History Videogame / Crystalis

20th May '18 7:27:04 PM barberbarberjoe
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* ExcusePlot: The GBC version of the game has this. The NES original had a surprisingly deep plot for an NES game back in the day, full of several plot twist that are likely able to catch the player off guard. The "plot" for the GBC version, however, can be summed up as: "There's a [[EvilSorcerer wizard]]. He's [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. Go kill him." It even goes as far as to ''spoil the major plot twist of the NES version '''in the very first opening cut scene of the game!'''''

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* ExcusePlot: The GBC version of the game has this. The NES original had a surprisingly deep plot for an NES game back in the day, full of several plot twist twists that are likely able to catch the player off guard. The "plot" for the GBC version, however, can be summed up as: "There's a [[EvilSorcerer wizard]]. He's [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. Go kill him." It even goes as far as to ''spoil the major plot twist of the NES version '''in the very first opening cut scene of the game!'''''


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* TheRemnant: Draygonian archers remain in the overworld area near Goa, even after the town has been liberated.
6th Apr '18 8:01:21 AM MetroidPeter
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* PlayerDeathIsDramatic: If the PlayerCharacter dies, the entire game world fades to black, and they spin in place before collapsing on the ground dead.
1st Mar '18 8:25:28 PM nombretomado
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''Crystalis'' (known as ''God Slayer: Sonata Of The Far-Away Sky'' in Japan) was an ActionRPG created by {{SNK}}. It begins [[AfterTheEnd about a century after a nuclear war that destroyed most of humanity]] and sent all of its inhabitants back to the [[MedievalStasis metaphorical Middle Ages]]. To prevent this from happening again, the survivors built a [[SwordOfDamocles floating tower]] to allow people to govern from high above. However, the [[BigBad evil emperor Draygon]], using magic and [[ScienceIsBad up-until-now-forbidden science]], has assembled an army and plans to TakeOverTheWorld by accessing the tower.

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''Crystalis'' (known as ''God Slayer: Sonata Of The Far-Away Sky'' in Japan) was an ActionRPG created by {{SNK}}.{{Creator/SNK}}. It begins [[AfterTheEnd about a century after a nuclear war that destroyed most of humanity]] and sent all of its inhabitants back to the [[MedievalStasis metaphorical Middle Ages]]. To prevent this from happening again, the survivors built a [[SwordOfDamocles floating tower]] to allow people to govern from high above. However, the [[BigBad evil emperor Draygon]], using magic and [[ScienceIsBad up-until-now-forbidden science]], has assembled an army and plans to TakeOverTheWorld by accessing the tower.
14th Sep '17 9:43:40 AM 32_Footsteps
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* AbilityRequiredToProceed: All over the place, with the most frequent (and appearing the earliest) being walls that can only be destroyed if the hero has an appropriate orb to upgrade the ChargedAttack of each sword.


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* EliteFour: The Finest Four of the Draygonian Empire? Nobody has any illusions as to whether the hero is going to have to face off against Kelbesque, Sabera, Mado, and Karmine.


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Of all the villains, the only woman working for Draygonia is Sabera. This stands out in particular because the heroic side has several women actively helping out.
13th Sep '17 4:31:00 PM nombretomado
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* ApocalypseOfTheWeek: "The End Day" was slated to occur on October 1, 1997.
3rd May '17 9:15:17 PM Husk
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* VillainExitStageLeft: Draygon's "Finest Four", unlike the other boss enemies you face flee upon being defeated the first time except Karmine, who's only fought in Goa Fortress. You only get to take them down for good the second time you face them.

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* VillainExitStageLeft: General Kelbesque, Sabera and Mado of Draygon's "Finest Four", unlike Four". Unlike the other boss enemies you face they flee upon being defeated the first time except for Karmine, who's only fought in Goa Fortress. You only Fortress where you get to take them all four down for good the second time you face them. good.
2nd May '17 7:17:57 PM Husk
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* HeroicMime: Mostly played straight, as the hero has all of four lines, three of which are used to tell mortally wounded characters (first an AlmostDeadGuy on Mt. Sabre, then Stom and Akahana in Shyron to hold on if they want to maximize their remaining time before having a CriticalExistenceFailure.

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* HeroicMime: Mostly played straight, as the hero has all of four lines, three of which are used to tell mortally wounded characters (first an AlmostDeadGuy on Mt. Sabre, then Stom and Akahana in Shyron Shyron) to hold on if they want to maximize their remaining time before having a CriticalExistenceFailure.
2nd May '17 7:16:57 PM Husk
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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Emperor Draygon is definitely the BigBad and has been for the entire game. When you kill him, you then get whisked off to the flying tower. The actual final boss is the tower's computer, DYNA, who also happens to be [[AnticlimaxBoss ridiculously easy]] compared to [[ThatOneBoss Draygon]].]]

