This is the first JRPG I play. I found it to be full of drama, some humor and romance, lots of nice graphics.
TheWarpLynx wrote this review on .
Lost Odyssey is a dramatic and long RPG. There is also humor and romance. With characteristics of artifacts and attire typical of the Middle Age and Modern Age as well as Contemporary Age the game has also many futuristic aspects detailed within beautiful graphics.
It features a system of rings for weapons that all characters can use depending on the kinds of enemies that need to be destroyed. These rings are for close range attacks and they add some action requiring skill with the controller on the players' part to land Bad, Good or Perfect attacks. All the player needs to do is hold the Right Trigger and release it at the appropriate time.
The game has a simple system involving the four elements known as Water, Fire, Wind and Earth, where Water is good against Fire, Fire against Wind, Wind against Earth and Earth against Water. Rings have different levels of element damage as well as other kinds of damage reserved for machines, or magic wielders among other things.
Immortals can learn numerous skills from objects and from mortals by a process in the game involving equipping objets and skill-linking with mortals. Mortals learn skills as they level up. While there are no decisions to be made as the characters level up, such as applying points to strength or magic, there is a lot of decision making when it comes to choosing who should attack at close range and who should use magic at long range or who should stay up front and who should stay behind protected by the strong ones up front.
Interactions with objects and people in this game are subtle things which force the player to pay attention to every detail present in the surroundings until, by being near something, the player is cued to press the A button. To talk to people the player has to approach individuals and press the A button also but without any cue. There is no journal so the player is required to write down where in the story he or she is and what needs to be done to progress in the main adventure.
There is not much in terms of decision making through dialogue in this game. Enemies appear randomly in certain places as long as the character ventures in these places. For the most part the player controls and sees only Kaim. Some of the others appear during battle and the ones present in battle are selected by the player while there is no ongoing battle.
There are four discs which comprise the game and many hours to be spent enjoying a game with superb music, poetry and imagination. Lost Odyssey is this game.
I would recommend playing this game with a guide or a walkthrough and with time in your hands to enjoy everything the game has to offer but advise that some of the fun of exploring this game is substantially removed by doing so. Play it without help first and then seek help if you feel you need it.