Ever since seeing the first screens of Dark
Cloud 2 before its release, I was very impressed with the work done by
Level 5, and since then they've been working on several other
high-profile projects. One project that I hadn't heard of before the Tokyo Game
Show was on display in the Sony booth: Rogue Galaxy.
"Given the impressive look of the game and the mechanics
of the battle system...this is one of my favorite titles at the show."
There's one adjective that is best used to
describe the look of the game: cel-shaded. I might add that the decision to
go cel-shaded with this game is a smart one, as we have a
steampunk/spacefaring/futuristic society as the backdrop to the plot of the game.
While said plot is unclear at this point, what Sony provided for sampling
at its booth was a battle set in a jungle environment.
Anybody who has played Dark Cloud 2 before
will recognize the similarities almost immediately. Transitions from
roaming the World Map to battle are almost seamless, and the mechanics
of combat are fairly similar as well. It's unknown whether Rogue
Galaxy will have some of the many weird but amusing combat vehicles
that the former title had, but the characters that were playable at the
booth had an impressive array of skills.
One thing that was annoying in the demo was the
cut sequence that happened everytime an alternate character went for a
skill attack. Granted, the sequence looks impressive the first few
times, but given the seemingly frequent battles in the game I think it would
prove to be annoying in the long run. The game, however, featured an
impressive status menu and an incredibly useful dungeon/world map which
would help if most of the game is structured like the playable version
available at the show.
All flaws aside, the game looks polished and is
set for a release sometime this December in Japan. Given the impressive look of the game and the mechanics
of the battle system, as well as the other minor details prevalent,
this is one of my favorite titles at the show. You'd be doing yourself a
favor by checking Rogue Galaxy out, especially if you were a fan
of Dark Cloud 2.