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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Emperor Draygon is definitely the BigBad and has been for the entire game. When you kill him, you then get whisked off to the flying tower. The actual final boss is the tower's computer, DYNA, who also happens to be [[AnticlimaxBoss ridiculously easy]] compared to [[ThatOneBoss Draygon]].]]
2nd May '17 7:15:41 PM Husk
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** The Crystalis sword's apparent three charge levels is the result of a {{g|oodBadBugs}}litch and the sword was always meant to have just one charge level. If you go into your inventory (or the status screen) and come back out, the "extra" levels of charge disappear. Furthermore, assuming you have a bracelet equipped, if you avoid going into your inventory between receiving Crystalis and the battle with [[spoiler: DYNA]], you'll find that [[GogglesDoNothing the "extra" levels do nothing.]]

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** The Crystalis sword's apparent three charge levels is the result of a {{g|oodBadBugs}}litch and the sword was always meant to have just one charge level. If you go into your inventory (or the status screen) and come back out, the "extra" levels of charge disappear. Furthermore, assuming you have a bracelet equipped, if you avoid going into your inventory between receiving Crystalis and the battle with [[spoiler: DYNA]], the tower's computer systems DYNA, you'll find that [[GogglesDoNothing the "extra" levels do nothing.]]
2nd May '17 7:14:51 PM Husk
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* DamselInDistress: Mesia. Somewhat subverted, as her main ability is summoning the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Flying Tower]] [[DoomsdayDevice of]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomy Doom Doom]].

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* DamselInDistress: Mesia. Somewhat subverted, as her main ability is summoning the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Giant Flying Tower]] [[DoomsdayDevice of]] [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomy Doom Doom]].



* EvilOverlord: Draygon.

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* EvilOverlord: Draygon. Considering he's Azteca's EnemyWithin, it's more than justified.



* FourIsDeath, on both sides: There are four benevolent Sages, but there are also four evil generals who work for Emperor Draygon.
* ForcedLevelGrinding: In the NES version, you cannot damage enemies or bosses if you aren't sufficient level. The GBC version averts this.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Emperor Draygon is definitely the BigBad, and has been for the entire game... [[spoiler:until right at the end, when you kill him and then get whisked off to the flying tower. The actual final boss is the tower's computer, DYNA, who also happens to be [[AnticlimaxBoss ridiculously easy]] compared to [[ThatOneBoss Draygon]].]]

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* FourIsDeath, on FourIsDeath: On both sides: sides really. There are four benevolent Sages, wisemen, but there are also four evil generals who work for Emperor Draygon.
* ForcedLevelGrinding: In the NES version, you cannot damage enemies or bosses if you aren't sufficient level. sufficiently leveled up. The GBC version averts this.
this, which also makes it much harder.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Emperor Draygon is definitely the BigBad, BigBad and has been for the entire game... [[spoiler:until right at the end, when game. When you kill him and him, you then get whisked off to the flying tower. tower. The actual final boss is the tower's computer, DYNA, who also happens to be [[AnticlimaxBoss ridiculously easy]] compared to [[ThatOneBoss Draygon]].]]



* HeroicMime: Mostly played straight, as the hero has all of four lines, three of which are used to tell mortally wounded characters (first an AlmostDeadGuy on Mt. Sabre, later [[spoiler:Stom and Akahana in Shyron]]) to STFU if they want to maximize their remaining time before having a CriticalExistenceFailure.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Kensu, right up until the point he teaches you Flight. Whereas the other wisemen dedicate themselves to helping the hero, Kensu takes on the Empire himself. If not for a lucky shot from Karmine, he might have freed the other wisemen himself after Shyron fell.

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* HeroicMime: Mostly played straight, as the hero has all of four lines, three of which are used to tell mortally wounded characters (first an AlmostDeadGuy on Mt. Sabre, later [[spoiler:Stom then Stom and Akahana in Shyron]]) Shyron to STFU hold on if they want to maximize their remaining time before having a CriticalExistenceFailure.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Kensu, right up until the point he teaches you Flight. Whereas Flight. Where the other wisemen dedicate themselves to helping the hero, Kensu takes on the Empire himself. If not for a lucky shot from Karmine, he might have freed the other wisemen himself after Shyron fell.



