Video Game: Agarest Senki aka: Record Of Agarest War
Agarest Senki (known as Record of Agarest War in North America and Agarest: Generations of War in Europe) is a strategy RPG developed by Idea Factory and released in North America by Aksys Games on 27 April 2010 for the PlayStation Network and the Xbox 360.The story begins with Leonhardt, also known as General Golden Leo, turning against his men while protecting the life of a young elven girl and giving his life in the process. He is approached by a mysterious woman known as Dyshana, who agrees to resurrect him in exchange for an oath: To become a Spirit Vessel and pledge both his life and the lives of his descendants to her cause.A prequel under title Agarest Senki ZERO has been released long before the NA release of the original game, and it has been released in North America by Aksys. While we're at it a sequel has been released too.A PC release of the original Agarest Senki has been Greenlit for release on Steam. No word on a release date yet.Don't confuse with Record of Lodoss War.
Provides Examples Of:
Action Girl: At least one of the love interests in each generation is a strong melee attacker. Noah in third generation stands out, being practically an Expy of one Henry Jones Jr.
A-Cup Angst: Special mention goes to Lizerotte for this one. If all of your companions were busty...
Artificial Stupidity: Auto-battle, why did you just have the squishy mage jump into melee range and physically attack an opponent who can counter? Why did you spend everyone's AP to ensure an overkill against one monster when there were seven others still on the battlefield? Why did you use an attack that was completely ineffective against/healed the enemy?
However, auto-battle is good at moving (since it knows where the computer is going to move, also being the computer), as well as setting up Extended Area Combos. Just don't let it do the attacking as well.
Babies Ever After: Each and every love interest you choose in the True ending. (Yes, Even Plum and Dyshana)
Badass Boast: Rex loves doing this to keep reminding us the players that he is the real hero.
Ganz (Third Generation) and Reverie (Fourth Generation).
Break Meter: Empties as the target gets hit and is vital to the strategy to the game. When the meter is emptied after being hit enough, attacks do extra damage and some Arts get in a few extra hits at the end of their animations. The game encourages you to use high break attacks first, then stack as many Break Arts as you can at the end of the For Massive Damage.
Critical Status Buff: Some characters have passive abilities that activate when their health drops low enough
Cursed with Awesome: Winfield is cursed by the Bracelet, thanks to it now he is fated to become a demon and bring the Bracelet to the Demon King, but on the same time the Bracelet won't let him die until he fulfilled his role therefore making him practically immortal.
You've also got the harpuia Silvi and Murumina (in the fourth and fifth generations, respectively), and Qua the rabbit-type neocollom girl. Not to mention some of the capturable monsters, like the Nekomata-types.
Dating Sim: Shades of it. Yeah good luck choosing.
Deal with the Devil: Played with, although Leonhardt made a deal with Dyshana to protect Ellis, it's a for a noble goal and not a selfish one, although somewhere along the generations they tend to not agree.
Decoy Protagonist: Leonhadt is on all promotional artwork, everyone thought he is the main character. He's not, it's his great-great grandson, Rex.
Easily Forgiven: Melchior, oh God Melchior! First he ordered the annihilation of all elves and the syriums, then wage war to the other countries and he also forms an alliance with some evil monsters, and if you read his profile you'll know that he and his father is also the one that killed Leonhardt's family before the game even begins, and yet everyone seems to gone all forgiving him in the end! Oh, and do i already mention that he has no sympathetic past and he just following hisbrainwashed king?
Fake Longevity: All games in the series are long enough with the passing through generations aspect of it, but the sheer number of obligatory fights in each one of them makes it longer than it really is, really longer.
Expy: Rex(5th generation) is basically Leonhardt (First generation) with different hair.
Gambit Pileup: Let's just say Mobius, Chaos, and Summerill's plans collided with each other and go on from there.
Generation Xerox: The next generation's protagonist appearance will be based on who his mother was and will take up the same quest his father had. Rinse and repeat until one of them kills the final boss.
