Review by JP

"A good but very different RPG."

You've probably heard a lot about this game when it first came out. Then a while after word you heard that it was a waist and no one should have to play it. I myself think its a good, long and very tough game to get through. The graphics are probably the games weak point. They, in fact, just really arent that good. The animation is rather jerky. Although some parts of the game's graphics are fine. Like the magic and other moves in the game. Take the Over Drive move for example, it has some really nice smooth-moving animation, while your charector is jerking around like he's having a spasm. The music is really quite a mixed bag. Their's some good music, and some annoying music. And their's also some really cool music that fits the mood of whats going on. Like the tune that plays when your fighting the Green Sage, that music is my favorite in the game, it fits the mood of what you're doing. You're fighting a huge guy dressed in green clothes that keeps pounding you into the ground. Thats a good point in the game. The sound effects are nice, though their really arent that many. The game play factor is great in this game. Unlike other RPGs where you're one main person through the whole game, your seven different main people/mechs/monsters throughout the game. mostly people, though. You're seven different people on the same world. And you have different quest do do with each of the charectors. You can also sign people up for your party besides just the seven people. In fact, in most of th quests, you wont be able to use people from other quests. You'll just have to use people you meet while you travle. This part of the game makes this game very fun... IMO. Their's one thing about this game that makes it stand out aginst other Square games. Its hard! This is one of, if not hardest RPG I've ever played!!! At first when you get used to the level building system, the game seems like it will be a breeze. Since you gain your HP back on auto. But then you get a little farther in the game... then you see that even though you get your HP back after a fight, the problem is getting through the fight! To help you beat these battle are some super hard hitting attacks, but getting them takes time. Thats why this game will take you well over 100 hours to FULLY finish. This game is full of secrets and hiddin moves that make it a good buy if you think your good enough at RPGs to know the tricks. But just be warned: most people for some reason dont like this game. Probably as it very hard. I mean, not even the baddies in the game stay easy. The baddies get stronger as you do! Also this game is hard as it doesn't tell you where to go next. Which makes it confusing and rather annoying. You should probably get help for this game and rent it before you make a move. With this in mind, check it out. You'll either hate it, or you'll like it a lot. But this is the kind of game that you will have to deside on for your self and not take anyone elses opinion for it.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 02/20/03

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