Summary: I am an advid Tactical RPG gamer on every system not including PC. It is the second best game I have played on the DS, however keep in mind I pretty much only play RPG's, TRPG's, SRPG's and some ARPG's.. This rating is based soley on the DS games I have played. Compares to: Honestly is is hard to compare this to any other game soley due to the "Route Maneuver System" used in the gameplay. Other then that it is similar to any other TRPG.
Summary: This game is seriously harder than I thought!! OMG!! I still try to figure the way to survive tuterial stage. LOL If anyone would like to challenge your brain for strategy planning kindda game, this is the one! Go get it and see how fast you can pass each stage.
Summary: As a huge fan of Atlus, I wanted to grab this game at a low price (which is rare for Atlus games) and check it out. Anyone who has played a strategy RPG will probably enjoy the mechanics of this game, which twists the formula just enough to make it uniquely interesting. The one downside to the game is that it proves to be incredibly difficult at times. Still, the game is very reminiscent of titles like Fire Emblem and Shining Force wrapped in a shiny new package.
Summary: Rondo of Swords It is a really good game with lots of depth. The level up gliche is the only way to beat the game though. I enjoyed the game because it has allot of different characters and has good reply value.
Summary: This is a great game don't get me wrong. It takes strategy games in a new direction and has TONS of characters to choose from. It's long and enjoyable... Unfortunately I had to grind alot (which I do not enjoy in strategy games but I DO enjoy in turn based rpgs) The beginning is very daunting and makes you feel weak and like everyone is after you (which they are) and the story is hard for me to follow.
Summary: Like many others here, I like these types of turn-based strategy games. Rondo unfortunately is mixed game that you might want to avoid. It requires lots and lots of trial and error and patience. You cant just buy items you need: you have to send some of your troops to the market and the game will decide whether the shopping trip went well or not. So you've played a map and then the map ends and only THEN do you found out if you lost all of your cash or not.
Summary: I am a long time follower of Atlus releases, one might even call me a fanatic about it ;) But this game falls short of the usual greatness that I expect from Atlus, though it just barely misses the mark. By barely missing the mark I mean, this game, with a few very minor tweaks, would indeed be what I expected from an "epic" Atlus title. Gameplay in Rondo of Swords moves from map to map without ever letting you have a break. Battle, after battle, after battle.
Summary: Overall, this is a very good game. The battle system is innovative and mostly enjoyable, as it building up the characters. To an earlier review that said mages are useless: you just haven't built them up enough. At higher levels, their long-range makes them indispensable. The storyline is thin but somewhat interesting. Be warned that this is not an easy game: until you learn the intricacies of how everything works, you will face 'Game Over' many times.