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.
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Release Date: Feb 4, 2014

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The base game includes the following bonus content, all for free!
The Basic Pack
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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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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🐺Wolf🐺(Idling)
( 37.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
great artwork and story, fun to play the RPG side of things, I love to ♥♥♥♥ that enemy AI with my chain-linked attacks XD
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Lord. Nalsala
( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
would i recommend this game ?
yes i would but i guess i'm a bit of a rpg addict ;)

so why would i rec this game ?

+interesting story
+intuitive fight system even if a bit classig for the genre
+ the gen system give a good replay value andis a good point for the series in my book
+long! i'm at almost 22hours and i'm far from the end ! (yeah i usually take my time in rpg but still )

-well the only real black mark for me would be it can be quite slow at time

(ps: great Waifus ! )
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lolz
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
good game, but the dlc made it boring
although you can choose not to use it, still leave a bad taste
so, after try it and see the dlc, refund
i suggest to buy the 2nd one, you won't get dlc as include
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van the man
( 54.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A review at 10 hours for the benefit of fellow 2016 summer sale shoppers.

I've been playing JRPGs since Final Fantasy 4 (though back then it was labeled "2").
This game's music, art, leveling/stat progression, graphics, battle system...it works for me.

Audio: If "RPG music" is a genre of music you have actively sought after at some point, this game could add several tracks to that rotation. It's about as enjoyable as the Valkyrie Profile soundtrack. Game also has full Japanese voice acting, none that I recognize enough to put a name to yet, but there's talent to appreciate. My hearing sense is pleased.

Visual: Graphics are.... "nostalgic". Or maybe if you'd rather look at Doom or Fallout 4, they're just bad. I find them enjoyable though. The anime character drawings are nice to look at, the backgrounds are kinda pretty.

Gameplay: Hilariously overcomplicated. It was throwing tutorials at me for far longer than expected. When I was 14 I might've sat and memorized it all before going forward, but at this age, I choose to just learn as I go, and the game hasn't punished me for doing so yet (it presented me with easy-normal-hard at the start, I chose normal). The myriad mechanics are pretty fun once I started learning them, though I still haven't mustered the patience to stop moving the plot forward and find an optimal battle loadout. All in time I suppose.
I recommend that DLC be disabled, since it hands you game-breakingly overpowered items in your starting inventory, items with stat numbers like 1700 when starting stats are something like 200. If it's an additional playthrough the DLCs kind of make sense, speed things along and save oneself the grind. I went back to the "select DLC" at the new game screen to note what all the items were and then discarded them in-game on the save I had been playing, which also worked fine.

The plot is...okay! I've seen better, I've seen worse, it's enough to keep me playing. So far it's just war, war, war.

Now lastly, the topic I haven't touched yet. This is a game made for a heterosexual male demographic. The term "male gaze" was invented for the costumes the female characters in the game wear (or lack of costumes, or whatever). The plot has some familiar devices from the anime harem genre. Partly I find this sort of thing funny, partly I enjoy it for what it is, and, another part of me acknowledges that it's pretty stupid. This paragraph is just a warning that there is such a theme to this game, which isn't for everybody.

Anyway, not beating myself up over spending the sale price, since I'm enjoying the game for the time being.
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Mitsulee
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 24
I would only reccommend this game if you are a chronic fan of turn-based JRPGs. The plot idea seems like it arose from the mind of a 10-year old. But hey, I try not to hate. Seems pretty easily developed too. I sometimes wonder how much programming are put into games like these. Nonetheless, It'd still be a game I'd play just because I wouldn't want to feel like I've wasted $10 on the game when it was on sale. I guess I'd recommend a "yes" for this game also...

I might be hyprocritical though, since I've only played this game for a little while and I never like to judge games that I've never played for a long amount of time. Writing this review anyway because I don't feel like playing this game anytime soon and I'm in a writing mood.

TL;DR: I don't even know if this game is good or not.
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Seneschul
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Horribly thought out PC controls.
I mean, truly abominable.