Guide Dang It: The True Ending is really easy to miss since you have to keep track of where the Karma Meter is at and making sure you don't grind too much since a high "turn count" (battles fought) will lock you out of getting it.
Heroic Sacrifice: Well...in a sense. When Leonhardt made that pact about his descendants and all, he pledged them to be seals to contain an evil god. Way to go stupid Ancestor; you screwed your descendants over royally.
However, in the True Ending Route of the Digest mode of Agarest ZERO, while he does ask for forgiveness from his descendants, he never once regretted his decision on that day to become a Soul Vessel for Dyshana. And besides, if Dyshana never showed up, none of his descendants would be alive anyway.
Heroes Prefer Swords: Leonhardt uses swords. Soul breeding will typically result in his descendants using them as well.
Infinity–1 Sword: There's a sword named Shining Light, to get it you have to: 1) Get to the true route; 2) Have 2 sword that costs more than 300000 G combined; 3) Have an item that you get by beating a boss in The Very Definitely Final Dungeon; 4) Beat 5 over-leveled gods. In the other side you have the less powerful Leo's sword, which you automatically get by fulfilling the first step.
Though if you're just looking for pure physical power, the extra STR given by Leo's Sword makes it stronger than the Shining Light, but just barely.
Interface Spoiler: There are some, in pretty much all games so far, in the Gallery; specifically in the characters bio, party members will get an entry in the database as soon as they're introduced, there's the possibility that this member will do something of importance in the next generation, which usually is tied to The Hero of said generation, and the information about it will be available as sson as their general info became available in the Gallery; of course this is reserved for the supporting cast, The Protagonist and Love Interests of the given genration are free of this.
Interspecies Romance: Each of the generations that has a Romance Sidequest has at least one non-human girl as an option. Leonhardt (first generation) has a Syrium named Fyuria (basically a flat chested Elf). Ladius (second generation) has Sherufanir, a Cute Monster GirlHalf-Human Hybrid. Thoma (third generation) has Lavinia or Faina, sisters and High Elf/Dark Elf hybrids. Finally, Duran (fourth generation) has Silvi, a Featherfolk.
...Provided who you chose as a wife in the previous generation would allow said descendants to wield swords.
Metal Slime: Golden Bats. They typically have levels far higher than normal for the area you in, but have roughly the same health as the monsters you should be fighting, so if you can end the fight quickly you can see roughly a 600% or higher bonus to your rewards. However their Will Powers make it so they take significantly reduced damage from everything, they naturally resist magic, and once they hit 25% health physical attacks no longer work. Oh, and they regenerate 20% of their health a turn, can drain your health, and can easily fully heal all of the other enemies while they're at it. If the fight goes too long, expect to see a penalty on your rewards, rather than the standard reward you could've gotten had those Goddamn Bats just not been there.
Your Limit Breaks help quite a bit toward getting through that 25% phase—they bypass the aforementioned Parry willpower entirely. On that note, the Accuracy willpower works too as long as that character can lead off the attacks and generate that much SP quickly enough.
Mood Dissonance: For all the sexy scenes the game likes to advertise with, the story is a fairly serious war drama. Which makes it all the more jarring when the scene shifts to a bunnygirl fellating a banana.
Mood Whiplash: The mood at the end of Generation 4? Hopeful, and on a high note. And then you're shunted to the beginning of Generation 5, where the very first thing you get to hear is how screwed everything is on the demon-fortified continent, how the best resistance against the forces of darkness fell ten years ago and started the decline, and how victory is highly unlikely, even if one could pull off the herculean task of uniting the remaining human countries in spite of the myriad of demon fortresses.
NTSC Bonus: The North American version came out 9 months after the European version, and fixed much of that version's "Blind Idiot" Translation. This version also lets you grind in a dungeon without spending turns.
Old Save Bonus: If you have a cleared data on Agarest 1, you can use it to import data to Agarest Zero. Likewise, Agarest Senki 2 will also be using this setup by importing data from Agarest Zero.
