With RPGs looking ever-increasingly for ways in which to shrug off slow paced combat systems, Tri-Ace and SEGA's Resonance of Fate comes swooping in on the coat-tails of Square-Enix's shiny high drama to try and steal a little bit of Final Fantasy XIII's thunder. The action here is the unique selling point too, implementing a combat system that requires both strategic thought and incessant grinding straight away from the start.
RoF is a fairly solid title, however, as Brendan's full review indicates, so if you are on the lookout for an alternative to Square's effort, or simply have a pathological need to buy and play every single RPG out there, then you may be interested to know that even though the voucher deal for April has ended, Zavvi are still the cheapest seller for this title at £23.95, after which there's ShopTo at just over £1 more and The Hut, nearly £5 away. It's not as good a price as the recent Hut deal, but it's still not bad considering the game's age.
RoF isn't a bad game, it just has some serious issues. The graphics on the characters are lovely - as you'd expect from a JRPG - but the environments leave much to be desired. Stack this game up against FFXIII, and let's face it that's exactly what SEGA are trying to do here, and even on the 360 Square's effort gleams so much brighter. In terms of gameplay, this is the polar opposite of Lightning and Co.'s adventures.Whilst in FFXIII the game took an absolute age to introduce all of the battle elements and gameplay mechanics (to the point of seeming like a stuck record at times), this title simply dumps you on your bum straight out of the box and tells you to get on with it. The difficulty curve in this game looks like Everest might to a termite.
Unlike the-soon-to-be-approaching-European-shores Demon's Souls there's not really anything to back up all of the punishment. The combat system is solid, but hardly great, there's little story to speak of and not even Nolan North can save these two dimensional characters from being anything more than featureless tropes. Hardcore JRPG fans will find something to love, but everyone else might want to consider one of the other RPGs floating around at the moment.
Thanks to tinodz at HUKD