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Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator - PC

by Interplay
Windows 98 / Me / 95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001QEPV
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,443 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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You are Maya, a junk scavenger, surviving on refuse dumped from above. Yours is a world of layers, in which continents orbit at different elevations around the planet. Those at the top, the Chosen, consume massive amounts of energy and dump their waste down to the layers below. Now, they have begun a descent to the Core, a living computer, in search of the Gift of the Creator, fabled to bestow great power. At first you stand in the way of the Chosen, fighting to slow their march to the Core and protect your homeland. But it is you who will ultimately discover Septerra's true nature, as you journey out of the familiar surroundings of your home country, and come face to face with the Legacy.

From the Manufacturer

Septerra Core is a role-playing adventure game published by TopWare Interactive that will go beyond the limits of the genre. In this game developed by Valkyrie Studios, the player will encounter intriguing puzzles, strong character development, and fast-paced strategic combat, all driven forward by a story that takes place in an original, highly detailed fantasy world.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story... hampered by tedious battles February 8, 2001
This is an odd mixed bag. You have, on one hand, an honest-to-God intriguing story, with original characters and above-average voice-overs. You got side-quests, hidden treasures, and deep background folklore... Everything to please those who like a good book. The graphics are good, except I would have preferred more animation frames on some characters... Oh well...
Then you have the battles. This is where the pain starts. It is somewhat reminiscent of the real-time/turn-based hybrid battle system from the Final Fantasy series, with the added depth of having characters "build-up" three levels of power with time. Like Final Fantasy, battles build up your characters' stats, to prepare for that ultimate final battle against the big boss. Unlike Final Fantasy, the battles aren't that much fun. The creature types are more or less the same, with minor color variations. And you don't feel compelled to fight in the first place. You don't want to fight; you just want to continue with the adventure...
The only thing that (may) push you forward is the top-class story. The Story is what drives this game through, just like a good book. Want to turn to the next page? Well, must fight about 20 creatures 20 times to know what happens next.
This is the problem (for me at least). An excellent story matched with a boring battle system make the final product a game of patience. Recommend you download the demo first! If you feel that you can enjoy this game based on the demo, by all means, buy-it! If you are more of the impatient type, well either buy this game and download cracks or cheats, or look elsewhere.
This game would have been a better adventure game than an RPG.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too linear November 17, 2000
First off, let me start by saying that I more prefer games like Zork, Myst/Riven, and Monkey Island. While, to some, that may make me an "inferior" game player, I think it's all a matter of taste. I also love Final Fantasy, but I honestly think it's just too slow paced and I lose interest in it quickly, but still love playing it.
That said... I'm rather ambiguous on this one. It has the world-roaming capabilities of FF, yet lacks any real unpredictability. The gameplay itself is all linear; there's only one way to go, or so it seems. The world's small size lends itself to being a more compact game, but even that gets old after a while. I found myself growing bored with, as another player noticed, having to kill monsters again and again whenever I went through the same area.
There's just something about games where the dialogue is spoken. :) There are also subtitles to read if for whatever reason you like it that way. The movies were good, if few and far between, and I really like the characters. The story is also a really great one; I honestly picked it up just because it seemed so cool! The gameplay itself is easy to learn, which is good as I tend to have a very limited attention span, but the pace of the game itself... well, there were times when I was desperately searching around for what I'm supposed to do to trigger the next part of the game and get eaten up by monsters because it took so long. Royally sucks.
On a whole, I think it's a good game, but mostly if you're big into RPGs like FFVII. It's got an expansive world, I think, but the linear gameplay isn't for everyone. I suppose it *could* merit four stars, but I don't think it's for everyone, so if you're with me on your game choices I'd wait until this was in the sales rack before picking it up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Rob B.
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Okay, first things first. Septerra Core is built around a fairly unique story, which is something of a rarity in this day and age.

Now that we've gotten past that little step, let's look at this from an indepth perspective:

(FYI Each comment has either a pro or con mark following them.)

Story: The storyline moves at a good pace, without bogging down too much along the way. +

Characters: The list of playable characters is short, only 9 total. The total combinations for the party are limited as you must ALWAYS have Maya, but otherwise, you can build the party to fight certain circumstances. - The characters, though, do have their own personalities and motivations. Makes them believable, even recognizable to players. +

Graphics: The backgrounds are beautiful. + Some of the area maps are a bit too repetitive, which makes it too easy to get lost in. - The characters themselves could have used more animations. -

Sound: The voices are nicely coordinated, HOWEVER, there are problems in some of the actors getting the right feel for certain lines. - The overall music is very short and gets looped too early, meaning it's usually the first thing players will disable. Combat sounds are probably going to be following right behind. -

Mobs: Very few differences in mobs. You see one human type, one animal type, you've seen them all. Aside from coloration, almost no distinctiveness in mobs. - Mobs have too few attacks. There's not quite enough to keep a player from reading a book while they run fights. -

Combat: Slow and tedious. - The use of the limited number of Fate Cards (Spells), and the special skills you find/acquire is rather poorly used.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
had this game awhile back but it got ruined so now atleast i got this brand new and brings back memories
Published 13 months ago by Gabriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought it for a gift
My grandson loves it. He said that the gameplay was awesome and exactly what he wanted I am happy that i purchased it. Great product great price. Thank You!
Published 20 months ago by elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars This is truley the greatest game ever
I can think of nothing that can compare to this game the whole idea of it is so great i wish more people bought it..... poor poor valk. studios bankrupt
Published on August 23, 2005 by SAmuEL JAcksON
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game but kind of slow
Septerra Core is a great rpg. It has great game play, a good story behind it but only a couple cons. Read more
Published on August 3, 2004 by D. Lind
5.0 out of 5 stars great game!
lemme tell you...this is a great game. the graphics aren't the 3D, but RPGs were never really graphic-intensive anyways. Read more
Published on September 7, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game got kind of boring!
This was a really good game for like the first couple of hours. Then it was all repetitave you kill the same people over and over again. Read more
Published on September 8, 2002 by Sean Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator
This is one hell of a game, any one who thought Final Fantasy 7 was great, you have got to try this. Read more
Published on February 14, 2002 by Cobra
2.0 out of 5 stars I' Rather be Sleeping
Now don't get me wrong, Septerra Core is a good game. Well, at least for the first hour. After that the gameplay gets so repitive and slow I almost fell asleep. Read more
Published on December 17, 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars This game is ...
The interface to this game is terrible. I spent the first couple of hours of the game trying to figure out where I needed to go, because the game's interface didn't let me realize... Read more
Published on November 12, 2001 by Robert Speer
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Game
This game could have been great. The concept was good, the graphics were tolerable. But when it comes to gameplay, septerracore fails. Read more
Published on August 25, 2001
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