I got this title for my birthday, and after a few hours, it seems like a very simple little game. Turn-based combat, quite easy so far, but absolutely gorgeous sprite visuals.
What's really struck me as a surprise, though, is how impressive the localization is. I wasn't really expecting a lot, but Nintendo has outdone themselves. Some of the lines are just downright hilarious, and so as I continue this blog, I will be archiving a list of the best quotes I've encountered. There are three so far.
It's kind of depressing that this game is so easy, because the mechanics for the combat system are impressively robust. There's a lot of depth here, but you usually don't need to use it. And the encounters where you do, it's faster and less troublesome to just escape from the battle, leaving only boss fights to really worry about.
The localization is still terrific. One great aspect of it is little phrases that character say during battle, which help to liven up the proceedings a bit. I've included a few of those quotes below.
One thing I'm really happy about is the sense of scale you get from this game. While most JRPGs have you traversing the entire planet, making the planet seem rather small when you see there are only a dozen or so towns scattering the entire world, Glory of Heracles only takes place in Greece, and it seems fairly faithful to the actual geography as well. So far I've visited Crete, Laconia, Sparta, Mycenae, and Thessaly, and am currently enroute to Athens. I also just encountered Achilles, who's on his way to Troy to fight in the war. If you're a mythology buff, the game does play fast and loose with a few elements, but it's a lot more faithful than, say, God of War.
02/11/2010 - 4:10PM
What... the... hell! <span class="spoiler">Heracles just decked a princess in the face and knocked her out cold!</span> Why doesn't Bowser ever do that?
02/11/2010 - 11:50PM
While nothing about the game really stands out as amazing, there's only one thing so far that really stands out as terrible, and that's the save system. Now, for the most part, it's terrific. You can save anywhere, in town, on the field, whatever you want. Very easy and simple. Unfortunately, you CANNOT save during dungeons. At all. If you start a dungeon, you better have at least an hour, or you may find yourself losing a lot of progress. Luckily, if you die you can just retry the battle, but that doesn't let you stop playing if you need to turn the DS off for a while. And heaven forbid your DS dies on you. Then you're definitely going to be losing a lot of playtime.
With a save-anywhere feature, it's really pretty unacceptable that you can't save for such long stretches of time. There aren't even save points.
The game has now taken me out of Greece and into the city of Byblos, what is now Jubayl, Lebanon in modern times. I've also spent time in Troy (located in modern-day Turkey), and from the sounds of things I'll be moving on to Egypt in the near future, most likely Alexandria, though that's just an educated guess.
I have to say, the more I play, the more I'm finding that I really like this game. It's not spectacular in any real way, but I'm still having a lot of fun with it. I'm also really digging the soundtrack. The music has the 16-bit charm of the SNES generation, and it's as varied as games back then were as well. It seems like every few hours a new battle theme appears, and the music is constantly changing to suit the current environment. Right now it's got a sort of arabic vibe to it.
I can't imagine the game has too much left. I'm roughly 18 hours in now.
"Pit?! That doesn't even sound Greek!" - Leucos
"As serious as a staring contest with Medusa, I'm afraid." - Leucos
"We're a club of unkillable men with mysterious pasts! How can we NOT travel together?" - Axios
"Take it like a monster!" - Leucos
"Not the hair!" - Axios
"Don't be a heel, Achilles." - Eris (*groan*)
"Imagine riding behind me on a white steed beside the Aegean Sea, your arms clutching my bare torso..." - Axios
"It's quite soft, my hair. I wash it once a year, you know. Sometimes twice." - Axios
"I hear there's an African prince who can turn a small investment into a fortune. It's foolproof!" - Merchant
"This is all Greek to me. Which is fine, because I am Greek!" - Leucos
Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...