Our Elves Are Different: For one, they seem to age to a certain point and then stop; and two, they're not always called elves.
Optional Sexual Encounter: Played with, you have to marry one of the girls in the current generation where you are treated to a scene of them with nothing but bedsheets. One of the few JRPGs to let the player have sex with their love interest.
Pals With Jesus: Borgnine not only is one of the first characters to join your party, but also happens to be a Larva, a lesser god.
Screwed by the Network: Why was the North American PS3 version not released on a retail disc? Sony America doesn't allow retail discs without English voice acting.
Oddly averted with with the prequel and sequel, which still has no English voice option, but did get disc releases.
Serious Business: Winfield (and later Thoma) takes peeking girls at hot spring too seriously, to the point he thinks it's worth dying for.
Sex Sells: The US marketing campaign for the game actually managed to exaggerate the amount of Fanservicein the game — there's a lot of it, but from the promotions, you'd think the game contained nothing else. This managed to backfire spectacularly — at least one store was reported to sell the special edition wrapped in white paper with the warning that it is the "(Adult Only) Special Edition."
Until you realize that almost any fight, including Midas, can be won by sticking one character right up in the boss's face and keeping everyone else about six spaces back. Almost all bosses have Impulse Wave or a similar skill, which will toss the dead character back to the others, just in range to be revived and sent right back the next turn. Repeat as necessary until you have the SP needed to just kill the boss in a single turn.
The fact that the bosses will still have combination attacks as base skills rather than requiring the attacks that make up those skills still comes across as a bit of cheating though. They also seem to use less AP to pull of these abilities, as though they have the AP reducing Will Power even though they don't or don't even have the SP to have it active.
The Hero: Leohardt and his descendants but with an interesting twist: depending on who you choose as your girl to marry, the descendants have different appearencess; one could have blonde, black, or blue hair, long, short, etc..., or completely different appearences altogther.
Young Elf: B-But... had she not brought you here, none of this would have happened! Even if the dark elf did not draw the monsters herself, this is still her fault!
Thoma: A slow mind will never win a woman's heart, you know. Besides, she has a name—Lavinia. And a pretty name at that. Perhaps you could be a gentleman and use it?
Young Elf: Be silent, outsider! You know nothing of us! You should not profess opinions on that which you do not understand!
Thoma: I may be an outsider, but I hardly see why that deserves such an exaggerated display of emotion. And where, may I ask, were you, while we were fighting to save your village? While Lavinia was fighting desperately to save your village? How pathetic you are, to cast blame on one who risked her life to protect yours. Elf, dark elf, it matters not. A woman is a woman. There are women who surpass me in strength. There are those who I surpass. But many women do not know how to fight. If you are strong, what is your obligation as a man? What must you do when women are in danger? Do you cast aside those whom you do not care for, and abandon them to their fate? Or do you give aid to women in peril, regardless of whether you love or hate them? How can you call yourself a man when you hide from danger and tell the person who saved you to leave? You, my friend, are not only a failure as a man, but as a person as well.
The first generation fits this more than the rest however.
Tsundere: A male example is Duran, so very much so. Watching him get flustered is half the fun. And one of his potential love interests Ryuryu is a mix of this, kuudere, and Emotionless Girl, making for some rather interesting cutscenes (read: adorable)
The "Canon" route (if you based it on the opening, the portraits of the trophy list, and the image of the page itself) has the following route: Fyuria, Valeria, Lavinia, and Hilda. One thing in common? They're all tsunderes.
Unwanted Harem: Played with near the end, basically there are more female than male party members and as such it comes to this. Especially in the last generation with Rex who is basically Leonhardt 2.0 with ALL the girls who the others before him never married or fought alongside.
Actually weaponized in the combo EX Pink Poison. Queuing up the level 2 EX of Rex, Qua, Beatrice, Murmina, Plum, and Reverie plays a skit in which the five of them confront Rex as he faces down the targeted monster. They then begin glowing with menacing auras and charge at him in a Big Ball of Violence. Rex narrowly escapes. The monster is not so lucky...
