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Pandora's Tower by XSEED

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  • Blood and Gore
  • Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Violence
Pandora's Tower is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
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  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Publisher: XSEED
  • Developer: XSEED
  • Category: Role-Playing

Product Details:

Pandora's Tower tells a haunting tale about a cursed young woman's slow transformation into a hideous beast, and the lengths to which the man she loves will go in order to save her. Aeron must brave the Thirteen Towers, which are suspended in the middle of a valley by chains connected to surrounding cliffs, and use his magical Oraclos Chain weapon to retrieve "master flesh," the flesh of the giant monsters that reside within each tower, which he must feed to Elena in order to reverse her transformation. Aeron's interactions with Elena during their time together have a direct impact on the story, as the strength of their bond will determine which of the multiple endings is achieved.

Dark and Original RPG with High Production Values
Gorgeous visuals and full voice-overs bring to life the somber story of a cursed maiden in a mythical land and a former soldier's desperate attempt to save her.

Action-based Gameplay Featuring a Variety of Attacks
The magical Oraclos Chain is the main weapon that is also used to trigger devices to solve puzzles, but bladed weapons such as a sword, twinblades, and a scythe are also critical during the fast and furious real-time battles across the Thirteen Towers.

A Race Against Time that Truly Affects the Outcome of the Story
The curse wears on Elena as her physical appearance becomes more grotesque the longer it takes to overcome each tower, and Aeron's interactions with her determine the strength of their overall relationship, affecting which of the multiple endings is earned.

Upgrade your Weapons or Forge New Items with Scavenged Materials
Materials obtained within the Thirteen Towers can be used to enhance weapons or fused together to create new items, which can be given to Elena as gifts to increase your affinity or be used by Aeron himself to assist him on his continuing quest.

