Rated 1 out of 10 by I AM ERROR Terrible
I had pre-ordered this game thinking it was going to be great. The company had hyped it up quite a bit. It is absolutely nothing like they said it was. The back of the box said "Over 30 Hours of Game Play!". Another box said 20. The game lasted 14 hours from start to finish, and was one of the easiest games I have ever played. The game recommends against button mashing, but there isn't any penalty to doing so, and I literally won every battle by hitting X. There was no music in any dungeons ( With the exception of the Town. Forest, and the final dungeon.) Every battle, including the final boss battle, was extremely easy and required minimal effort. Some of the random encounters were harder than the bosses. The only good thing about this game is the voice acting, graphics, and battle system. But all of these were unfortunately wasted on a terrible game. Do not buy Mimana: Iyar Chronicle. It will only bring you disappointment when you realize just how expensive your 14 hour journey was. Nothing could about this game will make it worth the price.
Rated 2 out of 10 by Koroko No Life
This game has absolutely no life to it! I bought it for Christmas due to the huge lack of PSP games. I looked at the cover and read the back and figured "oh hey it looks like its got some good points with a Tales Of battle system." So i bought it and when i played it i was furious. There is ABSOLUTELY no story depth to it. I was confused as can be about it right till the beginning. They leave you with unanswered questions and what is answered is rediculously predictable. Next is the characters. Its the main character who is rude as can be with a bunch of girls, all of which can't fight to save their lives. You easily get killed in your first dungeon, which are all really easy to get lost in. The worst part of the dungeons is there is no background music for them and its just a little eery. Its says its got 20+ hours of game play but this is a total lie. I beat it in 13 hours and still understand NOTHING. It would make a great anime but as a videogame it sucks. I recomend anything BUT this game. AND WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T BUY THE 35$ VERSION~ It has the sound track that really isn't anygood!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Stunner It's more about characterization than gameplay
Mimana Iyar Chronicle should be played by gamers who enjoy characterization rather than gameplay. The gameplay is plain and repetitive to the point that it's relatively easy to get by. The dungeons are bland and some are extremely difficult to exit unless you literally map out your surrounding. So what's so great about Mimana? It's all about the characters. Thanks to the great localization from Aksys Games, the dialogues are very witty and funny. Backed great VAs, playing this game felt more like watching an anime. Plus, you can choose which girl in your party that you want to hang out most with and in doing so, will net you their ending. This means more replay value. So go ahead and give the game a try because you will not be disappointed by the character personalities and their great voices.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Saechao Can you handle it?
This game overall grade I would give a 7/10<br>The storyline is decent and the character's personality & voice acting isnt bad either. The real thing that bugs me is how the map is usually filled with riddles and confusion. If you plan to get the game either get the guide if there is one or go online frequently to help you through it, I would reccommend it unless your the person who love this type of confusing stuff. You can also customize your character with armor, stone and accessories but the weapon cannot be changed. The graphics isnt great but if you love rpg games you might get passed it. Im in about over 14hrs of gameplay somewhat near the end, but after all this playing Im starting to give up on even trying to motivate myself to finish it. The random encounters are annoying as heck the more it occurs the more pain in the bunny it becomes, even running doesnt stop the irritation. You get an item or a character skill that increased 50% of enemy encounter, but that's just to make you think it helps, it really doesnt at all, it doesnt even last over 1 minute imo. If your a hardcore rpg fan, try it out at your own risk, but if your the occasional rpger avoid this game.
Rated 3 out of 10 by umbreon It got better
Hey umbreon again with an updated reveiw. I've managed to start playing mimana again and I gotta say It's gotten better that it was at first. I can finally see some kind of storyline starting to appear and I'm still trying to figure out who a couple people are so it's starting to feel more like the RPG's I'm used to. The dungeons have also become more of a challange By getting bigger and far more maze-like so people who arent very good with memorization might need to draw themselves maps (I know I've been tempted to a couple of times). Im still mad about the lack of music, the and the graphics but once you get into the game you learn to get used to it. Also as a heads up for all you fellow anime lovers out there Mimana's got a couple of anime scemes that are pretty good
Rated 1 out of 10 by I AM ERROR Worse Than Most
The game could be beaten at a very low level with a very low play time. Out of the six total characters that you could use in the game, one was only available for a small segment of it. Most areas didn't have music, and battles were extremely fast and easy. The game is not worth the money it costs, and the soundtrack and the style are the only good things about it. Due to the lack of variety in the story, it isn't worth replaying, unless you wanted to see every bonus scene with the characters. But doing that would require several more hours of doing the repetitive battles over and over again. Unless you spend countless hours leveling yourself to the max ( Which really isn't required. ), then you will finish with less than 20 hours of game play. Unless you spend hours wandering through the relatively simple dungeons, you won't need more than a day to finish this. Every battle ( including the final boss ) required you to just press the X button. ( You didn't have to use any of the skills you learned. They weren't very useful, and most of the ones you learned were usable by other characters in your party with higher intelligence. ) If you still want to play it, I recommend finding a place to rent it from, or borrowing it from somebody else. Or go and find the used copy that I recently sold.
Rated 3 out of 10 by umbreon Major letdown...
