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On par with FF series,
This review is from: Lost Odyssey (Video Game)
As the title says, I think this RPG is right up there with Final Fantasy. There were times when I forgot that this wasn't an FF game, it is simply that good. I prefer Lost Odyssey to Final Fantasy 13, and even that game is awesome.
There is plenty to do in this game. The storyline is great and pretty easy to follow but you can step away from the story for some parts and focus on a plethora of side-quests and achievements. I racked up over 120 hours of gameplay on my run and ended up with 980 gamer points. It is very addictive. The graphics are lovely and the scenery is fantastic. There are three main cities to explore; Uhra, Numara and Ghotza. Each city is vastly different, with differing architecture etc. And as always, plenty of side-quests and exploring await in each city. There are also dark caves, little villages, scenic areas, ancient ruins and all-sorts of other places to explore.
There are nine playable characters, four of which are immortal. Their immortality does not mean they cannot be killed in battle. They are immortal in the games storyline. However, if they are killed and aren't resurected, they come back to life after awhile. Each immortal has a lot of abilities to learn. These can be learned from accessories, many of which are obtained in side-quests and through exploring, but can also be learned from non-immortal characters. The main character, Kaim, can remember fragments of his past which are collected as dreams. The dreams add a lovely, unique aspect to the game. Basically, they are short stories with music and scenery to accompany them. As a party, the characters gel together nicely, adding a lot of humour throughout the game.
The music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer behind most games in the Final Fantasy series and it's fantastic. It fits perfectly in the world of Lost Odyssey and adds a lot of depth to the gameplay. However, if you get fed-up of the music in a particular area, you can go to the options menu and turn it down, or off. Each area has it's own ambience too. Sometimes it's just nice to sit back and listen to some birds in the trees, the hustle and bustle of a city or the roaring cascade of water in a dark, damp cave.
The creators of Lost Odyssey pulled out all the stops with this game. I don't regret buying it and would love to play it again.