Just played the demo.
Very impressed. Better than the recent Final Fantasy junks we've been getting for the past years (X-XII).
I'm not a fan of the art style and the special attack animations are too long (long enough to rival Ark and Doom Train at times), but the core gameplay dynamics are really good.
Have you played Dragon Quest? If you have, is Blue Dragon's gameplay as *simple as DQ's, or more versatile and complex like that of the Final Fantasy series?
*With simple I mean, an almost basic gameplay.
It's complex and simple at the same time.
It keeps it simple, but with deep mechanics, like monster battles, off-battle battles, etc.
Allow me to expand on my point. See, in games like FFVII, FFX, or FFXII leveling up was quite complex. In FFVII, for example, you grew levels by gaining experience, normally, but you did not gain any skills or magic technique through leveling up, but through Materia. In FFX you had the Sphere Grid, which, in my opinion, was tad complex. And, in FFXII you had to buy your skills and magic techniques.
On the other hand, in Dragon Quest, was the old school, simple "level up to gain new skills and magic techniques depending what level you have reached" type of gameplay. There were some special skills that you developed, but that was also part of the leveling-up process.
Anyways, I haven't read the manga, or seen an anime (if there's one), does the plot of the game seem to be good? Sakaguchi and Akira Toriyama are involved in its development, so I think the answer may be obvious, but still, did you get any good impressions from that demo? Does it looks as promising as a "Breath of Fire" or as a "Chrono Trigger"?
It's just a demo. I don't know about the skill system other than it's sorted really well. =D
Well, I preferred FFIX over FFX, X-2, XI and XII. If you preferred the latter games, you can ignore Blue Dragon. It really is a classic FF game with new mechanics, not like the messy exaggerated junk in the post-IX era.
Love the boss battle music; it's so cheesy.
Actually, that's exactly what I am looking for, I did not like post-IX gameplay either.
Originally Posted by Jyuu
I think I'm in love.
Originally Posted by Dante Obscuri
If you like that kind of gameplay, perhaps you may like Dragon Quest VIII. The gameplay is really simple; however, the art style, I assume, must be similar to that of Blue Dragon's.
so kind of more traditional turn based stuff then?? ....i actually miss that stuff a lot.
but yeah, agreed on not being a big fan of toriyama's characters....
Maybe his character design is not the best out there, actually, it is not really good, but he's been part of the developing teams of games such as Chrono Trigger (which is one of the best RPGs that have ever been released) and Dragon Quest (which is a really good game series). I suppose it would be subjective too, since it would also matter whether the player likes the plot of the game.