Any fans of PC RPGs here? Anybody? (knocks on screen). Well, any
Console RPG player, if you don't have immidiate Access to a PC RPG right
now, then this is as close as you'll get (save for the PC port-over games
The evil wizard, Darces, is back (I'm not sure if this game is a
sequel or not, ah well) and is ready to do some evil Wizard things, like..
oh, say take over the world? It is said that the person who can unite the
5 Elements and find the legendary sword "Tores" can defeat Darces. Guess
who our lucky chap is? Everything takes place from a first-person view,
as opposed to the overhead view typical of console RPGs.s
You start out in the town of Granville, where someone tells you to
see the king. An old man gives you a compass soon afterwards, then its
off to see the king, who gives you a Short Sword and some money. Use that
money to buy Armor. Now you're off!
This game starts out HARD!!! The snakes (the first enemy) can kill
you VERY EASILY. When you get up to level 3, THEN consider adventuring.
BTW, I know this'll get you all confused, so I'll tell you: You gotta
apprentice yourself to a Wizard before you can level up, and whenever you
think you have enough EXP, you gotta visit that Wizard (or a Wizard studying
the same type of Magic). I don't see why you can't just Level Up right then
and there after you defeat enough monsters, but oh well.....
The play control is good, but takes some figuring out. For anyone
who has a copy that didn't come with a manual: Press START to go into Menu mode, press left/right to select, press
SELECT to select something, and press B to Equip/use/whatever". (Note: I just love
being a living instruction manual). It took me a while to figure this out
(and was the main reason the snakes killed me, because I couldn't equip weapons).
The sound..... Umm, what "sound"? There is almost no music. I
can hear footsteps when the character walks, but that's it. Not a major
Now onto this Game's Problems: First, the Townspeople always repeat
themselves till you do something special. For example, that one guy may
say "This is Gransville", then another guy that looks like that guy says
"This is the Town of Granville" Blah blah blah. One little girl tells you
about a Dungeon where the Water Spirit is being held, but no one tells you
where the Dungeon is! WTF?
Second... Ok, it's WAAAYY to easy to get lost, even WITH the Compass!
I always find myself trying to locate Gransville, but I always find some
OTHER town instead. One time I was at the town of Deirus, and I kept
trying to find another town, but no matter what, I ALWAYS ENDED UP BACK
AT DEIRUS!!! Now I know what Ryouga (Ranma 1/2) feels
Despite all these flaws, this game manages to achieve some gameplay value.
Any RPG Player will like this one, PC RPG Players will LOVE it.
Any other gamer, however, probably won't. This game is NOT designed for
those new to RPGs. But for RPG players, this is worth picking up, and is
good redemption for those who seek it after playing the God-awful Final
Fantasy 7. (Ed: The opinion of FF7 shared by 8-bit Star is the not the
same opinion of the rest of the Classic Review Archive staff. Keep that in