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Mistwalker should be proud that they created an ambitious traditional role-playing game at the level of Lost Odyssey. Lost Odyssey touches the gamer on many different levels with its caring storyline, explosive battles and metamorphosing plot developments. The presentation in the graphics and audio help put the whole game together creating a beautiful amalgamation showcase some best talent seen in both areas. If you’re a fan of traditional role-playing games, or love games with an endearing story then you will likely fall in love with the dynamic intimacy Lost Odyssey provides. Despite being challenged because of its traditional roots, Lost Odyssey embraces them and turns on a memorable gaming experience that will be remembered for years to come.
The Review Busters
There is a good reason why it took a little longer than it should have for this review to get up on the site. It is really hard to put the controller down. Even with the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (see Super Smash Bros. Brawl review) I am still putting this game on. The story is deep, character development is strong and the music is beyond good. If you are an RPG fan then buy this game right now!
I know some people will hate this score, as it's up there with Gears of War and BioShock. However, you have to take into consideration its score against other RPGs. Blue Dragon got a 90, Eternal Sonata a 92. This game is much better than both. I never score a game against something of a different genre, and neither should you. Plain and simple, this is the best RPG I've played in a long, long time and by far the best available for the 360 at the moment. I did really like Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon was a breath of fresh air after the 360's earlier efforts, but they somewhat pale in the greatness that is Lost Odyssey. Amazing graphics, audio, gameplay and story. Really nothing more you could ask for in a game.
With everything considered, is Lost Odyssey the best RPG experience on the market? If it isn’t it’s making a strong push towards being one, at least being the best on the Xbox 360. It is however near the top as far as an intimate storyline and a true JRPG. Lost Odyssey is definitely not a game for the pick-up-and-play gamer, it is for the committed gamer who has a true understanding of what a JRPG is supposed to be. And ultimately, it makes for a lovely gaming experience that you will always remember.
But they were the only part of the game I'd use words like that to describe AND they are optional, so I'm not going to complain too much! Lost Odyssey is one of the finest J-RPGs I've played in years, combining solid mechanics with an unforgettable story that's light years beyond the generic cookie-cutter plots I almost expect to see from this genre. Heck, even if you're not a fan of this sort of game, I'd still advise you to suck it up and play it just to read the "A Thousand Years of Dreams" collection.
What you'll find here is a mix between the PS1-era Final Fantasy titles, the Shadow Hearts games (thanks to former Nautilus employees moving to Feel+), and a perfectly crafted old-school JRPG with high production values. It may be as close to a Square Enix epic as Xbox owners will get, but in some regards it outclasses them, and that's something that should not be missed.
With its meandering story and limited innovations, Lost Odyssey feels more workmanlike than inspired. But there’s no denying that it’s an exceptionally well-made game, and that Mistwalker has delivered again on its mission of producing traditional Japanese RPGs with epic amounts of content and next-gen production values. If you’re expecting a revolution, you may come away disappointed. But if you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll appreciate Lost Odyssey’s exceptional craftsmanship from start to finish.
Lost Odyssey er den første spændende gennemførelse af et medrivende next-gen japansk RPG. Spillets gameplay er måske ikke så dybt eller komplekst som fx det fra Mass Effect, men Lost Odyssey virker utroligt gennemført på mange punkter. Spillet er delt op på 4 DVD'ere og vil tage de fleste over 40 timer at klare på første gennemspilning. Med et solidt og let tilgængeligt kampsystem, en velfortalt, sammenhængende og god historie, imponerende grafik og stemmeskuespil, er Lost Odyssey i det store hele en fantastisk rejse ind i et magisk univers.
There are a number of gameplay flaws, particularly in the areas of difficulty and monotony (turn-based games are quite dull when compared to their more modern kin), but underneath it all there's still a lot to love about the title. If you are in the mood for an epic, old-school, meaningful RPG, then it's hard to go wrong with Lost Odyssey.
Game Informer Magazine
In the end, Lost Odyssey won't change your perception of RPG's, but rather remind you of why you love them.
To bring things to a close, it seems like a bit of a cop out to end on the suggestion that if you like JRPG's then you'll like this otherwise don't bother, but it's genuinely the best advice I can offer. This is a beautiful, involving, epic example of its type but those for whom the genre holds no interest aren't going to be converted by a game that rarely offers the innovation you may have been expecting and conforms to more of the old frustrations than it probably should. Speaking personally I loved it, which explains the big score, but I understand there will be those of you who fail to see where the attraction is and nothing I can say will change that.