Story is.. Ok. options for the RPG elements and growth liens are pretty good.

The PC controls are so abominable it's unacceptable however.

Prety good JRPG, for what it's worth.
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Sovi The Bear
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
A good turn-base game. If you are playing for the first time and you bought the complete pack, a word of advice is to not use DLC at all. Once you use it the attraction is gone because everything is easy, even so far as giving you a one shot sword.

The animation is really well done. Visual, voice everything is perfect. Don't let my hour record fool you, i mostly play offline. This game will suck alot of your free time sometimes non-free time, be careful when you decide to start playing it.
9.5/10 Really good game.
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HoodedMongoose
( 310.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Sorry that I haven't written a review sooner. I usually don't write reviews because they never seem to come to mind. I really enjoy this game. There are some things that I wish were different, but they are more-or-less minor, so they're not really worth mentioning. The main thing is the static character movement during the storyline. However, that was merely my opinion. I bought all of the DLC because I liked it so much. I also wanted an edge, but since I'm on hard mode, that didn't really help too much towards later in the game.

I believe that this game has a good story and I enjoy playing through each generation. Especially at the end if you're going on the true path when you get the real characters back instead of the fake ones.

Overall, I'd recommend this game to my friends. It's a lot of fun. I've been taking my time (Haven't been playing it all of the time despite the number of hours clocked in), but it is definitely something I enjoy. My only complaint right now is at the very end of the game where it's much harder than I thought it would be. Other than that, it's a fun game!
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ben532
( 104.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
I got this game because I liked the idea of how your hero changes from generation to generation, and the tactical rpg battles. And overall I like the game, but I was a little disappointed too. Even though the main character changes, the rest of your party stays the same. Combined with the fact that it pays to invest in endurance early, I rarely found any reason to change the characters I used. So even though I was getting new characters each generation, I never used any of them. This lead to my second issue. The battles were fun at first, but once I got the high combo skills I never saw a reason to use anything else. Hitting high combos gives you a bonus, so that's what I went for every time. I found that rather than fighting tactically, I just wanted to get each battle over with as fast as possible. Since I was using mostly the same characters all game, it got tedious after a while. All that said the story is interesting, there are choices that make a real difference in the game play, and overall it's a fun game. If you hate grinding of any sort, I would past, but if you're a fan of JRPGs I would recommend it.
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pt_kamen
( 74.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Do you have 80h to spare? Try this on.

I missed this kind of JRPG, it's nice to have one of these around. Something to go back to once a day for some battles and a bit of story, almost like it's a sort of TV show.

Only go into it if you have time to spare and dan't mind grinding on the end of each generation.
Also there's a cool guide and a wiki to help on some parts, because that 4th Gen isn't linear at all.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A review at 10 hours for the benefit of fellow 2016 summer sale shoppers.

I've been playing JRPGs since Final Fantasy 4 (though back then it was labeled "2").
This game's music, art, leveling/stat progression, graphics, battle system...it works for me.

Audio: If "RPG music" is a genre of music you have actively sought after at some point, this game could add several tracks to that rotation. It's about as enjoyable as the Valkyrie Profile soundtrack. Game also has full Japanese voice acting, none that I recognize enough to put a name to yet, but there's talent to appreciate. My hearing sense is pleased.

Visual: Graphics are.... "nostalgic". Or maybe if you'd rather look at Doom or Fallout 4, they're just bad. I find them enjoyable though. The anime character drawings are nice to look at, the backgrounds are kinda pretty.

Gameplay: Hilariously overcomplicated. It was throwing tutorials at me for far longer than expected. When I was 14 I might've sat and memorized it all before going forward, but at this age, I choose to just learn as I go, and the game hasn't punished me for doing so yet (it presented me with easy-normal-hard at the start, I chose normal). The myriad mechanics are pretty fun once I started learning them, though I still haven't mustered the patience to stop moving the plot forward and find an optimal battle loadout. All in time I suppose.
I recommend that DLC be disabled, since it hands you game-breakingly overpowered items in your starting inventory, items with stat numbers like 1700 when starting stats are something like 200. If it's an additional playthrough the DLCs kind of make sense, speed things along and save oneself the grind. I went back to the "select DLC" at the new game screen to note what all the items were and then discarded them in-game on the save I had been playing, which also worked fine.

