The King of Bretwalde is dead. His passing, both unexpected and unusual, leaves the kingdom in distress. As one realm mourns, another readies for war; the Grand Meir Empire, intent on conquering the world, prepares to strike the empty throne. Taken by surprise, the army of Bretwalde collapses under the vicious assault, and the capital city of Egvard is quick to fall. Only Spanta, the sacred blade, can spare the kingdom of its fate. Free it of its curse and restore honor and peace to the land!
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Unique combat system – Use route maneuvers to hit all enemies in your
path and enhance your attack or defense. Manage your Momentum Counter to gain stat bonuses and control who your enemies target!
Deep party management system –With the Errand System, you have the option to send idle party members off to run errands or go on quests to level up on their own, which will become crucial to your party's survival in later stages.
Customizable skill options –Skills are not just skills, but dynamic strategic devices that you choose to build or not. Use skill points to either buy more skills or strengthen what you have!
Multiple storylines and endings –Your decisions will affect the course of the game, determining the character you become and the ending you'll receive.
Rondo of Swords is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Condor Commando from
Diamond in the roughTo start out I recommend this game to any fans of SRPGs such as FF tactics or Fire Emblem. The game is not easy and sometimes you will find yourself trying to beat a mission multiple times, but that is one of the things I like about the game, you have to out think the AI and win through the use of better tactics. The gameplay is where this game really shines though, you set movement paths for your characters to take, to attack enemies you simply pass through them and you can pass through your allies for helpful stat boosts. This system allows you to attack multiple enemies and then reposition yourself all in one turn, adding to the tactical nature of the game. The graphics in this game are not prefect but they suit the game and the same goes for sound, the main focus of the game is the gameplay where it should be on a SRPG. As a side note I thought the story of the game was good overall and I loved the characters, if you are familiar with any of Atlus' other games you may recognize a few that make appearances in this game. Overall it was a great game and one of my favorite SRPGs of all time.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 4 out of
Pros and ConsI would recommend this game to anyone who liked Fire Emblem. But this game has a difficulty level that is way past Fire Emblem. The game doesn't give you that good of a tutorial of the game before you play it and also the first mission is a big challenge. There is no such thing as an easy mission on this game and unless you're looking for a challenge and a game that will make you think outside the box, I wouldn't recommend this game. But if you are, this game is perfect for you. Also when you're playing, you must not always think of just charging in and destroying anything in your way, but also how you can flank, out maneuver or even out run. This game is not like all where it is a win or lose situation. Sometimes it is about just surviving the attack and that does not mean a time limit but reaching a destination.
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 5 out of
Fire Emblem for the DS!This game is simply great! It's like a Fire Emblem for the DS. I can't get over how good this game is. It's extremely difficult for people new to strategy/RPG's and for people who have been playing them for a while. I recommend this game to everyone out there who owns a DS. Without a doubt one of the best $** investments ever! If you like Fire Emblem then I promise that you will love this game. I have already put in over a day in playing time and I'm on the 8th mission! The characters are very memorable and the story line is great. The graphics are a little pixellated, but the sound makes up for that. I love the fact that there are no random battles so it's harder to gain levels unlike RPG's that do have random battles. Just get this game because it is amazing.
Date published: 2008-05-18
Rated 4 out of
David L. from
You got smarts?I bought this game yesterday and man, I tell you, I am so glad I did! The very first stage I had to do 3 times, that's how hard it is! You really need to take time and have a great strategic mind. Just imagine yourself being outnumbered 4 to 1 in the middle of a battlefield, trying to get to point B. Having to fight through multiple people at one time in order to come out alive. I don't know what else to put in writing that hasn't been said already, but go buy this game you'll enjoy it. The only drawback to the game is, if the main character dies the mission is over and you'll have to redo it. But on the plus side it'll give you insight on what not to do the next time you restart the mission. Like they say trial and error is the best way to succeed.
