When I initially was looking at Opoona only one thing jumped out at me. That it was a traditional RPG on the Wii. A system that has had a shortage of such games. I barely even paid attention to it the whole time thinking that Koei was underestimating the Wii audience, and just giving them some simple game. Finally, I seen an online review and the battle system caught my interest immediately. The battles are part old school RPG, but with a twist. You charge up your attack and throw it in different ways almost like a baseball. What seems simple at first becomes progressively harder as they throw obstacles in your way and hide the more difficult enemies, making you take difficult shots to take them out quickly. Accuracy becomes even more crucial when you get the Power Plus, a weapon upgrade that lets you throw though enemies, making it possible to take out whole lines of enemies with the right throw...which takes a little practice. Weapon upgrades are very important, and innovative. You get to give your bon bon two coatings and three other abilities. Coatings include putting magic spells that activate when you hit an enemy, on top of your normal damage. And the abilities are things like making it heavier to make it go faster, and the Power Plus I previously talked about. But the thing that really sets Opoona apart is the job system. Very unlike other RPG job systems, it actually makes you obtain higher ranks to open new areas and get new abilities. Like mining rocks, fishing, and working fast food. It's a very addictive idea that will have you going from one task to the next until you suddenly look up and realize more time has passed then you would have imagined. The story isn't going to be winning any awards anytime soon though. It's very basic and more or less has you in a world where everyone has a specific job and your must do your part for society in your specific sector. Even going to see Opoona's family, who he was separated from, takes all kinds of security checkpoints, and the right rank. Though the concept is pretty unique the amount of meaningful dialogue is pretty limited. The sound effects and music are decent, but nothing spectacular. Honestly, I don't put that much attention on that kind of thing as I usually listen to my own music while playing video games. But if that part is important you won't be wowed, but at least you won't be annoyed either. Overall I would say this is one of the most surprising games I've played in awhile. I went from having no interest to buying it, and becoming completely addicted. So don't just take one look at the cover and say, "that's not for me". Take it from this RPG veteran (I remember when Dragon Warrior was the hot game) and run out and buy this game. You'll be glad you did.
yes: I recommend this product