RPG Maker VX Ace
Fairly Enjoyable "Game" (Game Maker)
While it isn't top class in terms of what you can do (several JP products do a better job and depending on your goal, some EN products may be better), it has some good things going. It is one of the better EN products for making rpg games. As it is fairly simple to use up to a certain extent, it can be a great tool for people who are fairly casual and just have passing interests. However, as you continue to use it, you will find that some tasks that would appear simple are actually fairly difficult due to the limitations of the core product. There are workarounds such as scripting, but generally that would either be for more experienced users or users willing to get resources from others. That being said, to get the most out of the product, you should be willing to invest hours of time if not days or weeks or even months (maybe even years). In short, despite all the issues with it, it is fairly fun to use and easy to pick up.
Do you like to make games, RPGs specifically?
This is the perfect tool to make the RPG of your choice! ...okay, like with all things, work must be put into making games, even with RPG Maker. However, if you've heard the saying "you reap what you sow", then you'll know that all the effort you put into whatever game you make will be immensely worth it... especially if you mess around with the program enough to need to bug-hunt mistakes you are likely to make. As this is the seventh product in the RPG Maker line for PC, the developers had spent a lot of time getting it to work right, starting with the release of RPG Maker XP in the West (which is the fifth product in the line to be made... it's just the first one to be legally available here). In short, this is the perfect tool to make your dream RPG, especially in regards to how much effort was put into this engine to make it better than its six predecessors.
Best Toolset for game makers EVER!!!!!
I absolutely love this software. I've tried some of the earlier versions and liked them as well, but VX Ace is the best yet.
Does exactly as advertised, beautiful product.
This product will take you as far as you want to go, or as casual as you might need. I bought it recently and I have been learning so much and creating my dream psx / snes era game that has been sitting in my head for years. I never thought that making a game would be this easy, not only that but the ceiling for skill in this puppy is suprisingly high. I am just now breaking into the flexible ruby scripting language and going off from there. I was so impressed that I decided to write this review and I never write reviews. Big ups to the rpg maker team and heres to hopes that they keep making these things.
Not a game, but a game maker!
Just to avoid any confusion... RPG Maker VX Ace is an awesome program which allows anyone with a story idea or game concept to build a game pretty close to what they have in their head. You can always go out of your way to customize graphics, music, game systems, or whatever else you desire, but the system ships with good defaults that let you focus soley on the story. The community for this game is awesome as well, once you purchase this game, head to the official RPG Maker Web forums for any support you may need in building your masterpiece! There you will find many resources, including graphics, music, and scripts which you can add to enhance your game. (Most of which are totally free!)
You Reap what you Sow
The engine is powerful, but there is a learning curve for 'eventing', scripting, and most of all debugging. Should you get past the basics this software can provide a rich and rewarding experience of making your own games with custom graphics, sounds, music, and more. You do not need any sort of talent for the aforementioned as they are available non commercially and commercially for use at your discretion. I have bought this product for myself and four other friends, along with the majority of DLC content for myself.
Love to play? Now you can create as well!
Even though this technically isn't a "game", it's a great program that delivers to both beginners and professionals. A large portion of what makes RPG Maker VX Ace great is its dedicated and super helpful community. In my time using VX Ace, I have never come across an issue that someone couldn't help me with.
If you want something done right...
...do it by yourself!
If you are a fan of Games in general or especially RPGs, you might have felt that this or that of a certain game could have been made better. Or you have a great idea of a game for yourself and you think, this must been done by someone. Then you are in the right place with the VX Ace!
Thoug this is not a game at all! It is a possibility to create a game. It has its limits, especially graphic-wise, since you are bound to a 2D-graphic. But within these boundaries you can import, draw, just create your own graphics. You can dig the web for fancy sound. And you can use several boards and communities to get help for every idea you come up with.
It can be a lot of work, but it also can be a lot of fun!
RPG Lovers Dream!
As a small child, I always wanted to create my own turn-based RPG adventure. This software allowed me to accomplish that dream. Sticking with old-school style 2D graphics, but complete with a huge set of resources (both graphics and sound) this software is easy enough for anyone to use, yet powerful enough to create an RPG Masterpiece. This purchase was money EXTREMELY well spent!