Following the huge successes of the number 1 Steam top selling epic SRPG, Agarest: Generations of War and its prequel Agarest: Generations of War ZERO, Ghostlight are proud to release the massively updated sequel to the series, Agarest: Generations Of War 2!
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Mixed (159 reviews) - 67% of the 159 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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“…the game executes everything extremely well. Agarest: Generations of War 2 is absolutely the best game of the franchise and one of the greatest JRPGs of its time. Worth playing over and over again, its introduction to the PC was a fantastic port and it retains all of its addicting gameplay and intriguing story that made it a hit on the PS3.”
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“Agarest: Generations of War 2 is one of the biggest, most ambitious JRPG's on the market.”
4/5 – Digitallydownloaded

“With two wonderful previously-ported titles, Agarest: Generations of War 2 is not only the best of the three on the PC, but it rounds out the trilogy with enough fanfare and excellence that all three titles will remain as my favorite JRPG franchise on the PC”
8.75/10 – Chalgyr’s Gaming Room

About This Game

THE THIRD INSTALMENT IN THE THRILLING AGAREST SERIES!


Following the huge successes of the number 1 Steam top selling epic SRPG, Agarest: Generations of War and its prequel Agarest: Generations of War ZERO, Ghostlight are proud to release the massively updated sequel to the series, Agarest: Generations Of War 2!

This sequel was previously only available on PlayStation® 3 but now comes to STEAM bringing with it a host of new features, visual improvements and an enticing blend of in-depth strategy and multi-generational storytelling!

Agarest: Generations of War 2 is set in a parallel world to the previous two Agarest titles and has a completely new multi generational story and universe to explore. So while existing fans of the series will of course see some familiar features and faces popping up, newer players will not need to have played the previous games to understand and enjoy this instalment of the story.


…One day, the world was enveloped by a mysterious blinding light causing terrible destruction. The central continent, from where the light is believed to have originated, fell silent and slowly, demons began to emerge and spread throughout the world like a plague.

Sometime afterwards, a young man by the name of Weiss, suffering from amnesia, encounters the enigmatic Eva who tells him that he has committed the sin of deicide. In order to atone for his crime he learns that he must become the "Vessel" in which the power of the divinity he slaughtered is to be stored. This power will be used to resurrect the one whose life Weiss stole, for those who betray the divine will pay for their sins in the space which separates salvation and damnation, as will their progeny...


New Agarest Universe: Roam freely and watch the story unfold in this newly designed Universe and battle colossal enemies in over 80hrs of compelling gameplay!

Revamped Battle System: Engage your ultimate warriors in a new faster paced combat system with real tactical depth and a wealth of character customisation

HD Graphics: Enjoy the all-new environments, CGs and your favourite animated character portraits in stunning high-definition

Mini-games: Engage in Bathtub, Shiatsu, and Massage mini-games!

Soul Breeding Returns: See your favourite heroines evolve over several decades through each passing generation

Choose Your Path: It’s not just the heroines you unite with but also the choices you make that will significantly change the outcome of the story.



This new version has full mouse/keyboard and gamepad support, Steam achievements, higher resolutions and a number of other user interface changes providing PC gamers with the best version of Agarest 2 to date. Cloud Saves are also supported as are Steam trading cards, backgrounds and icons while a wealth of DLC is included in the game completely free of charge with other packs available to purchase separately following release. Plus the new DLC system gives you control over how your downloaded content is managed, enabling you to pick and choose how it is added to your existing saves.