Lost Odyssey memang sebuah mahakarya yang dapat disejajarkan dengan serial Final Fantasy. Apalagi dengan Hironobu dan Nobuo yang dulu menggarap seri tersebut. Sebagai J-RPG, ini adalah game yang sangat menghibur, dijamin bakal menghabiskan minimal 30 jam untuk menamatkan game ini. Untuk tingkat kesulitannya, sih, sedikit aneh, kadang kita merasa kok gampang banget ya melawan musuh-musuhnya…eh tiba-tiba pas masuk map baru, kita dibantai abis. Jadi tingkat kesulitannya bisa dibilang di atas rata-rata, dan untuk bermain dengan lancar dibutuhkan leveling yang cukup Dari segi visual dan musik memang wah banget, didukung dengan cerita yang penuh emosi yang bercampur aduk. Game ini kalau sampai saat ini belum pernah diputar di mesin Xbox 360 Anda, berarti kelewatan banget. Ini game wajib bagi semua gamer, terlebih bagi yang suka RPG…dan bagi pendatang baru di genre RPG, cobalah karya yang satu ini, dijamin Anda bakalan jatuh cinta, deh.
In many ways Lost Odyssey is a very traditional console RPG. If you’re like us you’ll certainly have no problem with that. In fact, a traditional console RPG very much in the same vein as the Final Fantasy series is just what many 360 owners wanted and Lost Odyssey truly delivers. It also has a few unique twists of its own that work well. It’s a shame that there are some frame rate dips and frequent (although never long) load times to put up with but on the whole the quality of the storyline and the overall quality of the game more than compensates for any technical niggles. Lost Odyssey is definitely a game that every RPG enthusiast should play and it’s definitely one of the best Xbox 360 RPGs to date.
Mistwalker seemed to be nothing more than a hype machine by Microsoft to gain some Japanese support. Blue Dragon was okay, but ultimately boring and forgettable, while Lost Odyssey borders on the excellence we have seen from Sakaguchi in the past. If the gameplay could have evolved a tad bit compared to what we’ve seen before it would have been a nearly flawless game. The characters alone make Lost Odyssey an adventure worth having. At no point will this be a boring game for any fan of the genre, and it’s a game that really could push Xbox 360 sales overseas. It really is an absolute delight and a real surprise.
Game Freaks 365
Even though the game is four discs, do not think that you are getting a 100 hour game out of Lost Odyssey. The bulk of each disc is in the numerous cutscenes that you will encounter. Only expect to receive a 30-40 hour experience that will include many interesting battles, characters, and plot twists. Lost Odyssey is definitely one of the better RPGs of this generation. It is right up there with the likes of Mass Effect and Oblivion while being entirely different. If you are a fan to these traditional RPGs, or are new to the way turn based RPGs work, Lost Odyssey will definitely open your eyes to just how enjoyable they can be once again.
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Endlich bekommen Xbox 360-Besitzer ein Rollenspiel, welche Sony-Jünger schon en Masse besitzen. Das Spiel zieht euch in einen tiefen Bann und erzählt eine spannende sowie emotionale Geschichte, bietet einen gigantischen Umfang auf vier DVDs, eine fesselnde Atmosphäre und ein tolles Kampfsystem, bei dem ihr ein wenig Fingergefühl mitbringen müsst. Dennoch werden vor allem Technikfetischisten die etwas veraltete Grafik bemängeln - was jedoch nicht sehr ins Gewicht fällt. Die nervigen Ladezeiten sind hingegen sehr schade. Aber auch einen etwas offeneren Spielverlauf hätte man sich hier und da gewünscht. Dennoch, wer auf östliche Rollenspiele im Stil von Final Fantasy steht, der kommt um diese Perle nicht herum!
Game Informer Magazine
As thankful as I am that there are role-playing titles that strive to innovate, I am also glad that games like Lost Odyssey are still being made. It is a testament to the philosophy that time-tested concepts, when implemented well, can be just as gratifying as they were at the genre's inception.
Bei Lost Odyssey für die Xbox 360 werden sich die Meinungen scheiden, da das Spiel viele positive, aber auch einige negative Aspekte aufweist. Auf der Kontraliste stehen der lineare Spielablauf, die langen Ladezeiten und die öden Kämpfe in der Arena. Besonders gefallen haben mir dafür die Audioeffekte. Selten erlebte ich in einem Rollenspiel so passende Musikstücke wie bei diesem. Positiv überrascht haben mich auch die Gestaltung der Gegnermodells und natürlich die hübschen Effekte.
