Lost Odyssey is a great game and everything that you said is true except for the part where you talked about the story, which as we all know is hugely pathetic and told in one of the worst scripts and with the worst characterization in JRPG history, and that's saying a lot.
You can loben? Lost Odyssey for many things, but story or storytelling, outside of the dreams, is definatly not one of them.
But yes, great game, and the successor that Final Fantasy X never had. Everyone even remotely interested in the genre should check it out.
Damn I need to finish that game.
In relation to the story I haven't really played many JRPG's so the story still feels vaguely fresh and interesting but as you said the highlight of the game are the text based story time hour dreams that really help to build Kaim as a character rather then the dull amnesia struck soldier with a bigass sword that the game first presents.
I agree with you on most things, though there are differences between your experience and mine.
I have found scenarios, where it is really hard to go thru then without fighting every 2 minutes or so. Especially with strong enemies, what makes it very annoying.
The Thousand Years Old Dreams were cool and nice to read for a little while, until you discover the constant in almost all of them. Kalim is always silently right, and during the story he shows why it is and why his listener is wrong.
Right on, brother. I was most impressed by Kaim's hair. It was neither spiky, nor featuring blonde highlights! It really typifies what makes the character so great.
It's a fantastic game, probably better than most of the Final Fantasies to be honest
It's one of the best games this generation. The characters are so awesome and memorable.
If I could sum this game up into one word, memorable would probably be the word.
I loved Lost Odyssey as well. I never have really gotten into a JRPG before it in fact. Never felt the need to play any Final Fantasy games or anything.
Side note: You should really buy Forza 3 and stop playing Forza 2. : )
"It's one of the best games this generation. The characters are so awesome and memorable. If I could sum this game up into one word, memorable would probably be the word. "
Good write up, LO was a reminder to me why JRPGs are pretty much my favorite genre when all is said and done. Though I found it funny that you said the plot was strong and some of the characters were bad while I found it to be quite the opposite. I really liked Jansen but I found the plot to suffer greatly from such a boring antagonist, he was just far to generic for my interests. Amazing game though, reading this made me get the urge to play it, shame I have every achievement I can get without DLC save the treasure one.
I think its awesome that by the looks of it, Lost Odyssey really does seem to end up being the better Final Fantasy XIII, just as it was the better Final Fantasy XII.
I have a copy that sits here waiting to be played, but like most RPGs, jRPGs in particular, I gotta be in that perfect mood for it.
Still, it's nice to know when I do get that itch for some jRPG - I'll have a top notch title sitting there waiting for me.
I agree with you mostly, I thought Jansen was a great character though. It is probably my favorite game of this generation so far, and for me, it is my perfect JRPG. I also loved how nostalgic the game was, reminding me of classic RPG's which aren't around anymore.The game is full of emotion and has realistic characters, something that 95% of games lack.
I was hoping to post something about Lost Odyssey just like this in the forums today, but instead I found your post to read and I can't agree more. Yesterday I popped in the game for the first time in probably over a year, and played for like 14 hours straight. No joke. Even tried to start at my previous save, but instantly I knew that a restart for the sake of story was needed. No regrets about that decision. So far I am enjoying it this second time more than I did the first. Not quite sure if its anything in particular, but more my appreciation for the style of RPG that Lost Odyssey is. Having played it again, right now I feel comfortable saying that I really enjoy turn based combat. Even the random encounters don't bother me. OP, your comment about fewer than normal random encounters made me think about why that is, but I honestly think it doesn't bother me as much. So far, the game has really grabbed my attention, which is something rare it seems for a game to do these days. I'm just glad I took another opportunity to enjoy Lost Odyssey.
To anybody on the fence about Lost Odyssey, jump over and run to your favorite game shop. I feel you'll not regret your decision to try it out.
However much I agree with most of this, I feel that the battle system, although technically should have been brilliant, had a few leittle things that sort of ruined the game for me. For one, as you mentioned, the battles are few and far between and times, and to make this sensible they made them longer than necessary. I would have preffered more short battles (but I suppose that that's personal preference).
I also thought that the experience system was a big let down, and conversly made it difficult to get back up to level as you could only get a maximum of 1 level per battle, so fighting harder monsters was actually qute pointless past a certain point. Also, I like to be able to train, and the experience system completly prevented this as once you got to the required level for an area, you basically couldn't advance beyond this, making me feel that levels were actually quite pointless (you clearly disagree). As I consider training to be an integral part of any RPG, this kind of ruined the feel, as even if I wanted to, I could not gain levels (and the lack of battles made this even worse).
As a result, I'm left feeling that this should be (and maybe is) a masterpiece, but one that leaves me with no will to play it :(
I swear I put 20 hours into that game before I realised there were items that gave your immortals more spell slots. But I have a habit of doing stuff like that. I was getting my ass kicked in Mass Effect 1 before I realized I had turned off auto leveling and I had gone up ten or fifteen levels without alocating any of my experience points.