Reviews and Problems with Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
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Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
2 September 2013
Summary: Everytime I put my PSP down, something comes out to make me pick it back up. And it's usually an RPG. That said, I have no problems with new title releases late in the system's life, especially when they're as engaging as Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time . While I'll admit that getting into a remake of a sequel of a series I've never played was a bit difficult at first, in the end it was totally worth charging my PSP back up this one last time.
Excerpt: RPG Fans with a level over one hundred know Atlus well. Atlus brings over many role playing games that the American audience would not normally see. These can be quirky titles, or games that hardcore gamers will worship for years to come. Growlanser Wayfarer of Time fits some place in between those two.
Excerpt: First released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2003, the fourth game in the esteemed Growlanser series of tactical role-playing games has finally been made available to the wider world on the PSP. Those who have eagerly awaited the release of Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time will find much to admire; the tale it tells is populated by vivid characters whose struggles play out against the backdrop of a richly developed war-torn continent.
Pros: Intricate story set in a complex world, Good writing that creates vivid characters
Cons: Straightforward, unremarkable combat, Sometimes unclear where you need to go, Character interactions feel mechanical
Excerpt: This is going to sound like a Yogi Berra line, but the problem with nostalgia is that it’s never quite like you remember it... Playing a game on PSP is surreal enough, considering how far the hardware has taken us, but it’s fitting that Sony’s handheld is mostly in the realm of nostalgia these days. It’s also fitting that Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time dates back to the days before the PSP, circa 2003. In that sense, this is a fitting marriage.
Conclusion: The battle system in Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time isn't really at fault here, it's the numbers game behind it that seems to be rigged in the computer's favor that makes playing this game a chore. The slow story pacing will also require a lot of patience from prospective gamers.
Excerpt: As time goes by and one generation of handhelds bow down to make way for new hardware, I can't help but notice a recurring theme, not only on the PSP but on the Vita as well: people love recreating console RPGs on handhelds. This trend has gone back as far as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and continued through Final Fantasy I, II, and IV . The first two Disgaea games and the first three Persona games were also all ported to the PSP.
(PlayStation Portable Review) Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time
The Entertainment Depot
30 August 2012
Summary: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time has a lot going for it and can be an incredibly engaging title, but its nearly decade-old design is showing its age. A lengthy adventure mixed with heavy character interaction and plenty of combat awaits those who can put up with obtuse mission directives, excessive menu wading, and smoke-and-mirrors choice system.