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Epic RPG from the Squaresoft Stable
on 1 February 2003
Squaresoft have created an absorbing adventure that stands apart from other RPG's on PSX. The storyline is very impressive and engaging with plenty of twists & turns, nice cut scenes & flashbacks and a powerful cast of characters. Special praise needs to be lauded to Squaresoft for creating one of the grandest opening sequences ever on Playstation One. The intro is super long and requires you the gamer to get involved by controling the central protagonist of this tale Riskbreaker Ashley Riot, even before the game starts proper. This game has gorgeous graphics, top notch sound and some puzzle elements. Combat is 3-D action based as opposed to turnbased. The combat system for an RPG is quite innovative, you can target a specific body location rather than just simply scaling down the HP tally. You also have a wide selection of spells & Offensive and Defensive Battle Abilities. The latter are activated via a chain process. So if you perfect your timing you can string together a whole series of lethal attacks without enemy reply. Furthermore, each time you defeat a boss you gain extra magic, items and bonus increases of your stats. On the downside if you want to get very far in this game you need to train up your weapons & armour to specialise against different categories of of enemy such as undead, humans, beasts, evil etc. This can be a touch irksome as you have to keep on changing weapons/armour each time you meet a different class of enemy in order to specialise. Furthermore, this game has limited replay value despite new locations opening up 2nd time around; as you commence your 2nd game with the powerful weapons that you finished with first time around, this makes the game very easy. However, these are very minor drawbacks to what is an excellent title. Vagrant Story also benefits from a fine mapping feature, game manual feature and under the game menu Score you can observe how well you are doing , mission time taken, combat statistics, monsters encountered - this is another nice touch. If you like RPG's and have yet to sample this I would readily recommend this as you should not be disappointed with this rich and regal RPG.