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|MaguS|
03-14-09, 09:03 AM
This game is great. I really would recommend it to everyone who is looking for an open ended RPG on the PS3. I would say its better then Oblivion on some aspects and I was really surprised on how good the game is, especially expecting it to be an average game when its really an excellent game.

One of the coolest aspects about the game is that it's technically online always even though your playing solo for the most part. What happens is that the premise of the game is collecting lost souls and you see other players as these souls. From their sucessful attemps to their deaths (you can witness these events by touching pools of blood on the floor). It's a really interesting feature.

Another cool thing you can do is that you can drop one of two stones on the floor and if another player picks them up depending on which stone you dropped you can either help the player or become an evil shadow in his game and attack him. Really awesome!

The gameplay is very Action RPG. It's stats based but not xp based, more rather you can increase your stats by buying levels with souls you collected, souls you collect are the currency of the world. You use them to buy items and repair your gear aswell. The combat though is all action played from the 3rd person. It controls decent, not great but better then many other 3rd person RPGs. The smoothness of your characters movement is dependent of your gear, don't expect to be rolling and dodging well wearing plate armor (completely threw me off when I tried and my character ended up face first in the dirt).

The actual combat is nice, you can block and attack like Oblivion but unlike Oblivion you can't controll the direction of your swings. You can though switch between one handed and two handed combat with any weapon on the fly which changes combat significantly. I haven't tried the magic part of the game yet so I can't comment on that.

There are other things about the game that is a nice concept is that you never get a game over. If you die you resurrected as a soul and must kill enough enemies to regain your body or join another player (through the stone drop method) and either kill him or help him kill a boss.

On the graphics side of things, the game looks pretty good. It's no Oblivion but being that its a darker world it still looks pretty good. Bosses are HUGE and look amazing, my jaw dropped when I saw the Dragon boss. It looked better then even LAIRs Dragons. The world is nicely detailed and represents the world its trying to create very well. The nexus (Limbo) looks all mystical while the swamps are spooky and damp looking. Textures are crisp most of the time with some real nice bloom lighting going on, not over done like other games try. Animations could use some work though, they look good most of the time but after something dies it ragdolls like crazy, often getting dragged around when walking over the corpse.

I haven't experianced any performance issues yet so I can't comment on that aspect. The frame rate seems stable, even when lots of things are getting destroyed and effects going on it never dips. Up close the game could use some AA but during gameplay it never really hurts the games look because its so dark the game most of the time that it hides it often pretty well.

Over all I would give the game a B, its a great game that needs to make it over to the west. The RPG gameplay is very western styled over the Japanese Turnbase that we are use to. If there is any JRPG I would compare it to it would be Monster Hunter. If you liked Monster Hunter and games like Oblivion then I would really recommend checking it out. I imported my copy from Play-Asia (Asian Ver, not Jap).

LORD-eX-Bu
03-14-09, 09:52 AM
so this isn't out in the US? Is it in english? I don't want to be playing with a million gold farmers and spam bots :bleh:

|MaguS|
03-14-09, 10:04 AM
so this isn't out in the US? Is it in english? I don't want to be playing with a million gold farmers and spam bots :bleh:

No it has only released in Asia Markets and Japan. The Asian version is completely in english (Dialoge, menu's, subtitles... everything but the games manual). They have no plans to release it to the western market as of right now even though it has been translated already...

The game is not really an online game where there are gold farmers...

Mr. Hunt
03-14-09, 11:52 PM
Sounds awesome... might import it when I get the chance.

crainger
03-15-09, 06:29 AM
100AUD at Play-Asia ::(: Not including shipping.

|MaguS|
03-15-09, 07:59 AM
100AUD at Play-Asia ::(: Not including shipping.

Check ebay.

crainger
03-15-09, 02:24 PM
100AUD on eBay :(: Not including shipping.

|MaguS|
03-15-09, 02:30 PM
100AUD on eBay :(: Not including shipping.

Paypal me the money and I will get it for you. :o

EDIT: NM, That's like normal. I payed $70 for the game...

