Retro Game Friday: The Falsebound Kingdom

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a rather obscure game in a series that was a huge fad back in the 2000’s. It’s Yu-Gi-Oh: The Falsebound Kingdom!

Plot Synopsis: Yugi, Joey, Tristan, and Téa being invited to the testing of the virtual reality game “Kingdom,” created by the company SIC. When they enter the game they soon find themselves trapped within it, and they must summon the help of the game’s characters and monsters in order to defeat the game’s villain, Emperor Heishin, and ultimately stop the plans of the game’s designer, Scott Irvine…

Plot: The plot is pretty freaking terrible, although it serves as a reminder that the “trapped in game” plot device has been around for ages.

Gameplay: This plays mostly like an RPG, although there are some Turn-Based Strategy elements as well. Frankly the game wasn’t that great and the fact you’ve probably never heard of the game is a good indication of how bad it was.

Art: The art is really dated, but given that it’s almost purely 3D on a console that wasn’t known for it’s power compared to it’s competitors is another sign that this game wasn’t all that big.

Music: I don’t remember it at all, sorry.

Overall: Skip this game, it’s definitely not worth your time playing, unless you are incredibly bored. However there are better games out there that are free.

For those who like: Yu-Gi-Oh, RPGs, Turn Based Strategy.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, terrible plots, or Konami in general.

 

Retro Game Friday: Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game I played, but hadn’t played the prequel for at all. It’s all about Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings!

Plot Synopsis: One year after the events of Final Fantasy XII, the protagonist Vaan is now a sky pirate possessing his own airship.

Plot: I honestly had no clue what was going on for most of the time when I played this game, which is probably due to the fact that I hadn’t played the prequel, I don’t own a PS2 so I never got the chance.  It wasn’t a great plot, and it’s probably why most people have never heard of this game.

Gameplay: It plays a lot like an RTS game, which is both cool and annoying in that the Nintendo DS isn’t made for that sort of game. It wasn’t as bad as the horrendous Starcraft port onto the N64, but it’s pretty freaking close.

Art: The art is one of the few things about this game I liked, it’s a lot like the Tactics series, which I love, pity they didn’t take the combat system from those games instead of doing the RTS crap.

Music: Being a portable game, I never listened to the music.

Overall: Avoid this game, unless you absolutely must know what happens after Final Fantasy XII.

For those who like: Final Fantasy XII, RTS games on handheld consoles.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.