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 6.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Above & beyond Nintendo may has improved in it's graphic and strategy in game play but, Pandora's Tower is another Legend Of Zelda which is why I like it. Along with the fact the it's the only game along with Monster Hunter Tri for the WII that I've found That I can play with the classic controller. Actually hate the chuck and remote trying to play games.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Game I Have Played This game is the single most remarkable game I have ever played. The graphics are incredible, just look at the trailers to see what you get! Music in this game is insane! It is orchestra and opera, but not in the prissy kind of way. When you walk in to a tower, the music is foreboding and puts you in the fighting mood, while in the Observatory you feel peaceful and happy. Don't even get me started on the boss music. Magnificent! As for the enemies, they are so unique, and they get challenging as the towers go on. The bosses are one of a kind, and even though I am supposed to hate them, they are beautiful and very detailed. Yes, there are thirteen towers, but they are each unique and engaging. The romance between Aeron and Elena is sweet and heartfelt, and progresses well and evenly. One thing to be warned about is the gore of Elena's transformation. Very unnerving. What you may not know is that there are six endings based on 'affinity', or how nice you are to Elena, if you bring her gifts, give her jobs and not let the curse progress very far. In ending S, there is a very disturbing and gruesome form of Zeron that is VERY scary. My older cousin, a macho man of nineteen, had to leave the room. I have played through this game seven times, achieved every ending, and I still look forward to playing again. All in all, Pandora's Tower is an RPG jewel that you MUST own.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kills the Beasts, Save the Girl Of course I was ecstatic to see that XSEED was making a new game, and even more excited when I found out that it was being released for the Wii, not the WiiU. There wouldn't be any focus on trying to make it cutting edge and graphically amazing if it was for the simplistic Wii. I knew this game would have a story, and a powerful gameplay. It indeed does. Pandoras Tower may not be for some though, just stating that from the beginning. Like other XSEED games, (Xeno, Last Story) the main characters all have some kind of accent that can be heavy, and annoying at times. I know it is something minor and should easily be over looked, but of course, you have those people that can't look past people talking funny. Next; as previously stated, the graphics are not Final Fantasy XIII cut scene worthy. They are a little blotchy at times, and can be simple and to the point. When the characters talk, the mouths sometimes don't move or line up. But hey, stop being so picky. Now to the better parts. You are Aeron, a knight/young man shrouded in mystery (and rightly so). He is in love with a young, cursed, maiden, Elena. Now, we all know that the course of true love never runs smooth. And Aeron realizes this when Elena is cursed, doomed to turn into a beast unless she consumes the hearts of the Masters that loom in the Towers that hold the world together. They have to travel to ‘The Void’ where the world is apparently being pulled apart and the only thing holding it together are chains linked to a floating fortress. The game isn't very polite with the gore either. Even though the game is rated T, you watch as Elena becomes something so disgusting that you might just look away, or you might look agape while she tears into the flesh of a pulsing heart. The fighting is unique. You are given a chain by a mysterious lady, Mavda, who seems to know a lot about Elena and the curse she has acquired. She gives you a chain, one that is a powerful artifact of her people. A chain that enables you to zoom from one area to another, or to attack enemies. The chain can link to a beast, and pull it closer to you. It can also attach itself two creatures together so that all you have to do is attack one for the other to receive the same damage. You can throw, toss, twirl, and rip enemies apart. Of course, you do have a sword, with fluid attacks and combos. Not to mention you get other weapons that are swoon worthy. But the chain steals the show. There is so much you can do with it that you aren’t really sure how to beat the monsters assaulting you. The old lady mentioned before, Mavda, is the one who runs the shop. Literally. She takes you to an observatory where you can go to and from the towers and check up on Elena. And she actually runs a shop where you can buy items, upgrade weapons, and sell the extra flesh that Elena doesn't need. Elena is a complex issue in the game. She is slowly becoming a beast, as previously stated. While you are out obtaining the flesh that she needs to stay young and pretty, there is this haunting gauge that is hanging to the bottom left of the screen. It slowly dwindles down to show you that Elena is becoming less human, and more monstrous. If you’re half way through a tower, but that gauge is almost down, you have to drop it all and rush off to save her from becoming a beast. Like the famous Majora's Mask, this game gives you a time clock to work under, that only builds and builds the pressure. Elena is even more complex when you throw in the gifts. The game is about love, no? Well, what says it more than talking and giving gifts to your favorite girl? You will have to buy, find, and scavenge things to give Elena so that your affection bar rises. Depending on how close the two of you are, the ending could be variously different. As you play, the story slowly unfolds, like any good plot. Pandoras Tower isn't going to hit a large crowd, but try and catch the lingering few that are still interested in the mastery that is known as XSEED.
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Curses, Puzzles, and True Love Pandora's Tower was a title brought to NA by Operation Rainfall, a protest that brought 3 last great Japanese RPG's to the Wii. The games protagonist Aeron is trying to help lift his love interest Elena's horrible curse which turns her into a Beast. Aeron must reach the top of 13 seperate towers to defeat a powerful foe at the top and return the Beast Flesh for Elena to consume so she does not end up a beast forever. Pandora's Tower has a slightly morbid, gruesome story, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying it out. The graphics are great for the Wii, the soundtrack is amazing, and the story is a tale that will make you want to finish the game to the end. In terms of game play, the combat may take a little time to grasp onto, but as you go through the towers in the game you will not only be fighting, but also solving puzzles, and traversing up the towers in a way that I can relate to Prince of Persia games. The story also reminds me of Shadow of the Colossus and ICO, but is a completely different experience because the game was so well done. It may be a leap back from this current gen's games, but if you want a deep immersive story, a fun and intruiging battle system with some puzzle challenges, pandora's tower is the game for you. It also includes somewhat of a "dating sim" as well. How you interact with Elena, and how far your relationship gets with her will determine different endings of the game. Don't be turned off by the game, just give it a try and I promise you it will at least be worth it if you are a hardcore jrpg fan.
Date published: 2013-04-20
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