NarcissistZero
03-15-09, 02:36 PM
If this was gamefaqs I would say "OMG WALL OF TEXT" and make fun of you for being verbose.

|MaguS|
03-16-09, 10:22 PM
After 4+ hours I can honestly say that this is one of the most difficult RPGs I have ever played. Now I know why they didn't release this hear, this **** is kick you in your nuts difficult. I have only defeated the first boss... I can't even bother to explorer the other worlds that I opened because the normal enemies are just to difficult...

Mr. Hunt
03-17-09, 03:17 AM
Dang it Magus... I hate your guts. All the hype you have been laying on this game was getting to me, so now I have been watching youtube videos and it looks good... now I might have to spend money to import this dang game, I hate you!

|MaguS|
03-17-09, 09:27 AM
Just get it. It's a great game that will last you a long time. The trophy room has people who have over 130 hours of gameime clocked.

Mr. Hunt
03-17-09, 04:34 PM
Ok so I can get everything in English? Or just the voices? Watching videos I only hear English voices, but all of the text is Japanese (or Chinese or whatever-ese).

|MaguS|
03-17-09, 06:05 PM
Yes, Already said so... everything is in english, im confused as to why they just don't release it here...

Here are some shots....

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8186/p1000038f.th.jpg (http://img23.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000038f.jpg)http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/9027/p1000036x.th.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000036x.jpg)http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4576/p1000035.th.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000035.jpg)http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6350/p1000034w.th.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000034w.jpg)http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/1028/p1000033.th.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000033.jpg)http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3015/p1000032i.th.jpg (http://img23.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000032i.jpg)http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/8413/p1000031.th.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000031.jpg)http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/653/p1000030.th.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000030.jpg)

Mr. Hunt
03-17-09, 08:05 PM
Yes, Already said so... everything is in english, im confused as to why they just don't release it here...

Here are some shots....

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8186/p1000038f.th.jpg (http://img23.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000038f.jpg)http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/9027/p1000036x.th.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000036x.jpg)http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/4576/p1000035.th.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000035.jpg)http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6350/p1000034w.th.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000034w.jpg)http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/1028/p1000033.th.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000033.jpg)http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3015/p1000032i.th.jpg (http://img23.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000032i.jpg)http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/8413/p1000031.th.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000031.jpg)http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/653/p1000030.th.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p1000030.jpg)

Ok... I knew you said it... just every video I saw didn't have English text... maybe the people who put the videos up didn't know English, though... so tempted to buy this, dang it.

|MaguS|
03-17-09, 08:25 PM
http://nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=36061&stc=1&d=1237339499

LORD-eX-Bu
03-17-09, 08:45 PM
I don't know I saw a video of someone fighting what looked like a giant knight and it looked kinda... :bleh:

|MaguS|
03-17-09, 10:11 PM
Yeah thats one of the head demons. The game isn't for everyone, you have to like Hardcore RPG. Even though its singleplayer it requires grinding to get strong enough to advance....

Mr. Hunt
03-18-09, 07:50 PM
Hmm... checking Play Asia and only the Japanese version is in stock, which seems to only have English voices, with Japanese text... so I guess I can't order it now :(.

|MaguS|
03-18-09, 09:40 PM
Hmm... checking Play Asia and only the Japanese version is in stock, which seems to only have English voices, with Japanese text... so I guess I can't order it now :(.

Check Ebay.

Mr. Hunt
03-18-09, 11:29 PM
I will check your house. You will just send me your copy, and I will pay you 63.27 for you troubles.

Mr. Hunt
03-19-09, 01:00 AM
Come on Magus... just send me your copy... I refuse to ebay it and nobody has it in stock... I hate your guts for telling me this game doesn't suck :(.

|MaguS|
03-19-09, 09:07 AM
Once i beat it...

Here's a decent video of the tutorial level.
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/46896.html

EciDemon
03-25-09, 08:40 PM
Man i soo need this game >_<

|MaguS|
03-25-09, 09:13 PM
I killed the Red Dragon! Took me only 100 arrows. :D

Also beat the second boss on the first level, the Tower Knight. He was a fun fight. Now I gotta start playing the more difficult levels. ><