Beyond The Veil
HIGH Decimating a boss with a perfectly-timed 300-hit combo.
LOW Arriving in the same damn lava cave for the twentieth time.
WTF Wait, you’re saying I can’t even damage this boss with my current team?
HIGH The beautiful metropolis Academia.
LOW "To Be Continued…"
WTF Why is Noel wearing parachute pants?
HIGH The first fight where I really figured out the battle system.
LOW The difficulty spike in the final chapter.
WTF "Guys don't make passes at girls who kick asses!" Seriously?
Film critic Roger Ebert says that videogames aren't artistic in the same way that movies or books are, and he's right. All three structure their stories in different ways: the plot of a novel—William Thackeray's Vanity Fair, for instance—won't fit neatly into a three-act film without some cuts, rearrangements, and reimaginings. But I don't agree that one kind of storytelling is inferior to the others.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes
I was concerned when the game opened and plonked me down in the middle of some teen angst of the boy-girl, largely platonic variety. Indeed, the fact that the teenaged female was baring her midriff and wearing pants that she seemingly forgot to button gave me cause for worry. Fortunately, I wasn't thrown into The Star OC, but rather I had discovered a well-done and epic role-playing game courtesy of tri-Ace.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Violence
So Radiata Stories, the action role-playing game (action RPG) from tri-Ace, should be my personal heaven: it's got a branching story that the player controls in a pretty big way, a bonus dungeon, and more sidequests than every Final Fantasy ever made. How can a game with so many choices be so boring?
According to the ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
Unlike so many of the role-playing games that are out now, here is one that is wonderfully fresh and endlessly interesting (in other words, the complete opposite of The Legend Of Dragoon). I love how the game creatively wraps itself in Norse mythology, and how it infuses the battles with such action and excitement. It has truly been a while since Ive played such an imaginative and energetic piece of work. However, I just cant justify giving Valkyrie Profile a higher score because the game goes a little overboard in the scope of both its gameplay and its epic story.