Resonance of Fate
Great game pure and simple.
This game is absolutely wonderful. The visuals are stunning, the gameplay is very enjoyable and requires actual thought out planning (which the naysayers of the game fail to see). The whole hex idea of the world map is very intuitive and is one of the more original things I have seen in a long time. One qualm one may have with the game is the progression of the story mode and how long it takes to pick up. While the sound does great in complimenting the aura of the steampunk environment and each situation that arises, it is no Nobuo Uematsu. Any person that says the game is bad because it is too hard should honestly not have been playing the game in the first place. Resonance of Fate is not for the feint of heart. It requires alot of attention in and out of battle, however it is very rewarding. Please do not let the bad reviews influence your decision. The bad reviews come from people who expect a game to tell them what to do 100% of the time and do not wish to put the necessary time into learning the intricacies. Honestly ,what is a good game without a challenge? Read this review and go out and buy this great game so you can experience it for yourself.
It only took me 6 Ebgames/Gamestop to get this game!
I knew this game was going to be good but i didn't it would sell out so fast!!! I was thinking about pre-ordering it but i was like "heh, nobody gonna know about this game," when it came out i had to go to about 6 different Ebgames and Gamestops to find it, and it was definitely worth to running around ( It was the last one too, lucky! ). This game is so fun, the characters feel so real, and the battles never get old. I already spent hours just messing around in the city and exploring around. You can change characters in the cities to get different reactions and they are just great! The gun customization it awesome too, but they don't show up in battle, but the costumes do and it's fun messing with that too. On the world map i was a little confused what do to do but after messing around a little bit i got the hang of it and started mastering the world map! The graphics are alright but it doesn't bother me that much, game was to have over 80 hours of game play and I'm looking forward to it! Get it RPG Fans!
Why the low ratings?
I was playing through Resonance of Fate, and I stopped to wonder what the rest of the gaming community thought of it. From the reviews here on Game Stop and elsewhere, I've seen other reviewers complain about the difficulty of combat, but I had this thought: things that are *new*, new as "new and not a sequel, prequel, or having the incriminating likeness of some other game", probably will be harder to grasp at the beginning. In fact, the low ratings are the reason I'm writing this review/defense/whatever-it-is because they do not do it justice.
Resonance of Fate is a role-playing game, and just like Star Ocean The Last Hope, which was also developed by Tri-Ace, the intro battle tutorial is BRUTAL. I realize that the battle tutorial has a lot of information that will be difficult for many players to digest at the beginning. On the other hand, the first battles are simple, and they become progressively harder as you improve.
The best way to begin Resonance of Fate is to go in knowing that you will need to learn how to do something completely different. Otherwise, this is what's going to happen to you: 1) oh hey, neat cut scene; 2) the arena? oh yeah, time to kick some can; 3) holy cow! I have to read?!
This is easily the worst game I have ever played it makes no attempt to show you where anything is or what anything does and then once you kind of get your bearings it throws you in a fight with no clue how to fight but x seems to be the only button that does anything. I couldn't stand this game long enough to make it past five minutes. Don't lie to yourself just because you wasted money on it this game really sucks. The only regret I have is that there is no scale that goes lower than 1. This is easily the worst game I have ever played it makes no attempt to show you where anything is or what anything does and then once you kind of get your bearings it throws you in a fight with no clue how to fight but x seems to be the only button that does anything. I couldn't stand this game long enough to make it past five minutes. Don't lie to yourself just because you wasted money on it this game really sucks. The only regret I have is that there is no scale that goes lower than 1.
Not for the faint of heart
Okay fellas, if you're on the fence, ask yourself these questions. Do absolutely hate grinding? Do you place a much higher value on story than gameplay? Do you hate actually having to think during fighting? If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, this game is NOT for you. Ok, now to everyone else. I hate JRPG's. Yeah, shocker. There are only a handful of JRPG's that I like, and this game is part of that small club. Just thought I'd get that out of the way. Now onto the actual game. The gameplay is very rewarding and is definitely the best thing about RoF. It's a combination of turn based and real-time, and it is very well made. The game doesn't baby you however, so be warned. It'll give you everything to work with the moment you start, and it'll do a good job of explaining, but after that you're on your own. There is a very high difficulty curve as well; if you mess up once in battle, you're probably gonna lose/die. Also, you will feel like you're in a Johnny Woo movie every time you enter a battle (I can't emphasize enough how freaking awesome it is to fight in this game). The characters, initially a little annoying, gradually become likable, and well rounded. The story progression is similar to that of Cowboy Bebop: random, oddball missions at first, but the plot becomes clear as you play longer (and is actually pretty good). If you're still reading this review, chances are you might like this game. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
Frustrating Battle System.. really annoying.
