At the dawn of time, a terrible war raged between the forces of good and evil, ending in the destruction of the world of Agarest. After their victory, the Gods of Light unified the decaying bodies of the Gods of Darkness and created a new world.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,211 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 4, 2014

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The base game includes the following bonus content, all for free!
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The Offense/Defense Pack
The Additional-Points Pack
The first four Add-On Dungeons
The Recovery Skill Pack
The Flower Pack
The General-Purpose

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"One of the best JRPGs currently on the market. Strategic turn based fighting, puzzle solving, dating and you play over several generations - very good!"

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February 20

Agarest: Generations of War 2 is out now

http://store.steampowered.com/app/312790

I’m thrilled to say that Agarest: Generations of War 2 is out now on Steam! If you’ve pre-purchased the game then it should now be available to download from your Steam library.

If you’ve not already bought the game then never fear, the 20% discount (with an additional 13% reduction if you own either of the previous Agarest games) doesn’t expire until next Thursday. That means there’s still time to pick Agarest 2 up for just £11.99 (or even less!)

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February 13

Agarest: Generations of War 2 is now available for pre-order

http://store.steampowered.com/app/312790

Agarest: Generations of War 2 will be released on 19th February 2015 priced at $19.99.

As an extra incentive for early birds, anyone who pre-orders the game before 19th February will get two AWESOME benefits: a 20% pre-order discount (33% if you own the previous Agarest games on Steam), and DLC bundle 6*absolutely free, allowing you to use Leonhardt, Valeria and Myu from the previous games and unlocking Extra Costumes for many of the cast, saving you a further $7.99!

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Reviews

“Agarest Generations of War is the best JRPG on the market today! It offers a ton of adventure, intense story lines, and fighting that total up to be more than 100 hours of gameplay. And the best thing about it is that you control all parts of the characters development and even each generation of powers! What more can you ask for in a game? Nothing! Agarest has everything.”
9.5/10 – At7addak

“Strategy RPG fans will find themselves spoiled with Agarest.”
8/10 – zomgplay

“...A classic exponent of the SPRG genre”
7.5/10 – games969

About This Game

At the dawn of time, a terrible war raged between the forces of good and evil, ending in the destruction of the world of Agarest. After their victory, the Gods of Light unified the decaying bodies of the Gods of Darkness and created a new world.

Now, the forces of darkness are awakening once again…

• Choose the path of Darkness or Light through a truly epic story, spanning multiple generations
• Battle hundreds of different creatures using an array of character abilities, in a compelling and innovative turn-based combat system
• Build your ultimate army of warriors and master Extra Skills, Special Arts and Over Kills to defeat colossal enemies!
• Unite with your chosen heroine and use the “Soul Breed” system to shape the fate of the next generation of heroes

Agarest: Generations of War - Exclusive game features!

Agarest: Generations of War includes many unique features that cannot be found in any other Strategy Role Playing Game. Here's a summary of some of the best:

Extended Area

Extended Area is the "Linked Area" set for both your party and your enemies. Each character in the game has a uniquely shaped extended area. When a character's turn comes around, all other characters in the Extended Area of the character in play (and characters in the extended areas of those characters!) can combine in an extended attack. This allows you to chain your party's attacks together, allowing access to more Arts and huge Combos!

Blacksmith's Guild
You can upgrade various Items and Equipment at the Blacksmith's Guild in two different ways:

By Enhancement: You can enhance equipment to a maximum of Level 5. Once an Item is enhanced to Level 5, you can convert the Item, changing it into something else. This process is irreversible and the original item is lost. Experimentation reveals some great new items!

Through Alchemy: Alchemy allows you to combine several items to create a single, more powerful piece of equipment. While you lose the items used in the alchemy, you gain a powerful new piece of equipment and permanent access to your new item in the Shop! Alchemy can create powerful new weapons and armour but occasionally a Smithing Accident will occur and the smith will create a different item than what you expected!

The "Soul Breed" system
Agarest takes place across 5 generations of heroes, starting with your first character, Leonhardt. During each generation you will build relationships with 3 different female party members, and at the end of each generation's story arc you must choose to marry one of the girls.

Your choice of marriage partner is restricted to girls who've grown fond of you over a particular generation. Your options are determined by your choices during conversations at certain points of the story.

The girl you choose as your wife - and the strength of their relationship with you - will determine the abilities of the main character in the next generation of the story. You'll have to experience multiple play throughs to see all of the character possibilities open to you! What heroes might you create?

