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| "Re(1):So is Avatar Tuner worth buying?" , posted Tue 22 Mar 15:54|
I recommend AT. There are a lot of "catches", but I still recommend it...maybe even highly. It's most definitely inferior to SMT3 in many aspects, but that doesn't really bother me. If you like SMT3 enough to tolerate a game that's very much like it (only not as good) without feeling cheated, then it's an excellent game.
There are some great mazes and boss fights (especially toward the end), excellent music and a solid system. When I first played the game, I felt a little "cheated", not only because it had a lot recycled from SMT3 (minus demon interactions), but because I expected it to be more plot/character-based. I was told that it was like Persona, which is absolutely not true. Once I got over that, I enjoyed the game a lot.
Also, I just finished the 2nd Avatar Tuner and it has...arguably, the best battle and last boss themes ever. The plot is also quite excellent (although the ending totally sucks) and the mantra system is tuned up rather nicely.
So...in the end, there are a lot of little things that could be better about AT (I wouldn't call them problems) and it's not as good as SMT3, but it's still better than most other RPGs out there.
Ah...what else is coming out that you want? That plays an important part in the choice as well.
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| "Re(2):So is Avatar Tuner worth buying?" , posted Wed 23 Mar 02:44|
I think its coming out next week, not the 22nd. Anyways, I plan on getting it after I beat Nocturne.
I'd say if you need a new RPG, get it. It's no Nocturne, as Polly had mentioned, but it's way the hell better than Suiko IV, LoTR: The Third Age, Xenosaga II, and any other RPG to come out in the last while. The music and sound is pretty damn rocking, I love the experience gaining sound.
Storywise though it is kinda half a game.
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| "Re(2):So is Avatar Tuner worth buying?" , posted Wed 23 Mar 05:24|
No. Just wait for AT2 or virtually anything else. AT really isn't worth slogging your way through. Unless you like fighting the same enemies over and over using the exact same tactics on them. They even make you fight the same boss three times. Gah.
Who do you fight 3 times? Is it Bat? I don't remember...
I didn't think the "exploit enemy weaknesses repeatedly" was any worse than it was in SMT3...it just seemed worse because you didn't have as much variety in your team. I would blame that before blaming the enemies.
But yeah...for people who don't want to possibly have to buy the sequel, AT is totally half of the plot and it's the uninteresting half, too. When the plot in AT is good, it's quite good, but most of the game isn't especially interesting...it's very gameplay driven. AT2 is exactly the opposite. They sacrifice some gameplay elements (people leave and rejoin your team a lot) for a more dynamic plot. Unfortunately, the dungeon/boss designs suffer a bit.
After finishing AT2, I was left with the same feelings I had for Persona 2. IS had better characters, story and music, but EP had better gameplay. Together, they're profoundly awesome, but apart, they're only excellent.