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A sequel that's....not a sequel?

~Eternal Paradise~
A review by Linkforce

Okay, let me begin by just saying this: I feel like I have just played the sequel to a previous game! From the moment I began playing until the moment I stopped, I felt like there was a very large, large, large amount of background information, story, character history, and relationships that I should have known about. The very first few sentences of dialogue were written as if I already knew who these people were and......I'll just get into the review, it'll better show how I felt about the game.

STORY: 4.5/10
So from what I can gather, the four main characters are seeking revenge on Ephiam because.....umm....i don't know. He messed up with their past or something like that? I don't know! I feel like there was so much backstory that wasn't told so it made everyone's motives meaningless. This brings me back to what I said about this game feeling like a sequel. I feel like there was a game before this that told the stories of Andrew, Alexander, Maria, and Laura. But there isn't. I was just thrown into the game with all the characters knowing who they were, where they were, why they were there, and what was going on. The game characters knew everything...I knew nothing. I think this was a major flaw in a story that seemed like it had a history...but ultimately failed to deliver.

CHARACTERS: 4/10
I don't know what it is...but none of these characters seemed real. I think it was mainly the way they talked. They said things like "Shit" and "Bahaha" completely out of context and often sporadically. The game had a medieval theme to it and they were talking like they were kids in 2010. And speaking of kids, they all acted rather childishly. I don't know what their ages were but it seemed like they were in their 15's, but I know I'm wrong on that. Overall, I didn't much care for these characters, but not because I didn't give them a chance or read what they were saying! I simply knew nothing about them and had no way to relate to them in any way. They were simply...there.

GAMEPLAY: 5/10
Well there weren't really any systems implemented in this game, as far as battles go. The dark cave effect used was clever, but it was used too early and too often, especially right at the beginning of the game. Battles were standard and didn't drag on for too long. I liked that magic replenished a little every turn, it took the need out of constantly using ethers to replenish MP. I also liked that the monsters were on screen and there were no random battles, but boy were there a lot of them! Especially in the dark cave where I could barely even see where I was walking, I was constantly trying to avoid them, just cause there were so many! Also, those people/ghosts that sold you armor and weapons? Waaaaaaay too much variety waaaaaaay too early on, at least for me. I understand you wanted the player to customize their characters to their liking, but there were just way to many weapons and armor to choose from, it took the fun out of buying anything, at least for me. And each had specific stats, and I really didn't feel like mixing and matching, especially when I didn't even know what was going on with the game. For me, I think it was too much variety way too early on. And in all honesty, I defeated enemies with ease, and I didn't buy a thing.

GRAPHICS: 6.5/10
The maps in this game were actually alright. The cave (from what I could see) had a bunch of tunnels and had a true cave-like vibe to it. The island was detailed as well and the backdrops you used were used correctly. There was nothing spectacular here, it was all your standard mapping. The sprites were...funky. They were big and bulky, and unlike any sprites I've ever seen in an rm2k3 game. But you had some poses here and there and it was alright. There's not much else to say here, because there weren't too many different locations. When you tried to simulate other places, you just went to a black screen. This works, but only sometimes, and during specific scenes, not fleshed out conversations. I think you had good intentions with using the black screen/white text but you abused it and made the texts too long. I was sooo tempted to skip the conversations, but I'm not that kind of player so I endured it all. Might I suggest you actually map out cutscenes, it would really add another layer of storytelling for the game.

MUSIC: 7/10
This was probably your strongest point. I really liked the victory music, i don't know why. It just popped for me. The rest of the music library stemmed from various RPG games on various systems. For the most part they all worked and fit each scene appropriately. None of the music really moved me though, that's why I'm giving this section a 7. It was just average music.

FINAL WORD:
To be 100% fair, I didn't get very far in the game. I stopped at Chimera II because it was extremely difficult and in all honesty I didn't have the patience to train up and beat it, because I don't think I would have gained any satisfaction by continuing on. I checked out the rest of the maps that were coming up...from what I can tell there are no towns. No NPC's, no exploring, no world map, no...anything! This begs the question, is this supposed to be an RPG? Or perhaps a demo of an RPG? Or maybe you were going for a story-like experience and this was a small chapter of it? I don't know but whatever you were going for, it's not for me. But please! Don't take this personally, I, in no way, are bashing your creativity or your game making skills and the like. I'm sure you put a lot of work into it and I respect that much. But overall, as a player that went into this knowing nothing, as most gamers are, it just wasn't for me. For everything I have said above and up until now, I just didn't enjoy it. But hey, I'm just one guy. One player. If everyone else likes it, I guess my opinion doesn't matter. Again, don't take this personally! This was my personal review from my experience with this game.

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Oh don't worry, I'm not going to take offense to anything like this! My god. That'd be pretty bad, actually. If you weren't too fond of the game, then that is just your opinion. I'm getting mixed reviews all around, and I'm just glad that people are giving the game a go! Thanks for writing this review.