Free DLC included

Basic Pack - A basic package. It contains 1 each of Resurrect, Capture, and Resist Direction, 2 each of Heal and Refresh, and 5 Vessels of Life.
Offense-Defense Pack- Contains 1 Adaka, 1 Shield Sword, 1 Bird Eye, 1 Magic Frame, 1 Critical Hit, and 2 Seeds of Happiness.
Additional-Points Pack 1 - Contains 10,000G, 100PP, 250TP, and 500EP.
Recovery-Skill Pack - Contains 2 Light Heals, 2 Harvest Heals, and 2 Cure Alls, as well as 1 Prayer, 1 Gospel, and 1 Counter.
Flower Pack - Contains 1 Lucky Charm, 1 HP Up, 1 Resist Ailments, 1 Restore HP 15%, and 1 Restore AP++, as well as 2 Moonlight Flowers, and 3 Tree Spirit Souls.
General-Purpose Pack - Contains 1 Magic Blade, 1 Partisan, 1 Battle Frame, 1 Bracelet of Feicui, and 1 Item Drop Rate Up, as well as 2 Shiny Fangs, and 2 Advanced Heals.
Add-on Dungeon 1 - An add-on dungeon for generation 1. An uncharted adventure awaits you on the Holy Island of Erin!
Add-on Dungeon 2 - An add-on dungeon for generation 2. A new frontier waits to be explored along the Trum Coast!
Add-on Dungeon 3 - An add-on dungeon for generation 3. It's time to reunite with old friends at Magna Val!
Add-on Dungeon 4 - An add-on dungeon for generation 4. Embark on an exciting journey to the mysterious Tresor Island!
Add-on Dungeon 5 - An add-on dungeon for generation 5. Embark on one last adventure into the Deep Forest Naruvia!
Amateur-Breeder Pack - Contains 2 Mithril Beast Claws, 2 Large Mithril Claws+, 2 Big Beast Fangs+, and 2 Stardust Fangs+. This is the week to adore your dog.
Top-Breeder Pack - Contains 2 Stardust Claws, 2 Mithril Beast Claws+, 2 Beast King Fangs+, and 2 Stardust Claws+. Your monster will look nice and pretty with this wonderful new items!
The Role-model Pack - Contains 1 Langguth Sword, 1 S.O.C., and 1 Extra Frame. "Langguth Sword. A holy sword that shines with the sacred light of god." Wow, it couldn't be more perfect!
Ceremony Pack - Contains 1 Alfa Beld Spear, 1 Gate of Hell, and 1 Chaos Frame. These seem like something you use to open a portal to the netherworld, don't they? Be careful...
Elegant-Holiday Pack - Contains 1 Washer, 1 Man's Fist, and 1 Halper Scythe. Wash your dog with the Washer, equip yourself with the Man's Fist, and throw the Halper Scythe. Go fetch! This will add a little spice to your weekend--uh, no. Scythes aren't meant for throwing. That would be really dangerous. Seriously.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.13GHz Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 3GHz Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 128Mb RAM and support for v3 shaders
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
133 of 137 people (97%) found this review helpful
457.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Agarest is one of my all-time favorite strategy RPG, and favorite of those available on PC.

Gameplay is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy having a lot of characters to choose from to form your party, each differing from others by the weapon they use, their skill slots and their unique passive abilities and special attacks. Character customization is fairy extensive, allowing you not just select characters’ weapons and armor and allocate their level-up points, but also select exact skills the characters will have available, and choosing skills that will allow your characters to form powerful combination attacks is important for winning.

There is also extensive item and skill-crafting system, and every next-tier item and skill you want to use has to be crafted rather than bought in the next town’s shop. Though once the initial crafting is performed, all skills and some items can be bought from the stores if you want more copies of them.

Story and character-wise, Agarest is definitely among the best games I’ve played. Each character in a very large cast has very distinct personality, and most of them defy standard RPG tropes. And with the story spanning multiple generations, it is interesting to see how long-living characters interact with the descendants of the person they once knew.

The story also leaves the player plenty of choice: there are multiple story branches in each generation, as well as more numerous event where your choice affect your relationship with three potential love interests, determining which of them you can marry in the end of generation (the story is about protagonist’s goals being carried on by his descendants, after all ~.^ ).

In short, I fully recommend Agarest to all RPG fans, particularly the fans of strategy RPGs!
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121 of 135 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
188.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Hi everyone, here is the review for Agarest: GOW

To start with, this game is essentially a mix between a tactical role-playing game, visual novel and dating sim, all in anime style presentation.

