Excerpt: Over the past few years, Atlus has pumped out a healthy supply of great RPGs. In addition to the release of the second act of Digital Devil Saga , Atlus has once again decided to show more love to RPG fans with Magna Carta: Tears of Blood . As far as looks, Magna Carta gets the job done. It is certainly not the best of what the PS2 has to offer, but it is not the worst of it either.
Excerpt: Magna Carta: Tears of Blood was created by Korean developer, Softmax, and is being brought to the west by Atlus. The game was Softmax's first attempt with the PlayStation 2 console, but after playing the game I can honestly say that I hope it won't be their last!
Excerpt: Magna Carta is an RPG in the traditional Final Fantasy style, of that there is no doubt. Created by Korean developers Softmax, the game is nothing to do with 12th Century Britain and King John’s taxes ‘ but more to do with magic, a pseudo real-time battle system and a war between the colonists and natives of Efferia.
Excerpt: follows the story of Calintz, a captain in a mercenary outfit, The Tears of Blood, that is dedicated to helping the Human Alliance defeat the “may as well be elves” Yason. As the game begins, they work under a general of Alliance and are about to depart on a plan that just may end the war over the land between the Humans and Yason.
Excerpt: How far can the tortured run away from the ghosts of the past? Drowning grief in the present and basking in the crimson glow of war: how much blood must be spilled before heartaches numb? Can a soul consumed with the fires of vengeance ever hope for redemption? Why does Man seek to impose his will on the unknown, but destroys what he does not understand?
Excerpt: You have to give Atlus credit: they continue to bring in niche RPGs to North America that would normally would never see the light of day. Such is the case with Magna Carta: Tears of Blood . This Banpresto/Softmax RPG is built along the same lines as Square's Final Fantasy series - a large, sweeping fantasy RPG about a massive conflict where the player learns about the characters and their place in the story.
Pros: Well designed characters and locations, Timing based combat is fun yet challenging, Interesting story
Cons: Gameworld looks a bit blocky, Whole game has a sluggish pace, Voice acting is poor
Excerpt: Despite what Magna Carta: Tears of Blood thinks it is, it's the first major CRPG to feature a lesbian romance between its main characters. This is because Calintz is a woman . I don't care what his voice actor sounds like. Calintz is wearing women's clothing and has a woman's hairstyle. Wonky character design aside, I'd imagine Magna Carta is going to be a cult classic.
Conclusion: A bit of imbalance here is a bit ironic considering the themes of the game, but it's true. The storyline does help lift things up to the point of being better than your average RPG, but that doesn't mean the game isn't without significant faults.