Rogue Galaxy (hopefully not) may be the
last epic Japanese RPG to hit the PlayStation 2 and begins on the desert
planet of Rosa where a young hunter named Jaster is getting by on the
rations of the planet's occupiers. One of many planets that have been
annexed as a war rages across the galaxy. Jaster dreams of one day
exploring the galaxy and visiting exotic planets. Unbeknownst to him
destiny is about to kick his door in and make his dreams come true.
One fateful day three strangers change
Jaster's life forever. One is a mysterious hunter named Desert Claw, the
top hunter in the galaxy and two space pirates that land on the
planet to find him. After fighting alongside this mysterious hunter,
Jaster and Desert Claw abruptly part ways but not before he
receives a legendary sword.
The space pirates run into Jaster, just as he
prepares to defend his home town from a menacing monster that threatens
the residential district. Mistaking this youngster for the real Desert
Claw, this weird duo team up with Jaster and help him fend off the
monster. After the battle they ask him to join them on their ship, the
Dorgengoa where the game starts.
Epic 3D Gameplay –
More than 100 hours of gameplay are unfolded through five expansive
worlds with highly detailed environments and unique, cel-shaded
Characters – Eight playable characters total, with up to three
controllable characters on the screen at the same time.
True action-RPG –
Rogue Galaxy brings a real-time combat system that provides players
the opportunity to customize attacks and switch between multiple
characters in mid-battle.
Suggestion’ system allows your A.I. controlled allies to recommend
specific actions during combat and allows players to issue commands
Utilize close and
long-range weapons and execute special attacks unique to each
character, as well as team combo attacks.
Ability to Build
Special Weapons and Items – Combine different weapons to synthesize
more than 500 new weapons. Player can also manufacture specialized
and rare items in the * Factory Mode by locating schematics
throughout the galaxy.
and Side Quests – In addition to solving the mysteries of the epic
story, Rogue Galaxy features a number of mini-games and quests to
further challenge players.
– Capture, train, and stage battles using Insectron bugs found
throughout the various worlds. Over 120 Insectors can be collected
in the game, and players will increase rank and earn prizes by
advancing through tournaments.
Rare Item Hunt –
Search throughout the galaxy for clues to track down rare items.
Locating all items provides players with special prizes.
Swords – Follow clues and gather information to collect the set of
legendary Seven-Star Swords, considered to be the some of the most
powerful weapons in the game.
Challenge Battles –
Players can add an element of difficulty by completing battles under
certain conditions. Successful players can earn hunter coins, which
help to upgrade a player’s hunter license and open up additional
challenges within the game.
More than eight
hours of high-quality cut-scenes and cinematics help to drive the
coming-of-age story full of action, adventure, and numerous twists
that will keep players guessing until the very end.
The first fight is a real-time
combat system where Jaster and up to two companions battle it out
against a cast of thousands of weird monsters, humanoids and robots.
Each character has a melee attack using their weapon of choice and a
secondary attack that in most cases consists of some kind of ranged
attack. There are of course exceptions to these rules for certain
characters who use everything from kung-fu moves to missile racks and
The combat takes place,
much like Final Fantasy XII, on the field in real-time. As each battle
happens, random enemies and objects appear. The objects can be used to
daze opponents by simply hitting them in your target's direction.
Players can also lift certain enemies up and throw them for some added
Combat uses action
points, which deplete as you use your primary attack. By blocking or
holding still your power will replenish and you'll be ready to fight
again. For airborne or super huge enemies, players can also leap in the
air and attack or use a ranged weapon like a gun.
Guns have a a limit much
like melee attacks. The attack system is pretty straightforward to
understand but it can be brutal sometimes. Rogue Galaxy certainly is not
a game for quitters or those who can't handle sudden and utter defeat.
Death happens in role-playing games, and Rogue Galaxy delivers those
moments when you least expect them. Perseverance and some tactical
thinking are a must in these situations.
Luckily each character
has access to a unique set of skills that they can use in battle. Skills
are learned by combining items on a skill board not unlike the board
system in Final Fantasy XII.
One other thing worth
noting is that leveling is pretty easy. As the game progresses you’ll
get more playable characters, and though you can only take a couple with
you at a time, everyone benefits from level grinding. That’s because
everyone in your party gets experience whether they are actively
fighting or back in the ship doing nothing.
Galaxy is a visual treat on the PlayStation 2 with its Japanese style of
animation and graphic that looks quite decent on this aging console. Add
in a variety of special effects and almost cell-shaded characters with
an immersive soundtrack and you have a decent presented title.
Although the title tries
to do many things that Final Fantasy has done, it works on some parts
and fails on others. Nevertheless, Rogue Galaxy is a very good Japanese
RPG title on the PlayStation that we could happily recommend to a
variety of gamers. Check it out!