Magnacarta 2 First Look

We take a peek at an entirely new world and storyline in SoftMax's upcoming role-playing game exclusively for the Xbox 360.

Like many other role-playing game series whose games have nothing to do with each other, Magnacarta 2 is set in a brand-new world with a different set of characters. Developed by SoftMax, which worked on Magna Carta: Tears of Blood for the PlayStation 2, the second installment does, however, revisit familiar themes like love, hate, betrayal, and politics. At Namco's press event yesterday, we got a brief glimpse of the new combat system, which is designed to keep the battles fast-paced and exciting. Namco also showed off a new trailer, which you can see below.

The story takes place on the Lanzheim Continent, where people are fighting against one another in a civil war. Juto is the main character of the story, with a destiny he must face. The story revolves around him as well as a female character, and you'll watch as they grow and ultimately confront their individual fates. The characters are designed by a well-known Korean artist, Hyung-Tae Kim, so you'll notice a distinct style that blends Japanese manga and realism for a unique look. The final version will also have fully voiced dialogue to accompany all the sweeping CGI cutscenes.

Beyond the trailer and the opening cutscene, we didn't get to experience much of the story firsthand. But we did get a quick walk-through in regard to the combat system. Battles are a blend of real-time combat with turn-based elements. You control one character at a time in real time and approach enemies as they appear onscreen. You have a party of three (with a total of six characters to choose from), and you can cycle through each of your active party members at any given time. The screen will slide off to the left, with another taking its place, which is a little disorienting at first because you don't normally see fancy transitions like this when you're swapping characters on the same screen. You can chain with only two characters, and how it works is that each time you attack, you build up your stamina gauge. Once it's full, you enter an overdrive mode, which is when your other party member should immediately follow up with attacks. Your second character should be close to overdrive as well, in order to get an attack bonus, as well as reset your gauge. This sounds a bit complicated, and you might need to play it a few times to get the timing right. Doing this correctly seems to take a bit of practice, and there's some risk involved. If you mistime your attack, both of your characters can overheat, leaving them useless and stunned until they recover. However, if you successfully chain an attack, you can easily double the damage you're dealing.

Like in the previous game, the storyline is fairly linear, but you will have the opportunity to wander off the beaten path to take on optional side quests. There is more than 40 hours of gameplay, and you have the ability to customize your weapons and your character's skill set. Your team also levels in the traditional manner, gaining experience after each fight evenly, while your inactive characters gain a percentage of the total. We'd like to see more gameplay and test it out for ourselves. For now, it looks like Magnacarta 2 is scheduled for an Xbox 360-only release sometime later this year.

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29 comments
hellpolice
hellpolice

I been meaning to play the Magna Carta games...is interesting is on the Xbox 360.

roge666
roge666

i can't wait to play this game... JRPG > RPG

walkers1985
walkers1985

looks like just another one in a long line of rubbish turn based rpg final fantasy rip offs oh well maybe someday someone will combine real time combat and a decent rpg style game.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

@postal-x wow, that is one of the most idiotic statements I have ever heard. Not only are you wishing a company to fail and thus jepoardizing the well being of all of it's employees but you idiotically complain about turn based rpgs. If it weren't for turned based games there wouldn't be a genre at all. Personally, some gamers prefer the turn based gameplay to the action rpgs that are becoming so common. If you don't like the style of gameplay in a game, don't by it yourself, don't wish ruin upon the game because you are a stupid, little person.

Kaos_Scorpio
Kaos_Scorpio

The first game was terrible. The first one was filled with men I swore were women until they opened their mouth and the combat system made no since. This combat system seems it will follow a similar path and if thats the case there is no way it will compete with other RPGs who use a more action based combat system.

POSTAL-X
POSTAL-X

I am hoping that this game will fail....so that it will bring an end to the turned based fighting sequences. is it so hard to ask for a real-time fighting sequenced rpg with easy to execute attacks, skills and special abilities? this would bring about strategy in itself with having to attack in different ways depending on the enemy. Japan has a strange fetish for these types of games and it is pissing alot of people off. Probably a game for the 10-12 year olds.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I bought Magnacarta 1 when it came out and loved the artwork.I will definetely buy this one when it comes out in the US. If you don't have the magnacarta 1 wallpapers you should get them, they are beautiful. I'm glad it's coming out for the 360. Those who don't like the 360 should stop hating and support the American product!

rossphi
rossphi

hey timesplitt why do you have a guys package as an avatar?

Alex_09
Alex_09

Ughhh I have seen some lame trailers in my day but god damn...

Timesplitt
Timesplitt

hey rossphi the playstation is alla bout the matura games man you be under a rock!?

rossphi
rossphi

another lame japanese pokemon game only the fan boys will like. this is why i didnt like playstation or nintendo. these games SUCK!

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

is this one those rpgs where u first pick what everybody does then sit back and watch then attack.if it is ill past,even from what i just saw it looks very childish like i seen this over and over again.these type of rpgs are not fun to me i rather do things on command while still playing your character like oblivion,fallout

W-zup
W-zup

The first gameo n the ps2 had terrible character design. Guys almost looked like girls. Now they almost look like puppets :S

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

The first video was horrible but the second interview made the game seem more promising

Roman16
Roman16

great more rpg coming

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

We shall see how it goes. If the combat can be improved over the least Magna Carta, this could be a decent RPG.

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

I like that Johnny Yong Bosch has a job and gets work. I like that he does a good job. but damn, the list of major characters with his voice is getting long.

edant79
edant79

Man, I could uh swore one of those dudes was wearing a prom dress.

Yukihirou
Yukihirou

I just hope the battle will make sense more, and the walking and running sequence...

BlackSamvara
BlackSamvara

I just bought MagnaCarta a couple days ago, The price was a steal, but after a year and a half long hiatus I'm not sure I can get back into it! Regardless, It's awesome that they're releasing a next gen sequel, and my amazement at this fact is compounded since I just bought the first one! What a coincidence!

kirkgamespot
kirkgamespot

The first Magnacarta was Awesome and underappricated! The graphics look great. I'm still curious to see how the combat system will pan out but it looks VERY promising--similar to FF13 style of combat? CAN'T WAIT!

poorisaac
poorisaac

I loved the first one. The main character was very "visual kei" so at first glance he looks like a girl. Here is hoping this one is good too.

Kayos90
Kayos90

JOHNNY YONG BOSCH AGAIN?!!! What the heck!

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Oh come on, another 360 exclusive RPG? Please make it to the PS3, Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia have. Since FF13 is multiplatform too, 360 won't fall short of any JRPGs, so please make some on the PS3 as well. We're having a ddry season here.

pai-may
pai-may

The hero looks a bit girly but I think that will be ofset by the total awesomeness of the star wars feel to this epic story. I can't wait for another rpg from Namco Bandai on my 360. (I'm a big fan of Eternal Sonata and I'm waiting for the release of Tales in Europe.)

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I hope that in this game, the main character doesn't look more like a girl than the actual girls in the game, as was the case in Magna Carta 1. That... that freaked me out.

UnsaidWarning
UnsaidWarning

I have been meaning to finish the first one, but I'm haunted by its awful voice acting and opening song, and its frequent battles and backtracking. It's pretty though. This one sounds like almost the same battle system as the last one, which is not a good system. Hopefully its a bit different.