Septerra Core is a JPRG style PC game which developed by, surprisingly, an USA based company Valkyrie Studios. The style itself isn't very popular in PC environment, because of almost all JRPG only released in console at that time, so the introduction of SC becomes a quick attention to PC gamers, especially JRPG enthusiasts. The game itself is very special for me, because I played the demo version (which I got from computer magazine CD) with my friend in a very early age. Despite didn't understand the story, we had a very good time :)
The main plot is cliche, it's not far from an usual heroine act, "to save the world," again! But I can guarantee that the environment, the world idea, the legend and tale which made the whole stories, is way amazing. In Wind City, there's a library which has many many books tell the story in a very long written about Septerra: what is the core, the prophecy, conflict between shells, the war of gods, the creator, and all the history about the SC world, you gotta read them. You really need to sap the stories, because it will helps you to maintain the motivation to survive the boredom which becomes the true challenge of this game :P
The combat system is very very SLOW. The character's attacking animation basically consists of: She/he needs to jump, in a very funny way, to get close to the enemy - doing an attack - and jump again into his/her place. It will take around 8-10 seconds! Even more bad news if the char using projectile, especially laser weapon which sounds "humm..", because we need to wait that SFX finish (add another 5 seconds) before the char moves into the next frame.
This game really teaches you how to become patient o_O!
Despite of that issue, the battle is really balanced but sometimes can be challenging, especially when encounter a special skilled enemy, mini boss, not to mention the secret boss (They are scattered everywhere!). You need to prepare the selection of party members, equipments, healing items, and of course magic power. Magic in SC world is very interesting, the char need to collects some kind of "Fate Cards" - with a very unique Godly characteristic in each of them. The card can be used by utilized the core power, individually or combined. The combined effect is depend on what cards being used: from attack, defense barrier, healing aura, elemental attack, super mega god bringer power attack, the possibility is almost endless.
Well, after all this is a 1999-released game, the first game released by a new developer, and unfortunately was the last game as well (Valkyrie Studios went bankrupt when developing its second game), so despite many cons, especially in combat system, but still, with a not really bad visual, awesome voice over, interesting magic system, and a very amazing storyline, the game is still worth to buy, especially if you had played this game before.