Mimana: Iyar Chronicle
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
Mimana Iyar Chronicle - Playable
Mimana Iyar Chronicle is a decent game, but contains numerous flaws that may push many players away to find greener pastures. Many of the issues are tied with the narrative and combat system, but a few other issues plague other aspects of the game as well. On the bright side the game is rather colorful, offers a slight dating sim element, offers quality voice work, a few decent soundtracks, and humor that works rather well for a game inspired by harem anime.
The biggest problem with the narrative is that the main antagonist never explains his reasoning for doing what he is doing outside of being evil. The narrative also suffers a bit in that the main antagonist also mentions that he could kill Crais and make it even easier to achieve his end goals, but chooses not to do so for some unexplained reason. A good story needs a villain with a clear purpose in my mind and more depth then simply being evil in this day and age. I also felt that certain characters were forced into the game rather poorly like Tinon.
The game also suffers a bit from a lack of explanation for other plot points as well. The game hints at a lot of plot related stuff, but never expands on it. It's obvious from the ending that these questions are being pushed into a sequel title that may never happen.
On the other hand the narrative also employs dialogue that feels like actual humans speaking to each other at times and feels like it has well paced sense of humor if you are into harem anime. I'll also admit to like most of the main cast even if they were a bit cliche, but felt that there personalities were well represented and maintained throughout the game.
Gameplay wise this game utilizes a combat system similar to the older Tales of games, but lacks some of the refinements to the system that appear in games like Tales of Legendia. These noticeable weaknesses include a rather lackluster AI for both enemies and allies alike, a lack of ability to play as other characters in your party, and a highly limited amount of special attacks. The game also suffers from the fact that magic is largely useless since it takes too long to cast and enemies will largely move out of the way of spells well in advance making casting spells a waste of time and valuable MP. The game also suffers from a lack of an in-game map system. This is especially annoying because most of the dungeons are maze like in design and will require you to memorize paths or create a map with pencil and paper.
Graphically the game is rather colorful and employs a design engine similar to games on the PS1 and low-budget games on the PS2 like Shining Tears. On the other hand the game seems to have a lack of enemy variety with many enemies just being palette swapped from previous monsters. The biggest offenders for this tend to be the chickens, sheep, and geometric slime monsters that seem to pop-up in a lot of places.
The game offers a few decent soundtracks and rather good voice acting for the main cast at least. The voice actors for the secondary characters is rather weak to say the least. Though, the biggest problem with the sound is the lack of music in most of the dungeons. The only dungeon to receive any music is the last one and it is so low key that you may not even notice it.
While the game does offer a few bonuses if you play the game again after you beat it, the game lacks any real replay value in my opinion. The advantages you get to start with in the New Game+ feature are rather lack luster like the removal of the level 50 cap, increased item storage, and allows you to keep certain ultimate magestones, but it resets your levels all the way back to one and forces you to level grind all over again. I also admit that while replaying the game allows you to unlock more artwork in the album on the title screen the art work itself just isn't worth accessing since you'll need to spend around 15 - 20 hours on each game to unlock all of the art and will need to play and beat the game around six times to unlock all of it.
Lasting Appeal: 3
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.
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.
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).