Friday 3 March, 2006
I doubt I played this game on easy, but that is what it felt like most of the time.
Yes, I finished it a while ago and I've been thinking about my experience with the game. My almost-30 hours playing it, as a matter of fact.
I feel that this game has so much potential. The game system is interesting and there is certainly quite a bit of depth. However, most of the time, it goes completely to waste. It's just too easy. All the regular fights are pretty much a grind. You can, once you've reached a certain level and have enough cards, button mash your way through them. You don't even break a sweat.
There is one major exception to this. The boss battles. In particular those towards the end are remarkably good. I had to really sit down and think, tweak and test different strategies until I was able to beat them. The really nice thing is that I always had to make changes to my deck. This is good because it means that I had to strategize prior to each fight.
The actual battles were also interesting. Having a nicely tuned deck wasn't enough either. I had to be very careful about when I played certain cards, when I didn't, etc. There were quite a few battles that I lost due to being careless and not playing carefully and correctly.
So, in the end, is it worth it? Hmm.. it's a tough question to answer because although the game does improve the more you play, it still takes a while before it hits its stride. In other words, until you get to the part where there are plenty of boss battles you're simply running on a treadmill.
As for the story? It's intersting and gets more so the further you play. I have to confess I did end up thinking about many of the issues/ideas raised in the game...I'm also sure that if you played Kingdom Hearts on the PS2, you'll get a little bit more out of it.