Date published: 2008-04-29
Rated 4 out of
Quality SRPG finallyThis game isn't easy. It takes thought, planning and time to win. You aren't going to rush in and just overpower your enemies like most of the other SRPG's out there. There are no random battles in Rondo of Swords, and because of this, all of your characters are almost always several levels lower than your enemies and one-on-one enemies will almost always win. Rondo of Swords forces the player to think about every move, every spell and skill used and use all units as a team; remember this and you'll be rewarded. The story in Rondo of Swords follows a political dispute like every other succesful SRPG. The hero's country is invaded and occupied, hero and crew set out to retake their homeland. That's it; I can't really blame Atlus for keeping with the trend and doing it well. Graphics in this game aren't bad, but feel outdated, like something that should have been seen late in the GBA's life cycle. Nonetheless, the animation is beautiful for what it is and the hand drawn anime style characters seen during the cutscenes look great. The music in Rondo of Swords fits the tone of the game very well, and the sound effects, while not fantastic, are well placed and add to the overall experience. However, the sounds in this game are very, very quiet; even with my DS volume all the way up, I could barely hear it without wearing my headphones. My gripes with Rondo of Swords are the battle (one minor thing) and shopping systems. Unlike other SRPGs, you can't cast a spell or use an item/skill and move in the same turn, better keep your healers/casters close to your group before you engage or they become a worthless unit. This isn't a huge downfall though, as it just forces the player to think even more about what their units are doing and their position in relation to that of the enemies. The shopping system in this game is terrible, you send one unit off to the store while your others participate in the next battle. While this doesn't sound terrible, it really is. You can't tell the unit sent shopping what to buy/sell; it's 100% random. Some of the units gain a skill to better the results of shopping, but in order to level this skill up, the unit must be taken into battle or sent on training missions to gain skill points. Spending these points in the shopping skill effectively gimps the unit for battle and wastes all the time you spent leveling it. And after all this, you still run the risk of the unit spending all your gold and coming back empty-handed. With that said, Rondo of Swords isn't for casual play. This game is going to take your time and thought to play through and may quite possibly cause you to need another DS. This game is for people looking for a challenge, which sadly, gaming has been lacking as of late. I strongly recommend Rondo of Swords to any old-school gamers out there like myself that are looking for a challenging yet rewarding game that will make you think before you act.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 4 out of
Easy? I think Not!!!When I was first looking at this game I though to myself alright another fire-emblem and advance wars (both great). When I picked this up I was blown away, 30 or more soldiers are coming at you from all different angles and you only have 3 character to start out with. I like how there are multiple endings you choose your own path, and how one character can attack multiple enemies instead of just one. Another thing I like about the game is you have derisions like to save the towns people or not and they can interact with you by helping or they can turn against you.I think the storyline so far is a great one a bit of a shocker in the begging but great.his game requires one to think and act strategically. Overall great game its a must for all you SRGP's out there...
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 5 out of
Awesome GameSo i bought this game and i thought it would be like fire emblem, or advanced wars (both of which i like). So i did the tutorials (which i admit were hard), and then went on to play the game. Usually, you start out with an easy level, but that was not the case here. In fact, in the first level you are escaping the capital after it is attacked, and you literally have over 30 people after you. The ai in this game is really good. So good that i had to try multiple times on the tutorials to beat them. I still haven't got a good strategy together, and that is mainly because the game is very challenging. It is very realistic in this way. In fire emblem for instance, your knights can beat over 20 foes in one battle. That feat is possible here too, but only with really good planning. The graphics were good, but i rated them an 8 just because it's halo type graphics, just watch the combat screen shots and you will know what i mean. As i said before, only get this game if you are really good, or are willing to use glitches and cheats to your advantage. This game is the hardest strategy game i have ever played. The interface is hard only because of the fact that there are many different buttons on the ds. However i do admit that the game could be a little easier to control. I haven't gotten very far in the game, but the story line seems pretty good. So my recommendation is, go get the game if you are up for a challenge. I may not have said this before, but it really is a good game.