Review: Very well done port of one of the PS3’s best games. Thank you, Sega. Fingers crossed that this game is well received by PC gamers and encourages more quality PC ports and inspires more confidence in western releases or traditionally Japanese franchises (hint hint, Yakuza 5 and Valkyria Chronicles 3).
Looks great running at higher resolution and framerate. The pre-rendered cutscenes are still at their original resolution, but they look mostly fine – thanks in large part to the excellent art style.
Great keyboard and controller support. Fully remappable with proper button prompts for keyboard/360 controller.
The gameplay, characters, and story are still just as great as they were when this game was released back in 2008, but they’re not perfect and won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. The characters and plot are very anime. VERY anime. The fusion of turn-based strategy gameplay with real-time shooter elements is novel and pretty darn fun, but it can be a bit finicky in spots. The real-time controls at times don’t feel precise enough and there can be a trial-and-error feel to some missions. The issues can lead to the game occasionally not feeling fair or balanced, but I don’t find it severe or frequent enough to be detrimental to the overall experience.
Music and dialogue are great (English and Japanese audio tracks both included). There are some minor audio issues – odd mixing, some slight popping on cutscene dialogue. The first patch has mostly corrected this issue, but hopefully it will get a little more attention because it’s still not quite perfect.
Genre: Action, RPG, Strategy
Release Date: 11 Nov, 2014