Who'd Have Thought Space Piracy Would Require This Much Paperwork?
15 April 2010
Excerpt: Regardless of one's stand on their eternal conflict with ninjas, it is difficult to argue that pirates don't hold a special place in our hearts. After all, they are the guardians of an adventurous, quasi-mystical past that never really happened yet still managed to grant us the unending boons of cheesy theme park rides and horrible Hallowe'en costumes. What could be better than pirates, then, one wonders? That's simple. Pirates in space .
Excerpt: For Rogue Galaxy , the journey from Japan to North America was long and difficult, paved with trials that transformed the game. Though this cel-shaded sci-fi pirate RPG plundered the pockets of nearly 400,000 Japanese gamers, the developers felt that it was incomplete. They used player criticism and their own creative desires to reshape Rogue Galaxy for its North American debut.
Excerpt: I seem to be starting my reviews lately stating that "I'm a fan of such-and-such company" and unfortunately for creativity, I have to start this way again. I'm a fan of Level 5, as are probably most people who have played their games. I thoroughly enjoyed both Dark Cloud games and found their work on a much-beloved series (Dragon Quest) to be refreshing. Unfortunately, their latest presentation leaves much to be desired in key areas. Let's take a look.
Excerpt: The premise of the game is rather simple: young hero Jaster dreams of visiting other worlds one day, but he's stuck on a primitive planet known as Rosa. Although supposedly under military protection, Jaster’s hometown is one day overrun by monsters. In an attempt to save his city from destruction, Jaster meets a mysterious man with an overwhelming amount of skill in battle.
Excerpt: , the same basic story of a lad befriending a pirate and then finding out his true intent, but throwing a ton of sci-fi elements in to spice things up. I have to admit, the whole idea of 16th Century-lookin' ships putting around outer space is beyond cool, but I didn't expect to see something that quite captured that same sense of classic cool so quickly.
Conclusion: Rogue Galaxy is a decent action RPG from one of my favorite developers, Level 5. While not quite as good as their previous titles, Rogue Galaxy still offers plenty of fun RPG goodness, and does it in a very appealing style.
Excerpt: If you're a PlayStation2 owner and haven't quite scraped up the means to get a PlayStation3, take heart: you haven't been abandoned just yet in the forward, lemming-like rush toward next-gen titles. Rogue Galaxy offers yet another reason to keep the ol' PS2 plugged in and playing.