The plot is...okay! I've seen better, I've seen worse, it's enough to keep me playing. So far it's just war, war, war.

Now lastly, the topic I haven't touched yet. This is a game made for a heterosexual male demographic. The term "male gaze" was invented for the costumes the female characters in the game wear (or lack of costumes, or whatever). The plot has some familiar devices from the anime harem genre. Partly I find this sort of thing funny, partly I enjoy it for what it is, and, another part of me acknowledges that it's pretty stupid. This paragraph is just a warning that there is such a theme to this game, which isn't for everybody.

Anyway, not beating myself up over spending the sale price, since I'm enjoying the game for the time being.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
great artwork and story, fun to play the RPG side of things, I love to ♥♥♥♥ that enemy AI with my chain-linked attacks XD
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
A good turn-base game. If you are playing for the first time and you bought the complete pack, a word of advice is to not use DLC at all. Once you use it the attraction is gone because everything is easy, even so far as giving you a one shot sword.

The animation is really well done. Visual, voice everything is perfect. Don't let my hour record fool you, i mostly play offline. This game will suck alot of your free time sometimes non-free time, be careful when you decide to start playing it.
9.5/10 Really good game.
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209 of 224 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
457.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
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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415 of 484 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 25, 2013
JRPG's are not for everyone, and unlike Final Fantasy or Tales, Agarest: Generations of War is not something I would expect a non-JRPG fan to enjoy. Luckily, I am one.

Generations of War, even though the concept of dating sim/turn based RPG sounds horrible, it is actually pretty good. The game offers so much choice to the player. Who you can marry, how you want a particular battle to go, and which lovely lady you can choose to woo over. You can easily get well over 100 hours in this game, and barely scratch the surfce.

However, this game has it's drawbacks. Most of the time, events and "quests" are spilt up by numerous and tedious battle stages, that work out like a board game. There are far to many of these, even just in the short part of the first generation. However, this is good for leveling up your characters, and if you complete these battles quick enough, you get a nice little bonus at the end. Sadly, for me this just makes it an experience I force myself to enjoy.

All in all, Generations of War tries to be different from all the other JRPG's on the market, and it is. It just tries to make it's self too different, when all it needed was some generic JRPG nonsense.

+ Interesting combination of dating sim/RPG. It's not horrible, honest.
+ You get your money's worth. Hunderds of hours of content.
+ Awesome anime gallery.

- Story is very generic
- Alot of repetiton
- Player interation is very linear. We can mould the story, not the world.


7/10
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219 of 263 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
403.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
One of my favorite tile-based strategy games (I've played FF tactics, fire emblem, and a few others). Very long campaign (at least 100 hours of gameplay) with good replay value (if you have the willpower to do it again in new game+). The story is interesting and should keep you entertained. The hard difficulty setting is challenging and requires a good amount of strategy (and exp grinding at some points). Good amount of customization and options for all your characters. Cool skill animations with a good mix of 2d/3d art. The romance in the game is pretty tame and doesnt detract from the story all that much. The only downsides I can think of is that it is a little rough around the edges and may be too repetitive for some people, but, overall, I think it's a solid game for a solid price.
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127 of 142 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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331 of 433 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
72.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
I enjoy the story, I enjoy the characters, I enjoy the character interactions. I sort of enjoy the combat. I like alot about this game. I intend to complete it but after 40+ hours I am still only half way through Generation 2 (out of 5) and I am finding the repetative nature of the combat quite tiresome. Initially I had soem seriously overpowered weapons in my inventory (some dlc or preorder bonus) which I disabled so it wouldn't spoilt he game by making it too easy. More have appeared in my inventory and eventually I have decided using them just to stroll through the combat and get on with the story.

