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#152 May 21 2013 at 1:22 PM Rating: Default
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On-topic: I just started playing Lost Odyssey last night, and it's already more of a Final Fantasy than any of the titles post FFX.


All this talk convinced me, and at $8.99 it seems like a good investment.

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The cover of that alone, to me, says nothing Final Fantasy. Looks more like a guild wars style of art at least.

Edit: Watching video on IGN. Gameplay does look more FF-esque however.

Edited, May 21st 2013 3:24pm by electromagnet83
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#153 May 21 2013 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
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electromagnet83 wrote:
Wint wrote:
Kachi wrote:
On-topic: I just started playing Lost Odyssey last night, and it's already more of a Final Fantasy than any of the titles post FFX.


All this talk convinced me, and at $8.99 it seems like a good investment.

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The cover of that alone, to me, says nothing Final Fantasy. Looks more like a guild wars style of art at least.

Edit: Watching video on IGN. Gameplay does look more FF-esque however.

Edited, May 21st 2013 3:24pm by electromagnet83


Don't judge a game by it's cover...

And Wint, you made a very good investment. The story alone in LO makes it worthwhile to play through.
#154 May 21 2013 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
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Regarding the look of the cover, once you're in the game, there's plenty to create a FF feel, from setting to characters. The game was created by the creator of Final Fantasy, so it would be sort of strange if it DIDN'T invoke that feeling.

If you're looking at it pre-XII, and I gave you an unlabelled 5-hour demo of Lost Odyssey and FFXII, and asked you which one was or should be the next Final Fantasy, I think 8/10 people would have picked Lost Odyssey.

It's easy to say that XII has the look of a Final Fantasy game now because... it is one. But at the time, it really didn't. The art style was totally different (which is fine; they had radically changed the art style before, like between VIII and IX), and the Ivalice setting received a mixed reception. It looked good, but it didn't look like any FF before it.

Wint wrote:
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On-topic: I just started playing Lost Odyssey last night, and it's already more of a Final Fantasy than any of the titles post FFX.


All this talk convinced me, and at $8.99 it seems like a good investment.

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I've only just gotten to the first boss, and I think I've teared up like four times (not from the "regular" game, but from those **** Dreams--they're like haiku-inspired short stories about death and loss, which manage to get me thinking about my life/family/etc.). Then the first boss whooped my *** (I was a level below what was recommended to not get your **** stomped). I beat him the second time hanging on by a thread, but I might go back and try again with everyone alive, another one of my usual self-imposed restrictions.

The beginning of the game is slow, don't get me wrong. There's way too little combat at the beginning, but they do throw you into it at a good pace once you get going. (And they throw too many items all around the **** place.) But XII and XIII were also slow to start, and for me at least, never managed to hook me with both gameplay and story. The gameplay here is solid but overall very standard, and a quick look at the skills and such tells me that it's not going anywhere that your average Final Fantasy game hasn't already done. But the story so far intrigues me. I'm an immortal who has lived for 1000 years? Sweet.

Honestly I expect several drops of the ball with a game like this that will probably put it at an 8/10--maybe even a 7--when all is said and done, but I'm hoping it can keep me on the hook and sell me on a 9.
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#155 May 21 2013 at 3:10 PM Rating: Good
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I've only just gotten to the first boss, and I think I've teared up like four times (not from the "regular" game, but from those **** Dreams--they're like haiku-inspired short stories about death and loss, which manage to get me thinking about my life/family/etc.).


It's some of the best video game writing I've ever seen. Unfortunately, after reading like 50 of em it does get a little old, but some of the ones at the beginning were just fantastic. The storyline of the actual game is pretty phenomenal as well.
#156 May 21 2013 at 3:30 PM Rating: Default
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Man I think I'm inspired to try this. You guys make it sound epic.
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#157 May 21 2013 at 3:42 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I need something to do now that Ni No Kuni is finished. Too bad I only have a PS3. Oh, and I tried Persona 3 and 4. Couldn't get into them.

Any suggestions for PS3?
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#158 May 21 2013 at 3:48 PM Rating: Decent
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electromagnet83 wrote:
Man I think I'm inspired to try this. You guys make it sound epic.


Have you ever played Suikoden? Or any of the Shin Megami Tensei (Persona) series?

I suggest Suikoden II, Persona 3 & 4 if you're looking for some awesome RPGs to pass your time!
#159 May 21 2013 at 3:52 PM Rating: Good
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It is epic. That game is incredibly touching on so many levels, and reminds me very much of the golden age of JRPGs. If you've not played the game, do so. If you can't afford to buy it, rent it. It is worth every moment you spend with it.
#160 May 21 2013 at 4:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Wint wrote:
Kachi wrote:
On-topic: I just started playing Lost Odyssey last night, and it's already more of a Final Fantasy than any of the titles post FFX.


All this talk convinced me, and at $8.99 it seems like a good investment.

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Oh it will pay off, you will see, the story line is excellent, the dream text based things are very intriguing and give a lot of depth to your character Smiley: lol

Trust me you will get that FF feeling you have been missing
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#161 May 21 2013 at 5:32 PM Rating: Default
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I'm considering breaking up with Square-Enix. Their lack of communication these past couple weeks is maddening.
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#162 May 21 2013 at 7:38 PM Rating: Good
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They said beginning of June for the next phase of beta, so we'll hear something soon. No need to freak out.
#163 May 21 2013 at 8:24 PM Rating: Default
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They said beginning of June for the next phase of beta, so we'll hear something soon. No need to freak out.


Too late. I have utterly freaked out already.
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#164 May 22 2013 at 2:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I've actually recently started replaying Lost Odyssey as well. Smiley: lol

It is slow going for quite some time in the beginning though, when I only have a couple of hours to play a night and I spend all that time without any combat it's a bit upsetting.

The PAL cover has "by the creator of Final Fantasy" on the front of it as well.
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