: Sony PSP
: Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament is an arena style combat game featuring customizable mechs, open-world mission structure, and four player ad hoc multiplayer.
: I spent a few hours today going through the beginning missions. Mostly Fedex (fetch quests) stuff. The opening is quite short, and the early story reminds me of pokemon. "I'm going to train, and become the greatest mech trainer in the arena!" Yeah. There's some interesting convo choices during given at quite a few junctures already. So far, I think they don't impact the overall plot, but they can produce some interesting replies from NPCs.
I never played the original, so I come at this game with few preconceptions. However, from what I've read of reviews of its predecessor, it seems this game already has a number of things in common. And, the graphics are also very similar. For the PSP, they're not shabby at all.
: In this game, you have to work your way up the 'ranks' via coliseum battles. I beat "D" rank this morning. In order to participate in "C" rank battles, I need a higher reputation. I earn that by taking and beating quests. So, if this first few hours are any indication, the game cycles between forcing you to do a few quests, then defeating a handful of enemy mechs, one on one, to earn the way up the ranks. It's not exactly revolutionary, but it's OK. I've also unlocked more mech parts that I can buy and equip. So far, that's the most fun part of the game.
I'm up to B rank now. Woot!
The story so far is short, and OK. It's fun, but I'm not burning to find out what's going to happen next. <span class="spoiler">It starts off where your main character arrives in the city, ready to work his/her way up the coliseum ranks (It reminds me soooo much of pokemon). Of course, as you begin that journey, you quickly make a friend. After some battles, you find out that your friend has a bit of a backstory, and only by pushing forward can you find out more about her, and your own character. Nothing earth shattering.</span>
The combat is OK....but there is one easy way to win just about every battle. <span class="spoiler">Use the Throw command against your enemey.</span> Seriously, against arena enemies, this has won me every battle quickly except for one enemy. It really makes upgrading your mech totally a waste of time and money. I guess you can totally ignore it. Hopefully, its usefulness will degrade over time. I'm probably 40% of the way through the game now.
I'm cruising now. I'm up to A Rank. The story isn't really picking up, the missions are not only repetitive, but they're really easy, and the combat in the Arena isn't much of a challenge. To be honest, aside from some arm upgrades I bought near the beginning of the game, I haven't upgraded my mech at all. There's been no need. The good news is that every thing (from quests to arena matches) are pretty short, making the game easy to play in short spurts.
Game done. Actually...I should have had this done a while ago. I didn't really spend that long on it. It was really short. It was just so bloody repetitive that I couldn't play it too long in one sitting. The final battle was more lame than anything else. Did I mention I'm still pretty much using beginning mech parts? Yeah. Fun times. 50% of the story was in the ending dialogue. Story was pretty much that bad. In fact, it was non existent for most of the game.