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Possibly the best online console RPG there is,
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Despite what a few with questionable motives have said, this is a great game that actually looks gorgeous most of the time.
It's an expanded and "ultimate" version of a Wii game with an HD overhaul plus Nintendo 3DS connectivity (not required) so you can take your save file to the 3DS and play anywhere and switch back and forth seamlessly. Considering all that plus its status as an online RPG, the graphics are amazing, but it's true that solid items sometimes go right through other solid items, as is the case with many otherwise-great games.
In addition to a terrific online MMO experience somewhat reminiscent of Phantasy Star Online (except with much more variation and more impressive bosses, and this comes from a big PSO fan), it also allows you to play local multiplayer with others who are using a 3DS. So you can play with the Wii U while your friend plays cooperatively on the 3DS right beside you, and you both have extra screens to use. It's great without a 3DS too, but it's a nice option to have that built in.
I've played it enough to feel it's worthy of five stars. It's not an easy game or something for beginners to be able to master quickly, but it's not as impossibly hard as some people say. You just need to learn to get the right equipment--which is very fun, as there's a ton of upgraded armor and weapons--and know to attack and dodge/block. IGN gave it an 8.8 out of 10, so if you're considering this game, please don't let the uninformed one-star reviews deter you.
EDIT: I'd always seen PSO as an MMORPG and have had that in my head when originally labeling this an MMO too in the previous review title, but I agree the nature of online multiplayer games have changed enough that "online RPG" is more appropriate here. Still, the actual experience is not that different than using the Group Finder for SWTOR and doing a Flashpoint with three other people, so it will scratch your MMORPG itch with no monthly fee. And you can walk around your house and keep playing it in the next room with ease or ship your data to a 3DS and play offline on the road. Pretty cool.
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2013 4:09:59 AM PDT
J Guz says:
Not much of an MMO-more of a co-op mode, I would say. Unless you'd classify Halo (3,REACH,4- all have online 4 ppl campaign play) or others like it as MMO. Which is wrong.
Posted on Mar 28, 2013 5:39:40 PM PDT
A. S. Campbell says:
It's not an MMO...
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2013 10:34:22 PM PDT
Yeah, I ended up agreeing and changing the title to "online console RPG." As I say in the edit note, though, games like this and PSO feel like MMORPGs when you're actually grouped up. Not much different than Group Finder in TOR.
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