Reviews and Problems with Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament
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Realm of Gaming
15 January 2012
Excerpt: Don't let the cute graphics and mechs fool you, this game is as hardcore as Armored Core and Chrome Hounds. Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament is a PSP spinoff to Irem Software's PS2 title Steambot Chronicles. It centers around the protagonist of your choice, male or female, as you enter Orion City to take part in the Steambot Tournament. You meet a companion, Venus, and find yourself unraveling a secret and beating bad guys along the way.
Excerpt: Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament is one of those games without much precedent or fanfare that manages to look as good or better than some more highly touted products. Much of this starts with good design. Watching giant robots battle is endlessly entertaining, and Steambot Chronicles has lots of robots in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Summary: Story/Modes:DECENT Graphics: VERY GOOD Sound: GREAT Control/Gameplay: GOOD Replayability: VERY GOOD Balance: DECENT Originality:GOOD Addictiveness: POOR Appeal Factor: VERY GOOD Miscellaneous: ENJOYABLE The Final Rating: ENJOYABLE GAME Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament is a nice niche title for PSP owners looking for a different type of adventure.
Conclusion: I will continue to be optimistic for this franchise, but I get the feeling that it will forever remain an obscure entity that requires too much patience and insight on the part of the player in order to squeeze out any reward, even though the potential smacks you right in the face.
Conclusion: The rebirth of Steambot Chronicles on the PSP is a real great treat to both collectors and hardcore gamers. Steambot Chronicles has a certain charm to it that makes it the silent killer amongst the vast collection of role playing games on the PSP. The updated version does still have the confusing controls and the story is lacking any real plot. This version of Steambot Chronicles is one you should add in your collection but make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Excerpt: Probably the best moment came after Venus had lost her precious pendant. When I offered to steal her a new one, she launched into a tearful backstory explaining that it was the last remaining memento of her dead mother. My response? I nodded sagely and asked Venus what her measurements were.
Excerpt: Steambot Chronicles is something of an antithesis to the standard open-world style of gameplay. Instead of over-the-top violence or hard-edged criminals taking center stage, the game was populated with cheerful, airy characters, coffee shops, Victorian architecture, and a relaxed, carefree attitude to completing missions. Of course, it wasn’t totally passive: robot fighting was still the name of the game at the end of the day (albeit, clunky steam-powered robots).