Ring of Red
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Ring of Red puts you in control of a squad of mechs (much like Squaresoft's Front Mission games) and you'll have about 50 missions (each with different objectives) to undertake. You are placed in an overworld map with grids you can move on, and you can do several things on your turn -- attack, recover, move, standby... depending on the situation. You can also occupy landmarks such as villages and get additional troops. With the levels you gain also come new skills and special abilities.
Unlike Front Mission games however, you also get to command ground troops (yes, soldiers) in addition to your mechs. You have many different kinds of troops -- ranging from snipers to medics, and they all have their own special abilities which can help you win.
The characters are rendered anime-style, which is a plus for me. The graphics are very smooth overall, and you'll see a big jump in quality especially if you've played Front Mission on your old Playstation. The battles are detailed in that you have to aim and move around to adjust your range... so it's more than just sitting around and waiting for your turn to finish. There is also a rich story which serves as the backdrop for the game.
All in all, I recommend this game as this is undoubtedly one of the better PS2 titles out there now. If you liked Squaresoft's Front Mission games for the Playstation, you'll dig Konami's Ring of Red.
Visual prowess, however, is not everything. Ring of Red is probably the most challenging game I have ever set my sights upon. It's a turn-based stratgey in the vein of Front Mission 3 or Mechwarrior. The only difference is intead of just exchanging blows on an attack, you engage in a rather elaborate battle, any of which could turn easily turn surprisingly sucsessful or incredibly sour.
This game is very very long, and that's either good or bad depending on your opinions. You are able to save mid-battle and pick up later where you left off, (though keep in mind the game deletes the save file when you load it) but if you die you need to start the while round over. One round averages me about 3 or 4 hours, a lot of that time being attributed to the repetative animations of soldiers' actions, which is my only complaint about this game.
If you're looking for an armchair strategy you can rent a few times and put under your belt, this isn't for you. If you feel like spending 30 bucks on a game that's going to take you a while to get through, go for it. Don't use a gameshark, don't save the mid-battle files to a second memory card so you can cheat if you screw up. Beat this game legitamately, (as time consuming and frustrating as it might get) and when those end credits roll, it will be that much more satisfying.
Now I would have rather given this a 4 1/2 instead of five for two reasons, one minor and one less minor. The minor: The story is a bit dull and one dimensional, but who care's when giant robots are blowing each other to bits? The less minor flaw: There is no way to skip cutscenes of your troops advancing, withdrawing, or during them performing their respective combat actions; nor can you pause during the skirmishes. You can pause during the overall battle, but not during the one on one skirmishes. This makes what is supposed to be a quick 90 second timed skirmish into a 20 minute plus endeavor. Even with all of the camera angles used in the cutscenes, that does get old after 15 or so skirmishes in just one battle and means that you are almost forced into a 2 to 3 HOUR session to make it through one battle.
All of that said, I would still very much recommend this game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The map is very similar to Fire emblem or Advance wars and there is a ton of tactics involved. The mechs are the best looking ive ever seen i prefer the big chunky slow mechs... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Lucas
good consept for a game good grafic and story game play too it is jast a rely hard game to playPublished on December 17, 2012 by David Hair
Story- This was a "what if they had mechs instead of tanks and plains in the cold war" scenario. Ok, it seems a tad silly and dumb. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Chief Slapaho
The game came with original case with no damage. The manual was included and was in perfect condition. The manual did not have any tears, stains, or marks whatsoever. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by GLW
This is an interesting SRPG where you control the units in combat (a bit like Sega's Valkyria Chronicals). Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Darren Mcguire
This is a good solid turn-based strategy game. You can save the game between missions and you can save the game within each mission. Read morePublished on March 2, 2007 by Richard Wolf Wong
Here's the plot, WWII happened totally diferently and lasted longer. Japan is the battleground and center of the world even though it is in ruins and split much like the Korean... Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by Grunt43