Included Free DLC


Add-On Dungeon 1 Lucrelia – Extra Dungeon
Bonus Point Pack 1 – Contains 5,000G, 50PP and 500TP.
Bonus Point Pack 2 – Contains 100,000G, 100PP and 10,000TP.
Novice Hunter’s Survival Pack – Contains 4 Grass, 3 Relief Grass, 4 Cure Grass, 3 Blessed Leaf, 2 Fragments of Life and 1 Syrum Dust.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 1 – Contains 5 Flame Elements, 5 Ice Elements, 5 Elements of Thunder, 5 Elements of Wind, 5 Earth Elements, 5 Darkness Elements and 5 Elements of Light.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 2 – Contains 10 Silver Ore, 10 Platinum Ore, 5 Bauxite, 5 Trogtalite, 5 Magnetite, 5 Dolomite and 5 Pileroth.
Troglodyte Pack – Contains 1 Rusty Sword, 1 Rusty Bracelet, 1 Rusty Ring, 1 E. O. M., 1 Black Bustier and 1 Big Black.
Skilled Hunter’s Survival Pack – Contains 3 Recovery Grass, 2 Relief Herb, 3 Magic Herb, 2 Revitalizing Herb, 3 Blessed Fruit, 2 Stone of Life, 1 Marfile Seed and 2 Divine Branch.
Add-On Dungeon 2 Graccea – Extra Dungeon
Overtake Your Rival Pack 1 – Contains 2 Strength Up, 2 Vitality Up, 2 Intelligence Up, 2 Mind Up,2 Agility Up, 2 Dexterity Up and 2 Max HP Up.
Priscilla Can Do It Pack – Contains 1 Princess Bustier, 1 Imperial Guard, 1 Levitation Stone and 1 Princess's Tiara.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 3 – Contains 5 Flame Soul, 5 Ice Soul, 5 Thunder Soul, 5 Wind Soul, 5 Earth Soul, 5 Darkness Soul, 5 Light Soul and 2 Damascus.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 4 – Contains 10 Silver Bullion, 10 Platinum Bullion, 4 ATK Element α, 4 DEF Element α, 4 MAG Element α, 4 RST Element α, 2 Unicorn Horns and 2 Moonlight Flowers.
Add-On Dungeon 3 Enhambre – Extra Dungeon
Overtake Your Rival Pack 2 – Contains 2 Strength Up+, 2 Vitality Up+, 2 Intelligence Up+, 2 Mind Up+, 2 Agility Up+, 2 Dexterity Up+ and 2 Max HP Up+.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 5 – Contains 4 Strength Element α, 4 Vitality Element α, 4 Intelligence Element α, 4 Mind Element α, 4 Agility Element α, 4 Dexterity Element α, 2 Moon Fragments and 2 Dragon Fruits.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 6 – Contains 5 Flame Crystals, 5 Ice Crystals, 5 Thunder Crystals, 5 Wind Crystals, 5 Earth Crystals, 5 Darkness Crystals, 5 Light Crystals.
Veteran’s Survival Pack – Contains 3 Remedy Herbs, 2 Relief Kraut, 2 Elixir, 1 Elixir of Life, 2 Blessed Flowers, 1 Vessel of Life and 2 Bijou Root.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 7 – Contains 10 Mithril Ore, 10 Orichalcum Ore, 2 Keys of the Moon, 2 Keys of the Sun, 2 Crescent Moon Rocks, 2 Imperial Jewels, 2 Magic Crystal Chips and 2 Meteoric Irons.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 8 – Contains 3 Cuprum, 3 Argentum, 3 Stannum, 3 Breunnerite, 3 Galena, 3 Aurum, 3 Iron Roze, 3 Hideralzentum and 2 Shining Fangs.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 9 – Contains 1 Shining Blade, 1 Ring of Light, 1 Mysterious Jewel, 1 Genbu's Bowl, 1 Seiryuu's Eye, 1 Byakko's Crest, 1 Suzaku's Wing, 2 Generation Crystals and 2 Whispered Dreams.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 10 – Contains 2 ATK Element Ω, 2 DEF Element Ω, 2 MAG Element Ω, 2 RST Element Ω, 2 STR Element Ω, 2 VIT Element Ω, 2 INT Element Ω, 2 MND Element Ω, 2 AGI Element Ω and 2 DEX Element Ω.
Right to the Blacksmith Pack 11 – Contains 1 Kagetsu's Light, 1 Fairy Cloth, 1 Tree Frost Drop, 1 War God's Crown, 1 Blue Ribbon, 1 Divine Crest and 1 Lapis Noster.
Four Divine Beasts Pack – Contains 1 Genbu's Gauntlet, 1 Seiryu's Sword, 1 Byakko's Bracelet, 1 Suzaku's Ring, 1 Funky Chicken and 1 Chicken Ring.
Unlock Character Galleries - This will unlock all of the gallery items for the downloadable characters.

