From the void, the gods of darkness and light created Agarest, a most perfect and divine world. As the generations passed, paradise sadly fell to the ravages of time. War darkened the skies and Agarest soon became a torturous hell as the gods divided and immense armies clashed, desecrating the once beautiful...
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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"Same as Generations of War. Very well done Japanese turn-based strategy game. Play Generations of War first."

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May 21

Laughing Jackal's next title Flame Over now on Steam

Flame Over, Laughing Jackal’s brilliant firefighting, action roguelike will be released on the 28th May. If you pre-purchase the game you’ll get a massive 40% discount off the usual price of $11.99. Flame Over looks stunning and is both rock hard and a hell of a lot of fun, so while I might be a bit biased on this one, I’d definitely recommend you check out the games Steam Store page here

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February 20

Agarest: Generations of War 2 is out now



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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Reviews

“All around, Agarest Zero is a great Strategy RPG that PC gamers should be delighted to have.”
Gamepinion

“The story, the characters, the art style, and the addicting combat all tie in together to make a beautiful package.”
8.5/10 – Chalgyr's Game Room

About This Game

UNCOVER THE EPIC STORY PRECEDING #1 SELLER, AGAREST: GENERATIONS OF WAR


Following hot on the heels of the number 1 top selling epic SRPG “Agarest: Generations Of War”, Ghostlight are proud to announce its prequel “Agarest: Generations Of War ZERO” bringing an enticing blend of in-depth strategy and epic multi-generational storytelling to Steam!

...From the void, the gods of darkness and light created Agarest, a most perfect and divine world. As the generations passed, paradise sadly fell to the ravages of time. War darkened the skies and Agarest soon became a torturous hell as the gods divided and immense armies clashed, desecrating the once beautiful land…
After many years with the war in deadlock, Sieghart, a young officer loyal to the armies of light, passes through the scarred mountains on a perilous mission. There, he meets a strange girl and unknowingly changes the fate of the world forever.

  • Watch the story unfold as you battle the enemy hordes in over 80hrs in a compelling and innovative turn based-based combat system
  • Choose the path of Darkness or Light through a truly epic story, spanning multiple generations
  • Build your ultimate army of warriors and master Extra Skills, Special Arts and Over Kills to defeat colossal enemies!
  • Use the all new Card Skill System to create your hero’s unique persona.
  • Featuring stunning new and beautifully animated character portraits.
  • The Soul Breed System returns! Unite with your chosen bride to shape the fate of the next generation of heroes

Agarest: Generations of War ZERO exclusive game features!

Agarest: Generations of War ZERO contains many of the unique features found in the first release of the series such as Extended Areas allowing you to chain attacks together in huge combos, the Blacksmith’s Guild for experimentation in crafting of items and weapons and of course, the Soul Breed System where you must carefully choose your bride as this decision will directly affect following generations.

In addition to these existing game features, the following new features have been added:
The new Vacation Days allow you to get to know your party members better and unlock bonus items and locations by visiting various places in the towns. Also, as you build your relationship with the rest of your party you will unlock new costumes for them to wear.

Character portraits displayed during conversations have been vastly improved with the implementation of Motion Portrait. This brings characters to life with subtle animations really helping to enhance the stunning artwork.

With various other changes such as improved graphics and a brand new Card Skill System to allow you to customise your starting character, this is a prequel you won’t want to miss.

Exclusive to the PC version, this new and improved version of Agarest: Generations Of War ZERO now features Cloud Saving (which has also been added to Agarest: Generations Of War very recently). We’ve also added the ability to decide which direction you wish the controls to be offset along with a revamp of the DLC menu giving you control to pick and choose how DLC is added to your existing saves. As expected there is full mouse and keyboard support, full gamepad support, Steam achievements, higher resolution art and a number of other user interface changes to ensure that PC gamers receive the best gaming experience possible. We are pleased to announce that a selection of collectible Steam Trading Cards are featured, whilst DLC is included in the game completely free of charge with other bundle packs of DLC available to purchase separately after release.

