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Falls into the bad habits it mocks

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  • 01/01/2011 03:53 PM
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Everlasting Journey by PepsiOtaku seems to be an attempt to make a good-looking, funny and traditional RPG, with the humor stemming from poking fun at the genre's tropes. The problem is that it falls into the worst of them.

I got through a handful of dungeons and towns, up through a... lava place. With undead soldiers that didn't do anything except give vague exposition. By that dungeon, I was so bored with the battle system (you can attack, Phillip can steal, and other characters get the imaginatively named Wind1, Water1, etc. The annoying Floo character that randomly says "flob" also gets a fairly useful boss-killing Poison spell and Petrify, which I got too late to use. Beyond that, there is absolutely nothing to the battle system except enemies that attack you) that I started playing Etrian Odyssey III while recording. I mashed spacebar and healed after every few battles.

The game is fairly good-looking, though! There are some nice custom animations, although it looked odd that Flobo's battle sprite moved when inactive and the other folks just stood still. The drug trip is well-done, even if I don't agree with the rampant drugs in the game (to the point where Berserk is cured by taking a hit of Reefer).

The characters do very little except participate in boring battles and lampshade the annoying RPG tropes that game takes pleasure in participating in. I started to like Floo, but then he decided to start using "flob" like "kupo" and I began growling. No, seriously. I was playing Etrian Odyssey III, recording a Let's Try, playing the game and growling all at the same time. Go me.

The deathblow this game gave was (spoiler warning, but not really) Sparrow and Athesis sharing a kiss after fighting a very weak and pitiful boss that was built up to be some crazy badass. The animation during the romantic interlude was great - Sparrow edging up was even amusing. Then she said "your welcome."

It's a good thing I accidentally screwed up the recording, because I went a little nuts.

I'm giving this game 2.5 stars. It looks good, except for a few odd facesets, and has some nice details and animation. Unfortunately, it's boring - there are a few truly amusing sequences, but there's too much lackluster gameplay and stupidity getting in the way. Honestly, if somebody playing and talking about the game gets so bored that they start using their DS while recording...?

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chana
(Socrates would certainly not contadict me!)
1584
I am really shocked by this review.!! It just so happened that replaying Everlasting Journey and one other rpg amateur game, made me wonder why, what exactly, and i still cannot put it into words, made some games, like this one, GOOD, the minute you start or restart them, you're in to it it's alive, it rolls.... the dialogue is probably essential (the making in this game is extremely good), it's, i think, the same phenomenon, on a whole different level, as a good novel, or a bad novel, one where every thing is laborious and artificial, i.e. boring, or immediately "real"...... (at this level of creation, of course, but the principle is the same)

entirely different subject : i'm totally stuck at Hiram castle, what am i supposed to do so the guards will stop saying that the king will come in a while and why don't i explore "around the castle", tried every thing, leveling up, searching everywhere, getting drunk, nothing does it ??
benos
My mind is full of fuck.
563
And this why we games shouldn't be locked up and throw away the key, best to look at map events first before we decide on the WTF were suppose to do next. Oh well.
chana
(Socrates would certainly not contadict me!)
1584
i'm not sure i understood you benos, no i cannot open it with rm2k3 which i would have done of course or do you mean the maker him or herself cannot come back on the game to see for example what event should happen in "my case"...? or something totally different (i'm not much of a maker) ,
benos
My mind is full of fuck.
563
Yes, I did mean look in the maker itself to see what events you were missing out on, on where your suppose to go next. :)

But some makers like to protect their mapping, so that's pretty much it. But he'll properly tell you what to do.
chana
(Socrates would certainly not contadict me!)
1584
Thanks a lot, i'll wait then...
Thanks for the compliment! It means a lot. I think BurningTyger got stuck at the same spot at Hiram castle you're stuck at. You're supposed to go to the bar and sit down at the empty table (hit enter), and it will open up the next cutscene. You'll be able to visit the king after that.

And yeah, I mainly locked down the exe because of the chipsets. I also wanted it to feel less like an RPG maker game, and more like a game anyone can pick up and play.
chana
(Socrates would certainly not contadict me!)
1584
glad, thanks a lot, going right back to it and waiting for others (games)!
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