17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Best of recent times...,
This review is from: Rogue Galaxy (PS2) (Video Game)
Having played nearly every top rated RPG of recent years, I was expecting this to be just another title along the same vein, after all, it's difficult to be truely innovative in what is essentially a well-worn format.
However, I was pleasantly surprised, and not just because of the scope of the gameplay. Sure, it can get annoying retracing your steps in an attempt to level up or chase down enough beasts to fill you hunt log, but the envionments are well rendered and much more varied than other RPGs.
The basic idea revolves around following checkpoints through dungeons to your ultimate goal, but whilst this may sound a bit monotonous (and sometimes is), there is a completely non-linear style to this title where you can break off play and focus on something else at any point you want.
On that note, the "mini games" are completely immersive - training your own battle insects to fight in tournaments, creating items in your own factory (where you have to contruct your own factory line in a sims-esque manner) as well as a beast hunting sidequest similar to finanl fintasy 12(but no where near as large). As well as that you can fuse weapons together, track down each and every item to unlock abilities and create new weapons and generally have fun exploring massive areas and fighting a large variety of monsters.
I'd say it's well worth the money, and it will easily soak up 60+ hours of playing time (over 100 if you try to complete everything).