Excerpt: It's a shame when a video game can elicit both incredibly positive and ridiculously negative feelings within a gamer in just a matter of hours. Such is the case with Record of Agarest War 2 , an ambitious effort that attempts to create a compelling JRPG experience. While the game most certainly manages to do exactly that, Agarest War 2 also suffers from flaws so glaring that you'll constantly ask yourself if you even want to get through the rest of the game.
Review: Record of Agarest War 2 (Sony Playstation 3)
10 August 2012
Summary: Record of Agarest War 2 is an interesting mix of RPG, dating sim, Strategy RPG and visual novel. While it works, there are parts of it that could have been so much more like the lackluster story or elements that could have had far more variety through your actual dialogue choices other than making party members upset with you and otherwise changing nothing.
Excerpt: It’s unfortunate that the battle system of Agarest 2 was so poorly handled; with a better tutorial, less grinding and maybe a free movement option, it could have been something quite novel and engaging, but as it stands, there isn’t a whole lot to carry it, and even less to draw new players in with its combat mechanics. The lag in battles is also troubling, but is less of an issue. But, despite all these flaws, I can still see the appeal in Record of Agarest War 2 .
Pros: Excellent 2D art and 3D models, lots of play time
Cons: Confusing battle system, unoriginal story, too much grinding
Excerpt: Have you ever played a series that you wish was better because the concept seems so great? Every now and then I get that feeling while playing a game for review. A series like Agarest War, in which you play multiple generations of heroes within the same RPG, seems like such a unique concept that I couldn't help but be intrigued when I first heard about it. Sadly, I played Record of Agarest War Zero and was less than impressed by the final product.