Updated Rerelease: Reappearance added in more voicing, upgraded the visuals, added in the gallery, as well as new items and a new dungeon. Zero's Digest Mode for the first game cut out all non-story battles, locked onto the true end, and added in new scenes to the post-game content that imply or outright state relations between characters in the two games such as Shernini being the founder of Sharona's hometown and Alice being Ellis's ancestor or even mother.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Fyuria admits that when she was a kid when there are no wars, she used to be a very cute generic girl, all she wants is a doll and making a flower crown. Aww...
We Are As Mayflies: Of all the races presented in-game, humans are the only ones that noticeably age over the generations.
We Have Reserves: Have to sacrifice your life to seal one of the five towers in the world? No worry! Make children and let them carry on your task!
Wham Episode: Sure, you can see Vashtor's betrayal coming from a mile away. What you don't get to see is that he kidnaps Ellis, one of your Game Breaker units, and now you have to contend with Keith without her.
Wife Husbandry: Most of Rex harem consists of the girls that raised him ever since he was born.
Your Princess Is In Another Castle: Congratulations! After dozens upon dozens of hours worth of playtime, you've finally reached the end of the fifth generation and have defeated the Final Boss who was responsible for the evil that occurred throughout the game. Time to sit back and enjoy the ending? No! Now you have to take care of 5 sealed gods and the realfinal boss.
Agarest Zero is the prequel of the first game and deals with Leonhardt's ancestor, Sieghart. Set one thousand years before the first game, the battle between the light and dark forces were still undergoing. Sieghart one day finds a woman named Mimel and he gets involved in the battle between light and dark.Released in the US on June 14, 2011.
Nevermind that Sleep and Paralyze tend to only be if you have abilities that can use it, and those tend to be highly unreliable. While you may be able to get VERY reliable Stun and Bind on certain characters (Mimel and Tetora come to mind), there is a catch: It's on their second Limit Break. That is to say, you need to not only get the SP for it, but plan around the very heavy pre-promotion AP expenditure.
Sex Sells: Averted oddly, considering this is released by the guys who made the first game look like an over-the-top Fanservice game.
Spiteful A.I.: Hope you've stuck range-5 moves or gotten Alice up to level 25 by mid-late generation 1. Otherwise you'll be stuck chasing enemies around that run away for the sole sake of lowering your combat rating, in turn reducing the amount of EXP, money, EP, and TP gained.
What Happened To The Dark Elves? The first game had stated that the Dark Elves served Summerill, and yet they're nowhere to be seen and never mentioned. This makes The Reveal about what the Syrium are all the more irritating, as it seemed like that was going to be the Dark Elves' thing.
You Don't Look Like You: Some of the 3D enemies have had their models replaced. Most noticeable with with the Jumbo Cock, who is no longer a giant chicken but rather a Griffon thus ruining the joke, and Tyrant type enemies going from massive armored enemies to using the model for spirits from Neptunia. This is not only present in Zero's battles, but the battles in the game's abridged version of the first game as well.
Agarest Senki 2
Agarest Senki 2 (also known as Record Of Agarest War 2) is a sequel in name only of Agarest Senki 1. It is set in a parallel world opposite the Agarest World of the first game. The story follow a man named Weiss who has an amnesia after he killed a god. He then encounters a woman named Eva who tells him that it was a bad idea, and that he now has to revive them with him and three women as a catalyst. The game then follows him and his descendants trying to revive said gods while finding out who Weiss really was.Developed by Idea Factory and Compile Heart, this game was released in Japan on November 18, 2010 for the PS3 console. Gameplay-wise, it looks very similar to Cross Edge except that it is now easier to play this game rather than a Guide Dang It battle system.North America and Europe got it in summer 2012.