Features of this game:

1. Deep tactical chess board type battles
2. Party movement based on a world map
3. Story told in visual novel form
4. Wooing of girls occurs in choices and cutscenes

Things that I liked about this game:

1. Battles require strategy and planning
2. The art is attractive
3. Ability to customize party member's gear and stats
4. Character personalities are interesting
5. Solid storyline spanning lots of hours
6. Multiple endings
7. Dating sim is a nice distraction
8. DLC makes things alot easier if you are playing just for the storyline
9. Polished with very few bugs
10. Total Japanese voice acting

Things that I thought could be better:

1. Learning curve is steep. Instruction manual is good to read but not included in the game
2. High possibility for grinding on first play through. This can be avoided after learning how to play the game, but more guidance on this would have been helpful.
3. Dating aspect more a distraction in this game, could have been more fleshed out
4. Unexpected spike in end game difficulty
5. As an older game, the resolution isnt as crisp
6. Music slightly repetitive only because of the countless hours spent in game

Overall, if you are a fan of anime art, visual novel story-telling and tactical role-playing battles with a bit of dating sim, I recommend this game to you
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266 of 394 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
I'm enjoying my playthrough of Agarest: Generations of War.

Now, you might wonder why I'm not recommending it but enjoying it at the same time. I think the short answer is simply that I don't think many other people would enjoy it. It's a fine line to walk, Agarest has its highs, but it also has a *very* deep low.

Let's get that negative out of the way first:

Combat.

The combat is visceral and flashy. The "Combo" system is well designed and extremely satisfying. It's *really* close to being an absolutely awesome combat-oriented game...but it's not, and this is due to one critical flaw:

Every map is the same.

Yes, every battle map is exactly the same. It's a flat 20x40 (or whatever) area. There's no elevation, there's no obstacles, and besides backdrop changes (used sparingly, I might add) every battle is exactly the same. I've got some experience in tactical tile based games coming into this and I was expecting something along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, Vandal Hearts, or even Vanguard Bandits. The first battle started and I saw how the combat played out and I was extremely impressed! Excellent animations and attacks that felt *extremely* powerful and were visually satisfying. I was pumped to see a "real" map to try out after what I assumed was the training map of a flat grid. But the next battle was the same, and the one after that, ad infinitum.

And this makes combat very boring.

Luckily, there's an "auto-battle" system in place. You simply let the game fight for you! So I don't even need to grind out the terribly repetitive combat.

And that's where I've found enjoyment in this title. I spend time setting up my team, leveling them, equipping them, setting up everything and then when I enter combat I pick up my book and read while the game fights for me. I glance up every once in awhile and watch the pretty explosions go off.

The storyline is decent, and it has a real "epic" feel with the different generations you play in. Reminded me of something like Saga Frontier 2. The character interactions in between battles I also found to be enjoyable. Also, controller support is perfect.

It's just that the combat is so awefully repetitive. If you're like me and can enjoy a game even if the combat is really grindy and repetitive then Agarest might be for you to "play" while you vacuum your living room floor. Otherwise look for a different tile-based combat title, it's definitely not like what you were hoping for in that department.
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54 of 73 people (74%) found this review helpful
247.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Very long running strategy RPG with an large roster of characters and a huge selection of monsters than can be captured and also used as party members. Lots of combined attack combinations and specials and a high level post-game can keep one playing for quite a while.

DLC is most definitely not required to play as it is mainly for making the early game significantly easier. (And in fact the vast majority of the DLC items lose their massive advantages by the end of the 4th act and are out-performed by upgraded 5th act or post-game equipment.)

It does have a few downsides I'll admit. It is very slow to start and early on characters are incredibly fragile leading to considerable frustration if you don't know what you are doing and attempting a first run hardmode playthrough to get access to all the endgame content as fast as possible. Additionally you will need some quest area grinding to unlock certain titles that give you recipes and special unlocks.

More a game for those with some patience rather than instant gratification.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
185.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Bought this game because I was really missing the Fire Emblem series/Final Fantasy Tactics and needed to play something similar.

Pros:
- Long with each generation having it's own story line.
- Very Replayable. Choice of mate influences future characters and different possible story outcomes with Dark/Light and turn meter. Can travel back to previous chapters once completed.
- Art is very nice.
- Crafting system allows for a lot of ways to change up gameplay.
- Combat system is and engaging/interesting. Being able to string moves together to make combos (including ultimate moves)

Cons:
- VERY VERY grindy. Party AI in auto-mode is very reckless and will not use skills/items in context (person with Rez skill would attack instead of ressurecting teammate). So you cannot trust automode.Some bossfights are just completely unfair at times due to what the game expects you to be for the boss fight vs what the monsters leading up the boss are actually at.
- Steep learning curve. There's a lot of game mechanics that don't have a lot of good explanation, and some things that look optional are essential for progression.
- DLC weapons are insanely overpowered at the start of the game.


