Some of the initial vision, gameplay and appeal may be lost, exchanged for a more streamlined, smoother experience but that doesn´t mean its worse. No, Tango Gameworks delivered a game expanding on Mikami´s initial vision, mixing it with more western ideas into a damn good game, only held back by a too foreseeable story and some minor flaws.
Ys 8 Lacrimosa of Dana is without a doubt a great JRPG and one of the best entries in the main series. Keeping every element that made the series so great. Besides its gorgeous Soundtrack and great combat, it also features one of the best plots ever, being nearly as good as Origins, full of likeable characters and mature storytelling. Yet, its giant open world and playtime are it´s biggest problems at the same time, letting the first third seem more like aimless padding than a captivating element. However, this is basically the only complain I have, I enjoyed the latest entry in the Ys series way too much to not recommend it, Ys 8 Lacrimosa of Dana is truly an amazing JRPG.
Rabi-Ribi is definetely not a bad Metroidvania, it´s actually a pretty damn fine one. Featuring silly ideas mixed with silly, adorable art, classic gameplay, spiced up by great unique features and a giant explorable world full of secrets. Because of these great things, it´s easy to forget about the below average story, weak characters, strange upgrade pacing and minimal technical issues. During my 15 hours long playhtrough, I absolutely loved Rabi-Ribi for its bunny girls (who doesn´t love chibis?) and great gameplay and it´s a great fit for the Vita.
Warriors All-Stars is definitely a surprisingly innovative game. Instead of a bland cross over Omega Force took the extra mile to deliver a somewhat fitting story, mixed with lively, unique dialogues, sometimes specifically written for our chosen character. In combination with the silly furry inhabitants of the new-found world, new special enhancements for the gameplay and solid, bright graphics Omega Force´s cross over can definitely achieve its own atmosphere. Because of the new gameplay enhancements and enjoyable yet cliché story, that lives off our beloved heroes, Warriors All-Stars is a great Warriors game, which is more than just a simple license leech.
Still, Nidhogg 2 works as amazing as the first one, creating adrenaline loaded rounds full of hatred between friends, when one of you keeps killing the other. At the end, it’s a very safe played, unsurprising game, nonetheless, it´s a guarantee for fun at every gaming session, in a definitive version.
Honestly, I could get Trails in the Sky 1+2 on Steam for that price and have a way better and longer time. For a game, that needs so long to develop into something hooking, yet never lives up to previously set standards, this price tag is just bad. In my opinion The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is worth 29.99, if you completed the Trails in the Sky trilogy, making a recommendation of this let-down a pretty hard one.
All in all, God Wars: Future Past is definitely a game that should be played for its story, due to the lack of any other great feature or unique aspect. Luckily, if you´re a fan of traditional folklore like me, you will surely have a good time, despite its uninspired bland gameplay and graphics.
Without the SAO and Accel World skins I wouldn´t see a reason to buy it, too generic, too flawed, too bland are the mechanics presented too us. Truly a game, only buyable by true fans of the series who want to play as their heroes but nothing more, nothing less, than a generic, exchangeable experience.
All in all, even though it might certainly not be a perfect or good “game”, it´s still a damn great Danganronpa experience, fitting for every fan of the series and basically essential at this point. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls might be a spin-off to the main series but in the end, it suffers from the same problems.