Badass Crew: Your party members, who are pretty famous for clearing out demons and in the end, defeat eight gods (well, it's the usual six, but Mobius had other plans and Chaos gave Mobius a taste of his own medicine in return).
Captain Ersatz: Jaonus is pretty much Winfield 2.0 except that he's a normal human being who ages quite noticeably, and has a son named Jude. And in the second generation finale, he gets cursed by an evil ring which makes him ageless like Winfield.
Disc One Nuke: The Old Save Bonus you get for playing Agarest Zero gives you 10,000 TP, one million gold, and 1,000 PP. You can then use it to exchange for the TP weapons at the Righteous Beheading dojo and upgrade it all the way to the max because you have the orichalcums. Generation 1 becomes a lot easier after that.
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: This, apparently was a bad idea however. Subverted in the most twisted manner possible.Then plays it straight in the True Ending.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Even more than before. Unlocking the true route is really hard, requiring not only having almost maxed out the Relationship Values, but checking a lot of events. But even after that, what comes after the route split is worth all the trouble.
Expy: Most of the playable characters can be possible expies from the first game:
Weiss is Leo, Grey is Ladius minus the emotion, Janus is Captain Ersatz of Winfield, Ignis can be Zerva, Eva is Dyshana, Fiona is Ellis 2.0, Victoria is pretty much Elaine, Vanessa is both Hilda and Murmina, Yumil almost has the same storyline as Silvi, and Schwartz is pre-Character Development Duran taken Up to Eleven.
Whoa, whoa, now don't tell me I'm the only one that see Cloud in Weiss, right?
Faz looks eerily similar to Lezard for some weird reason. And it shows.
Fetch Quest: Present in this game from find x number of items to kill x amount of monsters to collect items. Doing these will net you money, and also items from the NPCs that you helped out. A large part of the second generation story is pretty much a gigantic Fetch Quest in that you have to collect items so that you can save Rasta, Yumil's brother.
for the record, the Japanese limited edition just came at worst, a handkerchief that had a naked Eva and Fiona young and adult.
Grand Theft Me: Happens thrice in this game. First was Chaos' consciousness fully awakening inside Grey's body. If you get the True Ending, then Mobius suddenly possesses Chaos' body, and after a few minutes (read as one boss battle), the third one happens when Chaos gets his body back from Mobius, sporting new threads.
Idol Singer: Both Fiona and Eva become one at Flens Berge. Remember that gag trailer where they pulled off an Idolmaster? That's the same thing they do in-game. Though why Eva participated on it when she's still The Stoic at this point is anyone's guess.
Mr. Fanservice: For some weird reason, the males in this game are ripped.
Monty Haul: DLC is back in this game of course. While they're still powerful, they're not as godly powerful as Agarest Senki due to the fact that enhancing items in this game now also take up items instead of just paying Gordon the blacksmith EP.
Mood Whiplash: In the first few minutes, you kill a lesser god, and a god. You then get blown somewhere far away and then someone narrates the prologue. Finally, an upbeat Dancing Theme plays in your screen.
My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Sure you and your enemies get EX Skills (and while enemies get a lot more, most of the time they're useless unless it's from a boss fight), have the same restriction on what attacks you can use, but somehow enemies can perform combination attacks without needing a secondary character and use EX Skills you can use without needing to trigger the preconditions (like using Desperate Strength at full HP when the trigger requires that you need to be below 33% HP to activate said EX Skill). Of course, this gets inverted when they're restricted to cast theirOriginal Skills; if they activated their Original Skill and your party survives it, the enemy AI can't cast it again for some reason and would likely be building up a lot of UP orbs without using any. You, however can cast your Original Skills with no restrictions.
Nerf: The Unleash All/Rile EX Skills. Unlike the first two games where you could simply just revive a dead character who will automatically go in this state, in this game you need to be at 20% HP instead of the usual 25%. Good luck doing that on later bosses.
New Game Plus: And what gets carried over depends on the difficulty at which you beat the game.
