The ten kingdoms of the land, seizing the opportunity provided by Overlord Janus's death, are attempting to unify the continent under their own banners. This is the beginning of the Great Neverland War. In order to bolster their defenses, kingdoms have begun hiring mercenary units. As new members of the Norius Mercenaries, you and your friend Diaz are eager to prove yourselves. When the squad's commander Judo is mortally wounded in battle, the mantle of leadership is entrusted to you, and so the adventure begins…
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First SRPG on the Xbox 360 – True strategy role-playing makes its long-awaited debut on the Xbox 360! For those who can master it, a deep gauge system allows you to execute devastating combination attacks and contextual menus provide an array of strategic options at your fingertips
Affect the rise and fall of nations – As a mercenary group, you can choose to aid one master, or aid them all. The course of the Neverland War will be irrevocably changed by your actions.
Incredible gameplay value – Recruit up to 40 playable characters, each with individual sets of attacks. Gather components to build a vast assortment of equipment to cater to your personal strategies. With over 100 distinct missions, Spectral Force 3 is sure to quench your thirst for battle!
The long-running strategy RPG series enters the next generation of gaming!
Over 50 hours of gameplay spanning more than 150 challenging missions!
Up to 40 different characters to recruit into your party, each with their own unique individual attacks!
Craft Your Items – collect and assemble different components to form new accessories!
Spectral Force 3 is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Big Tyler 08 from
Addictive Turn Based FunI bought this game last week and absolutely love it. I've gotten addicted to it and cannot put it down. The bulk of the game is doing missions and work for various kingdoms as they wage war against each other. As your mercenary group expands and rises in rank and fame you unlock story missions that flesh out the story, grant you extra members for your party, and leveling exp.
For achievement seekers, the achievements are very easy to obtain, 90% being unlocked for recruiting all the various ex-generals in their respective missions. The difficulty can come in spikes, more-so with forced story missions after various X-factors have been achieved. The game will also keep you on your toes as whenever the AI fight each other, the losing kingdom has chance to be instant destroyed; leading to a 2nd or 3rd playthrough for the small group of special characters.
For a 360 game, the graphics can leave something to be desired. The character models are a bit "plushie doll" like, but do not detract from the overall experience. The music is fairly decent, mostly reminding me of tunes from DBZ and Sonic video games. The battlefield maps are somewhat bland and overused, but grid-like turn based games are not really known for 5-star vistas.
Outside of an opening theme video, a short film clip at start of new games, and flashy (and albiet awesome) cinematic on characters "Final Specials" skills, the entire game is mostly text and dialouge ala Fire Emblem.
The battle system is turn based, grid tile combat. Each character has 3 specials they can learn. Various chest and wooden boxes are scattered across maps to give smithy materials used to upgrade weapons, craft equipment and skills. Each character can wear one piece of armor, two accessories, 3 tech skills (HP up, stat boost, next attack never miss, etc), and 3 specials (restricted by weapons). All of your equipment takes up CP, which is an item limit that grows as you level allowing stronger armor and more powerful techs and specials.
Combat utilizes a light, medium, and heavy attack system. Each character has 7 action point bars: Move-1, Light Atk-1, Med Atk-2, Heavy Atk-3. Skills require no AP, but use SP aka mana pool. Specials take 1 bar and SP per use. All of this is linked to a combo system that utilizes an accuracy system. 4 Light Atks will give higher chance to smash an enemy with Heavy Atk. All heavy attacks, mostly weapons, have effect such as Knockdown/Back, Lifting in air, slamming down from air, etc. Knockback will do extra damage as enemies are flung into walls, trees, rocks and other obstacles.
The 2nd main character, Diaz, give party access to a teamwork/assist system that can extend combos, increase damage, and provide many tactical options. Friendship gauge is filled up by Diaz's Alert ability and allows party members to assist each other with additional attacks and Teamwork which allows a character(s) free full turns to act, leading to tremendously long and damaging combos. It can also be filled by regular attacks, albeit slower then using Diaz Alert.
Further in story you unlock Battle Formation gauge that has 4 levels. Teamwork/Assist slowly fill up the gauge. 5pts for assist, 10 for Teamwork. Every 25pts of Formation fills a level up the bar, giving access to 4 different formation attacks that grow stronger as Diaz levels up. When a level is charged up, characters unlock a BF option that has all 6 party members unleash an ultimate attack on target dealing damage depending how maxed out the bar is. The negative of this system is if a party member dies, Battle Formation is unusable(needing all 6 members), and if Diaz is defeated, assist and teamwork are not accessible.
The finale aspect of combat is elemental portals that appear on the battlefield. Standing on these grant various buffs depending on the color. A few are HP recovery each turn, SP each turn (both possible party wide), Friendship bar increase, etc. They are also linked to Diaz's specials. Standing on a portal allows him access to his earth magic that when well placed/surrounded, can strike A LOT of enemies.
The above 3 paragraphs are also explained by party members :).
Overall the game is very fun. Graphics and music can be better but very fast grow on you. A myriad of characters to recruit and A TON of missions for both story and each kingdom make for a lengthy and at times random game experience. The character art is gorgeous, voice acting for each character is very well done (many are voices from various anime), and difficulty and battle system is a steady curve that only spikes a handful of times (more-so if impatient/split up forces/rambo).
If you like games such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, Tactics Ogre, etc.....definitely give this game a try.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of
Fun RPG!I’d been wanting this game for a while! Very hard to find but worth the hunt!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of
Awesome game with many cool charactersThis 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!!
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 4 out of
Old School TacticsI 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.
Date published: 2011-04-01
Rated 1 out of
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!
Date published: 2011-02-03
Rated 5 out of
pfc metzger.c from
like fire emblem on 360I 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!
Date published: 2009-10-03
Rated 4 out of
Great GameThis 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.