Appreciate it. ;)

How does 27/50 figure to 2 stars, though?
While I don't agree with a lot of the review, everyone is entitled to their own opinion(as noted), so it's cool. :)
LouisCyphre
can't make a bad game if you don't finish any games
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I don't think it's a total of the parts, Sluv. :x
comment=41916
How does 27/50 figure to 2 stars, though?


He rounded down.
He'd have to round down twice. Besides, unless there is an unfair bias towards character/story development at work here, the score should probably be 2.5 or 3 based purely on the text...
I'm not even sure about how you're supposed to do these scores up! I may not be all that happy with the score he gave the game, but it's what he thought it deserved, so there's not much I can do about it! =O
This review just strengthens my belief that not only people are exaggerating on the bitter side when playing games, but that it is contagious. As soon as I saw that Linkforce made this review, I knew this was going to be a low score. Not because I know Linkforce, cause I don't know anything about him. But I know he's just received some very negative feedback on his game, which was also very exaggerated on the bitterness.

Welp.
Decky
I'm a dog pirate
19517
I don't really see a problem with the star rating relative to the recent trend on this site. Based on the text, Sol gave me a pretty similar-toned review and gave me two stars. The rating is definitely not an average.
The rating is definitely not an average.

What is the point in having scored sections if you're going to ignore them and assign a completely arbitary value at the end of the review?
Decky
I'm a dog pirate
19517
comment=41950
The rating is definitely not an average.
What is the point in having scored sections if you're going to ignore them and assign a completely arbitary value at the end of the review?

Or just down-rate categories to justify a low score. That's often why the rating of each category doesn't match the text; a reviewer might like the gameplay but might only give it average marks to justify fewer stars. They might then tack on stuff like "every game uses these mechanics" and so on.
comment=41939
He'd have to round down twice. Besides, unless there is an unfair bias towards character/story development at work here, the score should probably be 2.5 or 3 based purely on the text...


Oh yeah, I forgot that there are half star ratings. Maybe he forgot as well?
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
18257
This review was submitted before YDS posted her thread giving feedback for Linkforce's game (check the dates), so I'm not sure why you were so quick to immediately assume suspect motives on his part. Not every two star review is the work of some baleful wretch who is bound and determined to not like your game before even turning it on.

I haven't played this game though, so I'm not going to comment on the review content specifically.

Yeah i gave it 2 stars, I usually sum up the score and make that my star amount but in all honesty I didn't feel like it deserved 3 stars. Plus, why is everyone getting so uptight because of my negative review? Am I not entitled to my own opinion? I gave NicoB's game a good review because I liked his game. I'm not going to give a game a good review just because I feel bad. As game makers we should all be able to take criticism good and bad.

Calunio: Welp? And what are you talking about dude? You knew it was going to be a negative score? Look at my review for Forever's End. Yeah I've received negative feedback but I've also received an extreme amount of positive feedback. If you did your homework you'd know that. Like I said this review wasn't personal it was my honest opinion. Maybe you should know what you're talking about before you go off making assumptions.
comment=41950
What is the point in having scored sections if you're going to ignore them and assign a completely arbitary value at the end of the review?

Yeah. We want answers!

Please don't let malice get in the way of your review, Linkforce!
comment=41960
Yeah i gave it 2 stars

All the scores for your sections are above 4/10 (or two stars). Either you've scored it wrong in the writing or you've scored it wrong at the end. This is why people are getting uptight about it!
comment=41960
Yeah i gave it 2 stars, I usually sum up the score and make that my star amount but in all honesty I didn't feel like it deserved 3 stars.

Then don't use sectioned reviewing, man. Why not 3 or 2.5 stars if your allotted score matched that?
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
18257
Is this really worth getting upset over?

In all honesty, I find this attitude disturbing. You guys are creating a movement where a reviewer who gives an unpopular score can be shouted down and pressured into changing their score by the masses, where no review below some arbitrary star rating can be taken in good faith. This is an extremely dangerous precedent because it creates an atmosphere where a reviewer won't feel comfortable giving an honest review.
What's wrong with a review that uses an independent score at the end despite having scored sub-sections?

IGN is a pretty massive example of the above scoring system. Their final scores are not averages. If a game had perfect graphics, perfect music, perfect story and characters, but completely broken gameplay, would it deserve a 75% or 3+ stars? I want to avoid that argument about what's most important in a game, but at least you can see what I'm getting at; the categories don't necessarily carry equal weight, and it's probably different from person to person.

I think Soli's right. Scrutinize reviewers for giving scores they thought a game deserved, and we stop getting reviews that are useful, or any at all. The best retaliation you can give to a review you disagree with is to write one of your own.
Wowza. Well this little review here sure has garnered a lot of attention, hasn't it? It's his opinion, people! If he feels as if the game deserves 2/5, then he can go right ahead and rate it that. I'm sad that he rated the story and characters so low without actually getting in to it, though. But eh.
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