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: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 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
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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Overall:
Mixed (159 reviews)
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Sarkoth
137.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
Great mechanics, really grindy.

Wort a look for JRPG fans, but beware that there are way too many tropes in there which would most likely make pretty much any and all feminists go commando on this game. If that's your thing, great. Otherwise you'll suffer the danger of getting offended.
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samus_of_all_trades
150.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
I really wanted to love Agarest War 2. It was pretty good, not great, until I got to the True Ending. It was all down hill from there. There were so many steps to get this ending that I had to follow a very specific guide. Of course, that alone doesn't bother me, but after all that, there are 8 more bosses you have to beat that are so much stronger than anything you have faced before. Suddenly, grinding for hours is a must.

Unless the battle system is amazing, I really hate grinding. Agarest War 2's battle system is certainly different, but not especially interesing and in some cases, not especially fun. On top of that, the frame rate of this game just kept getting worse and worse. Battles became painful moments I had to slog through. I still could barely scratch the first boss.

Something tells me that beating these bosses is possible in New Game +, which is complete nonsense. This game is not good enough to warrant a second playthrough.

I do not recommend this game unless you are really into massaging anime girls to raise their stats and get them to like you. Oh, that's a thing by the way. The three bath house minigames star you and your many hot, female party members in various states of undress. I did not find them enjoyable. They are not required, unless you want the True Ending, which I did.

TLDR
The gameplay is just okay until the framerate starts to suck. The minigames made me feel unclean. The True Ending requires stupid levels of grinding.
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Furious
104.3 hrs
Posted: July 22
My crack-cocaine. I hate JRPG's, and yet I cannot stop playing them. This one is no exception. The combat is really fun, but I recommend resorting to DIRTY CHEATS or FILTHY CASUL MODE if you don't enjoy grinding a lot and just want to enjoy the story, which is pretty decent as far as JRPGs go. The biggest concern of mine (and a lot of other people, I've gathered), is the needless censoring done by Ghostlight.

Where da uncensor patch at?/10

To sum everything up:

Decent game, alright writing, (some) likeable characters, pretty okay waifus, intersting combat, great soundtrack, Schwarz.

6/10 (That's not a bad score.)
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Joaozinh
4.3 hrs
Posted: July 6
Altough the game changed its system it is still a great JRPG Cliche game
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Sleepy
0.6 hrs
Posted: July 6
If you enjoyed Agarest: generations of war, do not play this glorified turd monster. They had a wonderful things going, and decided "Nope, i wanna go the opposite direction with this." and in turn created this filth. If you enjoy: a bad battle system, a worse menu, a totally pointless map roaming sequence (instead of going from point to point), incredibly limited setting menu, a cringe-worthy anime-style musical number, and hating the MC, then this is the game for you!
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rene.perron
20.6 hrs
Posted: June 14
Great story good game play like all the Agarest series
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darunite
27.2 hrs
Posted: May 25
playing the massage game on the keyboard is freaking tough. Especially the bath one where you have to rotate. . .its too hard. . . anyways yeah. Game is fun though. Bathtub scenes are great lol
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Fishhips
1.7 hrs
Posted: May 23
Did you enjoy the previous games? Then delight as this new entry into the series completely forgoes the core of the previous games to deliver you a thoughtless battle system which world bore even the therapist you'll need to get after using it. But maybe you weren't in it for the combat, you were in it for the "plot". Then they've got you covered, more autistic character designs, blander characters, a story that was inspired by that fanfic you wrote back in 9th grade, incomprehensible motivations, a massaging mini game with about as much depth as a water biscuit and waifus with even less. A commendable departure from formula and a great reason to give up on life.
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Vanni
75.8 hrs
Posted: May 16
Having played all the agarest games on both PS3 and PC I do have to say that I love all of them. This game was a change but the gameplay is nice.

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this to people over the PS3 version is that it is censored. The puritanical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t in recent years despite the world collectively becoming more mature is ridiculous.