I really want to see how this progresses and it is a damn shame the combat is so repetative, there is so much more they could have done with it. There are so many character and monsters to use but you end up just using the same 6 all the time (others fall behind). It would be far more enjoyable if the party had to split at points to spice things up and force you into using different characters.

The inventoy/crafting/enhancing is quite complicated (complicated rather than complex), it is difficult to make stuff. You need to enhance this item to make this item part then you need this book to be able to craft this item to make that item and so on, none of this is shown before you actually buy/enhance things so you have to constantly save/load to figure it all out; quite tiresome.

This game is looking like it will be 100+ hours to complete, I really hope it's less as that's alot of time to get out of it the things I am enjoying.

The question isn't "Is this a good game?" as it is and it has alot of things I enjoy, the question is "Is this worht the time?" and I'm not sure I can say a 100% yes to the last question. I don't fully not reccomend this game but nor can I reccomend it toally either.
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326 of 432 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
158.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
Agarest is a shining example of JTRPG - Japanese Torture RPG

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(TL;DR? Now that I have done my playthrough, you can skip to the end of this review and find my summary, updates are left here to show how I got to those bullet points)

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Total playtime (so far): 50 hours.

- Time spent researching how to craft a skill/weapon on wikia: 15 hours.

- Time spent dealing with endless and often pointless battles: 15 hours.

- Time spent trying to keep characters on roughly the same level: 5 hours.

- Time spent navigating between shop/blacksmith/adventurer guild just to build an item: 5 hours.

- Time spent loading old save because blacksmith can randomly fail alchemy (this is a feature): 2 hours.

This left me with less than 10 hours of actual enjoyable gameplay, even less was spent on character development and plotline. Given the complexity of Agarest's various gameplay system, it's a real shame to find none of them produce the joy they intended.

So in the end, this is more like a piece of torture porn than anything else: Do it only if you are into this kind of stuff.

(unfortunately for me, 10+ years of JRPG experience has taught me the patience required to enjoy such sadistic gameplay, so expect update when I actually finish this damn game...)

Update on 75 hours mark.

Finally done with 2nd generation (3 more to go), let me add some more comments:

1. Auto-battle is crucial yet miserable: there are many instances where you wish AI can take over the manual labor. But leaving it to its own devices, will consistently turn cakewalk battles into deadly struggles (no XP rewards for casualties).

2. Seriously, you need a true end guide: as with most role-playing, it might be tempting to play this game "your way". But Agarest couldn't care less about your preference, you will, because of the tight requirement for CG/event trigger, miss out on 50~80% of actual content.

3. Less than 10% players ever manage to get the achievement for completing 2nd generation (just completing it will grant you that achievement). I think this goes to show many reviewers have not given this game a long hard look before recommending...

4. Story-wise, Agarest is an ok game, there are moments that will redeem your manual labor (once again, use guide, or it may just be manual labor). Though I personally prefer more character development instead of "more new characters"...

My verdict still holds though: this is a game for the persistent fools, such as myself.

Update on 110 hours mark.

With Gen 3 over, time for some personal thought:

1. Auto-battle is useless at this point. AI controlled team will pile on the same monster, over-overkilling it for no good reason, leaving the rest of enemies free to attack.

2. Avoid battles as much as possible, there is no fun in setting up the same combo routine every time.

3. Stop grinding for levels, under normal difficulty just a minimal walkthrough will give you enough experience, given you stick with the same 4/5 non-heroine members.

4. On the other hand, spend some quality time on crafting and researching, they bring in far more stats than leveling up. And save before handing your hard-earned materials to blacksmith's random algorithm.

5. Number of players managed to finish Gen 3? 3.5% of total players.

6. Oh yes, there are unlockable CGs to fill my sored & empty heart, but the requirements are often strict and weird: this heroine has too high an affection for you, so you DON'T get to see her CG, what?