Included free DLC

  • A Deputy's Gift Pack: Contains 4 Flame elements, 4 Ice elements, 4 Thunder elements, 4 Wind elements, 4 Earth elements, 4 Darkness elements and 4 Light elements
  • Upgrade Pack 1: Contains 2 STR UP, 2 VIT Up, 2 Agi Up, 2 Int Up. 2 LUK Up and 2 Max HP Up
  • Healing Hand Pack: Contains Healing Hand Pack
  • Upgrade Pack 2: Contains 2 STR UP+, 2 VIT Up+, 2 Agi Up+, 2 Int Up+. 2 LUK Up+ and 2 Max HP Up+
  • Health and Guard Pack: Contains 2 Marfile Seed, 2 Vessels of life, 1 Revive, 1 Dryad's Soul and 1 Requiem Bracelet
  • Legendary Items Pack: Contains 2 Divine Branch, 2 Unicorn Horn, 2 Moon Fragment, Magic Crystal Chip, 1 seed of Happiness and 1 Bracelet of Feicui
  • Dream Prophecy Pack: Contains 2 Damascus, 2 meteoric iron, 2 generation crystal, 2 lapis noster, 1 shiny fang and 1 whispered dream
  • Logistic Support 1: Contains railgun, divine guard, crystal bracelet, dark bracelet and bracelet of light
  • Fall from Grace Pack: Contains Big Black, Black bustier, Angel Halo and Angel Wing
  • Stout Defense Pack 1: Contains extra frame, chaos frame, Heaven's End and E.O.M
  • Squalid Chicken Pack: Contains rusty sword, rusty bracelet. rusty ring, funky chicken and chicken ring
  • Nobility Pack: Contains Princess Bustier, Princess's Tiara, Imperial Guar and levitation stone
  • Loral Beast Pack: Contains Seiryu's sword, Genbu's gauntlet, Byakko's Bracelet and Suzaku's Ring
  • Stout Defense Pack 2: Contains Dragon frame, Demon frame, Mighty ring, Dismal Sylph and Prometheus Bound
  • Extra Points Pack 1: Contains 5000 gold, 50PP 150TP and 250EP
  • Extra Points Pack 2: Contains 50000 gold, 150PP, 350TP and 5000EP
  • Add-on Dungeon 1: An Add-on Dungeon for Generation 1 - A new adventure awaits in the Fohites Ruins
  • Add-on Dungeon 2: An Add-on Dungeon for Generation 2 - Explore the Neige Snow Field

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
15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
So, I was looking trough some JRPGs on Steam, and this one caught my eye, and after I read some reviews, and watched some gameplay, I decided to buy it, and I didn't make a mistake.


Graphics 7/10
In this game graphics aren't that great, though character portraits are very well done, and they are perfectly lip synced. Battle animations are also well done, though there isn't much to say about it, except the fact that they look pretty and flashy.

Gameplay 7/10
This is a turn based game and it's really slow paced, which is something that I don't like, I'm more into "Final Fantasy"s combat system, then this, but this game has a sophisticated combat system, which is hard to learn. Learning to maximize your combo will take you some time, since tutorial isn't so rich with the required informations.

Sound 6/10
The music in this game is great, but sound effects are very, very bad, let's take walking as an example, when you are walking you just hear "tup-tup-tup" like in some old horror movie, that's the part they could really improve. I forgot to mention the voice acting, that's the thing that they have really done perfectly. It's now ranked in my top 10 voice actings on Steam.

Story 5/10
The story isn't so rich and it's hard to follow, basically you just go around and picking up more teammates who are all girls, and the game just doesn't hype you up to see what's coming next.


Overall 7/10
The game has some problems, but I enjoyed playing it, and I think that every fan of turn based JRPGs should at least try this game.

