Rogue Galaxy

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"Level 5 does it again!"
5 stars"

If you've ever played Dark Chronicle or Dark Cloud for the PS2, you'll know that level 5's games aren't exactly your typical J-RPGs. The Dark Cloud series bought many innovating ideas like the Geroma system, weapon synthesis (dumping out the old EXP system), and fishing mini games. I picked up this game expecting the creators to continue the Dark Cloud legacy with reused ideas, childish but lovable characters, and a familiar experience. But Rogue Galaxy turned out to be much much more than just that.

Story 8/10 Rogue Galaxy is a story about space pirates. The main character, Jaster Rogue lives on a run down planet controlled by an evil empire. His only dream is to explore space. Coincidently, he is mistaken for a legendary space hunter and taken aboard the Dorgenark, a pirate ship, and travels around the galaxy.

The story itself is nothing spectacular, it is filled with mostly cliched plot devices, and the plot holes will most likely annoy you towards the end. But the game's excellent cast of characters are so enjoyable to watch that you forget most of your dissatisfaction. The game never takes itself too seriously, and there are many genuine humorous scenes among all the action, giving a light hearted tone throughout the game. Like many RPGs though, the beginning may be very tedious to get through. After the first five hours, the story WILL pick up and although cliched, it has just enough surprises to keep you entertained.

Gameplay 10/10

One word: Addictive. There are so many good points about the battle system I don't know where to start. The developers took all the innovative ideas of the Dark Cloud series and seriously improved them to make a seriously addictive action RPG.

The party consists of three members, and each member holds a weapon and subweapon. The battles are active, and apart from the normal attack, each party member has a variety of skills and magic they can use. It all sounds pretty typical of an action RPG so far. But what makes this game special is the amount of control you have on each character's growth. Weapon synthesis helps you make hundreds of unique weapons for each character. There's also a revlation grid to monitor their skills and attributes and special attacks. You place items on it to advance your character's de­velopment. Finally, the factory system allows you to make rare items.

In battle, you have full control over your leading character and two other characters. In other action RPGs, you often have no control or difficulty controlling the side characters. In Rogue Galaxy however, giving commands to other characters is made easy; because they suggest actions to you in battle. While you're fighting, you will be prompted by the AI characters to use a certain item or skill, and you can deny or accept their suggestion to let them perform the attack. This is especially useful because you have full control over their special actions so it's easier to keep track of your items or AP.

A description of the gameplay like this really doesn't do the game much justice. You have to play to experience just how smoothly how each battle runs.

Music/ Sound 10/10

Alot of talented voice actors were recruited for this game: Steve Blum (Vincent from FFVII, Spike from Cowboy Bebop), Will Fredie (from Boy Meets World), Kari Wahlgren (from FLCL, Lucky Star, Samurai Champloo and many other anime) and Quinton Flynn (best known for Raiden from the MGS series). Not only is RG one of the best voice acted game I've heard in the past few years, it also has the best soundtrack I've heard since the old PS1 RPG classics. Each track fits each world and each situation perfectly.

Graphics 9/10

The creators really pushed the limits of the PS2 on this project. With a massively detailed world that can rival Final Fantasy XII, all the environments are detailed and varied. You travel from massive technological advanced cities to a lush jungles and scorching deserts. Each environment looks crisp, the lighting looks wonderful. Normally I'm not too fond of cell shaded graphics, but the game used the cell shading brilliantly; using it to give the game a rich, vibrant attractive look.

Replability 7/10

There are a few mini games and hunts that can be completed within the game. I guess you may want to replay the game just to synthesize all the weapon possiblities or to get every item. There were plenty of things to do in the game, but my problem was that it wasn't necessary to do those tasks and upon completion, the game gives you little reward.

Length? Around 40 hours for a normal playthrough, 60+ if you want to complete everything.

Final verdict:

The good: Detailed and amazing graphics Awesome soundtrack Innovative battle system Interesting characters Side quests are varied and can keep you entertained Great voice acting

The not-so-good: Plot holes, cliched plot Takes a while to get used to the battle system Little motivation to complete side quests

Final Score: 9/10

If you like RPGs or adventure games at all, I recommend this game. Level 5 is an amazing company and you'll be in for a treat if this is your first L5 game. Have fun. :)

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"WOAH!!!"
5 stars"
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They just don't make them like this anymore!!! (other than Xenoblade of course).