Companies need to learn that censorship in any form is wrong.
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Sarkael
2.3 hrs
Posted: May 12
First of all, I was a big fan of the JRPG-Games, like FF and Stuff and this game seems to be a good game but hell why the f would you give a player coming fully new into this game a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ton of items to power up your characters to invicibility right off the bat? What is the point?
I was very dissapointed cuz the game itsself looked very nice and like one of the good ones of the genre but one second after opening a new file you will be getting bombarded with op items and the maximum amount of money to begin with.
You cannot dispose of this stuff and there is no orientation at all.
So in conclusion I was so frustrated by the game taking the challenge and everything else away from me that I quit after like 2 hours and layed this game to rest.
Its very sad because I think it could have been a pretty good, yeah generic but good game of the genre but this really messed it up for me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
133 of 171 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
151.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
DefinItely for the hardcore niche. If you enjoyed gameplay in titles such as Xenogears this game is for you. The story leaves some to be desired but the addicting gameplay in terms of control layout makes for a type of JRPG that hasn't been seen in a while. Turn based with button designated moves like Y for upwards attacks, A for downwards, X for Paralyze and B for ranged it keeps the turned based mechanic feeling fluent and fun through a somewhat recognizable outing. I give it a 8.5 based on the re-introduction of what made old-school niche RPG's fun and the fearless attempt at completely changing a gameplay layout from its prior successor. Although a lot different from Agarest 1 and Zero in terms of gameplay it makes for my personal most enjoyable entry into the series and could see this adaptation of mechanics extending its lifespan of the Record of Agarest War series to become one of the most favored in the genre in a long time in the niche market to come, Also Runs in 1080p/60fps.

8.5/10
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297 of 425 people (70%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
101.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2015
Disclaimer: This is the first game in the Agarest line that I have played. I played a good number of JRPG's in high school and college, but it's been a couple years. Take this all with a grain of salt.

Pros:
-Extensive character customization
-From assigning points to stats, choosing what skills to train and deciding the formation of your characters. Min-maxing this is a challenge in and of itself, and will feel rewarding for those willing to dive into it.
-100's of hours of gameplay for those devoted to completing this game and getting the best ending (and for only $20 or less on sale)
-Combat is showy and has big numbers (again for those into that)
-Music is honestly great.

Cons:
-You need to know going into this game that when a character says "hey, go here!" you aren't going to get any more direction than that. Objectives aren't marked on the greater map, and you will actually have to go where the objective is to find it. (Once you get to the sub map it will show up as something being there.) Basically if you don't know where you are supposed to go you are going to end up searching the whole of the world for your objective.

- I honestly found many of the characters to be extremely abrasive. Once getting to the second generation, I kid you not, the first lines of the new main character is him saying (and I paraphrase here) "I'm only doing this because I was promised ♥♥♥♥♥s". He then turns to the female lead and tells her he would really like ♥♥♥♥♥♥ her. O,o The character treats women as property and they all seem to just go along with it and accept their fate to be sex slaves.

-As far as equipping and improving your characters, there seems to be a lack of availability of improved weapons outside of the DLC that is offered. If you look at the other agarest games you can see that the dev's generally release a 20$ game and then 40$ of DLC which makes the game easy beyond belief. They give you a taste of what the DLC is like by including a small pack with the game itself. Can you beat the game without the DLC? Yes. Is it a complete grind? Pretty much.

-When it comes to endings there are two: the bad ending and the "one true ending". (This is apparently a commonality between this game and its predecessors. ) Know that if you want the good ending you are going to have to make all the "right" choices, complete all hunters’ guild quests and complete every event available. It's a lot of work, and if you miss one thing you get the bad ending. If you don't care about what kind of ending you get then this isn't a big deal, just something to know before diving in.


For people who are diehard fans of games like this, you'll enjoy it. There's a lot here to enjoy. If you are someone who like RPG's but are used to a more guided approach, this game can be very frustrating. For people who don't necessarily understand Japanese approaches to sexuality and duty, the motivation of Agarest's characters can be really confusing. If you are just looking to see anime boobs, go play another game or use google. There is some fan service, as to be expected, but it is actually a pretty small part of this game (thankfully).


Personally, will I play this game more: Maybe? It's hard to say. This game is easy to lose time to, frustrating and ultimately decently rewarding. If you are iffy on getting this game, just wait for a steam sale, and consider picking up the DLC with it. It will make the game a lot easier and if you change your mind about using it you can toggle it off and grind the game like everyone else.