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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Pro
- Good Storyline.
- Nice Japanese Characters' Sound.
- Great Skill Animations and Many Combination Attacks. Well done !
- Character Creation. (This feature is not in the first game of this series.)
- Good Artworks.
- Game Systems is not too hard to Understand.
- Cursor offsets (Left and Right). Well this is good option. (Should be on the first game too)
- New Affection Icon. (Easier to understand but less feeling)
- New Dungeon System (Easier to explore)
- Two ways ending
- Secret Achievements !! (I realized that some achievement are not in the list)
- Maybe More Later

Con
- Annoyed Tutorial. (On 1st run you should let player decide just like the first game) (-1)
- Character Creation. (Lack of information) (-.5)
- A little bug. (*Game freeze in some cases but its okay) (-.25)
- Costume DLC unavailable for PC yet (-1)
- A little low FPS. (Fixed by editing .ini file) (-0)
- Tracking system needed (Battle information eg. monster killed, battles, etc) (-.25)
- Maybe More Later

7/10

* Game freeze / When the blacksmith guy did something wrong in smithing. I opened steam overlay right after the item name is up and disappeared. And then the game got freeze ! I have no idea what heppened.
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29 of 46 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Do you like anime? visual novel-like story telling? game difficulty with a curve akin to right angle?

Well do I have a game for you.

Jist:
Turn-based jrpg focused on creating skill combos with your entire team.
Oh and kawaii desu anime stuff, full on vn story telling even get to pick a girl to marry.

Pros:
•tactical jrpg
•anime, that is a pro. right?
•the plot and style of the game series has always been very good.
•character variety
•main character creation

Cons:
•difficulty will give you a right hook out of nowhere
•the right angle difficulty curve also applies to the learning curve. Hope you've been collecting and memorizing combos & skills, while staying above the weapons curve too!
•you may become emotionally attached to characters

Final Word:
I own every Agarest game and the predecessor game/s and while they are all nice games I have yet to beat one, even after 30-40 hours of gameplay put into them. They are not fair, and will spike the difficulty without a second though to how much time you will have to spend grinding out levels, crafting gear, and gathering materials. These games actively hate the player at times. You will use gamefaqs. You will curse at your tv/laptop when you have a boss fight that was three flavors more difficult than anything you just faced. You will love the characters.

I wouldn't recommend buying these games simply due to the battle system being a complete kick to the gonads. I will admit I have more money than common sense when dealing with anime jrpg's. Especially ones by Compile Heart, and will purchase them all. I'm such a hypocrite.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
This tactics-based game is an improvement over Generations, the overly long first game the series. It is shorter, the UI easier to manage, and crafting elements are more straight-forward. My main complaint is the series still doesn't know what it wants to be. The developer packed so many side-elements into the game that they become chores to manage. They must have been working with a checklist; capturing monsters-check, grinding-got it, unlocking crafting levels-yup. It is tiring and takes away from the stronger aspects of the game.

Overall, the game is average with its strength being the battle-system. Might be worth a Jackson if bundled with all the DLC.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
It's a Great game
reminds me with Wild arms and Legaia dual saga in PS2
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I really like this game it remided me of Fire Emblem one of those turn base games. The story line is good so far from how long i been playing and it has a a lot of funny moments to.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This is a prequel to the game "Agarest: Generations of War" and it has ABSOLUTELY same advantages and disadvantages. Fights are boring as in original game, but the story, talking and relationships parts are still excellent. Unfortunately, this game is shorter than original (2 generations against 5), but it is still very interesting to play and develop world and relationships with heroines.
P.S. I think that it doesn't matter if you play this game before or after playing Agarest:GoW, because I noticed only one character, who is present in both games so they are not really related.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
OMG there is just soo much talking, i am 3 and half hours into this game, and it just one conversation after another, then they sit there and talk to other party members of the same story. But all in all the game does seem fun so far and i will keep playing
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Agarest zero pretty much will make you memorize alot because of the battle system and item creation.
Overall if you have alot of time and want to play a jrpg then go for this or play the first game first
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
If I could, I'd recommend this game twice!

Agarest Zero: Generations of War is an amazing JRPG, and this is coming from a guy who generally doesn't like JRPG's!

Usually, traditional JRPGS just have the characters 'dancing' and standing still when 'attacking' one another, and in this game instead you are allowed to use AP (Action Points) to maneuver your party into position to attack, defend, support or counter just about anything. When you figure out how you like your party, then strategy becomes key. Characters can actually die if left alone too long without revival (and you can't get them back, really) and they each have very awesome and amusing dialogue inbetween! The game even follows a sorta-visual novel path, and allows you to make choices for the main character.

