game: magna carta: tears of blood
console: playstation 2
score: 9 / 10
Right, so it will probably be pretty easy to tell I haven't written a review in ages, but stay with me! This is a game that really needs a review itself, and a little bit more love. Also excuse how this thing will be all over the place, I couldn't think of one good method for it.
Right, so. Off we go!PLOT/STORYLINE: ( 9/10 )
The general plot and storyline to Magna Carta is probably most different than the average Final Fantasy
or Kingdom Hearts
, but it still manages to wrap its fingers around you until the very last second when it drops a huge plot twist on you! Taking place in a fictional world called Efferia, it has been 30 years since the war against the Humans and the Yason has started. We first meet Calintz, the main character of the game, and leader of a mercenary group called the Tears of Blood
. This group launches a resistance to the Yason, and is currently cooperating with an Alliance group to end the war. Here you'll meet interesting characters like Eonis, Azel, and Haren. Every member of the Tears of Blood has lost something, or someone valuable during the war. Along Calintz' journey to end the war with the Yason, he meets a young maiden named Reith
, who challenges his thoughts and attitude toward the war. Bearing amnesia and only remembering her own name, Calintz vows to protect her for saving his life, and to bring back her lost memory.
With many plot twists and stories that just might bring you to tears, this game is heavy in plot and character development, keeping you on your heels until the very end.GRAPHICS: ( 10/10 )
Sorry Square-Enix, but I have to say Magna Carta kicks your ass when it comes to graphics. Backgrounds, cities, characters, and FMV sequences seem to all be planned and carried out accordingly. You'll never see a funny face on one of your characters; their facial expressions and movement all seems to be extraordinarily real. The FMV sequences also gives Atlus something to brag about -- no problems in this section!MUSIC: ( 10/10 )
By far, this game has some of the best music I've ever listened to. Creative and fitting to its environments, the music in Magna Carta is something to sing about! It never gets boring, and tends to fit its mood appropriately. Some music will make you want to sing and dance, others will make you want to cry, and others will even get you pumped for a boss battle, and even soothe your soul. Overall, if this game didn't interest you at all, I'd give the soundtrack a buy. It's simply perfect, and I'm usually pretty critical when it comes to game music.BATTLE SYSTEM: ( 9/10 )
Though greatly hated and criticized by its critics, Magna Carta's battle system is another thing that Atlus can really brag about. With free movement in battle, and an ability to control all on screen characters, it really gives its competitors a challenge. Relying on Chi, or elements of the world, to fight, it gives the game a challenge not many games can pose. It also gives the gamer a chance to try out different characters, instead of using the same one throughout the whole game. Consequently however, there are Chi Lanterns, which allow you to switch and mess around with the Chi in that area. Without the Chi of the element your character uses ( let's use Calintz' default style as an example; Wind [A] and Mountain [M] ), they will not be able to attack. So if you want Calintz to attack in battle, you better make sure your A and M Chi is intact! ...Or you'll wind up getting defeated by your enemies, or resorting to another character.( Read more...Collapse )GAMEPLAY: ( 9/10 )
For only having one disk, this game is incredibly long! Since you do a lot of walking, that takes up some time. The battles are usually longer than the average Final Fantasy game, so that can eat up some time as well. I'm only about 1/3 through the game so far, and I'm at 20 hours! It's a nice game to play if you want one that will keep your interest for a long period of time.DIFFICULTY: ( 6/10 )
Though many have said Magna Carta to be a difficult game, I find it quite easy. To be able to heal to full health after almost every battle, it can't be too hard can it? Once you get used to all the aspects of the battle system, you can even defeat your enemies simply even when they surprise you. Though I will give it a 6 just because it can be quite difficult when you don't know what you're doing!OVERALL: ( 9/10 )
A nice 9 out of 10 for this game! It's simply magnificent and different, from its story to its music. I highly recommend it to any RPG fan.