Kyle here, gaming aficionados.
This time, our "distinguished panel of experts" takes a look at Squaresoft's involved action-RPG Vagrant Story.
Here's a little primer on Kyle's RPG Roundtable Reviews rating scale:
|0-1 is the lowest of the low. Basically, don't
even touch the game's box.
1.5-4.5 is below average. You might still like it, though.
5 is absolutely average. Most games are a 5, so don't think this is bad. I mean it.
5.5-9.5 is above average. These are damn good scores, even a 5.5. Definitely pick it up.
10 is the ultimate. If you can't afford the game, consider selling body parts.
|Erm... I'm finished with the game, and I
still can't figure out what the heck was
going on! I hate to complain and all, but
I think that this was just a little over
the top in the whole plot department. I kinda
liked how there weren't many cut scenes,
but every time there was, I lost track of
what was going on. So really, it was way
too complex for me.
I like 'em all, but this one's a 1.5.
|Even if you ignore the obvious gap caused
by my absence, Vagrant Story really
little for the discerning player to
character-wise. Although blissfully
time is spent developing these fellows,
is enough to make one grow tired of
A great deal of time is spent shadowing
real motives, but I wish they'd never been revealed!
I suppose these fellows deserve a 3.0.
|Gau like this game! Me like lot of battles
- they not even random, so me know me always
get in same fight over and over! There lot
of monsters. Gau like monsters lots! Me no
like boss fights so much, though - me think
they too hard! Me no like 'quipment system,
'cause it too hard, but weapon look pretty,
so me no mind!
Gau give this 6.5!
|I can't say enough bad about these graphics.
There are basically no redeeming qualities here, and plenty of
flaws. The characters are depicted with a
ridiculous level of realism, to say nothing
of the animation. Facial expressions are
integrated and detailed, and even the usual
PSX pixelation is reduced to almost unbearable
levels. This is like... the 'anti-Pong.'
If I had to judge, I'd give it a 0.5.
|This music is totally non-radical, dudes!
There is, like, no triumphant tunes on this
entire OST. Man, about the only plus is that
it is mega-quiet and totally ambient on most
tracks. The fact is, this is bogus orchestral
stuff from beginning to end, dudes. I guess
I should have, like, expected it from the
team that did Final Fantasy Tactics.
I'd crank the volume up to 2.0.
|Well... their opinions basically suck! Here's
If you take their scores and reverse 'em, you'll get a pretty accurate picture.
Like whiner-boy Lacan, he thought the graphics were a 0.5? Try 9.5 and you'd be closer to the mark, because these graphics are great! And that moron Laguna, he calls the plot a 2.0? I'd say more like an 8.0.
Now, for the real low-down on Vagrant Story, I'm your man. This is one of the few console RPG plots I've seen in a while that actually kept me guessing right up until the end. Telling more would spoil it, but suffice to say that things aren't how they appear. Part of the reason it's so surprising is because of the characters - even though they don't have many scenes, they get very well developed, and they're as complex as you'd expect from the makers of Final Fantasy Tactics. The gameplay is tough to call. It's fun to play... most of the time. This one needed to have a lot of encounters removed, and some of the bosses tweaked a little. It's a shame, because there was some real potential here. The graphics are the best on the Playstation, plain and simple. I haven't seen much to compete with this on the PS2, or even the Dreamcast, and the direction in the cut scenes is just awesome. Yeah, better than Metal Gear Solid. It's that good. The music is great, too, but most of it is pretty much ambient, and quiet, too, so it's hard to judge it.
Incidentally, some of the guys have some pretty strange taste in pants... like, not much in the seat section, if you get my drift. I just thought I should mention it, 'cause it is weird.
3B-wise, I'm sure not complaining! There aren't many games where the in-game graphics are enough to really show off the babes, but this is one of them. Too bad we don't get to see more of them. There's tons of blood in Vagrant Story - it's practically gushing, and it's realistic, too. And the beasts... wow. These are the coolest beasts in any RPG, or at least the coolest dragons. Yeah, better than CC and LoD, which is saying a lot.
In the end, too few cut scenes, too much equipment micro-management, weird pants, and some serious problems with the gameplay keep this sucker from being higher than it is, but it's still definitely worth playing.
Put together, it's about a 8.0!