RPG Maker VX Ace
- The Ultimate RPG Game Creation Tool
- Users can make their own games with Easy point and click user interface.
- Powerful Eventing System
- Ready to Use Default Graphics - the graphics and audio to make a game are included.
- Advanced users have access to near infinite customization.
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RPG Maker VX Ace is a very powerful, and very flexible tool. I personally think it's worth much more than the price it's given, but that's just my own opinion. However, I will admit, the stigma associated with RPG Maker due to the constant swarm of bland games that all resemble each other in one way or another is negative, however that's the fault of the user base, not the fault of the engine itself.
Ace, the current version you're looking at, is very versatile and has a variety of tools to help customization. Ace gives you a great starting point with it's graphics, game mechanics, scripts and database, but it's up to you as the user to make use of them and build upon them to make your own game unique.
The biggest plus of this engine is the RGSS3 scripting system, based off of the language Ruby. With this you can modify and evolve your game into whatever you want it to be. (It does require programming knowledge. Although, there are plenty of dedicated scripters within the RPG Maker community as a whole with scripts that were already made, and some that are open to personal requests). From personal experience, I have, with the help of others, a completely custom battle system scripted in RGSS3, so I know just how far you can take the system. Which, is very, very far.
When it comes to basic User Interface, Ace doesn't disappoint either. It's very clean, and very easy to use. Mapping is as simple as selecting a tile and drawing on the map editor. Events are very precise and flexible, and the help manual the program comes with is easy to understand.Read more ›
There are two things I would make people aware of:
1. The starter pallet is small. When you first install the program you will not have nearly as many tiles as you would like, and if you aren't planning on making a traditional fantasy game, you'll have almost nothing to work with. This IS easily fixed by going online and downloading additional tiles. They are easy to find through the official forums, and easy to install. Alternately, if you're the artistic type, you can make your own, and that's just about as easy (although will take a little more time...).
2. You will need to be willing to search and learn. The information in the program itself is pretty bare bones. To get into doing the really fun stuff, you'll need to look through the online tutorials and take advantage of that online community I mentioned earlier. If you do, you find help on everything from getting your character to walk through water to weather effects.
All in all, I would have expected this program to cost a lot more, and I would have paid for it anyway. The actual price is a steal, and I would encourage anyone who has ever wanted to make their own game to give it a try.
Fast forward about 10 years, when I first became aquainted with RMVX. This was a great and easy to use tool, but was severely lacking from its predecessors, namely RM2K/2K3 and RMXP. The problem with RMXP was that I always found it more difficult to learn with than RMVX, and everything prior to RMXP was never officially released outside of Japan (making the English versions illegal).
Finally, we are blessed with this gem known as RMVX-Ace. While it imitates the style of RMVX, thus granting its users to make charming 2D representations of the old SNES classics, it offers a lot more than what RMVX had right out of the box.
First, we are granted the return of unlimited resources, especially where tilesets are concerned. What made VX such an eyesore was that they removed this feature, thus ensuring the user would be stuck with the same graphics for the entire project, unless they used some cumbersome replacement such as parallax mapping or a script that allowed you to swap out your tilesets.
Second, we are given much more diversity in the database, to creating our own custom formulas for weapons and skills, to turning on and off the caterpillar option (showing your whole party on screen at any given time), to a more custom-friendly development for enemy behavior.
Third, we are introduced to several features that were only once possible with the use of third party scripts that may or may not have worked correctly, and may or may not have clashed with other scripts.Read more ›
VX Ace is entirely customizable, from graphics, music, even scripts to make your game more unique instead of using the defaults. Even the battle system can be changed (this is where the scripting comes in!) RGSS3 is actually easy to learn once you wrap your head around Ruby's syntax (which RGSS3 is based). Though i have some background in coding in other languages (C, Java, Actionscript, Basic) Ruby was a bit difficult for me, but managable after I read that reference manual!
The help file and reference manual is easy to read and understand. If you charge in head first without reading the manual (or never tinkered with RPG Maker's pervious incarnations on PC before) then there might be a difficult learning curve. If you had RPG Maker XP then switched to VX Ace it might throw you for a loop (VX and VX Ace are similar in apperance, but with some definate changes - such as VXA's internal character creator). I had no probelms setting up events, creating maps, importing images and music, even adding new items in the database. With this engine, I made a playable rpg that took 12 hrs to finish in 2 weeks.
It works in Windows 7 Ultimate with no problems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an extremely easy to game engine. Not justgreat for classic Rpgs but also visual novels games as well. Allows to port your own art, music, and spiritsPublished 4 months ago by Alex Masters
OK for making games to amuse young relatives. Easy learning curve. However, won't run correctly on both my computers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Rose
This game making tool can be as easy or as complex as you wish to make it. It allows for a lot of creativity and it's very satisfying to see your creation come to life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lee A. Vercoe
i expected to get more than i got out of the program. When i tried to find system images they are invisible hence i cannot seem to change their appearances as i hoped to do. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jan heward
It's good to be able to find a real CD to install from. The software works great. However, I had the scaled down version (RPG Maker XP) prior to this, so I thought I would be... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ACE