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Um..,, I am 17 hours in and I am still not sure whether I like it....
on 30 January 2008
This game is odd. I suppose that is true of most japanese games but this one really takes the cake.
The Positives: The graphics are lovely, the combat is easy to understand and interacting with your environment is simple. The menu system looks a bit intimidating at first but you'll soon work out how to best use your items and dragons well. The levelling system for your character/dragon is excellent and interesting. The game is MASSIVE with a vast array of towns, villages creatures and a huge story. The learning curve is not too steep and the game teaches you enough so that you aren't stumbling around frustrated. As with all japanese RPG's I've seen, the combat is turn based and this allows you time to think about strategy - and in your harder battles you will have to use many different kinds of magic to defeat your enemies.
The Negatives: The story (so far) is odd and not very engaging. I don't care that much about my main characters, they aren't very interesting. The combat can be highly repetative and there are times when you are just battling the same monster over and over again by just using your basic attack - a waste of time - but if you skip it, your character will be too low level to beat bosses. The map screen is all but pointless - it just doesn't help you. Finally , and I have saved the most irritating problem for last, you can't save anywhere and there can be waaay to much play time between save points. I just don't think a feature like that should ever be incorporated into a game. I mean who wants to be stuck at their console and unable to save if you get bored??
Worth a try if you have 5 years to spare and love jrpg's. Otherwise I'd probably give this one a miss.