Very amusing, very challenging (easy at first, but beware later on!) and very addictive. I highly recommend this game!

Word to the wise... Beware those damned pixies, they can hurt 'ya good.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
10/10 waifu go hard in this one.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Waifu Simulator with a twist.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I died and my wife died, my son was adopted and then later married his adoptive mother
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244 of 294 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
In Agarest Zero, you play as an extremely generic desu hero and try to pick up all those kawaii waifu's so you can have children to fight the evil monsters that are invading the world.

5/5 Sugoi game

But really, it's a pretty solid tactical JRPG/Visual Novel. For the price of 19,99€ i can certainly recommend purchasing it, especially when considering you get a ton of DLC with the purchase that wasn't free when the game was originally released on PS3.

The game is rather long as well, your first playthrough might take about 60-80 hours to finish. You can also port over your character saves from Agarest: Generations of War for some extra stuff.
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117 of 136 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
395.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Agarest: Generations of War Zero is a Tactical Japanese Roleplaying Game a prequel to its predecessor.

The story is set in the world of Agarest literally scarred by a war between the forces of light and darkness.
The game starts with Sieghart a young commander of the Armies of Light and his division assigned to a special mission to collect some kind of trumph card that would win the war. They get attacked by the armies of darkness during this assignment and after repelling the attack Sieghart finds a girl cornered by a sort of lesser god a "Larva" he proceeds to rescue her but gets mortally wounded. In his last moments the girl asks him if he wishes to live and grants him power healing his wounds. This newfound power was more than enough to defeat the weak Larva.

As a prequel the game has lots of references and assumes you know most things about its lore, I would recommend playing Agarest: Generations of War first if you plan to play this one, though not necessary as after ending the game you can make a new game+ in Extra Mode which allows you to play a digest version of the first game and you unlock profiles which enlighten you further.

The game's art style is quite good, though some of the female characters have provocative clothing, it is far from what most people seem to describe. There is some fan service though which is completely secondary to the game, which are the CGs, appart from some that might be a little awkward, they are all very well done and are a nice little bonus.
The voice acting and the translation I am not able to review thoroughly as I don't know Japanese, but since I've watched enough anime (and asked the opinion of a few friends who understand Japanese) I'd say the translation is good apart from maybe a few exceptions. The Japanese voice acting like in most JRPGs is nice because it usually beats any english dub.

The gameplay is the same as the first:
- Turn based combat, in each turn you have a move phase and a action phase.
- The party consists of 1 to 6 members.
- Each turn you gain AP (action points) which allow you to move or attack.
- During the move phase you are allowed to move your characters up to their move stat by spending 1 AP per square.
- During the action phase you are allowed to attack (and be attacked) spending AP or both AP and SP for special attacks (called Ex Skills).
- SP is gained by attacking, getting targeted, slaying an enemy or having a party member slain.
- The order in the action phase is determined by a character's AGI and remaining AP for both party members and enemies.
- There are also Extended Areas, which are different to each character, when you link characters through these you can strategize in various ways as they allow you to make combos with more than one character and attack monsters that would otherwise be out of the range of certain characters/attacks.
- As you progress through the game you unlock fields, different fields have different sizes and different bonuses/penalties.

I recommend watching a few gameplay videos or a video of the tutorial (if existant) as it would be much easier to understand.


When compared to the first game, Agarest: Generations of War Zero has several improvements:
- The game is slightly shorter which made part of the community happy (on the other hand it lost generations (from 5 to 2) and it has less characters, though you can still have Ellis, Dyshana, the protagonists and the heroines of the first game in Extra Mode and the others by DLC).
- Vacation Days which are events where you can interact with your party members in order to raise affection levels or unlock certain bonuses/secrets.
- Costumes which are literally costumes for every female character which change depending on their affection level, these will only appear in Vacation Days unless chosen otherwise in the options menu (I regret to say that after unlocking the costumes it isn't possible to chose which one appears it will always be the one that corresponds to the affection level).
- Card System, now this in my opinion is the best improvement you can costumize the first main character making him much more versatile than the one from the first Agarest.
- The portraits are no longer static and are considerably better.
- Beach scenes!
- Vashtor in white armor, 'nuff said.