Lost Odyssey on kaikin tavoin laadukas, mutta se on myös hyvin perinteinen japanilainen konsoliroolipeli. Se ei yritä keksiä pyörää uudelleen. Lajityyppiin kyllästyneille se tuskin tarjoaa mitään uutta, mutta sen ystäville luvassa on jälleen kerran yksi unohtumaton seikkailu mielenkiintoisissa puitteissa.
Lost Odyssey is a game which will be liked by many RPG lovers. The game doesn't try to recreate the genre, but if you were a fan of previous Final Fantasy games you will enjoy this title as well. With 4 dvd’s, packed with high quality movies and the beautiful stories of the memories, you have a game which will give the player hours of fun on both visuals and gameplay.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Drawn-out cut-scenes detach players from the action, but the written word requires the use of imagination and introspection, forcing you to explore Kaim's past experiences - stories that revolve around such diverse topics as unjust imprisonment, racism, and suicide. In fact, I'd like to see these refreshingly adult themes expanded on further in a sequel. Just one request, Mr. Sakaguchi: Leave the kids at home next time, OK?
Lost Odyssey ist einfach ein japanisches rundenbasierendes Rundenspiel wie viele vorher. Doch dies muss nicht unbedingt negativ aufgefasst werden. Während sich Final Fantasy und Co. mit mehr oder weniger missglückten Versuchen etwas frischen Wind in das Genre zu bringen herumschlagen, schafft es Mistwalker altbewährtes mit frischen Ideen und einem ordentlichen Facelifting gekonnt auszuschmücken. Leider schaffen es die etwas wackelige Story, die nervigen Ladezeiten und viel zu viele Zufallskämpfe zu verhindern, dass sich das Potential des Titels voll entfalten kann. Wer auf klassische japanische Rollenspiele steht, den erwarten insgesamt vier DVDs voller Abenteuer mit Kaim und seinem Gefolge!
Japani-ropejen ystävät pitävät LO:sta varmasti, eikä sitä muidenkaan kannata kovin karsastaa. Pelin rytmitys on kyllä syvältä, kun välillä touhutaan pitkä tovi hautajaisvalmisteluita tai muuten vaan samoillaan pitkin kaupunkeja turhan panttina tuntitolkulla ja sitten tulee taas tukku taisteluita yhteen putkeen. Roolipelejä ei X360:lla ole edelleenkään liikaa, joten niistä pitävän kannattaa Lost Odysseyhyn tutustua.
Se tiriamo le somme, 360 non ha un vastissimo parco RPG: c'è Eternal Sonata, c'è Mass Effect e c'è Blue Dragon. Lost Odyssey non fa che arricchiere tale lineup, essendo un titolo gustoso che va giocato, specialmente per chi adora l'old style rpg (turn based) e per chi vuole e pretende una storia matura, malinconica, potente ed efficace. Non è un titolone, ma sono comunque soldi ben spesi SE riuscite a carpire il senso della review. Non aspettatevi un Final Fantasy, ma un signor RPG, capitanato comunque da Uematsu e Sakaguchi, due pioneri immortali del genere.
Four disks mean you’ll be at it for a while, and if this is completely your type of game, we’ll likely not hear from you for months, however, if you’re just getting into the Eastern RPG realm, its scope and length might prove something of a deep-end. One thing’s for sure, this is a game you can’t simply hire for the weekend. If you’re willing to take the jump though, there’s a lot here to really like. Here’s hoping the Japanese think so too, so Microsoft might actually get a leg up over there.
If you’re a fan of the genre and are tired with the lack of decent RPG’s on the Xbox 360 then you can’t go wrong with Lost Odyssey. Brilliantly written, atmospheric with an intriguing plot that will keep you hooked till the end. We eagerly await Mistwalkers next release in the series.
All told, Lost Odyssey doesn't have that many big weaknesses. The major "problem" with the game is that it doesn't do enough to push the genre forward. Lost Odyssey suffers because not only has it not taken the genre forward, but it also could be argued that it hasn't even kept up with the advancements that have been made in the genre over the last several years. It makes a few intelligent tweaks to the established formulas and offers players a great cast of characters to feel for, but it's not a game experience that you haven't played the primary elements of hundreds of times before. That's only a problem for those who are growing tired of the traditional JRPG formula or never bought into to begin with, but there's no doubt the genre is on the verge of extinction on this side of the Pacific and strict adherence to tradition is not like to turn any fortunes around.
