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The characters are interesting and the gameplay is fun. The gameplay can be repetitive
on September 30, 2016
I feel this game is sightly overhyped, but it definitely deserves it's title as one of the greats on the original DS. The characters are interesting and the gameplay is fun. The gameplay can be repetitive, but that's why the battles being optional is such a great thing. You can either just get straight to the main missions, or spend hours cutting down noise. I like that.
I won't spoil the ending, but I felt the ending was a bit empty. It left a LOT of questions from the main story unanswered. Then it tells you that in order to get that missing information, you gotta play it again post-game. This bugs me a LOT because it feels like it's just refusing to give me the whole story unless I want a second playthrough. The replay ability is fairly high, but I didn't like the post-game so much. You have to find specific items to meet the requirements to get those answers, and they can be difficult to track down. It should be easy with a walkthrough, but I don't know. I just didn't love it enough to wanna play the post-game, especially since said post-game is just the same damn story all over again but with key differences. Who knows, maybe I just got the "bad" ending. That is why I gave the game 4 stars, but I'd still recommend it. It's probably a nitpick. Completionists might have fun with it, but I usually buy games for gameplay and story, not to get every item and unlock every little thing.
The combat is done with the touch screen, so I really DON'T recommend playing this unless you've got a screen protector on it. By the end of your first playthrough, the screen will be so scratched up you can't see what's being displayed. This is seriously bad because game stores won't buy a handheld with a scratched up touch screen.
This game is great, but it's probably a specific taste. So I would definitely suggest that you look up reviews and let's plays of the game on Youtube before buying it yourself. But I do think most people will enjoy it. Maybe it's slightly overhyped, but the respect it gets is well-deserved.
As for the physical product... Yeah, it's CIB and even has the plastic wrap on it. So if you're gonna buy this game to sell it later when it game's more expensive... do it. This was literally unopened and never used when I got it, which is great if you're collecting. And considering that this is widely considered a classic, the price WILL go up over time.
It's a good game that's fun to play and has an interesting story, even if the end isn't the best in my opinion. But don't let that stop you; GET THIS GAME. Just be sure to research the gameplay before you do, as it's play style isn't for everyone.