Sword of Etheria
A team based hack and slash, Sword of
Etheria sees you taking the role of Feel who must repel an ancient race
of evil gods before they overtake the world. The game at itís heart is
purely a fairly simple affair that will grate on some players when they
realize that itís all pretty samey, just the degree of difficulty ramps
up as the game progresses.
title is very ďJapaneseĒ and anime in appearance which is something that
I am a massive fan of. Players will come to admire the intricacies of
using Feel and the ways that his CPU controlled companions react to your
gameplay style, assisting you by the way that you assist yourself.
makes his way through the game wondering if he has special powers as he
has the ability to talk to Etheria which certainly helps. The two CPU
companions are named Armilla and Leon and they have special abilities
that are unleashed as Feel fills up his power gauge. The first notch on
the gauge sees Feel kick butt and then the second notch unlocks the
ability for the other two to unleash a can of whip ass as well.
Graphically the title absolutely delights with fantastic imagery and
great animations. In game sounds are sweet with the exception of the
actual spoken word parts which are pretty hokey at the best of times.
Everything else about the actual audio shines and it would have been
better if they had simply left the Japanese audio in with subtitles.
of Etheria is a game with a hell of a heritage, however at times the
game feels a bit long winded and drawn out due to the repetitive nature
of the fighting. It would have been nice to actually switch out to the
CPU controlled Leon and Armilla and experience their attacks which are
quite different to Feels. This is still a good game, however Iíd have to
say that you might want to rent it first before committing the cash.