Out of Focus: Weiss...is very transparent in the first generation, heck Janus seems to have even more role than him. Ironically, he gets much bigger role in the True ending route as a Supporting Leader for the party.
PAL Bonus: The limited edition of the US version of this game came with just the Felenne blow-up doll, the game, and one mini-comic from Aksys. The European version? Let's see, a bag, a cap, the soundtrack, the visual art book, a poster, 6 mini posters, the game itself, and a free copy ofDigital Devil Saga 2 with its OST (it's to compensate for the lack of letting Fiona as a child to go to the bath minigame, but considering said compensation is a full game, well...)
Rescue Romance: The final scene before you finally make Ignis and Cynthia be close to each other is to rescue her from demons at Enhambre. The other men in the party even poke fun of him for that.
The Reveal: Oh boy, Weiss is not the one who killed Chaos, it's Faz. And while we're at it, Weiss or to be more precisely the real Weiss is Dead All Along, all of the main characters are actually Chaos in different bodies.
Spell My Name with an S: Even though one of the first few official trailers has Eva's name in English language, some still refer to her as Iva for some weird reason.
Spoiler Opening / Foreshadowing: During the opening, you see Weiss holding a sword with someone ominous at the background who is pretty much Chaos. At first since Weiss kills Chaos, you get to assume that it is a set up for an epic rivalry between Chaos and Weiss himself. Then you get to The Reveal.
Another nice piece of Foreshadowing would be the 2nd generation Hot Springs Episode. You'd think this was just a little Shout Out to Ladius having a deja vu that Winfield will get beaten up for peeping on the girls even though Ladius never saw it. In Schwartz's case however, he has seen the outcome already because Weiss, Schwartz, and Grey are Chaos.
Sword of Plot Advancement: The significance of Veldafard is pretty big in this story? Do you get the sword itself just like how you got Leo's Sword/Treasure Sword of Oath in Agarest Senki if you can obtain the True End? Nope, off to Item Crafting for you.
Trailers Always Spoil: Remember the gag trailer where they're showing off the exclusive C Gs of each heroine, and that there's a brief shot of one hotspring? You can only get that particular CG at the credits.
The Voiceless: Averted; everyone gets voiced in this game. Including the blacksmith, the item store owner, the guild attendant, and the fortune teller.
Unwitting Pawn: You and your party members as soon as Chaos reappears out from Grey. At that point, the ones who are steering the plot are Mobius and Chaos and your party members are just dragged along for the ride.
That cruelty feeling may be lessened when you get attacked by her, since she'll be taunting and laughing at her victim while she mercilessly try to kill your team. Most of the voiced monsters will act mostly the same, asking for forgiveness, or begging to stop your attack, only to viciously laugh at the wounds they inflict on you.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Exactly what happened to Chloe after Janus died?. Or Cynthia after marrying Ignis? Both women (except Chloe for one scene only) never appeared to the party in the third generation.
Wham Episode: Happens successively with a one hour cutscene! *
unless you use the skip button by pressing square in cutscenes. Oh, we hope you have some back up party members, and hope you saved with a different file because you can't heal in between battles here nor change any equipment.
You Lose At Zero Trust: If your love rate with the girl in Agarest Senki 2 is low, your character will force himself on her to have a kid as part of the sacrifice.
Record of Agarest War Marriage
The newest Agarest game of Compile Heart, however this time they're teaming up with the former staff who worked on the Summon Night games. The artwork is now done instead by someone named "Blade" instead of the usual artwork by Hirano Katsuyuki.The story goes that the first generation protagonist will fail to kill the demon king so his three choices of wives will have to carry his soul to pass on to his descendants so that one day, they get to kill the demon king.Oh and this game is for the Playstation Portable, a departure from the Playstation Three.
Record of Agarest War Marriage contains the following tropes:
Clothing Damage: A first for the series as a gameplay mechanic. The lesser clothing a heroine has, the more powerful she becomes.
Dating Sim: Gains a lot more precedence compared to the first three games.