Two Middle of the Road Games for the Price of One
The story for the game is rather simplistic and filled with a few of the usual cliches, but the implementation feels a bit poor since you never feel that emotionally attached to the characters. I'll also admit that the game suffers a bit in terms of dialogue as well with a few scenes feeling a bit awkward from unusual dialogue exchanges. This probably isn't helped by the fact that the game condenses both games down so that they can fit on the disc so certain scenes are fused together.
On the plus side the characters have some quirky personalities and names, but lack any real depth. The characters never really expand beyond their introduction which is rather disappointing since this game tries to cover the events of two games released for the dreamcast.
Evolution Worlds features a few interesting ideas, but it doesn't really implement them as well as I'd like since you can ignore most of the features with little rise in the difficulty. This problem stands out above all of the positives in the system to be honest and blemishes what could have been a rather interesting turn-based combat system.
Among the features that can be largely be ignored is the fact that units are placed in rows and columns and that damage received and dealt is decreased if you are in the back row, but is also increased in both areas if you are in the front row. The problem is that there is no reason to not be in the front row regardless of who your opponent is. This lack of a need to strategically place units in this game even for boss fights makes the system feel useless.
Another feature is that certain items and special attacks can move enemies in various rows so you can increase damage dealt to your enemies or position them for a special attack that hits certain squares within your enemies ranks. This feature feels under utilized since most characters have attacks with a relative low cost value that hit columns or the entire enemies area. The only character that would benefit from these items and attacks is Chain whose default equipment provides low cost attacks that target entire rows instead.
On the plus side a more functional part of this system is the fact that you regenerate FP over time which is used to activate special attacks. Then, again this regeneration ability also takes away from the strategic sense of storing FP until you absolutely need to use it. And, another essential aspect of the system is the talent feature which allows you to cast certain useful skills that boost a character's attack power at no cost, but you can only use these abilities once in a blue moon so you'll want to save them for boss fights.
Another slight problem is that two of your three character slots are filled up by default, but one of the default characters is never available for use in the final dungeons for either of the games. The issue with this is that it means you'll need to do the dungeons multiple times to grind-up all of your characters levels as well as gain the TP you'll need to purchase to unlock the various abilities of the cy frame parts that you have equipped.
Another slight annoyance is that all of the dungeons contain traps, but my complaint about this feature is that most of the traps are easily avoided if you run along side the walls.
Graphically the game is decent. The towns are sort of colorful, but several of the dungeons look alike in terms of tile design and it irritates me to a degree since the two games combined feature less than 10 dungeons. I also feel a bit disappointed with the fact that traps are easily visible on the ground for the most part outside of a few exceptions in the last dungeon in the second game.
The music scores in the game are decent, but none of them are memorable. The music basically does what it needs to do without enhancing the mood or taking away from it.
The voice work is a bit of a mixed bag with certain characters feeling a bit off in terms of voice casting, but the biggest offense in this area is Yurka from the second game whose voice is so quiet that you can barely hear him at the best of times.
The game does offer a New Game+ feature which requires you to pay off a massive debt as well as gain access to an additional dungeon. The game also has a long list of appraisal items to find and your unlikely to find all of them in a single play through. The game also includes a ranking system and can replay the game multiple times in order to get a higher adventurer ranking as well.
Lasting Appeal: 5
A good game with in depth characters. a realm of plausible magic and history. with classic turn by turn action. A great game period!
my favorite RPG EVER. this is the best. I played this for weeks straight, the game is different every time you create a new character. this was amazing.
This is the type of RPG they need to make more of. One of the best RPG ever. This game can beat most of the RPG that have come out in the pass few years.
To this very day, I regret selling my copy of Evolution worlds. I think that everyone would enjoy the game. It has great Graphics, the plot is amazing, the characters are original and amazing just alone. I love the characters of Mag and Linear. I wish that I still had this game, and I'm gonna do everything I can to get it back. I think everyone enjoyed this game as much as I did, so lets try to bring back the awesome games like Evolution Worlds!
Well as you all should know is that this game was also for Dreamcast yep it’s a hard game I still haven’t managed to beat it. but in the game the main character is Mag and his dad disappeared some how the last thing Mag got from his dad was this girl that holds mysterious power and also your in debt were not talking about 1000 dollars were talking about 33000 dollars. but any way the only way to get out of debt is going on adventures and finding treasure and sell it to the place were your in debt at if you want to hurry up and get out of debt selling items is a good way to speed the operation. But all together it’s a great strategy game it’s like final fantasy. Grenades or bombs are really great for your quest and the item and monster searches there great items too to use. all together great story line great graphics when it first came out of course it was long to get were I am stuck at o don’t rush to get to bosses get all the experience you can don’t do what I did and skip the wimpy monsters o its wise to use Lauren as a healer and for defense she does everything for every character.