Gameplay: When you first look at this game, you may be turned away just because it's a card-based game. However, the fact that it's card-based makes this game so good. When it's your turn in battle, cards are chosen to attack or heal. Also when the enemy attacks, you can choose certain cards from your hand defend yourself with. Thus, an enemy attack can do no damage to you. Unfortunately, it also works vice versa. The cards in your hand are chosen completely random, but putting the wrong cards in your deck lead to disaster as well. Also, once you get a time limit for how long it takes to choose your first card, you may be a bit overwhelmed, but you'll get used to it. Also, targeting can be a little confusing, so be careful not to accidently heal the worng person, or, even worse, heal the enemy. You can also get bonus damage or defense by choosing cards in a certain order. Each card had 1-4 numbers in the corner, and if you choose cards the numerically increase, decrease, or are the same, it will add a percentage to the final damage. You also need to put thought into what cards you use especially when working with elements. If you use two opposing elements in the same turn (i.e. fire and water) the damage will cancel out. Some boss fights can be hard, but if you die, there's a "Try Again" feature that will let you regroup your party and deck. Graphics: This game looks fantastic and detailed. However, sometimes you can stray so far away from the camera that it's hard to see the character. The battle animations are nice to see as well. Sound: Well, the soundtrack is fabulous. Each piece gives the right atmosphere and mood for the scene. However, the VA is quite bad. There's fake/forced emotion behind each voice, and the voices sound like they came from withing a paper cup. For some, we'll grow on it and get used to it. For others, well, there's the option to turn all the voices off. Value: The main game will take about 30-40 hours to complete. There's many sidequests to do and even more kinds of Magnus cards to find, so if you're a completionist, you won't be putting this game down anytime soon. Story: Although cliched, it keeps you interested. For example, the ever-popular "main character has amnesia" plot appears yet again in Baten Kaitos. However, there are some good plot twists and the fact that you play as a Guardian Spirit watching over the main character is a nice twist.
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