Other:
- Fully voiced japanese audio (with english subtitles)
- DLC is very optional, but very OP when starting out.


I haven't beaten the game yet, but I'm well over 100 hours total. I'd like to get back into it, but I think next time I'll start out with the DLC items to speed the start of the game up. This game will definitely eat up time
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29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
163.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
First off: If you intend to play this game, increase the FPS to 45, at least. The game biggest downfall is that is is..slow. 30 FPS near the end may take you quite a while for every fight vs a few mins with 45-60 FPS.

Now, as for what works, the game remind me of diagaea and the idea of aging and new generations taking over is great. The game plays well, the combo and turn system is as good as any and the few bits of fan service may be appreciated or disliked depending on who's playing. The system is easy to get used to and the story, while not overly fleshed out will get a few good or even funny moments in. The out of combat moments, beside walking in the world map and towns, play like a japanese novel game. It is a decent buy for Tactical rpg fans.

P.S. disable most DLC on first play for a more balanced experience (bonus gold and ressources is fine, saves form farming).

-Lost
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
587.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Believe me when I say this... At first, long ago, I thought Record of Agarest War was nothing but a waste of time, and boy was I wrong when I delved into the truly incredible story that spans beyond a single generation in the quest to defeat the source of woe in all Agarest. Sure, it seems simple at first: Defeat Summerill and all is well... ...or is it...? That, my friend, will be up to you to figure out in this unforgettable story of love, betrayal and ultimately... hope for the future of Agarest. DEFINITELY giving this a MAJOR 11/10, sorry Zero fans but i'm in love with the original RoAW more, really. :D All-in-all, truly worth your time as this is one of the few stories that is actually very well thought out and for some scenarios/paths you take can be either hilarious, happy or saddening. Again though... the forks in the road ahead are yours to choose, may the future either shine or darken your path in Agarest... >:)
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Watching the previews for this game, I decided to purchase it looking for a good JRPG time, but it seems I've misjudged this game as there is lots of reading and battling and I often found myself taking lots of breaks and then resuming the game. I'm still playing the game but it seems rather slow. Not like Trails in the Sky or Ys, or other JRPG games I've played. I'd say this game is reserved for weekends where there is absolutely nothing to do as opposed to a weekday game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
In depth strategy, and an anime storyline are used in an original way in this game.. I am not a big fan of anime, but the game makes up for it in strategy combat, and the length of the game is really massive. Tons of hours of gameplay. I think this is a great game for all of those that are fans of the Chessboard/turnbased type games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
The one decent aspect of this game is the battle system. It's relatively unique and revolves around setting up and moving your characters on the board in order to set up "links" between them. These links allow you to chain attacks, trigger special attacks, and provide0other bonuses to your characters. It's a fun system that you can play around with for a little while. However, every single map is exactly the same, so prepare for boredom to set in pretty quickly.

The real problem is that this game has some of the laziest writing I've ever encountered. There are so many characters in the game and yet not a single one really stands out in any fashion. Each can be boiled down to a basic stereotype ("silent, brooding guy" "ladies man" etc) and are forgotten as soon as they leave your party. Most of the interactions feel completely contrived and feel like they were written by someone who has never actually interacted with a human being before. What little story there is mostly uniteresting and bland. The plot spans five total generations, which is an interesting concept that makes me wish the execution had been better.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I enjoy this game's storyline. The battles are fun and I like how it has you think about where to put your character's and how to use them. This game is perfect for peoples who are in it for the story and want to continue the story further out of curiousity and determination. I definitely recommend this game to those who havn't played it before.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Pro
- Good storyline
- Variety of character personality
- Nice Japanese characters voice
- Tons of Weapon and in battle weapon appearance also change depend on equiped weapon
- Beautiful Artwork
- Great number of skills and combination attacks.
- Skill animation also nice
- Secret Achievements
- Maybe more later

Con
- Hard to control (Update. Need Cursor offset like Agarest Zero) (-.5)
- A little bit low FPS (Fixed by editing .ini file) (- 0)
- If you turn off effects, you may have problem with unlocking "The More the Merrier" (-.5)
- Maybe more later

9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
141.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
I managed to get the true ending and honestly I’ll never try THAT again.