I can confidently say I've played much better JRPG's. I'd give this game 5/10.
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83 of 111 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
83.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
Agarest: Generations of War 2 is the third instalment in the series and makes some fresh changes compared to the previous titles.

For people new to the series, it has rather heavy focus on storyline and character events so you can expect to go through a lot of dialogue. On the other side you also get increasingly challenging fights and multitude of
ways to strengthen your party members as the game goes on.

From the previous games it retains the datingsim/marriage system where the player ends up controlling and developing not just the main character, but later his son and even grandson.
As a welcome change though this game has revamped game mechanics, which make the turn based combat a lot more fast-paced and fluid.
This time the active party size is limited to 4 people and there's no need to move characters on the battlefield as they will be in a formation set by the leader.


Pros:
-Ridiculous story!?
-Unique main characters
-Fast-paced fights
-Overkilling bosses
-Dozen of different ways to power up your characters
-Soundtrack
-Dungeon maps
-Character designs

Cons:
-Worldmap with random battles
-Budget assets
-Mid game puts the main story in the backburner
-Combat gets spammy towards the end..
-Over the top fanservice and minigames


Recommended for anyone who likes rpg games and don't mind going through lots of dialogue.
If you tried the previous games but found their game mechanics too cumbersome, then Agarest: Generations of War 2 has that fixed for you.
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59 of 80 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
221.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2015
Agarest 2 is the third installment of the Agarest series. The game uses the same "Universe" but has a totally new story and battle system.

The battle system (to me) feels something like Tales of Graces mixed with turn based combat. At first, it is confusing and I must admit it is just button mashing whichever you think does the most damage or fastest to end battles faster (down/A is the fastest btw). During the first generation of the game you will gain new combat abilities and skills which you can then use as combos so the battles should be less button mashing and more strategical (although the tutorial I admit doesn't really explain it that well). I learnt by playing it mainly and watching some vids on youtube. When you do slowly understand bits and pieces of the battle system, it gets way more fun to do combos and also you will need to use them to beat bosses in later generations (mostly if you are playing in Hard). Later generations the battles get harder but you should have at least a vague idea of doing combos and stuff by then.

The Universe/world is now somewhat open world with random battles popping up every now and then. There is still the "move from this spot to next" like the previous Agarest series as "dungeons/caves etc"

The game is still has its dating sim/VN effect. There is a new "mini game" where you can play to get affection/stats for your waifu's but is totally optional if you don't want to play. This is just massaging waifu's which is weird-ish and hard to do but it's a good new part of the game.

Overall, with the new storyline, the game is very interesting and fun to play. There is no lag for me when I play. If you are looking for a J-SRPG that is way worth your money (easily 80+ hours to complete) I would recommend the Agarest series.

One extra thing I will add is the censorship of this game. It is missing 4 CG's one playable massage character for the first two generations (because she is considered a child) and a DLC character that you had to pay for and could ONLY use in fights(I believe? Also because she is considered a child). But if this is what it takes for this game to get onto Steam it is well worth. The missing content is about 5 minutes of gameplay out of a 80+ hour storyline.
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57 of 78 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
The game in and of itself is fairly fun. As the third entry (or so) in the series, the game's battle system has been much improved. The game is a grindy rpg with romance elements and a highly scalable and complex battle system that revolves around customizable characters (e.g. no fixed classes).

The problem that prevents me from recommending the game is the high price of the DLC and the altered/removed content. When I play a game, I like to know that I have a chance at least to see all of the content that the game has to offer. I probably won't have the opportunity to play through more than once, so it is important for me to feel like I am getting the full experience. As you can find detailed elsewhere, certain content from the original game is not in this steam PC version.