Ignoring the last improvement, in all seriousness, the game is enjoyable (In my case I'd say a lot of fun as I've also played it before in PS3 and I'd say the PC version is better as I found it more fluid).
Personally I just thank Ghostlight for porting JRPGs to PC since it has few when compared to consoles.
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227 of 308 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Find your waifu, make a baby. Find your baby's waifu, make another baby. Waifu Simulator/10. Would buy.
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
164.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
As with the Origional, Zero is a true work of art. The Generation system is vastly improved from the original, and the affection system adds its own level of stratagy. The gameplay, while at first glance appears simple, is, in a word, "Multi-Layered". Mastering Esoterica and Combination arts is key to not only surviving some of the most difficult battles, but also recieving some of the best items in the game. With that in mind, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Agarest Wiki that contains truely invaluable information on the game itself.
While i love the game, I have to mention two dissapointments I have in concern to the actual game itself. First, the monster capture and combination system can be a boon to any player. If only for the Title System and the High End items you can get by using it. However, capturing monsters can be a chore sometimes, and often feels like a waste of time due to the grind required to max it out.
Second, the blacksmithing system has one infuriating element that i wish they had eliminated from the origional. That is the Random Item system that occures while smithing. On occasion, while crafting items, instead of the desired item you recieve a random craftable item instead. This still uses the materials, and after 3000 craft attempts, I only recived one item I cared about, or was useful. Instead you generally recive items that are either utterly useless, or are low level and already abundant.
As to the Steam download, it has one major glitch i was unable to remedy. Unfortunatly, there is a glich where on many characters in both conversation scenes and in the gallery, the characters images are obsucered by all the other alternate appearances being layered over eachother at the same time. This takes away from the character and story driven expreance that is essential to any JRPG.
On a possitive note, the Steam DLC is absolutly fantastic. Without it, many cassual gamers may find the baseline grind to level up and aquire both Gold and EP to be a daunting task. After purchasing the DLC it was almost like starting a new game + without ever having to have played the game.
I would recomend this series to anyone who enjoys JRPG's or RPG's in general. For a more epic experience I suggest playing the original and then loading over the completed game data to Zero.
All in all, I'd give this game a solid 9 out of 10.
As a simple footnote I would suggest that due to suggestive sexual content in this game, parental supervison is advised.
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70 of 96 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Keep in mind this is a quick review to help people decide if the game is worth a look at this price. I've played about thirty minutes or so thus far, but I will keep updating this review as I come across more parts of the game.

Agarest is a fantasy tactical role playing game, much like Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem. Straight out of the heart of Japan with its flashy style and exaggerated character designs, this game drew me in right away with its setting and characters. It leads to a slow start; the game making sure that it introduces the characters and teaches you about the combat for thirty minutes minutes before FINALLY getting into the good stuff in regards to the story and character creation wasn't a good call, but it lays the groundwork for the story ahead.

The real problem isn't the length of the opening in and of itself, though. It's the tutorial segments. The tutorial is drawn out and doesn't teach you anything you wouldn't know from playing any tactical role playing game. The characters and writing are on full display as you're taught the mechanics, making sure that you're at least slightly entertained, and they give you what you should well expect: flashy and fun attacks with all of the functionality you should expect from a game like this. But it's only exactly what you'd expect, and if you're going to demand total attention from the player like this, you need to be introducing things that players wouldn't know off the bat, and it just doesn't have any features like that in that first segment.

Eventually, it does get into some new features, but at the time of writing, after going at this game for nearly an hour, I'd only just finished the tutorial and I'd only learned two things from the game that I wouldn't have known otherwise from playing other ones. Just two. When this game says 60-80 hours, it means it, but if this is the way that they're going to stretch out the playtime, I'm a bit wary. Still, they were able to cram a good bit of story in that time, too, and I actually rather enjoy it so far!

This is a story-driven game, and make no mistake, it shows clear signs of the style it was drawn in. From only being voice acted in Japanese, to the tropes that are made evident from the first moments of the game, it is made clear from the get go that this is a game that's going to follow the trends of anime in regards to its story and characters. If you aren't fond of that, you may be better off looking elsewhere for your fantasy tactical role-playing game fix. But I am, and trust me, you have never seen a game that makes you think that you're watching an episode of anime more when you get past that tutorial and start the first boss fight. It's surreal to watch.

