Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled
Epic win, seriously.
Ok so first, I must say I got this game because it was cheap, and kept playing it cause it was good. I looked at the game, saw it was cheap and looked cool. I was right with both. Love the gameplay and the storyline. If you liked Chrono Trigger you'll like this.
A TRUE RPG MASTERPIECE!!
I don't know where to start. This is truly an AMAZING rpg!! It's like Chrono Trigger in gameplay. The characters are truly memorable as is the stroryline. The music is top notch and really complements the gameplay.
My thoughts on the game
Black Sigil got alot of bad reviews early on, I was not sure if I was going to enjoy it. I must say It highly exceeded my expectations Black Sigil is a classic-style JRPG which will bring players back to the days of games like FF6, FF4, Wild Arms, Breath of Fire and so on. This game is often compared to Chrono Trigger, although prime in it's time Chrono Trigger is quite bland in comparison to this game, Black Sigil DS is much better. What often motivates players to play these classic JRPGs is the compelling story and lively, emotional, and detailed characters which support the story. Something Chrono Trigger lacked. Honestly the characters in Chrono Trigger are very dull. The only CONs in Black Sigil are: 1. Battle Themes, although not bad they can get somewhat repetitive like in many JRPGs 2. Rate of random encounters (You enter random encounters with enemies more often than other JRPGs) This can present a challenge or be slightly anoying depeing on you, but nothing major. If you like RPG's/JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Wild Arms, FF6, FF4 etc I highly doubt you won't like this game.
This game EXCEEDS my expectation....
So what this game is... Is... Well... An almost-typical RPG with a semi-unique battle system (depends on how you look at it...) The overall difficulty isn't hard enough to drive away new players, yet it doesn't spoon feed you. It's basically your run of the mill RPG with a few tweaks, but the story and line up of characters isn't generic in anyway what-so-ever. Also: there are no glitches within this game. There are occasionally freezes, but this only happened to a select few people and when I say few, I mean like, 1/100 players - just about. So it's most likely their hardware that's at fault, and not their games. I mention this because it seems people are blowing it way out of proportion. This game is not perfect. It could have used some extra polishing, but that doesn't mean it's terrible. If you enjoy RPGs and you enjoy a good story to go along with the game, then you will most likely enjoy Black Sigil: Blade Of The Exiled. So in the end... This game is just right and fits perfect in my collection.
An Excellent RPG Experience!!!
As a long-time fan of the classic SNES RPGs from years ago, I was immediately drawn to this game from screen shots and video I had seen around the internet. And though I was admittedly a bit skeptical as to whether a game could truly succeed in trying to emulate the classics (I mean true CLASSICS like Chrono Trigger, FFVI, etc.), this game greatly exceeded my expectations. The graphical (2D) and musical style is an obvious tribute to the 16-bit era of gaming, but with a greater attention to detail and a more vibrant color palette (the music is actually really good too). While the game does have random encounters (at a noticeably high frequency, though it gets better as the game progresses) and a turn-based battle system (again, similar to the classic RPGs), the system is made more complex with the ability to move your characters around the battle map adding a new strategic/tactical element to the battles. How you move your characters around the battle maps can be as important to your survival as what attacks you use or what items you equip. Speaking of items and equipment, the game features tons of weapons (unique to each of the 8 playable characters), armor, helmets, accessories, and items. Items like these are often well hidden throughout the game encouraging hours of exploring to make sure you have all the best stuff. The difficulty is slightly high compared to the more modern RPGs, but by no means is the game overly difficult. In fact, by the end of the game my team was pretty much dominating most enemies, especially once you understand the intricacies of the battle system. Keep an eye out for two secret characters, though they are hard to miss. While I must admit the battle system has its merits and was very fun to use, my favorite part of the game has to be the storyline and the characters themselves. Each character has their own unique personality without really falling for the standard RPG cliches. Kairu, the main hero, is a fully developed character with real personality and emotion not just a silent protagonist or a happy-go-lucky hero. The other characters in the game are also well-developed which really helped draw me into the storyline. The storyline itself is very good and somewhat original too. The dialog (through which the character's personalities and the storyline itself are conveyed) is excellent. Well written all around, serious when need be, but also some truly humorous lines that had me laughing. There are some really great relationships between the different characters as well, nothing feels too cheesy or fake and it goes along way toward making the game a truly enjoyable experience. While not everyone will enjoy this game as much as I did (the high encounter rate and overall old-school feel may deter some players), I have to highly recommend this game to any RPG fan, especially those who enjoyed the SNES classics. I really enjoyed this game thoroughly and the nearly 50 hours of gameplay was worth every penny of my money (in fact, I already am itching to go back for a second play through, apparently there are 7 possible endings). If you own a DS and are looking for a truly engaging and fun experience, this game is a must-play.
Old School RPG Style with a few tweaks
I was told about this game from a friend around February and ever since then I kept up on any information I could get regarding this game. Now that I have it and played it, I can say it is does follow a 'Chrono Trigger' like style that if your familiar with will make you feel at home. Some early gripes with the game would be there's no sound for entering battle. Not that big of a deal for some but for others it may not seem right. Encounter rate is really high, I'm talking old school walk every five steps and BAM! another battle. That does get old but battles aren't long and controls are pretty simple enough. So far I have yet to find a escape option during battle. I've tried everything and so far I have to fight ALL battles. I can't pick and choose what battles to fight which makes things annoying when you just want to get to town real quick before dying. There's also no confirmation when buying and selling items so make sure you know what you want to buy or sell. I already ran into buying something I didn't want just because I thought I was selling instead of buying. Overall its a good game so far and if you can manage through the old school feeling, this game has the potential to keep you busy living the good ol' days.
This Game is pretty deep when it comes to Story line and the customization. the graphics could have been a little better but the interesting storyline makes up for that. this will be a very good RPG