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Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel
5 May 2006
Excerpt: Based on a popular Japanese anime and comic, Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel is one of Square Enix’s next upcoming titles. With unique action-packed gameplay and story, and characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist world, fans of both RPGs and Fullmetal Alchemist should keep their eyes open for this one. The first PS2 title developed by Racjin Co., Full Metal Alchemist was released in Japan in 2003 with good reception.
Excerpt: By now, we all know that licensed properties rarely make good games, particularly movies. However, given that videogames and anime seem to have so much in common in terms of their fanbase and aesthetic presentation, one might assume that a game based on a cartoon would be exempt from the licensed product curse…and they'd be wrong. Despite the similarities between games and anime, most games based on an animated series are just as bad as their cinematic counterparts.
Excerpt: Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel is an action-RPG based on the popular anime and manga series of the same name. The anime and manga series are really good, though, and this game simply does not measure up. As far as games based on popular anime licenses go, Broken Angel is not the worst I've played, it just falls flat in every key area.
Excerpt: Shown at the 2004 E3 show in Square Enix's booth, Fullmetal Alchemist is a title that showed a lot of promise. This Action RPG is based on the Anime series seen on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and is another title released by Square Enix that seems to be lacking "the magical touch of Square.
Excerpt: Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel brings the recent anime hit to the PlayStation 2 as an action role-playing game. While the temperamental Edward and his patient, tragically transmuted brother Alphonse bring some of the series' personality to the game, some awkward controls and the lack of any real challenge or longevity relegate this title to rental status at best. The brothers Elric team up for some alchemical mayhem.
Pros: Alchemy abilities give you some nifty combat options
Cons: Partner AI is unwieldy and cumbersome, Enemy AI is practically non-existant, Short and shallow