Review score was even lower than I expected.
Review score was exactly what I expected.. =/
A review you would expect from someone who seems to have a weird hate againts loli/cute anime girl characters, and that obviously barely know the world of ar tonelico... I mean, there were so many wrong things... I've never seen such a baseless and personal based review before, considering is a game with a huge, HUGE, background to look out for, im not expecting the reviewers to know everything about it's predecesors, but... there is a limit you know?
A gamer that has played the first two games would surely feel bad reading something as incomplete as that. Not meaning any offense, but it seems the reviewer is a woman right? i can imagine some parts on the game appealing even less just for this fact... (getting on with the sex innuendo too much?)"On top of that, the tired JRPG "save the world" plotline is still present. (...). Unfortunately, in the developers' attempt to make the narrative accessible to newcomers, the main story doesn't have nearly as many connections to the past two games as I would have liked."
First of all, there is no world to save, they are in the last of the three towers left in the world that maintains the land afloat, stating "the world" simplifies things way too much, without giving out a lot of the complex part of Ar tonelico's story, this game is not just some girls taking out their clothes and being saved.
The main story of the ar tonelico games are hardly ever connected to the last game.Saki destroys this game the same way Alfinia in Grandia III and Ryfia in Arc Rise Fantasia did for many. She looks like she's ten, talks like a baby in third person, pretends she's a cat, and is simply incapable of independent thought.
So yeah, you not liking a character's personality, means to give it a whole pharagraph of badmouthing..., when ar tonelico girl's characters are always
weird, (for example Aurica from the very first game, so, sooo pesimist, Luca of the second game (simply a devil at some parts of the game)) I can understand if you hated a character, but that is not something you have to say on a review.Maybe including an auto battle would have been nice for how repetitive these random battles can be
. . . . Another disappointment is the addition of 3D graphics that just don't measure up to what we've seen on the PS3 - they're quite ugly
What we've seen? Or what you've seen?, can't you just say you didnt felt fond of the graphics, and ask the people reading to check screenshots to see if it appeals them? It really gives a bad mouth taste reading this...Almost everything that Ar tonelico Qoga provides has been done before in a JRPG; the lack of original content and presence of overused content doesn't leave much to praise
Please tell me another rpg where there are singing women fighting alongside with you, that are not human, a world where there only exist 3 towers, wich give powers to the revytails, where you gotta get into their minds, and knowing a whole new side of them, where there are dialogues when you syntethise, GREAT SOUND, HYMNS (You just dedicated a line for this part!?), etc.... (or if you want me to get into your game, a JRPG where girls lose clothes as they gain power?, or where enemies are turned into cakes?)
And i dont even want to go on...
It's ok if you say you think this game is worst than it's predecesor... But seriously, there are better reasons to go for than these, all i felt while i was reading is that you didnt liked the game... Instead of giving a more objective view of it.
Anyway, this is just my point of view of the review, im not expecting for Ms. Kim to change it or anything, just stating my opinion, even if it may offend someone, i dont meant any offense, i just think reviewers should ne a little more conscious, considering there is actually people that may depend on that to know if they want to buy a game or not.
The only reviewer so far that has really made a good job has been Patrick.
Anyway, knowing these forums, flame me if you want, i seriously think this review is way too superficial and way too personal.