I think it comes down to knowing what you’re getting – The cover of this game makes it look like an action-packed epic. But 70 percent of it is running around talking to people, watching emotional cutscenes and reading short stories. I’m gunna wrap this up with an 8/10 Rubber chickens
"Lost Odyssey" é um RPG japonês à moda antiga, um artigo raro nos dias de hoje. Surge com uma apresentação luxuosa criada por grandes mestres no assunto, trazendo algumas boas inovações no sistema de batalha e uma história que, se não é bombástica pelo menos causa comoção e prende o interesse por muito tempo. É um produto sólido e bem acabado que deve fazer a alegria dos fãs, que contam com poucas opções nesta nova geração de consoles.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While I would have preferred a little more challenge, particularly in the arena of combat, I found Lost Odyssey to be a completely immersive and enjoyable experience. The stellar graphics, beautiful musical score, and captivating storyline made this an adventure well worth taken and one that I can’t wait to complete.
Planet Xbox 360
Despite its flaws, Lost Odyssey is hands-down the best turn-based RPG on Xbox 360. That might not sound like a ringing endorsement, given the dearth of options, but Lost Odyssey does get more right than wrong. If you despise turn-based RPGs, Lost Odyssey is not the game to transcend the genre and change your mind, but if you enjoy the long, grinding gameplay and epic storylines, it might just remind you of why you fell in love with them to begin with.
Lost Odyssey gagne en grande partie son pari, malgré ses quelques défauts. De son scénario en passant par l'ambiance sonore formidable, du système de jeu complet et riche, il offre une expérience RPG solide et efficace, pour peu que l'on soit amateur de la vieille école ou encore du style Sakaguchi. Encore un titre qui va diviser les fans du genre, mais dont les qualités sont certaines. Il s'impose sans problèmes comme le RPG évènement de l'année 2007.
The four-disc 360-exclusive could treat you to somewhere between 35 and 50 hours of gameplay. I recommend it to JRPG fans. Should you be the kind of person who prefers western-style RPGs the likes of KotOR or Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey may feel as a slight disappointment. The immersion is there, the gameplay can be fun, but overall, Lost Odyssey fails to "go the distance" as a modern-day RPG. Whilst it offers a unique twist to the genre, it definitely lacks more content and depth to be regarded as a truly great RPG. Hardcore RPG gamers won't find it rewarding enough.
Game Over Online
When you get right down to it, Lost Odyssey plays like a mediocre Final Fantasy game, which isn’t so bad really. Hell, some Final Fantasy games have played like mediocre Final Fantasy games, and if you’re a 360 owner who loves classic RPGs you’re going to want to play it. It looks great, and even if it isn’t the best role-playing game ever it falls well short of the worst. If the RPG scene was as ripe with kickass games as the shooter market is it would be easy to suggest giving Lost Odyssey a pass, but given the dearth of quality role-playing titles it really is a must have for RPG fans. Its flaws are at times almost tangible, but it remains mostly enjoyable despite them and it is a substantial chunk of gaming to sink your teeth into. Don’t expect too much out of it and you won’t be disappointed.
As a last hoorah to the turn-based JPRG (though, I hope this certainly won’t be the last one of this magnitude), Lost Odyssey accomplishes what it sets out to do. Nothing that it does, apart from its high production values, are examples of how to do the genre complete justice, but for a first outing for Microsoft, it’s more than satisfactory. Though Lost Odyssey won’t change your mind about turn-based JRPGs, it fills the void of the genre with a well-paced and pleasing aesthetic, and a healthy dose of nostalgia.
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Lost Odyssey ne révolutionne pas le genre mais reste tout de même un titre très réussi, aux graphismes et au concept très sympa. Pour les fans de RPG ou d'Hironobu Sakaguchi, il n'y a aucune hésitation à avoir...
Alors qu’il avait les moyens de devenir le RPG ultime, Lost Odyssey pêche par un manque d’ambition et d’audace dans son système de jeu. Une technique pas toujours infaillible, des choix de design discutables et une impression de déjà joué sont les défauts d’un jeu solide, à l’ambiance prenante et aux graphismes réussis. Un bon RPG classique, mais pas un classique des RPG.
