PSone RPG Port Complete with Spontaneous Musical Numbers
22 September 2009
Excerpt: When people ask what you want to be when you grow up, do you reply ''a princess?'' If not (or if you're too old for people to even ask you that), don't bother with Rhapsody. This quirky RPG port of a PSone title has a reworked turn-based battle system that makes the already simplistic experience mind-numbingly dull. You control Cornet, a country girl with a crush on a prince, and her entourage of talking puppets.
Excerpt: It's hard to know where to begin with Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, the DS remake of the 10-year-old Nippon Ichi (Disgaea) PlayStation JRPG. On the face of it it's yet another obscure and bizarre Japanese role-playing game that you can't believe someone somewhere thought ripe for a Western release. The game's quite obviously aimed at Japanese girls, with super cute graphics and a 16-year-old female lead character who can control dolls like puppets.
Conclusion: Rhapsody might be lacking in a few sections but it is still a fan role playing game anyone can pick up. The story is on the strange side, same with some of the magic spells. If you are looking for an RPG to take you back to the day when 2-D was popular then look no further, Rhapsody if the game for you.
Excerpt: It was nearly a decade ago that Atlus published Nippon Ichi's "Puppet Princess of Marl's Kingdom" for PlayStation in North America under the title "Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure." Outside of its charming, musical storytelling, many gamers felt the game was average. So how could a handheld port do any better? In total, I count five significant changes made from the PlayStation version to the DS port, released in North America by NIS America.
Conclusion: Luckily such design oversights are quite rare, but an overall polish doesn’t change the fact that this 10 year old remake is suffering from an identity crisis. If the charm and appeal of Cornet’s world gets its claws into you, you’ll be hooked. If not, you’ll be bored before the end of the third chapter.
Summary: A remake of Atlus/Nippon Ichi's 2000 PlayStation title, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is a music-based RPG, where cutscenes are replaced by musical numbers, complete with vocals, high-res 2D sprites, and more features than ever before.
Summary: When I was a kid, I used to imagine that I could talk to my stuffed animals, and they would talk back. I would dress them up in cute little costumes, and have the most magical adventures. Many princess costumes and one or two unicorns were involved.