History VideoGame / SandsOfDestruction

25th Apr '16 12:14:12 AM Sugao
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* IHaveManyNames: The game's wanted posters have nicknames for your characters that change over the course of the game. Most are fairly absurd, but given that the wanted posters are [[FacialCompositeFailure overall horrible caricatures]], it's not so surprising that their names are equally unfitting[[note]]NiceGuy Kyrie starts off known as TheButcher because he's a KnifeNut, but really, the only thing he wants to butcher [[SupremeChef is a steak]] - and likely [[FriendToAllLivingThings a tofu steak]] at that[[/note]]. Morte (probably the only one to ''deserve'' her nicknames) overhears a couple of ferals discussing her various names - Beastslayer, Scarlet Plague - and finds the idea hilariously entertaining until they get to "[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Lady Death]]", which she finds lame.
28th Mar '16 10:18:25 PM Sugao
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* DinosaursAreDragons: Rhi'a's personal quest has you freeing her ancestor from a curse that's keeping him a zombie. Naturally, this ancient dragon bears a striking resemblance to a T-rex, as do some of the RandomEncounters around the Dragonkin Ruins of the current day. Rhi'a's grandfather appearing as a skeleton is also likely meant to bring fossils to mind, because EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs!



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The game opens with Morte and the World Annihilation Front attacking Viteaux like a bunch of BombThrowingAnarchists. You're [[IntroOnlyPointOfView in control of Naja]] and are supposed to fight her off and save the town, but the girl is having ''way'' too much fun either way. With the way Naja and his jerkish superior Rajif keep calling her a terrorist, she'd make an ''excellent'' poster girl for any sort of terrorist group: "Be a terrorist! [[StuffBlowingUp Blow stuff up!]] '''It's fun!'''" At least it does help you feel more sympathetic towards Kyrie for falling in LoveAtFirstSight: that kind of enthusiasm can be infectious, even coming from a PsychopathicWomanChild. [[spoiler:And, thankfully, she keeps her upbeat, determined personality even after changing her mind about destroying the world, proving that good doesn't have to be boring.]]
16th Feb '16 10:32:22 PM Sugao
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The game opens with Morte and the World Annihilation Front attacking Viteaux like a bunch of BombThrowingAnarchists. You're [[IntroOnlyPointOfView in control of Naja]] and are supposed to fight her off and save the town, but the girl is having ''way'' too much fun either way. With the way Naja and his jerkish superior Rajif keep calling her a terrorist, she'd make an ''excellent'' poster girl for any sort of terrorist group: "Be a terrorist! [[StuffBlowingUp Blow stuff up!]] '''It's fun!'''" At least it does help you feel more sympathetic towards Kyrie for falling in LoveAtFirstSight: that kind of enthusiasm can be infectious, even coming from a PsychopathicWomanChild. [[spoiler:And, thankfully, she keeps her upbeat, determined personality even after changing her mind about destroying the world, proving that good doesn't have to be boring.]]


