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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: 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.
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.
Summary: Some flaws threaten to drag it down, but this installment in the Growlanser series rises above them by making you interested in its characters and narrative. The relatively low price helps too, making this an easy choice for RPG fans.
Conclusion: Avec son scénario qui peine à se mettre en place et son système de jeu malencontreusement bridé lors des premières heures de l'aventure, Growlanser : Wayfarer of Time aurait de quoi décevoir les plus chevronnés des rôlistes. Les plus tenaces découvriront finalement un titre plein de qualités, à l'univers mature et puisant ses inspirations chez les plus illustres de ses prédécesseurs. Un jeu de niche, oui, mais qui mérite qu'on lui laisse sa chance.