Unless you have 1000+ free hours at hand to experiment with its magical dialog tree and light/dark meter, your best bet is the True end guide: even though the guide will force you into picking choices you don't like (so that True end and CGs are unlockable...)

Alright, onwards to Gen 4.

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Review summary (on 158 hours mark).

I have finally got to the true ending (on normal mode), it's time to reflect on my journey with Agarest.

What I Like:

- The subtitle "Generations of War" is aptly named, this game does deliver a sense of longevity as player battles through continents.

- Vast number of well-designed characters.

Unfortunately, these seemingly strong points result in larger flaws, both in terms of core mechanics and plot narrative:

- It should have been 30 hours, by spanning battles throughout 5 generations, only 1.7% of all players manage to got to an ending, less than half of them got to the true ending.

- Battles quickly became the main source of frustration, and in my opinion, not the good sort. Agarest follows the transitional "just one more boss" JPRG motto and by end of it, I was completely burnt out from grinding.

- When you have 5 Lead Actors and 15 Lead Actresses, lost of focus is unavoidable. Just as I got attached to a hero, another came along to replace him, in the end none of them really sticked with me.

- Agarest doesn't like players finding out their totally-awesome super-secret heroine events, unless you follow the perfect path to true ending, be prepared to miss out on a lot of them (I got only 49% after true end). Sadly number of unlockables != replay value.

- There are also minor issues preventing me from enjoying this game, such as combo system dependency on team formation, deep hierarchies on crafting system, subpar translation and that damn Blacksmith.

In the end, these drawbacks are bad enough to stop me from playing the next game in Agarest series (even though I have already bought it), at least not for now...

It's sad to see Agarest failed to deliver what it aimed to, and sadder for me still, to admit that metacritic scores (45/100) are probably well-deserved.

All I can say at this point is: there are many games you can play for 150 hours instead of Agarest: Generations of War, and in hindsight, many of them might have been a better choice.
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Recommended
86.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Okay bro, so let's say y'all wanna get fresh with an anime. Like, I ain't judging here, it's cool. If a dude wants to shag a cartoon then God bless his weird ♥♥♥♥ and ♥♥♥♥ed-up worldview. But then you gotta ask yourself "damn bro, how am I gonna make this foxy cartoon broad wanna handle my balls"? That is not an easy question, man, but this game provides you an answer. You gotta click the right buttons and say the answers to things. Then the anime gals will ♥♥♥♥in' dig your weird comma-sized ♥♥♥♥. They gonna be straight up riding it like the guy in that movie where the guy rides a bomb or whatever. Point is, this is without a doubt one of the most intriguing cartoon romance simulacrums out there. It's got all kinds of animes. The angry one, the boring one, the furry one, the other one. There is no limit to the depravity you can inflict upon yourself as you struggle to romance a cartoon. I guess you can also thrash some ♥♥♥♥ with a sword or whatever, maybe make an elf cast a spell. Elves ♥♥♥♥in' love spells. Can't get enough of them. And when you bang your favorite manga, you get to have a freakish nightmare-baby, like in Eraserhead, except instead of flippin' out and wrecking the lights, the baby just gets some stats and ♥♥♥♥, and then he has to marry an anime. Nobody ever said pimpin' was easy.

SCORE:
Graphics: 10/10. You will not BELIEVE the amount of anime underwear you're gonna be seeing here. You like pantyshots? We got'em, it's like a pantyshot discount warehouse. Sick.
Sound: 4/10. I dunno why, but everyone speaks in this really ♥♥♥♥ed up accent. It barely even matches what the dialogue text at the bottom says. Are the voice actors ♥♥♥♥ing British or something? Not cool, "mate".
Gameplay: 7/10. Your swords can level up, you can level up, your Anime Bangin' Factor can level up. Lots of levelling up, lots of swords, lots of hentais. Pretty nasty. The Jappies are still pervos.

FINAL SCORE: 8/10
YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS GAME IF...
You jerk off to anime pornos.
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