Additionally, the absurdly high price of the DLC is a problem. The DLC items help reduce the highly grindy nature of the game and make it a more bearable experience for people whose available gaming time may not be what it once was. The DLC would be fairly priced at $1-3 per pack, not where it is at the time of this review ~$8 per pack. Purchasing all of the DLC would actually cost more than the original game.
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39 of 54 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
All I have to say is wow, did they make this game a lot more fun than the first one in the series. Cutscenes blend both hybrid-CG art and dynamic 2d sprite events, a big step up from the much more traditional route the 1st game had. Even more important is the gameplay; they made combat MUCH better in my opinion. It's similar to Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth where emphasis is on chaining combos at a fast pace (still has a strategy grid as well, so it's a blend of real-time sRPG), instead of the dreadfully slow sRPG style from its predacessor. It definitely feels more engaged and doesn't make combat feel like a chore anymore.

It's a huge step in the right direction. If you enjoyed the dating sim aspect of the first one but couldn't get into the combat, I highly recommend this sequel as it improves drastically over the tedious nature of the first game, it's actually fun to play.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
75.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Having played all the agarest games on both PS3 and PC I do have to say that I love all of them. This game was a change but the gameplay is nice.

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this to people over the PS3 version is that it is censored. The puritanical ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t in recent years despite the world collectively becoming more mature is ridiculous.

Companies need to learn that censorship in any form is wrong.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
I definetly recommend it for people that like RPG's and fans of the previous games.

The combat has improved a lot,and it's much faster now,i think the game has improved quite a bit and it even has some minigames now.

If you enjoyed the previous games i'm sure you will be pleased with this one.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2015
Good luck getting the "True End" for this game.
Prepare to spend hours doing nothing, having regrets, and restarting.
I've already thrown 21 hours into this game, and I've restarted nearly 3 times.

The Bath house minigames are the worst.
Prepare to get angry at the images of nearly naked girls.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
Trying..... But still falls flat

My exposure to the Agarest series has been quite long. In fact from the very first Generations of War, up until ZERO and now this. This installment was supposed to be the defining chapter for the series and to me, it fell quite short in very many ways. For every positive outlined below, there will almost certainly be an overbearing glaring negative.

To begin with the new animated character portraits during spoken dialogue mark a fascinating turn for the series going forward. This simple addition to the visuals provides some flair to the tedium of still having to read through text "visual-novel" style. Did I mention that despite the voice acting present, all voices are in the native Japanese? While not inherently bad as the voice actors are competent, expect a lengthy script with PLENTY of reading. As for the environments, well there's some variety and even change when it comes to battle transitions. Sadly there's still no environmental interaction to be had within battles

Gameplay revolves around traversing a world map, transitioning to a battle screen, then taking part in grid-based turn-based combat featuring members of your party. In a marked departure from the earlier games, you don't position all your characters on the grid with a Move phase then Attack phase. Instead you can now determine formations prior to fights, obtain stat bonuses per formation then switch leaders around to change the formations (hence bonus) mid-fight. Since there is no separate move phase you get into formation and then press one of 4 Face buttons onscreen to perform attack types such as Launch and Stun etc. Since this system has become combo based in order to maintain high damage strings it's become a case of button-mashing with minimal strategy involved. And since the battles are RANDOM in nature......... Now, levelling up. This title has THREE separate level up variants consisting of "Technical Points" (for moves), "Party Points" (ability points shared out within the party) and "Control Points" (enabling you to SET moves in your character's repertoire including combinations). As you can imagine, juggling all these is complicated and tedious at best.

The story...... is quite atrocious really. On top of the usual kill the demon and marry one heroine per generation (max out at 3), motives for doing what is needed are pretty much non-existent. Add to this the lack of any sort of intrigue (the light political intrigue of the earlier Agarest wasn't bad) and you end up with an unnecessarily lengthy tale whose characters fit set cliched molds.... At least the music especially in special boss dungeons is great. Don't let me even get started on how long it will take before you start fighting the heavy hitters with their loads of three-tier experience points.

So, should you buy this game? Proceed with caution if you must, but if you are prepared for a LARGE chunk of your time being eaten up by a mediocre tale, then be my guest. Get it on a sale. A significant sale..... Ahhh yes. There's plenty of DLC offering weaponry, add-on dungeons, smithing loot and experience points for the spikes in difficulty. Which brings me to another demerit. Every single piece of DLC for this game is just pricey... Why would I have to PAY for stuff that should be ingame and unlocked especially if you meet special battle conditions/story conditions?

You've been warned.
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