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Evolution: The World of Sacred Device - Sega Dreamcast

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Platform : Sega Dreamcast
Rated: Teen
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Evolution comes under close scrutiny as the first "real" RPG for the Dreamcast system. Does it live up to the expectations of a true next-generation gaming experience? Does it deliver the realism and cinematics that this new hardware is capable of? The answer is: not really. Evolution centers around Mag Launcher, a jaunty young man with a mop of spiky red hair and a cybernetic frame strapped to his back. The CYFRAME is a large device from which a cartoonish white hand can protrude and whack enemies during battles, or it can be used for such things as zipping down a rope to escape a collapsing ruin, as shown in the opening movie. He is joined by the mysterious and silent Linear Cannon, a blond waif with huge pink eyes and strange powers. His faithful butler Gre Nade, the foxy Pepper Box, or the strange, small, and creepy kid Chain Gun can make up the third member of your party. The plot centers around Mag and company's excursions into ruins scattered throughout the Northrop Continent as they scour these huge multilevel dungeons for treasure and get rewarded at the mysterious Society that is devoted to these explorations. In fact, at least 95 percent of the game takes place in these dungeons, which can last for over four hours each. Fortunately, it is possible to save your progress in the dungeon between floors if you do not have the time in your schedule to commit to such a lengthy exploration. All told, dungeon crawling makes up about 15 of the 16 hours it takes to conquer this game, but only about 30 minutes center around Mag and his friends. Just who is the enigmatic Linear, and where did she come from? Why is Eugen, the commander of a huge military force, so interested in her? What does she have to do with the CYFRAME Evolutia? And just what happened to Mag's father? As the game progresses, the plot becomes more frequent, even affording a smattering of full-motion video throughout the final hour of the game.

The highest-quality facet of the game has to be its battles. In fact, it is easy to presume that most of the development time and effort in this game went into the battle engine. These are above-average turn-based battles with a multitude of special attacks and spells, where extremely detailed and attractive characters and enemies fight it out in full polygon glory. In fact, the graphics in these battles quite effortlessly surpass those of Final Fantasy VIII as seen in the Brave Fencer Musashi demo, while perhaps lacking that game's artistic scope. Not only do the battles look gorgeous, they are also possessed of a real technical excellence as well. There is a feature unique to this game that really deserves to be adopted by developers everywhere: Down the right side of the screen is a meter with characters and enemies represented in order of battle priority, allowing you to engage in a level of tactical planning almost unknown in RPG turn-based battles of yore. The enemies and players are each arranged in three lines; the further one has to run to attack, the less damage it is capable of doing. Some spells and special attacks only affect one line of enemies or characters, while others are all-encompassing. This adds another tactical element to the strategy of battle planning in Evolution, which can become a necessity to master, as the game becomes extremely difficult the further one proceeds through it.

The graphics are of uneven quality; while the battles are stunning, the dungeons are completely boring and utilitarian. Bare corridors stretch almost endlessly, and while the texture maps are certainly of extremely high quality, they can easily become quite uninteresting after a short while. The dungeons rotate freely using the L and R buttons on the underside of the Dreamcast controller, and there is an automapping feature to make the exploration as painless as possible. But after four hours in one dungeon, the games does have a tendency to become somewhat tedious. The save feature between floors will be most welcome to almost all who play this game.

Really, when rating this game one has to question what the basis is for a truly enjoyable RPG experience. As stated, the plot is dull, hopelessly clichéd, and almost completely absent for a great deal of the game. That said, there is still enjoyment and quality to be found here in the exploration and conquering of the dungeons and bosses that await. While the game is above average, the weak plot does keep it from becoming a classic of the genre. There is no real reason why this game should not make the Dreamcast launch in the US; it's a genuinely satisfying experience, even if it is a bit textbook in execution and scope. --Christian Nutt
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  • ASIN: B00002970R
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 15, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,838 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
If you liked "Chrono Trigger" and "Final Fantasy VII" you're going to love this! This game is action packed, with the stlye of "Chrono Trigger" and the gameplay of "Final Fantasy VII," you'll play it over and over agian. It also has the 3D arts of "Dragon Ball Z's" Akira Toriyama. Definatly a must get!
-Vegeta
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
The game is very interesting. Its one of those rare game where you feel your accually in the game. The action packed and fun game provides many months of fun. You will never get tired of this game. I give it 5 stars for the amazing graphics and the fun.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
It is almost here, the New Millenium. And bringing with it a new style of RPG games. Out with the old and in the with new. The graphics on the game are absoultly stunning! The game play is not to hard and it is a game that once you start it is hard to put down. But BECAREFUL! When playing this game because it is so consuming make sure you have a VMU pack to save all the fun. This is a game for those who grew up playing the very first Final Fantasy game and for those who thought RPG's are for loosers or their too weird, also for those of you who must have the absolute best that even impoted games like FF4 and FF5. This game is GREAT for everyone. If RPG's are going to be any better than this one on Dreamcast we are all in for a REAL treat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
Evolution is very reminiscent of Phantasy Star II for the Sega Genesis in gameplay and style. You control up to three characters (very cutesy drawn)at a time to go through the standard dungeon fare to build charaters and find neat stuff to pick up along the way. The storyline is OK, but you end up not really caring about it.
Very nice graphics and interesting special effects keeps you visually impressed, but the depth is short. Hardcore gamers will beat this game in a weekend, but for someone like me who only plays once a weekend, it'll take a month to complete. Not bad given it's low price.
This is a good game for those who want to see what RPG's are all about. For a game with more depth, get any of the Final Fantasy games.
Overall, I did enjoy this game and I'm glad I bought it.
PS - UBIsoft, next time allow users to skip the videos and predefined text!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
If you like Rpg's, you will be happy to hear that the first one for dreamcast is here. And if you are interested in great graphics and an long, epic adventure, you have found your place. Dreamcast hit it right on the spot with this game.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
This game, although the characters all look like children, is really fun. And all the special moves are excellently done, with great graphics and very original power ups. Mags Hammer and boulder moves are visual masterpieces, and that mach punch is awesome. If you enjoy RPG's buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2000
This game is a truly wonderful first RPG for Dreamcast. It is funny, challenging, and doesn't take 30 min to beat. The battle system is identical to that of Final Fantasy VIII, and that is a damn good battle system. Can't wait for Evoulution 2!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kahn on June 1, 2001
About a month ago i saw evolution on the shelf of my local gaming store and it was $9, i said the heck with it, bought it, played it, and fell in love with it. This game redefines the letters RPG, the graphics are terrific (what game on dreamcast doesnt have good graphics)and the camera angles are stunning. The first time I got it I played it for 2 hours with my jaw open. My eyes scrunched up and i couldnt wait to play it the next day, and one other thing, Linear is terrible, i mean a frying pan??? come on. But Gre is the best, with his gun and "Matrix like attacks" without him, theyre is no room for success. A truly ignored but wonderful game.
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