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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (PSP)

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Description

In Blade Dancer, the player takes control of a young warrior named Shane (shown as "Lance" in the English text) who heads to a far off island to continue his training to become a powerful warrior. When he arrives he meets up with a native named Ferris whose people is under siege by an army of monsters, so Shane takes it upon himself to save Ferris' people and destroy the demon army.

The game is an RPG, with 3-D battlefields and a "Crafting" system where players can combine items to create a more powerful weapon. The game will store their combinations for future reference as well and supports up to four players on a networking system.

Common to the genre, battles take place in closed off environments, but they are not triggered at random. Colored skulls floating around in the environment lead to battles and based on the color the toughness of the encounter is announced. These skulls can decide to chase the player or back off when they are not strong enough and go look for reinforcements. The turn-based battles are based on a timing system where actions can be formed when an activity circle fills up. Time does not stop however, so actions need to be selected quickly. Weapons wear off and a Lunar Gauge can be filled up to get access to special abilities, affecting a single character or the entire group. This technique is used by the opponents as well.

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Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light PSP We meet mysterious enemies. Our hero, Lance, doesn't quite watch his language
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light PSP Sometimes the scenery is nice
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light PSP Intro - the whole heroic bunch
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light PSP I have no good emotions for this hero...

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The Press Says

Video Game Talk Aug 13, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Vortex Jul 24, 2006 78 out of 100 78
Into Liquid Sky 2006 B 75
Digital Entertainment News (den) Aug 08, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
Video Game Generation Sep 26, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Mar 06, 2007 6 out of 10 60
GamerDad Aug 20, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Yahoo! Games Aug 02, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Next Level Aug 15, 2006 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Games Radar Jul 18, 2006 4 out of 10 40

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Big John WV (25282) added Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (PSP) on Jun 24, 2008