less flaws
on 1 March 2016
The game is a hit or miss style sadly, this review is based only upon 10hours or so playing, but i think i have gotten a good enough idea how this is going to say what i think.
The art/animation, this is something i rarely mentioned, mainly due to i have little to say, in this case however, i have both good and bad.
The sprites look great, i love the design and whilst i wont deny it does take some getting used to from the standard Neptunia or Xillia sprites, they do look great, kind of reminds me of an anime in some parts. The downside here is the animation, ignoring lip sync's non existence (it's a small issue which even Atelier games are only just getting right, and yes this is with Japanese voice, aka the original), characters seem to have to do actions when talking, the constant out of place arm movements to leg movements is a bit off to me, it feels so cheap and out of place. I think they wanted to show it was more alive but if still sprites wasn't their thing, go for Neptunia style, they breathe, react when needed and have facial expressions but DON'T randomly move arms around and pull random poses. The camera is awful as well, the Drake following you bounces of scenery which looks so cheap and stupid, it also pushes you making it look ugly and badly animated, he is flying, why are invisible walls a problem for him? The rotation feels odd, it doesn't help your character needs to turn to say hi when you rotate the right stick, yes i see you, no need to turn around.In short, the camera angles are bad and terrain movements is bad when near edges, especially with drake.
In short, they tried to be more than needed, the art is nice but the animation ruins it, so i can't give it the praise much there.
Music... oddly is complimented by many, i found it annoying, most field music is fine though the loop is too short, all RPG musics usually loop but not play like 5-10 seconds and loop, but no real issue there, it's the music in your house, during cut-scenes and talking segments, the music is so cheesy, yes the game feels that way but it really is just horrible, i got tempted to skip through so much scenes just to end the music. Voice is worse, as mentioned i played JP voices, this is always a safe bet, a lot of games have only partly dubbed voices and honestly, english casts are just bad in JRPG's for some reason, they never feel fitting. I didn't try the english cast but the Japanese is horrible, english can't be so bad, surely? The guy/main dude drives me insane, his horrible cries out give me headaches and i commonly skip his pointless lines just to silence him.The friends are a bit meh as well, though Toki was quite well done, towa wasn't all bad either.
Battles at first felt unique, if it isn't apparent yet, i play a lot of JRPG games so i am used to lots of styles, so a new one was welcome. Sadly it got old quick, shoot x amount of times, dodge, magic ect, it gets old, there is no life to it, you learn enemy attack patterns after a single battle making it more boring quicker, sadly due to enemies being grouped but only letting you hit one at a time, it gets boring even quicker. As you level, you change between Touwa and Toki, this feels like a sad novelty to me, it was fun for 3 levels but why can't i just play my favourite of the two, i don't care for Towa, the badass over innocent never worked for me and her hair bugs me (she isn't a bad character don't get me wrong, i just like Toki more), you find levels playing people you don't want to, and other than Towa being good with close combat and Toki being better with a gun (which is more useful with it being the default method of combat anyway) there isn't much difference and it just feels sad. The games story apparently apparently is different by which you are at the time (I guess it means the scenes dialogue) but that means grinding to play the next segment as your favourite. In short, it feels like a strange but pointless feature which only lasts about 15 minutes before boring it's user.
The story is cheesy which is fine but it tries to be funny, it's really not, the jokes feel so overused and feel like they are written to infants. Other than that, returning in time to stop the death of your husband (to be) was kind of fun, it wasn't too well written but a little creative and original at least.
In short, the game is fun but only if you are in need of something cheap and quick. The battles get old quick, the soundtrack isn't great and the story is cheesy. It's not a bad game but i would say better exists. If you want cheesy and funny, try Neptunia, it's turn based but the art is great and smooth and the plot is cheesy but has some fun laughs, it doesn't get too old quick like Time and Eternity. If you want a fun realtime battle with good story, try Tales of Xillia, very good battles and great story with up to (and more than) 100hours gameplay. there are more but you get my point, i as said love loads of JRPG's but whilst this wasn't bad, it sits in the lower end pile sadly. I give it 3/5 as it is okay for some side fun and isn't all bad for £15-£20