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Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled - Nintendo DS

3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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  • Vivid environments create a realistic yet imaginative landscape
  • 30+ hours of game play with tons of side-quests
  • Dark secrets and powerful plot twists create an original and intriguing story line
  • Strategically customize your 3 person party from up to 8 unique characters
  • 100+ different physical and magical skills/combos

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Bel Lenora is a world where people are born with magic at their command. Years ago, a single man walked the land with no magic in his veins. He brought death and tragedy in his wake and was banished by a brave General at a great cost. It has been fifteen years since his banishment and once again, a young man with no magic walks the land of Bel Lenora. Join Kairu, a young knight, born with a cursed spirit...

100+ different weapons 200+ different pieces of armor

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Bel Lenora is a world where people are born with magic at their command. Years ago, a single man walked the land with no magic in his veins. He brought death and tragedy in his wake and was banished by a brave General at a great cost. It has been fifteen years since his banishment and once again, a young man with no magic walks the land of Bel Lenora. Join Kairu, a young knight, born with a cursed spirit...

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Play as the young, magicless Kairu, a kind-hearted boy who wants only to please his father, a famous general. Fifteen years ago, the general saved the world of Bel Lenora from the evil Vai, the only other man who couldn't use magic, which makes people wary of Kairu and his lack of magical abilities.

Key Game Features:
  • Features complex worlds full of realistic characters struggling for control of their inner powers. Dark secrets and powerful plot twists fill an epic tale with imagination and life.
  • Beautiful and vivid environments create a realistic yet imaginative landscape, filled with attractive and detailed scenery.
  • The fast-paced, active tactical combat system gives the player more control while retaining a classic RPG feel.
  • The player controls a team of 8 fully developed playable characters armed with over 100 different abilities, skills and combos, as they progress through a rich, colorful world, filled with magic and adventure.
  • A high quality soundtrack accompanies the characters on their journey, filling the player's imagination with haunting melodies in a majestic ensemble.

Once for Gameboy Advance, now for Nintendo DS
Originally meant for the Game Boy Advance, Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled now makes it way to the Nintendo DS thanks to Studio Archcraft, an indie studio based in Montreal, Quebec. Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is a traditional role-playing game that will remind you of classics such as Chrono Trigger.

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ASIN B00104KJ2E
Release date June 7, 2009
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3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,510 in videogames
#374 in Video Games > Nintendo DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 5.3 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
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People have been clamoring for a sequel to Chrono Trigger for years now. Some gamers consider Chrono Cross to be a superb sequel to that time-traveling epic, while others found it to be a dud. I thought Chrono Cross was an excellent RPG, but I had always desired another 16-bit RPG that had the same impact on me as Chrono Trigger. That game of 1995 managed to amaze a young 5th grader like me, because many of the game's concepts were so fresh. For one, there weren't countless random battles. Chrono did away with such an archaic system, and instead, instituted a fast-paced battle system involving three characters and enemies you could see on-screen before you engaged in battle. Skirmishes were quick, you could combine moves, and you rarely had to level. Chrono also featured amazing artwork and more proportionate characters than previous RPGs. Besides this, it had a fresh time-traveling quest spanning multiple eras and featured many possible player-affected outcomes. The music was also quite memorable, so overall, it was a well-rounded package.

Fast-forward fourteen years and multiple console generations later--we now have a new RPG called, Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled, that is modeled after classics like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. Studio Archcraft, the Canadian developer who was responsible for the game, spent four long years working on this 16-bit-style RPG that originally began as a GBA project, but ultimately ended up on the DS. After spending nearly 40 hours with the game, I've decided to judge Black Sigil on its own merits rather than simply comparing it to its 16-bit brethren. Read on to find out if this RPG modeled after the classics is worth your time, or if it's as crusty as those dishes you left in the sink for over a month.
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I'm about 5 hours in. Im liking it. For the record, I am playing on a DSi and have not experienced one glitch or freeze which some people on a few forums are reporting.

The battle system is fine. The random encounter rate is a little high, but that's by todays standards. Id say it falls right in the middle of FF6 and FF4.

I absolutely LOVE the graphical style. So much of it it ripped DIRECTLY from Chrono Trigger and FF6. If you want to copy something, might as well make it the best.

Graphically this game looks VERY VERY VERY similar to Chrono Trigger. Theres really no other way to describe it. It FEELS like you are playing a reskin of Chrono Trigger. The animations are extremely similar to CT as well. The overworld looks the same as FF6

The game almost feels like a ROM hack combining the 2 with a little bit of Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma mixed in.

There are a few objects strewn about levels that are stolen right from both of those games.

There might be a bug or 2 and a few things people dont like about it, but you have to realize how small the development team on this game was. Its the best they could do. We need to support them so they make more games like this.

We need to send a message to Squarenix that we want more original old school stuff rather than over the top stuff and remakes

(that said I really want a sequel to Chrono Trigger)

The character design is quite nice. Its amazing how much more personality little sprites have compared to polygons.

The story is pretty traditional RPG, but I like it. Its better than the absolute bare bones Blue Dragon and the super overly complication newer JRPG games. The world knows what it want to be.
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Black Sigil was made by like 8 people and its well crafted story, colorful cast of characters and unique battle system are really marvelous. The story and characters surpass even some of Square-enix's best efforts and nod to games like FF6 without blatantly hit you upside the head. Now many will criticize the graphics for one... but the detail in the castles and interior dungeons was actually pretty nice... please realize this game started as a GBA title. Is it perfect...no, the battle system will frustrate you at times and cost you many load and start overs...granted. But its not a push over in terms of difficulty and I for one appreciate this...I think this game is a flawed masterpiece and ever RPG gamer of the FF generation should give it a shot.
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Listen the game is buggy, dated, and flawed but it is a sterling effort from a fledgling developer. That is the reason for the high overall score and the low fun score.

Do know that while it is compared to Chrono Trigger, it is not Chrono Trigger. The difference being story setting and battle. The twist on battle is supposed to be that position matters but largely it doesn't. Mostly it just serves to slow down battle if you want to use a regular attack. You will battle a lot as the encounter rate is sky high (random encounters one more difference). The game isn't really that difficult so things just get monotonous.

Overall, a nice homage to Chrono Trigger with it's own unique hackneyed JRPG story. A nice cast of well developed static characters (rarely have I ever seen a true dynamic character in RPG as they all just come across as destined to save the world from the get go).

In the end noting pushes the mold except the fact it's from a little Canadian (I think they're Canadian anyway) Indie Company breaking into the JRPG industry and one of the most successful commercial console attempts on North American soil. They got the look and feel down. Hopefully they'll survive to make another game and put their own spin on the genre.

I recommend if you're a connoisseur of the indie scene, old school rpgs, or just like to see a little guy succeed.

...Huh guess this is more of an essay than a review.
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