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* VillainShoes: You control Naja during the ActionPrologue; after you get control of TheHero Kyrie, though, Naja becomes an antagonist dead-set on preventing Kyrie's LoveInterest Morte from using his powers to end the world (Kyrie himself [[AntiAntiChrist isn't big on wanting to end the world]], either, but [[LoveMakesYouDumb definitely does want to help Morte]] and that's what ''she'' wants). Of course, given the game's playing with BlackAndGreyMorality and VillainProtagonist, it's hard to say controlling Naja actually counts as "villain" shoes. There's also a segment later in the game where you lose Kyrie and take control of Morte in his place, [[spoiler: but by that point she's reconsidered destroying the world and decided she'd rather try to fix it instead.]]
8th Feb '16 10:26:38 PM Sugao
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* DullSurprise: The game normally has emotive voices and at least gets its character sprites GoingThroughTheMotions as they talk. However, at the end of the game, Kyrie proclaims that he won't destroy the world because he has people he loves now, and they love him. Morte's text response has an exclamation point and her sprite animation seems embarrassed, but her face portrait is neutral rather than lovestruck and her voice is about the same as one you'd use to ask him to pass the salt at dinner.
30th Jan '16 7:31:09 PM Sugao
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* DesertPunk: Seems to fall here, as while the color palette is brighter and machinery is less important than your typical punk fare, [[SandIsWater the world's oceans are made of sand]] and our heroes are essentially swashbuckling wanderers (despite Morte claiming she's out to end the world, the team actually seems to do a whole lot more good than harm wherever they show up). Punk machinery comes up more often later as the ScienceFantasy becomes more blended; Lacertus Rex's clock tower in Galoa is full of exposed gears and automatons, [[spoilers: he's capable of creating perfectly lifelike mechanical copies of himself or other Ferals, and the final boss is essentially a machine-fused angel]].
12th Jan '16 7:58:11 AM StrawberryEggs
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* AltumVidetur: Latin everywhere in this game. As previously mentioned, there is the song "Time's Arm." The ArcWords translate to "the play is over." Nearly all of the Beastlords' titles combine the Latin words for their species followed by Rex (King); and even the last boss spouts several lines in Latin before finally dying.



* AltumVidetur: Latin everywhere in this game. The ArcWords are Latin for "the play is over." Nearly all of the Beastlords' titles combine the Latin words for their species followed by Rex (King). Even the last boss spouts several lines in Latin before finally dying.
12th Jan '16 7:49:24 AM StrawberryEggs
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* AltumVidetur: Latin everywhere in this game. The ArcWords are Latin for "the play is over." Nearly all of the Beastlords' titles combine the Latin words for their species followed by Rex (King). Even the last boss spouts several lines in Latin before finally dying.



* GratuitousLatin: It's everywhere in this game. The ArcWords are Latin for "the play is over." Nearly all of the Beastlords' titles combine the Latin words for their species followed by Rex (King). Even the last boss spouts several lines in Latin before finally dying.
11th Jan '16 3:27:44 PM Sugao
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* CultSoundtrack: Creator/YasunoriMitsuda wrote the music for the game. While people may bicker about the game's other qualities, ''nobody'' disses the soundtrack.



** The game may place the player in the shoes of Kyrie Illunis, but he's often out-shined by his LoveInterest and SupportingLeader, Morte Asherah. She's the one in charge of directing the team in where they'll go and what they'll kill, and is generally a very tough DarkActionGirl (who [[GirlyBruiser happens to like flashy pink dresses]]). You CantDropTheHero in this game, and it's notable that, while that's ''usually'' Kyrie, there's a chunk where it's Morte [[spoiler:due to him being dead and her seeking to revive him because she just realized that she loves him for more than his useful powers]]. Even when Kyrie manages to grow as a character and Morte decides to turn from some of her OmnicidalManiac ways, it's only so they can become a BattleCouple, not so their roles can be reversed to "traditional" male lead and female support (unlike the later manga adaptation, which is much less feminist-friendly). The game is keen to point out that the reason Kyrie is successful in trying to ScrewDestiny is due to ThePowerOfLove, not HeroicResolve. The Japanese title, translated as ''World Destruction: Guided Wills'', makes the interplay of the two leads clear: Kyrie may be TheHero, but he's not the guy in charge; Morte may be the actual leader and a bit AxCrazy, but she's heavily influenced by Kyrie's AllLovingHero tendencies.
** Agan is due to inherit the title of Chief from his mom, and no one comments on it or suggests he needs to hurry up and claim his "proper" role or that she's doing an inferior job; the Bacchitav Caravan is a pretty egalitarian place overall, one of the [[FantasticRacism few locations]] where humans and beastmen of either gender are treated equally (possibly because life on the Sand Sea is tough and they all HadToBeSharp; as long as they're capable of pulling their own weight and contributing to the Sand Tribe, race and gender are pretty immaterial).