* KingInTheMountain: Your character -- and Mesia! -- are asleep until the time comes to either save the world or destroy it.
* LadyLand: Amazones. They insist that men are forbidden in town, but you're still free to purchase goods or rest at the inn.
** But before you can do this, you must [[GenderBender morph into a female form]] to trick them into letting you in.

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* KingInTheMountain: Your Along with Mesia, your character -- and Mesia! -- are is asleep until the time comes to either save the world or destroy it.
* LadyLand: Amazones. They insist that men are forbidden in town, but you're still free to purchase goods or rest at the inn.
** But
inn, but before you can do this, you must [[GenderBender morph into a female form]] to trick them into letting you in.in.
* LaResistance: The hero, Mesia, Zebu, Tornel, Athena, Kensou and Stom. Azteca also counts, since Draygon doesn't subvert it due to being rather separate from his 'creator' and also being an EnemyWithin.



* MagicVersusScience: The skills in the game include an array of common [[MindOverMatter psychic]] tropes but are referred to in-game as spells, seemingly an inability to decide which they are if either. This could mean that these abilities are thought of as both or it could be a ShoutOut to ''PsychoSoldier'' due to the cameos made by Athena and Kensu.
* MasterOfDisguise: The hero, after he learns the "Change" spell. He'll need to [[GenderBender change himself into a girl]] in order to get into the aforementioned town of Amazones.
* MindScrew: "Wait, were [[spoiler: [[JekyllAndHyde Azteca and Draygon the same person]]]], or [[spoiler: were there minds linked somehow?]] And how does that work if [[spoiler: Azteca was really a robot the whole time? And why was he a robot any damned way?!]] I'm so confused!"
* LaResistance: Hero, Mesia, Zebu, Tornel, Asina, Kensu, Stom, and possibly Akahana. Whether [[spoiler: Azteca]] was truly a member of the resistance is unclear due to [[spoiler: his connection with Draygon, who also may have been his elaborate alter-ego.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: The GBA port has General Kelbesque cast a spell on Zebu that disintegrates him into a million pieces. Defeating the general causes Zebu to be restored (and appear in the next room.)
* OneWingedAngel: Draygon.

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* MagicVersusScience: The skills in the game include an array of common [[MindOverMatter psychic]] tropes but are referred to in-game as spells, seemingly an inability to decide which they are if either. This could mean that these abilities are thought of as both or it could be a ShoutOut to ''PsychoSoldier'' due to the cameos made by Athena and Kensu.
Kensou.
* MasterOfDisguise: The hero, hero after he learns the "Change" spell. spell. He'll need to [[GenderBender change himself into a girl]] in order to get into the aforementioned town of Amazones.
* MindScrew: "Wait, were [[spoiler: [[JekyllAndHyde Azteca and Draygon the same person]]]], person or [[spoiler: were there minds linked somehow?]] somehow? And how does that work if [[spoiler: Azteca was really a robot an android the whole time? And why was he a robot any damned way?!]] an android anyway?! I'm so confused!"
* LaResistance: Hero, Mesia, Zebu, Tornel, Asina, Kensu, Stom, and possibly Akahana. Whether [[spoiler: Azteca]] was truly a member of the resistance is unclear due to [[spoiler: his connection with Draygon, who also may have been his elaborate alter-ego.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: The GBA port has General Kelbesque cast a spell on Zebu that disintegrates him into a million pieces. Defeating the general causes Zebu to be restored (and and appear in the next room.)
room.
* OneWingedAngel: Draygon.Draygon, after you shoot the Bow of Truth at him.



* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Stom]] (and arguably, [[spoiler:Akahana]]).

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Stom]] Stom (and arguably, [[spoiler:Akahana]]).possibly Akahana).



* VillainExitStageLeft: The Draygonian bosses, unlike the other boss enemies you face, flee upon being defeated the first time [[spoiler: except the last one, who's only fought in Draygon Castle]]. You only get to take them down for good the second time you face them.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Using telepathy in the GBC version always gives the same message all the time. This was not the case in the NES version, where the advice changes as you progress through the game, and where one of the contacts could remotely restore your MP.

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* VillainExitStageLeft: The Draygonian bosses, Draygon's "Finest Four", unlike the other boss enemies you face, face flee upon being defeated the first time [[spoiler: except the last one, Karmine, who's only fought in Draygon Castle]]. Goa Fortress. You only get to take them down for good the second time you face them.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Using telepathy Telepathy in the GBC version always gives the same message all the time. This was not the case in the NES version, where the advice changes as you progress through the game, and where one of the contacts could remotely restore your MP.
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