From what I can tell, you're going to be in for an anime style game with stylish combat and a kickass story. If the story doesn't grab you, you're going to be waiting a long time for gameplay to kick in, because you have to go through a LOT of dialogue, but the gameplay itself is solid , and I can already tell the combo system is going to lead to plenty of fun down the road.

First impressions? Grab it.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
160.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
5/10

Agarest Zero is the prequel to Agarest: Generations of War. People who played the old Agarest will find that a few things have changed.

Starting with the good improvements. A fast-forward option during dialogue, fully turn-based dungeons with no more analog crawling or suprise encounters, and a slightly more informative esoteric book. A simplified version of the original Agarest is build into the game, and can be unlocked if you play NG+ on hard. As long as you get True End in the Zero universe, you will unlock True End in the Agarest vanilla universe automatically. You can unlock various vanilla characters and combine them into your zero party for maximum choice.

There are bad points too. For one, there are only two generations instead of five, although unlike Leonheardt who was stuck with a sword, you will have some control over Sieghart's weapon. The True End mechanic is also different, it being dependent on relationship scores and less than a handful of crucial storyline choices. You will not unlock the true ending unless you are familiar with dating sims; it is possible to get all nine women in the group to love you maximally, but unless you get somewhere close to that you won't get the true ending. The game is faster-paced due to less generations, but not fast-paced enough to warrent repeated crapshoots on the dating sim mechanic only to find out that you fail true end again and again. If you follow the True End guide for Zero on Agarest Wiki to a tee, it is a linear process and you can unlock it. But then Sieghart/Leonis will not feel like they have any consistent preference or personality. It will just be hardcore pragmatic metagaming.

On an important tangent, this game may be a little bit less friendly to female gamers than the vanilla game, because of the much more increased emphasis on the dating sim aspect. Women-to-women conversations in this game are also more superficial than vanillla. Female gamers can consider themselves warned.

It is a game with pros and cons, but if you liked the original Agarest then you might as well get Zero because it comes with a simplified version of the original game plus the interface improvements.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Short summary: This is an amazing turn based strategy game with unique weapons, and a huge variety of characters and unlockable skills. This game is similair to fire emblem combat system, and has a cliche but an entertaining story. There are several events, and incorporates the oh so common dating sims the japanese love as well. One of the best part of the game is without a doubt, the creation of your character, where it is a tarot card system, which randomizes your character in the vague direction you build him to be.

Synopsis: Record of Agarest War Zero is the prequel to Record of Agarest War. The tale follows Sieghart, an army commander who gains magical powers from a strange woman named Mimel. Blossoming from this setup, Record of Agarest War Zero is a slow-paced tale treading on familiar territory: the world is in danger and it's up to a small band of warriors to set things right.

Combat: Record of Agarest War Zero's shining light is combat. Moving characters into position like a chess board is a challenging undertaking, but a rewarding one. Depending on which square characters occupy, they can link to other characters to unleash joint attacks with powerful results. But it's the calculated movement of sprites into position that makes exciting battles. While the terrain is flat and backgrounds repetitive, the environment is still a non-factor like the original Agarest War. The strategic requirements of success are fulfilling for all strategy fans. (Battles dish out experience like candy, yet money feels constantly tight.)

Gameplay: The Agarest War series is different from other strategy games is that the story is split over multiple generations. When the curtain finally closes on Sieghart's side of the story, it's his offspring with the maiden-of-highest-regard that carries on the tale into future years. You are also forced to progress along a fixed path, forced to stop at each dot along the way for a battle. These often have no bearing on the plot and are simply there to make the journey from one chapter to the next take as long as possible.(although if the battle does indeed get too tedious, pressing q will turn on auto battle. A word of advice is use it on enemies you will dominate, due to the fact that the auto A.I is not the best.)

Overall, i love this game, while it may say i only have 10 hours or so, i have the rest of the series on my ps3, with a total over 200 hours, a great game focusing on turn based strategy, and dating sim like playthrough.
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