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** The game may place the player in the shoes of Kyrie Illunis, but he's often out-shined by his LoveInterest and SupportingLeader, Morte Asherah. She's the one in charge of directing the team in where they'll go and what they'll kill, and is generally a very tough DarkActionGirl (who [[GirlyBruiser happens to like flashy pink dresses]]). You CantDropTheHero in this game, and it's notable that, while that's ''usually'' Kyrie, there's a chunk where it's Morte [[spoiler:due to him being dead and her seeking to revive him because she just realized that she loves him for more than his useful powers]]. Even when Kyrie manages to grow as a character and Morte decides to turn from some of her OmnicidalManiac ways, it's only so they can become a BattleCouple, not so their roles can be reversed to "traditional" male lead and female support (unlike the later manga adaptation, which is much less feminist-friendly). The game is keen to point out that the reason Kyrie is successful in trying to ScrewDestiny is due to ThePowerOfLove, not HeroicResolve. The Japanese title, subtitle, translated as ''World Destruction: Guided ''Guided Wills'', makes the interplay of the two leads clear: Kyrie may be TheHero, but he's not the guy in charge; Morte may be the actual leader and a bit AxCrazy, but she's heavily influenced by Kyrie's AllLovingHero tendencies.
** Agan is due to inherit the title of Chief from his mom, who gained the title after her husband was killed, and no one comments on it or suggests he needs to hurry up and claim his "proper" role or that she's doing an inferior job; their leader is simply anyone who has passed the Rite of Ascension. The Bacchitav Caravan is a pretty egalitarian place overall, one of the [[FantasticRacism few locations]] where humans and beastmen of either gender are treated equally (possibly because life on the Sand Sea is tough and they all HadToBeSharp; as long as they're capable of pulling their own weight and contributing to the Sand Tribe, race and gender are pretty immaterial).



* FiringOneHanded: Rhi'a in the opening movie.

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* FiringOneHanded: Rhi'a in the opening movie. When she chains her flurry attacks, she fires with one hand, then the other, then [[GunsAkimbo both at once]].
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The [[AnimeFirst anime]] takes its sweet time telling us that Kyrie has the power to turn everything to sand, holding out until the very end. The game actually kicks off its plot with him [[PowerIncontinence losing control of said power]] and makes no secret about the fact that he's capable of destroying the world [[AntiAntiChrist even if he really doesn't want to]].



* LateArrivalSpoiler: The [[http://img.gamefaqs.net/box/4/0/4/96404_front.jpg Japanese boxart]] shows all the main characters lined up, facing the same direction as if they are a team, despite Naja being antagonistic. [[spoiler:Naturally, he makes a HeelFaceTurn - or, given the VillainProtagonist nature of the game, perhaps that'd be a FaceHeelTurn.]]

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The [[http://img.gamefaqs.net/box/4/0/4/96404_front.jpg Japanese boxart]] shows all the main characters lined up, facing the same direction as if they are a team, despite Naja being antagonistic. [[spoiler:Naturally, he makes a HeelFaceTurn - or, given the VillainProtagonist nature of the game, perhaps that'd be a FaceHeelTurn.]]]]
** If you've got the sound track, don't read the song titles until you've played the game. One is titled "[[spoiler:Kyrie's]] Death" and spoils the mid-game PlotlineDeath. As it's an instrumental, though, just ''listening'' to the song itself won't actually spoil you.



* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The DX Pack and DX Pack Deluxe were released in Japan for about double the price of the game by itself. In addition to the game, the DX Pack had a soundtrack and pocket watch (with the American boxart, for whatever reason). The Deluxe version added...a picture card. Yeah. There have also been several variations of bundling the game and anime together.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Morte Asherah, in account that "Morte" is the PortugueseLatin word for "Death". Her nicknames "Scarlet Plague", "Beastslayer", and "Lady Death" also count. Kyrie ends up nicknamed "Destruct", but anyone who meets him immediately decides that it doesn't suit him at all.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Morte Asherah, in account that "Morte" is the PortugueseLatin Latin word for "Death". Her nicknames "Scarlet Plague", "Beastslayer", and "Lady Death" also count. Kyrie ends up nicknamed "Destruct", but anyone who meets him immediately decides that it doesn't suit him at all.