I have two problem with this game, first is the battle system, secondly the story;there's none. I admit, the battle system looks pretty cool, I got seduced by the cinematic shootings when I researched it on YouTube. However, its only a facade. Those flashy jumps that you see the characters do when they shoot; that's all the battle system has to offer. The guns that you get aren't that special, plus the battle system has a steep learning curve. Seriously, the battle system is unbalanced, all you do is pretty much, do your flashy shooting from point A to B. rinse and repeat. Horrible. You would think that the battle system will grow/evolve as you progress through the game. NO. its the same skills from beginning to end. If it weren't for the unbalance battle system I would love to finished this, but it's frustrated me enough to return it back and to write this review. This game isn't for everyone. If you're a casual gamer, you wouldn't like this a bit. But if you like hard and annoying battle systems combined with a plotless story, then this is a rent.
Im glad I took a chance on this!
I just bought the game today and have only put in a few hours but its already growing on me. I love how challenging the combat is even after you get the hang of it. So far there isnt much of a plot but I'm sure it will become clear. The combat is pretty confusing at first. I found myself getting agravated until I went to the arena and learned the tutorial. Now the combat is extremely fun. I love the fact that you technically only level up your guns but that transfers over to your overall level. I deffinately would recommend this to any of my friends that is an JRPG player.
Great, great game!
Resonance of Fate is probably the most unique Role Playing Game I have ever played. It takes the planning of a turn based game and fuses it with the precision of an action game. The result is high tension gun-battles with gravity defying acrobatics over field of hostile enemies. You coordinate the movements of your team chain-strike your foes with barrages of bullets. As the box says, the battles are very cinematic, but you control every action. In the field, play progresses like a puzzle game. You place tiles dropped by enemies to gain access to new locations, with certain tiles granting special effects. Another thing is the story. The world has been wasted due to some unknown cataclysm, and humanity now lives in a tower-like machine called "Basel" that makes conditions livable. The feeling it gives is very steam-punk, futuristic yet vintage at the same time, and the plot is very original. You follow three Hunters, dirty deed errand runners for the rich, in a series of chapters, unraveling a mystery presented to you in the opening sequences in the beginning of the game. Customization in this game is incredibly in depth. You can customize the clothing and weapons of the characters down to the fine details, and even during cutscenes, these changes in appearance are apparent. Weapon customization allows you to tweak attachments to the different guns you use, altering stats and performance. This game is very well rounded, and really fun to play. Anyone who enjoys RPG games and wouldn't mind something complex would like this if they keep an open mind. The level of challenge and the engrossing gameplay will be enough to keep any gamer busy.
Fun, Rewarding, and Unforgiving
I am a major fan of JRPGs. The whole reason I got my PS3 was for Final Fantasy XIII. That said when I first got this I was not into difficult games. I mostly wanted it for the steampunk appeal. If I had known its level of difficulty beforehand, I probably wouldn't have bought it. But, that would have been a mistake. This game uses a unique battle system that fuses real time and turn based systems. It is extremely fun to use, but equally difficult to master. The true challenge of this game makes itself apparent upon entering the first dungeon. The monsters here require you to have a firm grasp on the system as well as some tactical ability. You need to be able to foresee your enemy's moves as well as the consequences of your own actions. Prioritizing which monsters to kill first is crucial. A single mistake could lead to a game over within seconds. It took me four tries to beat the first boss, Tar Man, but once I succeeded, I had a strong feeling of accomplishment. This game has made me understand why many people prefer difficult games. On another note, the graphics leave something to be desired sometimes. Close ups of the characters (in the cutscenes namely) show glitches in the shading. Plus, besides the steampunk look, this game just failed to impress me in the graphics department. Plus, I think more could have gone into the story.
This is NOT for casual gamers
When I first bought this game from Gamestop, I had mixed feelings about it. The battle system is one of the most complex I've figured out in all of my gaming career, took me over an hour to figure everything out and even then I'm STILL having problems with it. It will take some time to figure out. What I like about it however is that it makes you THINK which a lot of people don't like in a video game. The storyline seems confusing at first but this is tri-ace we're dealing with and most of the games tr-ace makes don't reveal the entire plot until late in the game. All in all it is rather enjoyable and humorous. I give it a 9/10 due to the complexity of the battle system. Highly recommended for hardcore gamers who enjoy a challenge.