Rogue Galaxy is an action RPG that was developed by Level-5, published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and was released on the Sony Playstation 2 on January 30, 2007.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: January 30, 2007
Platforms: PS2, PS4
JustRPG Score: 87%
+Little to no load times.
+Large scale open world.
-Borrows some aspects from other games.
-Little replay value.
-Story uses too many anime tropes.
-Poor character development.
Rogue Galaxy Overview
Rogue Galaxy is an action role playing game that was developed by Level-5 and was released for the Sony Playstation 2 in early 2007. It was later released on the Playstation network for the Playstation 4. In this game the player takes on the role of Jaster Rogue who goes from a farmer to a major player in a galactic conflict that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy. The game starts out very linear, but at a certain point in the game it becomes more “open world” which allows the player to explore more at their own free will. At the time of this game’s release it was praised for its amazing visuals, and the overwhelming large scale that the game creates.
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Rogue Galaxy Review
With a lot of hype surrounding the next generation consoles, it seems like many gamers are ready to shelve their PS2. However, the recent release of Rogue Galaxy proves that the PS2 is still the console king of the RPG genre. So don’t put your PS2 away just yet… Sony has at least one last RPG hit for us to play.
The game manages to start out pretty quick, so don’t expect a slow beginning, as in many RPGs. The story takes off from there, as you find Jaster engulfed in an epic adventure that will span the galaxy!!! The story in the game is solid, and will keep RPG fans entertained for hours. After loading a saved game, you’ll get a brief reminder of the game’s recent events. This is a great addition, because in a lengthy RPG, it’s hard to remember all of the little details.
While the characters in Rogue Galaxy aren’t exactly going to find a special place in your heart, they’re all very likeable, and the game features a rather varied cast. The character designs and the voice work are very well done, which helps to bring these characters to life. However, none of the characters were ever really able to make an emotional impact on me. For the record, my personal favorite is Zegram.
You learn abilities through the Revelation flow, which is a grid of connected squares sort of like the sphere grid in Final Fantasy X. Every square has a space for you to slot a specific item within it, so you’ll have to keep your eyes open during your adventure for important items. Each group of squares coincides with an ability, and once you’ve placed all of the necessary items within a group of squares, you learn that ability and unlock all of the squares connected to it. Some abilities require you to only slot one item, but others might have 3 or 4 squares required to fill. As you progress through the sphere grid, you’ll unlock more and more squares, and learn new abilities. This was an easy system to catch on to, and one that encourages exploration in order to find key items.
While Rogue Galaxy offers a fair amount of depth in the gameplay, it’s still an easy game to learn, with straightforward controls. By pressing triangle during combat, you will reveal a menu that allows you to switch characters, use abilities and items. Your main attack is done with X, and your range attack can be performed by pressing square. Blocking is done with R1, and jumping is done by pressing circle. It’s easy to catch on to, and anyone familiar with action/RPGs will have it down in no time!
Rogue Galaxy features a great artistic style with bright colors and a lot of detail. The game features cel-shaded graphics, which has become a signature of Level-5 games, includingDragon Quest VIII and Dark Cloud II. Even with such beautiful graphics, Rogue Galaxymanages to allow gamers to explore the world with no load times! As you progress through your adventure, you never have to worry about waiting for the game to load. Even the transition from exploration to combat is done seamlessly. The camera is fully rotatable, allowing gamers a full look at the game’s vibrant world. Still, even with the rotatable camera, combat can be a little bit unorganized as you struggle to find the enemies running around.
There is a handy mini-map and compass to help you figure out where you’re going. You can also zoom in on your map, and a star pinpoints where you need to go. This will keep gamers from getting lost and growing bored while wandering around in the middle of nowhere. Of course, the maps in Rouge Galaxy are pretty large, and there are lots of hidden items, so there’s still plenty of opportunity for exploration.
|Final Grade: 87%|
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