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Live your own epic battles...,
This review is from: Ninety-Nine Nights - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I can see how some people would write this game off as a button mash fest, if they've only played it one day at a friend's house. However, I've played this for most of today, have gotten pretty deep into it and I must say, the previous reviewer is way off base.
First, yes it's true, you only start off with 2 combos and 2 orb attacks at the start of the game, but as you progress thru the game, you unlock new abilities, powers, moves and combos to unleash upon your foes giving you many attack options during gameplay - not just mindless button mashing. In addition, as you progress in the story you unlock other characters that you can play as who have their own unique abilities, powers and attacks that will provide tons of replay value. Also, objectives are constantly being added during the heat of battle to keep you on your toes, it never gets dull. And the Orb attacks and Max Orb attacks are visually stunning to witness. It's really cool to pull off a Max Orb attack and wipe out an entire battalion in one spectacular move! And don't mistake this for an easy game either. As you become more powerful, the objectives and battles become more demanding and you need to plan out not only what attacks work best against certain enemies, but you must also learn to assemble and command the battalion's that join you in the fights. This is the best attempt at merging the worlds of battle strategy and all out action/fighting gameplay and if you go in gung-ho, you wont last long as the battles become more intense.
The cut scenes are gorgeous, and are right up there with Team Ninja's work on games like "Dead Or Alive 4" and "Ninja Gaiden". The graphics are stellar and I personally have encountered NO slow down even in heavy combat.
If you were disappointed with "Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II" on the Xbox 360, like I was, then you've gotta try this game! It easily soars past it in quality, graphics and overall entertainment value. Plus, at under $50, it's the best priced new 360 game out now. My only complaint, and this is small, is that the original Japanese audio has been replaced with English. Just like in DOA 4, I prefer the original voice actors, I don't mind subtitles.