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Riviera: The Promised Land

by Atlus
Game Boy Advance
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 76 / 100

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  • Exquisite hand-drawn graphics with over 100 character expressions and event scenes
  • Over 30 hours of intense RPG gameplay with multiple endings
  • Five exciting varieties of mini-games that unlock rare items and secret paths
  • Unique item system that allows items to function differently depending on which characters equip them

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0007U0GT8
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 1.3 inches ; 2.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,797 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Riviera: The Promised Land brings the role-playing action that made it a hit in Japan to American shores. This epic game takes us into a time when the gods & demons make war upon men. The scared island of Riviera holds the power of fallen gods, but the demons wish to take that power for themselves. Two fated warriors will travel to the island to destroy it, denying that power to the demons forever -- but only if they can reach it first.

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106 of 106 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly different July 18, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Attractive magazine ads, Atlus, GBA RPG, I was sold. Upon first starting the game up, I could only think, "What the is this?". No movement, movement choices are selected from a menu. Exploration also menu driven (and requiring Trigger Points [more on this later]). Dispite my initial urge to simply pack it up and return it for a refund I decided to at least get past the initial tutorial stage before rendering my final judgement. I am certainly glad I did, because this game is a treasure. The more I started playing I realized that this game is much like the old adventure games (text driven or Kings Quest style) I grew up loving. You are even given points for everything you accomplish, as these older adventure games used to do. In fact it turns out to have many features I had always wished were included in RPG games:

Interesting choices, the game is filled with choices at every step, and your decisions affect how the story plays out and how your party members feel towards you, a party member with a good mood may perform better in battle. For instance at one point you find a power up item, who do you give it to? Your choice will affect not only who gets the power up, but the party members will react favorably or disfavorably to your decision.

Combat requiring thought. Most RPG games consist of simple random combat encounters where you can simply keep hitting a single button and get through in a couple seconds leading up to an interesting boss encounter where you expend all your special skills and equipment to get past. Not so in this game, every encounter is a potentially dangerous one which can end in defeat if you take it lightly. You have to constantly switch up your equipment and time your special abilities based on each enemy configuration.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's different and somewhat simple, but it has an 8.7 rating from 10 from [...] and for good reason. It's one of those RPGs that stay interesting.

Storyline wise it's a little odd. Your Ein and Grim Angel from Asgard sent on a mission by a fortold revelation of the god's that left asgard in your care 1000 years ago after a war with Urgard, land of demons. The gods barly won the war with the help of the Grim Angels and sealed the demons way in a mysterious location in Urgard. However, soon after the gods also left, leaving asgard in the Grim Angel's care. For 1000 years everything was okay Grim Angels lived without the gods in Asgard and the remaining sprites freed from the demons in Urgard lived peacefully. Now, for some reason demons have started appearing from the boarders of Urgard and Ein's mission is to stop the demons from reaching asgard no matter what the cost...
It's one of those games where you make a choice that effects the storyline, basically. Anyway, Ein has moral conficts and somehow winds up in the company of four female spirts that are also dreading the return of the demons, these are your party members. Many decitions you make with decide what the other party members think of you so, of course, all of them being females there is some of that who will be Ein's future girl stuff going around, but if your like me and don't care about those type of choices, don't worry, it doesn't really distract from gameplay or storyline quality. In fact the storyline is surprizingly lighthearted and at times cartoony funny because of the girl's unique personalities and Ein's little troubles with leading a bunch of squabling previously untrained girls through a warzone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique style and superb story August 22, 2005
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Please note that as of this the date I am reviewing this, Riviera game may be extremely hard to find in stores. It was graciously released in the US by ATLUS (known for bringing Ogre Tactics to the US). I finally managed to locate a copy, though I had to hit 6 different gaming stores first. (Prior to getting a copy, I pretty much was told by all retailers that my best bet would be to try online because the production run for this game was EXTREMELY limited).

The graphics include nice anime-stylized characters, and the backgrounds are bright and colorful (but not overly so). Graphically, it reminds me of some of the SNES RPG's I've played in the past (think Chrono Trigger).
The character animations are typical in the scheme of things, and I say this because this game is more oriented towards battle animations (which are very simple, but none-the-less effective), and as far as the graphics of the characters moving on screen-- well, this is something I feel is hard to give a rating to due to the unique way you "move" your characters through environments. Character movement is something different than many other RPG's you may have played. It's best described as: let's say you are in a dungeon: You are not able to freely move around, but rather you are presented with different directions (shown on-screen by arrows, but don't confuse this movement with a 'turn based' strategy game!) for the next "step" or "direction" you can take. In my initial playing of the game I was somewhat put down by this style of movement. However, after playing upwards of 6 hours now, I can safely say that this is not a deterent by any means- it cuts to the chase (so to speak) as this way of moving simply allows you to progress a tiny bit quicker to the next battle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Game of course is good however was listed as complete but it came with...
Game of course is good however was listed as complete but it came with just game and book no box which doesnt really matter except was misleading
Published 3 months ago by DarlingD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Game arrived quick and works great. Thanks!
Published 4 months ago by Ryan A Mott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game but linear
Really good game though very linear ar times. I would only recommend it to hardcore rpg fans who will love it.
Published 13 months ago by Zetridge
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly annoying
I chose this rating because there are certain aspects about it that can be annoying at times. The way the text operates is the worst of it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tony M.
5.0 out of 5 stars everything was there
i liked how there was the original case as well as manual also the game itself was in wonderful condition
Published on December 10, 2012 by Kain
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't really take to this RPGS
I generally like Japanese RPG's games, but this one was a bit flat.

I only played it for about 5 hours and was bored, so Sold it
Published on November 4, 2012 by R ELLIOTT
4.0 out of 5 stars For the obsessive compulsive in all of us
If you feel compelled to complete things, this game's battle system and character growth method will be the joy of your experience. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by Mangoramune
5.0 out of 5 stars Great RPG, leaves you wanting more
This is truly a gamer's game. There is really no extra fluff to this game. The turn-based strategy during battle sequences is great, the dialogue between your main character and... Read more
Published on January 31, 2008 by N. Kawamura
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly addictive, perhaps too much so ....
I have recently picked up this game, because it was cheap and I love RPGs. After you get to the point of being able to practice (gaining experience and building up overdrive... Read more
Published on April 13, 2007 by D. McBrearty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite games ever...
No, seriously, I've had more fun playing this than most games on any platform. The graphics are hand-drawn and gorgeous- they really threw a lot of atmosphere into this game and... Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Eon Fontes May
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