Spectral Force 3
Not a bad SRPG debut to the 360
I've played quite a few SRPG's over the years and from about 10 hours into this one, it's not bad. The graphics are on par with pretty much every game of the genre (2D sprites on top of a 3D background), which isn't a bad thing though. The story is moderately interesting, not top notch, but keeps you entertained. As far as gameplay, the learning curve is a little steep at first, but you get used to it in a few battles. As you continue to gain mercenaries, and as you attain at least 6, you earn some special combo abilities that are only attained when you have all 6 in battle. You can recruit something like 40 mercenaries total (I don't remember the actual number) but only 6 can battle at any one time (at least up until this point into the game...it could change later on in the game). The sound is nothing special, but adequate enough. Overall, if you're into SRPG's, it ranks right up there with the rest of them, although I think they're all about the same anyway.
Old School Tactics
I grew up playing games like Shining Force and Final Fantasy Tactics- both of which I still love though I no longer play them. This game reminds me of the style yet isn't quite as good. The story is told through stills of characters with boxes of dialog and voice acting- which isn't horrible but isn't spectacular either. The graphics are sub-par for the 360; the special and unique abilities could have been done MUCH better. I LOVE the tactics and strategy required to beat a mission or job and that's what keeps me playing. I don't have to search hours for an item or farm mats for days to be effective (you do need to level up each characters weapons but you get items during and after battles). One of my favorite aspects is the number of characters you can recruit. You can have 6 on your team at one time but there's a lot of variety. I think what I enjoy most about the game is the flaws. Sounds weird, yea, but its the nostalgia and charm of it. I haven't found a game on the 360 that is the same style as Spectral Force 3 so I'm clinging to this one. From what I've read Operation Darkness is better and that will be my next purchase.
This game is played tactics style and I love that there are 40 characters for you to recruit but never all in the same game. As you recruit more characters you can change who is in your 6 maximum party except for two Begina and Diaz. The battle formations are great against powerful generals and the assists are good too. My favorite of this game has got to be watching any characters level 3 special. They start off with an animated scene with good voice acting and then a flurry of attacks or attack or maybe a healing spell of some sort. Battling is great fun especially when you have tough bad guys. The story is great but the ending leaves you with something more to be desired. Overall great game that you will spends hours playing and I hope that someday it will be made into an animation unless it already has then that would be good too.
like fire emblem on 360
I picked up spectral force 3 coming home from recruit training for the marine corp, I didn't think much of it until i got about four hours into the story. This game is surprisingly tasteful offering at least 35 hours of game play even more if you go beyond the story. It is very similar to nintendo's fire emblem where each character is given a turn to more across well designed terrain to inflict damage upon opponents using melee and magic. You may have up to six characters in your party, the game allows you to recruit newer squad members as you progress threw the story. Each character has a special move that can be preformed at certain moments in battle that shows a short animated video of the character before damage is dealt. The game play is surprisingly addicting and character customizations will keep you busy for hours. Well done!
Waste of Time!!!
The game is fun and all right up until you get to the Desert Supply where your fighting the demon that most of you will see at the start of the games movie. Worst idea they make it such an impossible fight that you have to last for 10 rounds and now I have made it to round 10 4 times which takes about 20-30 minutes each time even with the making the battle faster with r+trigger. Stupid thing is that you can reload your game and do any other jobs to lvl your guys or better equipt them only can do that mission, also you can't get any more mercs until you have completed this mission. Dumb Dumb Dumb!
Awesome game with many cool characters
This game is one of the best turn based strategy games that I have ever played. If you like final fantasy tactics or record of agarest war zero. this is the game for you!!