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Vagrant Story (PlayStation)

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Written by  :  SharkD (415)
Written on  :  May 03, 2011
Platform  :  PlayStation
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Summary

One of the better console RPGs.

The Good

  • Graphics
  • Combat mechanics (for a real-time game)
  • Customization/crafting
  • Monster selection

The Bad

  • Lack of character customization
  • Too much anime
  • Lack of choices WRT story
  • Asschaps

The Bottom Line

Played it when it came out in Japanese, so I have no idea what the story was about. I thought the graphics were impressive at the time. It had an interesting real-time combat system, in some ways better than the typical mouse-driven RTwP combat of RPGs in the 2000s. Better than a lot of the bastard platformer/FPS hybrid systems as well, too. The crafting/weapon customization was interesting. I think it captured the "dungeon crawl" feeling pretty well. I.e. it felt more like D&D than other (console) RPGs I'd played up until that time. Less "cutesy" feel is a plus. Asschaps are a minus.