A Solid MMO and Single Campaign
The game's single player campaign is well done, it has an anime television show feel to it, similar to ".Hack//". The story is well thought out and after each chapter you get a slight glimpse of what to look forward to in the next chapter, kind of like a preview to a TV show. The characters are decently designed with futuristic clothing and hair styles while some characters have a traditional Chinese look. Each planet that you explore has a great environment feel too it. The music and level design matches quite well, making it feel like this could be a real place someday. The game took me a few of sittings to beat, about 6 hours a night for about 3-4 nights. Considering what's out there recently, that's impressive. You will have to do side missions to level up your character enough to get through the later levels, this will become repetitious at times, however if you're use to the hack and slash RPG titles, this shouldn't be anything new to you.
The MMO aspect of the game is no where near as diverse as some of the PC MMOs out there, however it does have it's bonuses. New missions are added from time to time and some of the old missions from the campaign are there to keep you busy. You have your own room to decorate as you please, you can open up a shop and sell loot that you receive during missions for whatever prices you desire or you can turn your room into a night game stadium. There's tons of room decorations, some which can only be received by killing monsters for them. You can also make your own weapons, armors, and accessories through the synthesizer in your room. You will need to collect the appropriate items to synth them but this is great for those who are trying to stock weapons at there store with different elements attached to them.
Many people have complained that the online price is too steep. It's 10 dollars a month, which is average compared to other MMOs. It isn't the greatest price in the world, but if you play the game frequent enough, it's not that much. Playing every now and then for quite a few months, well... that's when you need to switch to network mode. Which is like the MMO version just you team up with characters from the game instead of real people. (Side Note: Obviously opening a store in this case is useless.)
All and all, I give this game a 4 out of 5. If anything, I recommend playing it for the campaign mode, since it's worth it. Those who do not want to dive into the MMO part of the game won't miss a great deal, but there will be people who like it enough to dedicate time to it. It's all a matter of personal opinion. For X-Box 360 players, you can download a demo of the game through X-Box Live, which contains a portion of the online mode free to try. That way you can see if you truly want to dedicate time to it. Character can not be carried over from the demo to the full version though, so only try it as much as you need to if you plan on switching to the full version.
- Scott V.Read full review