This game is kind of okay. The graphics aren't that good, but they're nice. The music doesn't quite fit, but the music is overall good. The plot? I've only gotten to the third area (counting the town) as of this point, so I can't really say anything about that. The gameplay? That's where the rant in this review is.
The elements are basic, but they're not very original. Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Light, Dark, Soul... Hundreds of RPGs use those same elements, but at least they're more original.
The movement is so sluggish. It takes 3 minutes to go to another area (not counting battles), where I can do the same thing in other RPGs in 1 minute, again, not counting battles.
We also encounter battles too often. This wouldn't be a problem if we moved around faster. Fast movement and a high AOBPH (Amount of Battles per Hour) is good, and slow movement and low AOBPH is good. Slow movement and high AOBPH? HELL.
Missing in battles is demolishing. Normally in RPGs, when I miss, it's easy to recover from it, since I deal decent damage, and the reason I missed is just because the random number landed somewhere outside the of the 70%. But, here, I deal so low damage (you're usually dealing mid-20s until you level up, and then you're dealing low-30s.) and miss so often (Tyson once missed three times in a row. THREE. TIMES.) , it's extremely hard to recover from it.
From the enemy's point of view, it's the opposite. They:
- Deal high damage
- It is unlikely for them to miss
- They can throw their elemental attacks at us 2-3 times per battle
That's another thing, we can't use elemental attacks until we level up. That's extremely annoying, as it is giving the enemies the upper hand. At least give us some sort of Power Attack!
On a related note, trying to level up is tedious. We don't get enough EXP from fights, and, as I have mentioned above, fighting is hell.
Plus, the items enemies drop are near-useless. They sell for a low price, and it costs way too much to buy stuff. Not to mention that it's not that likely that they will drop anything.
I know I have said a lot of stuff that a bunch of other people have said, but, GOD, this game... I feel like ragequitting and not playing this ever again.
However, the few reasons I am not going to do that, as well as the few reasons I am giving this two stars is:
1) I have not played it all the way through, so I don't know what the plot has in store for me.
2) This is just the first game. The next games can be far more improved over this.
I hope the next game will be better.