Ultra-linear with a strong story, if you’re into Final Fantasy, you’ll be into this. And it’s good enough to bring in newcomers, too. I didn’t get tired of the turn-based combat, in fact I got a bit addicted to it, and 4 DVD’s of cutscenes is quite massive. 7/10 from me.
Lost Odyssey is a serious step up from predecessor 'Blue Dragon'.
With gorgeous graphics (mostly), some terrific scripting, and probably the most heart-wrenching story ever conceived in a video game, Lost Odyssey presents a beautiful, filmic experience. However, coupled with the lengthy storyline, and some solid gameplay elements, this raises the game up to be a superior RPG, which is highly recommended if you have the time and patience to complete the 40-hour plus storyline.
I’ve been looking forward to this game for two years (since back when GameStop’s release calendar accidentally listed it as a January 2006 release), and while I’m certainly satisfied with what I’ve got as an avid RPG fan, I’m not in any way impressed with this effort. While many of the problems that I have with the game recede around the middle of the second disc, at that point you’ve already suffered through fifteen hours of below average role playing game, which makes recommending this game to anybody that wouldn’t be interested in it to begin with a lot like suggesting that unanesthetized bowel surgery doesn’t hurt so much after the first six hours. If you’re a fan of classic-style RPGs looking for a fix, you could do worse than Lost Odyssey, but there’s no reason for anybody who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in the genre to spend any time at all with this game.
When you're saddling up to sink over 50 hours into an RPG, you need an epic story that will sustain your interest over the long haul. Unfortunately, an affecting collection of anecdotes isn't enough on it's own to elevate any game from merely worthwhile to truly memorable, not eve one with high production values and a pedigree as storied as Lost Odyssey's.
Hironobu Sakaguchi created many of the genre conventions that define the Japanese RPG so it should come as no surprise the much of Lost Odyssey smacks of "been there and done that." The main story is forgettable, the lack of combat information is disappointing, and the cutscenes are numerous. But through it all I was having fun in battle and looked forward to finding each additional heart-wrenching memory.
Ups, nach der Textwüste wird es nun wohl auch mal Zeit zu einem Fazit zu kommen. Für wen ist Lost Odyssey etwas? Ganz sicher für Spieler, denen Eternal Sonata zu hektisch und Blue Dragon zu kindlich ist. In den gut 80 Spielstunden, die man benötigt, um alles zu sehen, wird man überwiegend recht gut unterhalten. Trotz einigen Schwächen in Sachen Handlungspräsentation wird man zum Großteil stimmig - und mit interessanten Ereignissen - durch die Welt geführt. Spielerisch bietet Lost Odyssey unterhaltsame Kämpfe, zahlreiche Bossgegner und unglaublich viele Items und Fähigkeiten. Nur am Ende, im direkten Vergleich zum letzten RPG aus dem Hause Mistwalker, fehlt einfach das runde Gesamtbild: Gegner werden nicht angezeigt, das Heldenmanagement ist unglaublich umständlich, die Welt besteht aus Fragmenten und die Heldenentwicklung ist fest vorgegeben. Wer sich daran jedoch nicht stört oder nach Blue Dragon Lust auf mehr RPG-Kost bekommen hat, sollte durchaus einen Kauf in Erwägung ziehen.
Encore un bel exemple de soufflet médiatique qui se dégonfle quand on y goûte. Lost Odyssey a tout du RPG moyen sorti trop tôt ou témoignant d'un énorme laxisme de la part des développeurs. Plombé par une mise en scène ringarde, un design disgracieux, un système de jeu bancal, des temps de chargements à rendre fou un Amstrad CPC 464, cette production Mistwalker se laisse néanmoins suivre de loin sans pour autant faire preuve de suffisamment de qualités pour qu'on crie au génie.
We have immense respect for what Lost Odyssey tries to do: be a back-to-basics JRPG with modern technological trimmings on the 360. Unfortunately, it's less a celebration of what made older RPGs great and more a crude relic of their past. When we were a half-dozen hours in, we had hope that the combat mechanics would gain some depth and that the storytelling would find its rhythm. We're still ready to forgive the technical issues, if only Lost Odyssey could come together as a game. 360 owners desperate for something turn-based with magic in it can turn to Lost Odyssey for some comfort, but for the majority of genre fans that time would be better spent replaying one of the classics from which Lost Odyssey draws so heavily.