I normally don't like ratting on games but this is definetly worth an exception! I havent played for the game for more than probably 3 hours in the week Ive had it (also geting Dot.hack//infection didnt help this BTW that is a WAY better game you should try) Ive gotten the first stone and thats pretty much it.Theres pretty much no story just that some girl hired you to be her bodygaurd so she can travel the land and look for 7 Gems for whatever reason. I liked how it had alot of voicing in it and the character desings are pretty good to but it seems they focused so much on those to things that they let the story and graphics slip extremely.The graphics are (at best) DS level, there is no music at all in the dungeons so they pretty much ripped you off with the CD (which when I checked didnt even have a name or any track names or artists!)the battles are either a couple seconds long or about 3 minutes if youre at a boss thats considerably stronger.then only thing I really liked about the battles was that they felt very much like a tales game and you can also influence how your party members fight by going to (I think,cant rember cause I havent even touched my psp in a week) the options screen on the start menu and selcting somthing on that screen then you can chose how much each AI priortises fighting magic and healing. So put simply don't get this game unless you got some cash burning your hole in your pocket and your gamestop doest have any Dot.hack games for sale.
Rated 5 out of 10 by Doog37 Hack n' Slash combat with long loads
I like the style of the game where it's not a true hack and slash in that you are either moving or in combat, but the combat screen loads are too long and the combat tends to be repetitve and boring. The story is nothing special (although I am about 1/3 of the way through) and this game is not as good as a Star Ocean game or the awesomeness of Final Fantasy Crisis Core which has the same type of mechanics (see recomendation).
Rated 9 out of 10 by Silverlance2011 Finally! A Good RPG for the PSP in a Long Time
Well, this game is pretty cool! The story is great so far, the voice acting is top notch to say the least, the controls are pretty solid and not complicated or awkward at all, and the gameplay is just flat out fun. Now, the only bad thing i can say about this game is that when you walk around in a dungeon or field or forest or anywhere besides the town there is no bgm. I mean, it's not really that important but it just kinda gets quiet. Also, you encounter enemies randomly and the only thing that bugs me and will probably bug you is that sometimes it will take 10 seconds for the battle to actually begin because of loading time and sometimes it starts right away. Not really a big deal, but it kinda gets annoying. The real time battling reminds a lot of the Tales of series. You can strike up to 3 consecutive attacks (at the point im at at at least) and you can move freely and guard. You also have magic attacks and can use them by setting them up as shortcuts. The battle is in 2D but the fighting arena is actually quite big. You can set up the position your party on a grid system and they will appear like that in a battle. Right now in the beginning, your first ally pretty much just stands there and heals you (like only once because she has low MP) but I'm positive the others will help you out more so it is a challenge at first. There are a good variety of enemies so far, and (so far) whenever the main characters talk it is always voice acted (which is pleasant to hear since it does not suck whatsoever) and if you are not sure what to do, all you do is press Square and it gives you your objective via a discussion between you and your party (again, kinda like the skits from the Tales of games which are funny and good to have, plus it is also voice acted). So overall this game is definately worth getting so buy it! In case you were wondering about the slow load time it is only really for the battles and unfortunately you cannot download the game to make it run smoother. But don't let that stop you, this game is definately worth the money and if you are a weeabo (anime lover) like me, this game will be really awesome to you! So get it! And Enjoy!
Rated 8 out of 10 by Chimaera9 Updated Review
As I said in my last review, I'd try and check back after putting at least 14 hours in the game. I'm now at 18 hours, and I still haven't solved the game. I have finally had all 5 girls join my party, though, and the characters continue to develop. That is honestly the best part of the game, as I really enjoy all their interactions and the chances you get to speak with them, pick one of them for a special gift, etc. Now that I've put more time in the game, I wanted to add something to my previous review. There is one more thing about it that I definitely do not like: there is no map feature, and some of the places you have to explore in this game are repetitive mazes. The Forest of Doubt and the Elves areas are very frustrating, and I almost got out a pencil and paper to map them a few times. But, if you're REALLY patient, have a good memory, and are willing to backtrack a lot, you can get through the areas eventually. Honestly, this sort of thing would normally cause me to put the game down and stop playing, but the character interaction and story are definitely worth going forward. The fact that there are so many battles every 15 seconds or so did prevent me from figuring out the areas quicker, but I still enjoy the battles, even 18 hours into the game. I am a little disappointed that they don't last longer and require more strategic use of items and abilities, but there have been some battles that did. The boss battles always do, but I just wish some of the normal battles were that involved--maybe I've over-leveled my characters from all the wandering around I've done? Anyway, I'm still enjoying the game, and the voice-acting is first-rate. My only regret is that I saw it appear on the PSN store today for $* less than retail, and kind of wish I'd waited to buy it online. I imagine the load times for the battles (which average about 10 seconds) would be faster with the digital version. I've raised my rating for sound one point because the voice acting is so well-done. I've also raised character customization because there are more options as you level up--more stuff to buy and things to wear that change stats. I also raised length because at 18 hours, I'm still not done and I think there's a lot more to go from the implications of the story. I was tempted to raise Challenge to a 9 because of the crazy labyrinthine areas, but the battles just need to be tougher to warrant a higher overall rating for Challenge in this game. I still give this game an 8 overall and not a 10 because of the arduous maps, not enough challenge in most of the battles, and a need for more customization options that seem to directly affect gameplay.