Review by Xyton

Reviewed: 04/04/01 | Updated: 06/27/03

A repeditive but fun game.

This game was the first Dreamcast RPG. It's nothing like Skies of Arcadia or Grandia II, but it's enjoyable nevertheless.

GAMEPLAY - The game is simple enough. You must make money, so you search ruins for artifacts. You follow the this pattern: get assignment, search ruins, fight boss, pay off some debt, get assignment, and so on. This game actually is fun despite its repetitive nature. The random-generated dungeons are refreshing, as you never play the same map twice. The game also lets you choose where you want to go, which is nice. The enemy levels are proportionate to your own, so you don't have to walk around and level up if you don't want to! If you don't fight at all, then the boss will most likely wipe the floor with you, but normally it's a doable challenge, the way it should be.

STORY - You are Mag Launcher and you must pay of the family debt. You do this by exploring ruins around your town. The story repeats itself, leading slowly to the climax. For an RPG, the story is very weak, but the gameplay makes up for it.

GRAPHICS - Not the best graphics on Dreamcast. They can be fuzzy or blocky compared to other games on the system, but it still far surpasses Nintendo 64. Not good, but not bad.

SOUND - The music in this game is absolutely excellent! If they sold a soundtrack for this game, they would sell more quickly than they could make them. Play the game and you'll understand. The shade ruins is my personal favorite.... As far as sound effects are concerned, they are just your normal thuds and squeaks, and the voices are just Japanese shouts or a battle cry.

REPLAY VALUE - Although not the type of game you would want to play all day every day, it can be played over long periods of time, and every now and then you may put in in to do a quick floor or two, even after you've beaten it.

BUY OR RENT - Rent it. If you like it, see if you can find it!

BOTTOM LINE - My guess it that you'll love it or hate it. If you see it somewhere, give it a try!

SCORES
Gameplay - 8.6
Graphics - 7.6
Sound - 9.5
Replay value - 8.8
Overall - 8.3

I don't average scores.
Tens are as near perfection.
Nines are excellent.
Eights are good.
Sevens are average.
Sixes and below aren't worth you time.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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