* PlotTunnel: You'll have to walk down one just after the midpoint of the game. Until you visit Galoa and make your way through the clock tower, then visit Lyse and find a way to the top of the Temple of Light, you're not allowed to do anything else.

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* PlotTunnel: You'll have to walk down one just after the midpoint of the game. Until you visit Galoa and make your way through the clock tower, then visit Lyse and find a way to the top of the Temple of Light, you're not allowed to do anything else. Morte is a bit too single-minded to go off poking at random things in the world.
* PowersInTheFirstEpisode: In contrast to the anime, the discovery of Kyrie's powers is what starts the plot here; [[PowerIncontinence it's just that he can't use them on command]] ([[AntiAntiChrist and wouldn't want to if he could]]).
24th Dec '15 2:14:27 AM Sugao
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* AllSwordsAreTheSame: Naturally, given the sprite-based nature of the game. This is true even for Morte's {{BFS}} and its replacements: while it's plausible that a single sword could have such an unusual design, it's also possible to equip her with random greatswords dropped from enemies. When the enemies held them, they looked like rather large, but straight and fairly generic swords. As soon as she grabs it, it somehow morphs to her signature dual-ended scimitar shape.



* ArbitraryGunPower: Rhi'a's guns are roughly equal in power to the equipment available to other characters at that point in time. This is true even of Agan; while whips may be painful, they are generally not lethal except by DeathOfAThousandCuts.



* DefendCommand: An option, though it's largely useless unless you're just wanting to get a specific character to be able to take a turn (e.g. to see their LimitBreak) and the ones before them keep killing all the enemies before it comes up.



* DraggedIntoDrag: Apparently how characters feel about being equipped with accessories meant for the opposite gender: they'll wear them, but their morale will take a hit and you'll start your turn in battle with fewer moves. Of course, the gender of some accessories seems pretty arbitrary: earrings are all for girls, but Naja and Agan are both shown to wear them in their portraits (and they seem to be very similar in style to the girls' earrings). Likewise, bangles are for boys, but Morte seems to be wearing some sort of bracelet on her right wrist. Confusingly, Taupy's preferences for equipment tend to follow the girls, yet he's never shown to be a WholesomeCrossdresser and is definitely not effeminate.

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* DraggedIntoDrag: Apparently how characters feel about being equipped with accessories meant for the opposite gender: they'll wear them, but their morale will take a hit and you'll start your turn in battle with fewer moves. Of course, the gender of some accessories seems pretty arbitrary: earrings are all for girls, but Naja and Agan are both shown to wear them in their portraits (and they seem to be very similar in style to the girls' earrings). Likewise, bangles are for boys, but Morte seems to be wearing some sort of bracelet on her right wrist.wrist (and it's not so different in style from Kyrie's). Confusingly, Taupy's preferences for equipment tend to follow the girls, yet he's never shown to be a WholesomeCrossdresser and is definitely not effeminate.


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* EquipmentSpoiler: You can occasionally find guns before Rhi'a decides to join your team, and [[spoiler:throwing blade wheels]] before you pick up [[spoiler:Naja Gref]].
* EssenceDrop: One of the things monsters may give you.


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* GenderRestrictedGear: Clothes and armor are occasionally strictly gendered, though a lot are OneSizeFitsAll ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg except Taupy]]). This is despite the fact that the boys are slim {{Bishounen}} and there's as much of a height difference between Kyrie and [[spoiler:Naja]] as there is between Kyrie and Morte (and she's physically stronger than him, so it's not a question of if the armor is simply too heavy). Accessories ''can'' be worn by anyone, but characters may feel they've been DraggedIntoDrag and start the battle with lower morale if wearing the "wrong" accessory.


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* HealerSignsOnEarly: ''Everybody'' gets healing abilities, but your main man Kyrie has nothing ''but'' various healing abilities at the start.


