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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GameCube)

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Description

The existence of Earth, a planet of continents surrounded by deep oceans, has long become a mere legend. People live now on islands which are floating high in the skies. They also have wings - "Wings of the Hearts" - growing on their backs. Kalas is a young man who was born only with one wing - he replaces the second with an artificial wing manufactured by great masters. He is on a quest to find the murderers of his grandfather and his brother. He meets a girl named Xelha, who is out to stop an evil conspiracy that threatens the country, and they join forces against the newly appeared evil.

In this game, you don't only control Kalas and his party, but also play the role of Kalas' Guardian Spirit. From time to time Kalas will pose questions to you and ask for advise. Your answers will determine Kalas' general disposition and also his behavior in battles.

The gameplay system is largely based on cards. Many items in the game - from weapons to simple items like trees or milk - possess a so-called "magna essence", which allows you to store it and to transform items into cards that you can later use in battles as weapons, attack spells, defensive moves, or for healing purposes. The enemies in the game are not random, but visible on screen. When you contact an enemy, a turn-based battle begins. Your party is dealt a set of random cards from your inventory, and you must plan your turn according to the cards you have.

Screenshots

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean GameCube Those glowing circles transport you to a new location...but where?
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean GameCube We'll probably find out what we're up against...!
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean GameCube The game begins in this small village
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean GameCube Welcome to a city in the clouds...

Alternate Titles

  • "バテン・カイトス 終わらない翼と失われた海" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Baten Kaitos: Owaranai Tsubasa to Ushinawareta Umi" -- Japanese title
  • "Baten Kaitos: Les ailes éternelles et l'océan perdu" -- French title
  • "Baten Kaitos: Le ali eterne el'oceano perduto" -- Italian title
  • "Baten Kaitos: Las alas eternas y el océano perdido" -- Spanish title
  • "Baten Kaitos: Die Schwingen der Ewigkeit und der verlorene Ozean" -- German title

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User Reviews

An excellent game for any gamer new or old to the RPG genre Games_consultant (12) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Baten Kraptos: Eternal Ripoff would have been a better title. MasterMegid (897) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

The Press Says

DarkZero 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2004 8.75 out of 10 88
Gamesmania May 10, 2005 88 out of 100 88
IGN Nov 12, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Nov 12, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Christ Centered Game Reviews Jun 01, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Legendra Jan 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPG Land Sep 15, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Play Magazine 2004 7 out of 10 70
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Sep 28, 2005 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Gnosis

In Outer Dimension (on the way to Mira) you must fight a mysterious creature called "Gnosis". This is a clear reference to Xenosaga games, also developed by Monolith Soft: there, the Gnosis are a hostile alien race of unknown origin.

Soundtrack

Cases of this game bought from TOYS R US came with exclusive soundtracks with the music from the game.

Title

"Baten Kaitos" is a name of a star in the constellation of Cetus (Latin for "whale"). "Baten"is Arabic for "belly", while "Kaitos" is "whale" in Greek.

Information also contributed by Andrew Shepard and Unicorn Lynx
אולג 小奥 (168743) added Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GameCube) on Nov 28, 2004