Refreshingly short and with a very good story, a role playing game I am glad I discovered.
This game starts out a bit slowly, but once you really get into the meat of the game it is very fun and the story is just great. However, if you are more into an action oriented role playing game with less story and more fighting than this game is probably not for you. This is most certainly more of a story driven game than a fighting one which I prefer to going around for hours upon hours trying to level up my characters like in the last Final Fantasy game I played which was part twelve. Even the sidequests involve more story than fighting, in fact there were probably only a handful of sidequests that involved fighting unlike the other Squaresoft game released only a couple of months after this one called "The Last Remnant" where there are so many sidequests they detract from the game's story. Here you are a wandering flute player named Capell who is in a prison at the beginning of the story as the guards who arrested him keep referring to him as Sigmund the Liberator. Another young lady named Aya comes to free him thinking he is this Sigmund and Capell is unwillingly dragged into a group called the Liberators who go around and cut chains, chains that ensnare the moon causing anywhere there is a chain to spawn monsters and such and generally make life hard for that area. Capell and Sigmund look as if they could be twins, and about halfway through the story Capell takes up the cause and the identity of Sigmund. The rest of the game features many surprising revelations and more than a couple sad scenes to really make for a great story. The fighting is sort of similar to the Star Ocean games or the Tales games in that you directly control a character and fight in real time. Here you will only use Capell and at times the other party members are very frustrating as they will not heal or something when you desperately need it. Still once you level up and get the hang of it the fights become rather easy as near the end the only boss that gave me any problems and had me cussing was the last one. The characters in this game are great, my only complaint is that two really interesting ones are introduced near the end and I would have loved to have them in my party a bit longer. The final thing I have to say about the game is that it was nice and short for a role playing game made these days as I finished in under twenty seven hours unlike the "Last Remnant" which seemed to take forever.
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