Excerpt: Nippon Ichi Software has developed or at least produced several of my favorite games of the past ten years. From Disgaea to Prinny and Cross Edge, NIS has never failed me. That is until now. You see for years Gust Corporation would make great games such as Atelier Iris and Mana Khemia, and NIS would localize them to America. This has worked very well for the two. However, Mana Khemia was a game made for the ps2 and as such does not port well to the PSP.
Excerpt: Mana Khemia: Student Alliance is a port of the PS2 RPG Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis . While a decent game in its own right, nothing about the game screamed, "Play me!" much less, "Port Me!" Even though it is billed as an "enhanced port," most of the added features end up killing the few good things the PS2 version did right.
Summary: The only reason you would have to buy Mana Khemia is if you are a huge fan of load screens and generic role-playing antics. Why buy this game when you can get the superior PlayStation 2 version for cheaper? Especially since this PSP game is virtually unplayable in its current state! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Conclusion: Mana Khemia: Student Alliance offers roughly 40-50 hours of gameplay, which hits the sweet spot for RPG nuts who love a long, in-depth gaming experience. For those who own Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis on the PlayStation 2, there really isn’t much additional content to worthy a purchase of Student Alliance, however PSP owners new to the series or just longing for another RPG title will find enough content to pick up this title and give it a go.
Conclusion: Just take a look at what I wrote. The original game on the PS2 was fantastic, it was a solid RPG. Porting the game on the PSP like this just makes you wonder what you are missing on Nintendo’s front. Do not buy this game; only buy it if you are a collector of PSP games because I predict all of the unsold copies are going to be buried in some wasteland. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 2 out of 10 + The game is fun if you have way too much free time.
Excerpt: As Vayne arrives at the academy for the first time, the first thing you may notice is that the graphics are blurry, low-res 3D that look like someone popped a PS1 game in their PS2 and turned on texture smoothing. You may also notice just how long the game had to load said images.
Excerpt: Mana Khemia: Student Alliance is a game that should have never been. The original Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis , developed by Gust, was mediocre to begin with, and the PSP version only serves to degrade what was already a less-than-enrapturing gameplay experience in a nearly direct port that suffers from a myriad of technical issues.
Excerpt: Name: Mana Khemia: Student Alliance Genre: RPG Platform: PlayStation Portable Porting PlayStation 2 titles to the PlayStation Portable isn't a new phenomenon. In fact, whenever a game is a success on one it's only a matter of time before it's brought to the other. Newest in this time-honored tradition is Mana Khemia: Student Alliance , the handheld port of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-revis Alchemists of Al-revis enjoyed moderate critical success when it was released...
Summary: This game is pretty fun, but check out other RPGs before you make the jump. It’s definitely worth owning, especially at the low introductory price, but it just lacks some of the charm and depth of other RPGs.
Pros: -Bright, colorful graphics., -Lovable, even if cliche characters., -JumpStart is a neat feature that more games should utilize., -Alchemy is a pretty cool thing to mess around with., -Multiple endings.
Cons: -Music could use some work., -Alchemy is still a very basic crafting system., -“Burst Mode” doesn’t really add anything to the game., -“Classes” is just another word for “Mandatory mini quests”.