Lost Odyssey Review
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System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Mistwalker 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 12, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The Aim Ring System is a really cool innovation. Melee attacks are made more effective by squeezing the RT button and letting go when the outside ring settles into the inner ring. Timing the sequence right and getting a "Perfect" rating will add significant damage as you progress. The Aim Ring System is actually quite similar to the Gunblade controls of Final Fantasy VII. The rings are a great addition because not only do they make combat a bit more skillful and interesting, they also can be upgraded throughout the journey.

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As you travel through the wilds you will acquire mundane items called ring components that can be combined in order to make powerful rings. You will also find or be given special rings. These unique rings are very powerful indeed. They typically imbue the wearer with three effects that strengthen their attacks or grant skills and abilities. However, they cannot be altered by components. During battle each character can change their rings to suit the enemies that face them before every round. This will prove to be an important tactic to employ as you whittle away at your enemies' walls with one kind of attack and then switch to take on their backline with a completely different set of weapons and tools.

Along your journey you will unlock the long forgotten memories of Kaim Argonar. Written by the famous Kiyoshi Shigematsu, these memories are not cut-scenes or even storyboards; you will be inundated with page after page of beautiful prose that will make the unwary weary. Fortunately, it is not essential to read these chapters. If you don't want to take the five to fifteen minutes out of your game time to read them you can simply cancel the sequence. However, one can't help but feel as though they're missing something by doing so, and they'd be right. In order to get the full experience of Lost Odyssey you'll have to like to read a lot.

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The characters are great, the world is huge and full of danger, there are quests galore, and the story is very well written. Unfortunately, the pacing of the title is extremely slow. Between unforgiving load times and interminable dream segments, you will literally lose hours of game time. This will probably prove to be the game's Achilles heel, making it truly enjoyable only to the handful of 360 owners that considers patience to be a virtue.

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The production values of this title are second to none. The creativity that went into world-building, creature creation, and the artwork is fantastic. The boss battles and story writing are ambitious and impressive. The visuals are stunning and the voiceover is really well done. The graphics are only hindered by the not-infrequent-glitches due to technical frame-rate issues. However, the overall impression is a thing of beauty and the world feels plausible. The melodious BGM themes are the best I've ever heard. The subtle music intricately and masterfully incorporates sounds that produce a feeling in the gamer that doesn't grow tiresome. The voice acting is also pretty good, but it pales in comparison to the musical themes. Still, some of the lines are delivered so well they will actually make you laugh out loud. This holds true for every supported language. I especially liked the sound of the Japanese track, but the lips simply do not sync up, which may be disconcerting for some. Oddly enough, English, German, French, Japanese, and Italian spoken tracks are all supported, but Spanish was conspicuously left out.

There are hours upon hours of interesting content for gamers to explore and uncover in Lost Odyssey. Sadly, the pace of the game is rather slow and will deter the vast majority of 360 fans from purchasing and/or completing the game. That's too bad because the epic adventure and masterful writing make for a truly compelling title. It's a shame to admit, but this is a game that probably should have been released for Sony Fanboys, not for the frag-centric 360 demographic.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
The visuals are stunning, but are hampered by frame-rate issues.
4.2
Control
The controls are smooth and the Aim Ring System adds a lot to combat.
4.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is amazing, but the voiceover work doesn't quite compare to it.
3.4
Play Value
The story and the beautiful world hold more intrigue then the gameplay. Many gamers may find this title to be tedious.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Engaging and unparalleled emotional story. With story sequences penned by award-winning Japanese novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu in cooperation with producer Hironobu Sakaguchi, "Lost Odyssey" sets a new benchmark for the RPG genre with a combination of true-to-life cinematics and the story of an immortal man who has been suffering in many ways for 1,000 years. Players will witness Kaim's life as he lives through many generations, becomes part of numerous families, falls in and out of love, and confronts all of the conflicts that arise. Kaim's struggles are set in a world that is on the verge of a "mystical industrial revolution," where mankind has attained dark powers.
  • Innovative RPG gameplay features. "Lost Odyssey" blends massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) elements into the game's traditional RPG system, enabling players to make strategic decisions for a more immersive and deep gameplay experience.
  • Massive scope and engrossing environments. The massively scoped worlds, memorable characters and epic story line of "Lost Odyssey" play out like an intense and unsettling blockbuster action film. Heading up the artistic demands of the title is famed Japanese comic artist Takehiko Inoue; renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu has been recruited to create a contemporary soundtrack.
  • Realistic graphics in next-generation gaming. Powered by Unreal Engine 3 technology, "Lost Odyssey" boasts stunning visual fidelity and rendering quality. The Unreal Engine 3 technology pushes high-definition visual designs to a higher level and brings out the smallest details in the largest battles. Gamers will experience a rich dynamic world with an unprecedented level of detail. Users can experience the true-to-life gameplay and facial expressions of emotionally distressed characters in the world of "Lost Odyssey."
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).


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