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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:56 am Reply with quote
Thanks for the review! In general I agree, especially regarding the depth to the battle system contrasted with the tedium of the dungeons. I'm surprised that you found the cast so dull, though. Yes, they mostly fall into "anime kids" stereotypes, but overall I found the writing and character interactions were at least above-average. For example, the way that the rest of the cast are unnerved by Mayura's "mysterious amnesiac waif" behavior is surprisingly realistic.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:11 pm Reply with quote
By the time Exist Archive rolls out the option of sending your party members back to earth (and unlocking various endings), you'll weigh the tactical advantages of losing a decent blade-wielder or gun-kata artist well before you wonder how Suzaku or Mitsuhide will react to seeing their friends and family again.

On the other hand, you can choose to keep the cast members and not send anyone back to Earth. However, as I stated in another topic, this makes the game increasingly harder as time goes on, much like with Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (which is sadly the VP title people consider forgettable due to it spoiler[not having much to do with Lenneth, or any of the gods really]).

I hope the story still has that oppressive and hopeless atmosphere that the VP titles did; with what goes on in Midgard, you really will be happy you weren't born on Lenneth's planet. However, since this game lacks towns, the oppressive atmosphere will have to come solely from the dungeon sections (and Sakuraba's music too, of course).
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