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Time and Eternity
Reviewed by
John Simonds
on
Time and Eternity PS3 Review. Time and Eternity may not be as polished as other Japanese RPG titles but it does give the player a standard experience that for the majority of the time, I enjoyed.
Rating:
3.5

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.0
Value 7.0
Distributor: Namco Bandai
Rating: M15+
Review Date: July 2013
Reviewer:
John Simonds

7.0


Time and Eternity

Time and Eternity is like stepping into the world of clichéd Anime with lots of fan service, however this experience is fully interactive as you explore the colourful and wondrous world of Kamza. Unfortunately this idyllic world is about to be shattered as the beautiful princess Toki and her fiancé are about to be married but something will shatter their happiness.

Before the ceremony can conclude, her fiancé Zack is attacked by assassins and is left mortally wounded. As Zack dies in the arms of his soul mate, Toki vows revenge on those responsible for taking the love of her life and it is here where the gamer discovers that the Princess actually has another soul living inside her. Together, they have the power to change time as the gamer embarks on a classic Japanese RPG filled with adventure, lost romance and epic battles in this beautifully designed title.


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What I loved about the story was Toki and her almost split personality inspired character, thanks to the other soul that resides in her body, that of Towa. Best of all, both Toki and Towa are two totally opposite characters (including looks), one being the thinker and the other the action taker. But in order to prevent the assassination of Zack, both souls decide to travel back in time, 6 months before the incident that changed the life of Toki.

Unfortunately travelling back in time has created this strange time anomaly where the soul of Zack has been imbedded into the pet dragon of Toki and that both our heroines have no memory of what has occurred in the future. Add in the traditional clichéd assemble of Anime characters and the journey of Toki and friends is indeed an unusual one which for me actually worked quite well. The biggest drawback of Time and Eternity is that the gameplay which is unfortunately a little dated and seems more of a game from 5 years ago, even longer than a game released in 2013.

As you explore the world Time and Eternity, you will meet a variety of colourful characters and challenging bosses as you go on traditional quests and everything else you would expect to see in a Japanese RPG title. Quests are also a tad un-inspirational and tedious. Even though the exploration aspect has been done to death, I did enjoy the combat which gave players a variety of weapons (guns and swords) and spells available to them. It's great that you can swap between Toki and Towa as each have their own pros and cons. Another unique element to the combat is that battles are 1 against 1 and as you progress, your spells become quite powerful which forces you to limit the use of your weapons.


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For newcomers to the Japanese RPG genre, Time and Eternity is on the easy side opposed to something like Final Fantasy which is considerably more hardcore as the combat runs at a slower pace. The controls are well mapped on the DualShock controller and the game does its best to teach you how to both navigate the environment and successfully win battles. Nonetheless Time and Eternity is a fun experience as you explore this interesting world to get your Japanese RPG fix.

Video & Audio

Graphically, the game looks like something out of anime and animation works hand in the hand with the gameplay. Speaking of "hands", the art in this game is actually hand drawn for certain elements of the title and looks gorgeous. However at times, the game does look a little flat due to the 2D sprites and flat characters but it does give a uniqueness to the title. I was a huge fan of the cutscenes however. The sound department worked well and there's plenty of stereotypical Anime noises plus a fun musical score to keep the player engaged with the characters.

Final Thoughts?

Time and Eternity may not be as polished as other Japanese RPG titles but it does give the player a standard experience that for the majority of the time, I enjoyed. It definitely could have been better as it stays in the safe zone, rather than try to challenge the current genre. With that said, I really enjoyed the two main protagonists and the interesting time-travelling story that made me become glued to my PS3 from start to finish with only a few frustrations such as the slow paced and repetitive battles. Needless to say, I would still recommend it to those lovers of Japanese RPG who need something to play until the next big blockbuster!


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