Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GC)
17 October 2005
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.
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...
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.
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.
Conclusion: Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean is turning out to be one of the most brilliant and creative RPGs this year. Maybe Namco just has a way with GameCube RPGs. GCN owners are certainly happy to have Namco on their side, as they've provided many a great game to them this generation.