Reviews and Problems with Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean
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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GC)
4 July 2013
Excerpt: When Namco?s Tales of Symphonia was released on the Nintendo GameCube in the summer of 2004, most reviewers, including this one, felt obligated to point out that Tales was being dropped into an ?RPG-starved? console. While the latter half of 2004 gave a much-needed injection of respectability into the Cube RPG library, there remained few true 50+ hour epics for Nintendo?s console beyond the aforementioned Tales of Symphonia and Sega?s Skies of Arcadia Legends.
Excerpt: Baten Kaitos is a stunning game visually, even with its blemishes. Backgrounds are pre-rendered and feature some nice details that help to bring the game’s world to life. Each area is brimming with life like flowing water, billowing clouds, and townspeople going about their daily business. The presentation is, however, marred by some small things.
Excerpt: And that's only the tip of the iceburg. There's the strange item system where each item changes form as time passes within the game - a healing item might become a blob of poison suddenly, and the character who tries to heal him or herself suddenly finds that he or she has ingested a poisonous substance.
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (Gamecube) Review
19 May 2005
Excerpt: Well, its finally here. After a good few years of development Namcos gun RPG has finally been released. When compared with other consoles the cube hasnt exactly been showered with a large quantity of RPGs with the most notable ones being Paper Mario, and Tales of Symphonia, both of which were of high quality creating a hard act for Baten Kaitos follow. The game promises much, including an innovative battle system and over 60 hours of gameplay.
Excerpt: Baten Kaitos (BK) is an odd mixture of elements that work astoundingly well with a few failed components that turn a potentially amazing experience into one that is merely mediocre. On one hand, BK has some of the most strikingly original and masterfully imagined set of backgrounds and worlds that I have seen in any RPG of recent note. On the other hand, the character designs are bland and boring.
Excerpt: Baten Kaitos is a card-based RPG that features 1000+ cards, over 140 attack combos, and gorgeous graphics. Even with its fair share of problems, which are mostly due to the fact that card-based games aren't exactly "all that", it is still worth checking out for GameCube owners. Read all about it right here.
Excerpt: Developer Monolith Soft has recently been carving its own notable niche in the world of console role-playing games, and is best known as the creator of the PlayStation 2's Xenosaga series. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean is yet another RPG with yet another long and unwieldy title, and it's a beautiful game with a captivating world, a unique art style, and a card-based battle system that draws on the possible combinations of several hundred cards that can...
Pros: Beautiful, unique world., Unique card-based battle system., Lengthy, enjoyable adventure., Mutable cards are fun to play with.
Cons: Battle system has so much going on it can leave you behind., Nasal-sounding voices distract rather than immerse., You can level up only at save points.