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« on: July 31, 2010, 10:51:44 AM »

It's a downloadable PSN RPG with up to 3 player co-op. I've been getting into these co-op RPG's lately, but they're few and far between. Deathspank made me want more. The game looks nice and the few reviews I've read were positive. Looks like a pltformer RPG with maybe some ICO-ish environmental manipulation puzzles.
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010, 01:17:43 PM »

First of all, I wouldn't really call Trine an RPG.  It does have some leveling up, but then so does God of War and nobody is going to call that an RPG.  Trine is more of a puzzle-platformer.

Now, is the game good or not?  It certainly does have some things to recommend it.  It's very pretty, has nice atmosphere, and some clever puzzles.  Unfortunately I found it to be extremely repetitive.  The game is actually pretty long (for a downloadable game, anyway) but you spend most of the game going through the same motions over and over.  Even most of the puzzles can generally be solved with just a handful of approaches so it doesn't push you to think outside the box, and the combat...ugh.  It's not that the combat is bad, per se, but the game has the annoying habit of putting skeleton spawn points where a single skeleton would have sufficed.  Instead of just killing the skeleton and moving on you kill one, another one appears in the same exact spot, you kill it the same exact way, another one appears, etc. until you have killed about 10 of them and they finally stop spawning.  It feels like a stupid mechanic for artificially extending a game's length.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 01:56:21 PM »

What Kevadu said. :)

If you're looking for co-op action stuff on the PS3, you might also try Marvel Ultimate Alliance, 1 or 2.  I haven't played #2 on home consoles (got burned out after two portable reviews), but the first one allows for co-op where two people are playing as four characters and can switch between who they're controlling at any time, as well as having an "arcade" mode, where each of you just has one character and can only switch to a new character at save points.

Putting it that way makes it sound bad to play in arcade mode, but it's less chaotic and easier to keep track of who you're playing, so it's definitely got its advantages.

If you've got a backwards compatible PS3, or a PS2 available to you, there are a number of that games like that available.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010, 06:30:51 PM »

I don't know if it still is, but Trine was 20 bucks originally and that's too much money. I beat it with friends in about 4 hours. We enjoyed it and moved on. Solid game, but nothing amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010, 06:35:43 PM »

I don't know if it still is, but Trine was 20 bucks originally and that's too much money. I beat it with friends in about 4 hours. We enjoyed it and moved on. Solid game, but nothing amazing.

I believe it's $10 everywhere now. I still need to beat it, but the production values were definitely $20 worthy.

And... I should move this, only Square Enix insists this is an RPG.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010, 07:39:27 PM »

I don't know if it still is, but Trine was 20 bucks originally and that's too much money. I beat it with friends in about 4 hours. We enjoyed it and moved on. Solid game, but nothing amazing.

You beat it in 4 hours?!  You obviously do not obsessively hunt green spheres the way I do.

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010, 09:26:28 PM »

I don't know if it still is, but Trine was 20 bucks originally and that's too much money. I beat it with friends in about 4 hours. We enjoyed it and moved on. Solid game, but nothing amazing.

You beat it in 4 hours?!  You obviously do not obsessively hunt green spheres the way I do.



Haha I guess not.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2010, 09:49:26 PM »

The game is $10 now.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010, 02:14:09 AM »

For 10$ it is worth it, it's fun while it lasts and looks great. If you have the option of getting it on PC, wait for it to be on sale from Direct2Drive or Steam, because you could probably get it for like 5$ or less when they have their crazy sales.

If money is short, I say pass. You can live without it and it only lasts a few hours if you're not into getting 100% in your games.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2010, 02:30:29 PM »

Like Danku said, picking it up for sale on Steam is probably the best way to buy the game. The mouse control is definitely superior when playing as the wizard or thief, and it's probably cheaper. Co-op might be a bit harder to pull off though.
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