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* ManualLeaderAIParty: The tutorial section that allows you to control Naja has you fighting alongside the computer-controlled Rajiv; the rest of the game lets you control all the characters in your party. It's unclear if he's controlled by the AI simply to avoid overwhelming the new players or [[spoiler:because Naja later joins the Front and becomes permanently playable, whereas Rajiv is summarily killed off about a third of the way in.]]


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* MechanicallyUnusualClass: Averted by Rhi'a. Despite being a flying gun-wielder, she plays just like any other character, even when it doesn't make sense.[[note]]For example, no one can chain Air Flurries because they can't stay in the air that long. Makes sense for grounded melee characters, but she ''flies and attacks targets at range''. She should have '''zero''' trouble hitting a fellow flier.[[/note]]


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* MoneySpider: Naturally. Kill stuff, get gold. Doesn't matter what you killed.


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* OneSizeFitsAll: Most armor falls here, though some are GenderRestrictedGear.


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* PartyOfRepresentatives: You've got both humans and beastmen in your party, as well as a dragonkin [[spoiler:and later a half-feral]]. However, two of your humans are nomadic and largely accepting Sand Tribe members, and the third is extremely naive about the world; there's no "average" human who hates or fears ferals among them. Taupy, meanwhile, is no feral apologist; he sees the FantasticRacism against humans as being as vile as the humans see it. So, while there's the potential for a conflict of ideologies, there rarely is; the biggest conflict is actually simply questioning why they're helping Morte when they don't actually wish to destroy the world like she does.


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* PlotTunnel: You'll have to walk down one just after the midpoint of the game. Until you visit Galoa and make your way through the clock tower, then visit Lyse and find a way to the top of the Temple of Light, you're not allowed to do anything else.


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* SceneryPorn: For a world that's supposedly well on its way to the end, the place is ''pretty''. The larger 256MB DS card is earning its keep with the backgrounds.


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* TechPoints: Called Customization Points (CP). You use them to upgrade your attacks' power and accuracy or mana cost, unlock new attacks, and chain your flurries.


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* ThatsAnOrder: The leader of the World Annihilation Front insists Morte leave the Destruct (Kyrie) with him, as he wishes to use his powers himself. [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Morte is not amused.]]
-->'''Leader:''' Now, as your leader, I command you: leave the Destruct here and begone!\\
'''Morte:''' Why should I?\\
'''Leader:''' I gave you an order.\\
'''Morte:''' And you expect me to follow it? Ha. You're dumber than I thought.
* ThatWasntARequest: What the Front leader's actions amount to for the rest of the team, as only Morte ever really claimed membership.


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* UtilityPartyMember: Agan has a Quip which allows the party to escape from battle quickly, [[MoneyMultiplier another which increases the amount of gold earned, and is the only character who likes to wear the accessories which double the amount of gold gotten from battle]]. While he's only a mid-tier character in terms of battle ability, if you're looking for more gold (or just annoyed with how long it takes to escape RandomEncounters), you're likely to keep him in.


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* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: Naja says this to [[spoiler:Lacertus Rex]], pointing out that he has the knowledge to solve every ill plaguing the world and yet has chosen to try to enslave it.
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* ItWasAGift:
** Averted by Morte. While her first sword, the Nameless Blade, was given to her by the local blacksmith of the Bacchitav Caravan, she shows no particular attachment to it and is equally happy with any sword; she cares more about the strength of the weapon than where she got it. The blacksmith himself considers it to be an OldShame and desperately wishes to replace it (which grants you her InfinityMinusOneSword if you take him up on his offer), but not because being stuck with an inferior weapon could be dangerous to a fellow Sand Tribe member; he's just worried someone will trace it back to him and think his skills are still as poor as when he forged it. She also has no problems [[GiveMeYourInventoryItem trading in clothes]] which were given to her by Feral women, though as she had no prior relationship to them, it's not quite as odd.
** Played straight by most other characters and various weapons and armor they receive; they're obviously happy to have items of sentimental value as well as practical power. Luckily, the two coincide more often than not.
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