Graphics and styling is very similar to FF12, but the plot is sooo much better in my opinion.

The voice over work is fantastic, as is the character development from an emotional sense.

And Deego!!! His story made me shed a tear – the only part dog part man that has ever melted my heart!

The cut scenes – interactions between characters, and their own stories, whether they were playable or not was superb.

Graphics aren't cutting edge, but this is older gen which can be expected.

Battles are a on the easy side, but the story, premise and character development makes up for any shortcomings.

I loved this – Last battle is an interesting concept also.

There is also some good humor such as a battle art which involves a stinky sock and a grog item which is described as putting hairs on your chest just to burn them off again.

9.8!!!!

Description

From the developers of the critically acclaimed Dark Cloud series, Level-5 once again delivers an unparalleled role-playing game experience with the introduction of Rogue Galaxy.

Rogue Galaxy provides RPG fans with visually stunning backdrops, an immersive storyline with plenty of unexpected twists, and a proprietary combat system that gives the player total control of an epic adventure.

Featuring gameplay with no load times, players will be able to explore the worlds of Rogue Galaxy with seamless transitions. Set in a vast world, this action-RPG allows players to run, jump, swim, climb, and engage in combat real-time, as they explore active environments in a quest to locate a legendary planet. Control up to three characters at a time, each colorfully brought to life within highly detailed environments. In addition to the compelling storyline, gamers will have access to multiple mini-games and be able to generate custom weapons and items by creating their own factory.

At the far edge of the galaxy on the desert planet Rosa, a young man named Jaster dreams of journeying through space. In a sudden turn of fate, he is recruited to join the crew of space pirate Dorgengoa in a race to find a legendary planet that holds the key to the greatest of treasures…eternal life.

However another party, led by the Daytron Corporation, is also searching for the same planet. Jaster and the crew of Dorgenalgen Ark-Go will have to battle the Daytron Corporation across the vast galaxy as they race to put the pieces of the portal together that will allow them to stake their claim to the treasure.

Features:
  • Epic 3D Gameplay - More than 100 hours of gameplay are unfolded through five expansive worlds with highly detailed environments and unique, cel-shaded character designs.
  • Multiple Playable Characters - Eight playable characters total, with up to three controllable characters on the screen at the same time.
  • True action-RPG - Rogue Galaxy brings a real-time combat system that provides players the opportunity to customize attacks and switch between multiple characters in mid-battle.
  • Unique ‘Battle Suggestion’ system allows your A.I. controlled allies to recommend specific actions during combat and allows players to issue commands to teammates.
  • Utilize close and long-range weapons and execute special attacks unique to each character, as well as team combo attacks.
  • Ability to Build Special Weapons and Items - Combine different weapons to synthesize more than 500 new weapons. Player can also manufacture specialized and rare items in the * Factory Mode by locating schematics throughout the galaxy.
  • Featured Mini-Games and Side Quests - In addition to solving the mysteries of the epic story,
  • Rogue Galaxy features a number of mini-games and quests to further challenge players.
  • Insectron Tournament - Capture, train, and stage battles using Insectron bugs found throughout the various worlds. Over 120 Insectors can be collected in the game, and players will increase rank and earn prizes by advancing through tournaments.
  • Rare Item Hunt - Search throughout the galaxy for clues to track down rare items. Locating all items provides players with special prizes.
  • Galactic Seven-Star Swords - Follow clues and gather information to collect the set of legendary Seven-Star Swords, considered to be the some of the most powerful weapons in the game.
  • Challenge Battles - Players can add an element of difficulty by completing battles under certain conditions. Successful players can earn hunter coins, which help to upgrade a player’s hunter license and open up additional challenges within the game.
  • More than eight hours of high-quality cut-scenes and cinematics help to drive the coming-of-age story full of action, adventure, and numerous twists that will keep players guessing until the very end.
Release date NZ
September 21st, 2007
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Box Dimensions (mm)
135x191x13
UPC
711719642398
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
1535655

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