I’m going to come out and make a public admission:
VE, remember I told you the other day I was desperate to play a new RPG? And that I only had like, 20$ bucks to spend?
Yep. I bought a used copy of WA4.
And even more, I’ve been enjoying it so far!:eek:
Yes, the game has plenty of flaws. But it also has several things I enjoy. It’s far from the best game I’ve played, but it’s also not the worst.
I haven’t finished the game yet, but anyway, here’s a quick sum-up of my opinions so far:
Story: OK, whoever wrote this definitely used the chance to criticize a lot of things: War, Human Experimentation, and even Democracy (!!) but I happen to agree with most of its points… what I find annoying is how nearly EVERYBODY in the game gives speeches. Even kids and idiots. It’s a case of putting too many words on everyone’s dialogue. Specially scientific words; several characters threw around hard science terms like they were casual words, and NOT just the scientists! Also, I don’t think the game really has an anti-adult bias… it’s more like, the game also states that being adult doesn’t make you mature- something I agree with. Of course, I have yet to see the ending, and I fear I won’t like it, but so far, I’ve liked the characters, events, and pacing. This is darker than the average WA, and I miss the more colorful and fun ideas of the previous series, but I can’t really condemn the game.
Gameplay: I find the idea of everything in combat being hex-based annoying, but I have to admit I’m enjoying the battles themselves. I’m getting killed a lot, but that may be due to the fact that if you invest a lot of points in abilities, your characters’ HP go down. That sucks, but I can deal with it.
As for non-combat, I enjoy the new version of “Accelerator”- now time effectively slows down while you run, which makes it easier to beat some of the puzzles. My main complaint is that only ONE character gets to jump around/use tools. etc, unlike all the previous WAs. I miss getting to choose which team member to use onscreen most of the time, they need to bring that back. But no big deal. But I do hate, and I mean HATE, the control during jumps- I keep missing my target and getting killed, over and over again. That NEVER happened to me on any of the previous WAs. They made the control waaay too sensitive, it seems.
Graphics: Pretty good 3d graphics, other than the fact that you can’t access some areas that look like you can reach them. The characters’ dialogue is presented in full-body Anime-style graphics… that have VERY limited animation. This is better than the “talking heads” you get in other games, but not as good as FMVs.
Sounds: Normally I don’t care much about voices or music, but this game not only features voiceovers for nearly every character, but for the monsters as well! Further, you can choose to change the frequency of when the phrases are spoken, and change the volume of music, voices and sound FX (separatedly) all the way to 0. Best sound scheme of any game I’ve ever played.
Conclusion: A dark game -not as dark, as say, Digital Devil Saga, but not your average Fantasy RPG either. And I HATE the jumping control, have I mentioned that?? However, the story intrigues me enough to keep me playing (of course, I’m a writer by nature, so I might be seeing it from a different POV than most of you would.)
I’ll give you my full review once I finish the game (I’m currently about halfway.)