Pros:
+JRPG on PC,
+Decent art style,
+Interesting premise,
+Story and character are hit or miss; more towards hit,
+Battle system is entertaining,
+Music is actually very awesome,
+In-depth crafting system.

Cons:
--The true end; I’m sorry but those final bosses can go straight to hell,
--Battle system is very, very slow without configing the FPS to at least 45+,
--Dungeons have random battles and for an SRPG that is suffering,
--Getting the true end is pretty much imposable without a guide,
--Way to grindy for an SRPG,
--Battle system doesn’t have enough feedback in my opinion,
--Feels longer then necessary; five generations is a bit too long for me,
--Having several recourses like PP, TP and EP feels a bit redundant and it’s hard to farm for.

Conclusion:
Not the worst JRPG in the world but most currently not the best. It has its problems but it also has its moments, sadly I wouldn’t recommend it due to the fact that I feel I’ve played better JRPGs and now with Steam putting out more JRPGs you have more of a selection.

Disclaimer:
Now just because I don’t recommend it doesn’t mean the game is bad, it’s more like if you enjoy JRPGs you’ll feel what I felt; that is it gets tedious after the 30-40 hour mark.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This is a great game, I just love battles in turn. Just love it.

And I love characters that appears in a map where all adventures are showed, and you can simply navigate through the game.

But what I loved most in this game was the narration in japanese, the most beautiful language in the whole world. (I know this is very subjective, but I'm always looking for games that are narrated in japanese, and this is quite important to me.)

The graphics aren't so special, but the storyline is good, the characters are complex and the gameplay offers an interesting experience.

Go for it! =)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
93.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Love the playstyle of it, All in all a good fun game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Good Story!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
76.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Agarest is a solid game. However, it is only for hardcore JRPG fans due to its difficulty, lack of English voice overs, length (long) and tendency to reward grinding.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
I can't say I feel good about saying "I DO NOT RECOMEND THIS GAME," because I do find myself very interested in the characters and the story. I think one of the main flaws of the Steam version is that you get a lot of really cool items to start out with that a lot of the characters can use. HOWEVER, if you are anything like myself you take these items for granted and only start to look at crafting new items at the point of the game where you realized you had to have been starting the grind from hour 1. The battles are spaced out with more battles and it seems like only a few characters are actually usable (however there are probably many that disagree with me). I found myself putting the game on auto mode and sitting down on my bed waiting for it to finish. Three generations in, Im having a hard time finding reason to continue. I want to continue with the story, I just have an insurmountable amount of tedious fights ahead of me. Its not that I dont like this game, its that I would caution against playing this game. If you love the grind and you have a guide open in a tab on your computer and enjoy JRPG's, then play this game and I do sincerely hope you like it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
I only barely recommend this. It is fun and interesting, but *extremely* repetitive, and the gameplay is not very deep. You'll probably tire of it long before you're even a quarter the way through the game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
203.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
A game that's more than the sum of its many flawed parts.

Story and Characters: Story is pretty good for a non-Bioware RPG, though still not terribly deep or original. There is some character development--perhaps akin to the older Final Fantasy games--but nothing like you'd find in many big-budget RPGs and certainly not what you'd expect in a Visual Novel (which this game sometimes gets tagged as). The inter-generational idea is clever, but isn't pursued as fully as it ought to be. I like the romantic choice aspects of the game, but wished that there were more references to choices made in previous generations (even if they were just throw-away lines), and the relationships felt a bit rushed.

Combat: A lot of clever ideas. Nothing you haven't seen before, but an interesting balance of in-fight positioning, party compsition and weapon choices, and pre-combat preparation, make for a reasonably deep combat system. The biggest problem is fight length: interesting fights take a LONG time.

Crafting system: Once again, lots of good ideas, not always great execution. Crafting isn't overly tedious, but there are too many virtually identical items that only serve to take up menu space, and drop rates on certain crafting materials is much too low.

True End: To achieve the best ending, and unlock a series of end-game dungeons, requires a very particular path through the game; something more akin to a Visual Novel than a RPG. Be warned. Furthermore, completion of the True End unlocks a series of end-game dungeons (and a small story continuation) that requires a TON of farming to complete--easily more so than the rest of the game combined.

Worth Playing?
If you like RPGs with highly tactical turn-based combat mechanics, then yes.
If you like story-driven RPGs, then yes, with some reservations.
If you like RPGs with fast-paced combat--go elsewhere.
If you like VNs with deep stories and meaningful choices--go elsewhere.
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