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Baten Kaitos Origins (GameCube)

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Baten Kaitos Origins is a prequel to Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. Long ago, the evil god Malpercio attempted to destroy the other gods; a large battle of the gods ensued, and following this the people of the world were forced to flee to various islands floating in the sky. 1000 years after the war the people live peacefully in the sky for the most part; but Emperor Olgen, the emperor of one of these islands, has begun a plot to gain control of all the islands.

The main character of the story is Sagi, a "Spirit-born" individual who has been given a secret mission to assassinate Emperor Olgen. In similar fashion to Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, you don't actually control Sagi in the game but rather his guardian spirit. Throughout the game you can give Sagi advice, and as you progress the story will unfold revealing the plot that may threaten all of the islands...

Gameplay is similar to Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and features a card based battle system. Many items in the world have a "magna essence"; these items can be captured in a card for use later. Some items are useful for attacking and defending, others can help replenish your health, and some can be used to solve puzzles. When a battle begins your deck of cards will be randomly dealt to you; battles are turn based, on each turn you can select cards from those visible to use. Different cards also feature different attributes, and various combos are possible. When a battle is won, your characters will earn experience points, gold, and will also recover all hit points.

The battles in the game aren't random; as you explore the worlds, enemies will be visible on screen in some areas and contact with them begins the battle. In addition to the main story line, numerous sub-quests will also become available by talking with various characters; completing a sub-quest will typically earn a useful item for you as well as provide an opportunity for your characters to level up. You will encounter many types of enemies on both the main quest and subquests; since different enemies may require different strategies, you have the ability to customize the deck of cards you will use in battle. As you gain experience, you will also gain the ability to create multiple decks.

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Baten Kaitos Origins GameCube Fortunately Sagi has cellphone-esque technology.
Baten Kaitos Origins GameCube What's going on at the palace?
Baten Kaitos Origins GameCube You can capture the magna essence of some items.
Baten Kaitos Origins GameCube Use your wings of the heart to jump to and from some locations.

Alternate Titles

  • "バテンカイトスII 始まりの翼と神々の嗣子" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Baten Kaitos II: Hajimari no Tsubasa to Kamigami no Shishi" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Mar, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 02, 2011 19 out of 20 95
Gamezine Mar 29, 2006 19 out of 20 95
GameCola.net Apr, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Christ Centered Game Reviews Oct 24, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NintendoWorldReport Oct 10, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Nov 13, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Oct 10, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
GamerDad Nov 20, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gaming since 198x Dec 16, 2007 3 out of 5 60

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Servo (55823) added Baten Kaitos Origins (GameCube) on Oct 23, 2006