is a Role-Playing Game
by the Climax Group
, made for the Xbox
in 2004 and ported to the PC in 2005. Oddly, despite being made by Western game designers, is basically an Animesque Eastern RPG
The plot is fairly simple. There are two worlds, one of Light, and one of Shadow. During the game, the worlds suffer a calamity and everything goes pear shaped as a result, and you and your party have to fix it.
The game itself was notable for being one of the few Eastern RPG-like games on the Xbox
, and even though the Xbox version was released in the United States, the PC port never saw a US release, but due to PC games not being region locked and the fact it has an English dub, it is perfectly importable.The game was released on Steam
, hopefully without the below-mentioned DRM.It was also released on GOG.com
, which only releases DRM free games.
This game provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Arlo is very emotionally abusive to Tal, outside of his duties as his son's commanding officer (and is apparently an alcoholic as well).
- Animesque: Very. It's basically a Western game drawn in Japanese RPG style.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Elco really couldn't believe that supernatural powers were at play, even as he received Tetsu's blessing.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Krenn system in Transentia. Elco pointed out he warned that something like this would happen.
- Cat Girl: Buki and Nico. More of a Tiger Girl than Cat Girl (especially with the tiger stripes on their skin), but the point still stands.
- Chaste Hero: Tal, especially in response to Ailish; he gets very nervous when she gets flirty. He also seems to be nervous when women get inside his personal space in general, as best demonstrated at the beginning of the game when Buki gets a little close for comfort.
- Later however, when he has to go to Transentia with Elco (and not knowing Ailish and Buki have preceded them there), he expresses appreciation for some female company, which may be a sign of him mellowing.
- Cosmic Deadline: The game appears to have run short of time and money for development at some point, because after meeting the Shadow Party, it rushes to the final chapters, to the point Elco gets his second upgrade just before the final battles. Even the ending itself is very rushed.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Shadow Realm inhabitants, especially the Shadow Party. The Askilian soldiers you fight are revealed to be renegades in their own realm, driven desperate if not outright mad by the loss of the light. One character, however, plays this straight: Talos, the counterpart of Tal's brother. And the latter was killed by him, as Talos (now host of Heigou) reveals to Tal before the Final Battle.
- Distressed Damsel: At one point in the game, the heroes practically take turns in these roles. First Tal and Elco fall prey to the chanting of a siren, and it's up to Ailish and Buki to save them. Just after the girls have killed the siren, however, they are captured by the Shadow Party and the guys go to their rescue.
- The Dragon: [[spoiler:Lord Talos for Queen Lusica, but he kills her after becoming Heigou's host.
- Dub Name Change: When the game was released in Japan, some characters' names are changed. In particular:
- Tal becomes Nash
- Ailish becomes Shalish
- Buki becomes Lini
- The angelic figure Tetsu is renamed Odin, while the demonic figure Heigou is renamed Heimdall.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: General Arlo, who also happens to be Tal's father.
- DRM: The PC version has Starforce, which made installing it difficult even on computers it was officially designed for, and due to how ancient the version of Starforce included was, it would make running the game on 64-bit operating systems nigh impossible (though 32-bit systems also have their own problems). When the DRM is removed, the game installs and runs fine.
- Escort Mission: Elco must go solo and escort Tilly, his wife, back to her home. While she is not immortal, she has much more HP than Elco and can actually take quite the beating, despite not being able to fight back.
- Evil Counterpart: Subverted, the Shadow Party members are not evil, and they simply seek to restore the light that has gone missing in Shadow Realm. Talos, Tal's brother counterpart, on the other hand, plays this straight. He even killed his counterpart.
- Evil Costume Switch: Inverted. Comparing Alexine to Ailish's (initial) costume, the "evil" one is more conservative.
- Fartillery: An early boss uses his farts as a weapon, which not only do damage but also poison you.
- First-Person Shooter: When playing as Ailish or Elco in combat mode.
- Fusion Dance: Done prior to the final battle, with every one of the heroes merging with their Shadow counterparts.
- Gibbering Genius: Elco, lampshaded by Ailish.
- Guest Star Party Member: Three of them, in fact. Kazel, Alexine, and Nico, Tal, Ailish and Buki's Shadow Realm counterpart join your party.
- A straighter example is Lord Talos, aka the eventual Final Boss, accompanying Elco back from Akloria to Haskilia. He has maxed out stats, but cannot be controlled directly.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Lusica wanted to summon the demon Heigou to make her immortal, allowing her to rule forever.
- Good Morning, Crono: This crossed with Sleepyhead is how the game starts.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The mistranslated title was going to be "Suteki", which means "excellent", according to the official developers.
- Buki, in Japanese, simply means "weapon".
- Happily Married: Elco and Tilly.
- Jerk Ass: Arlo, in spades.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Subverted. Ranged characters like Ailish and Elco can be nigh on Game Breaker useful since they can use First-Person Shooter tactics to circle strafe enemies to death, thus allowing them to One-Man Army everything on the battlefield while avoiding damage as long as they keep moving. Melee fightrs, while they get to deal far more damage, they have very few means of consistently avoiding getting dogpiled by enemies.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Tal and Buki killing often means that enemy explodes into gore. Any kill by special attack.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Elco when discovering that his invention, the Crystal Tower, is the one responsible for draining the light from the Shadow Realm.
- Momma's Boy: Tal.
- Off with His Head!: happens to the professor in Transentia soon after the heroes have gone through the newly-activated portal, and to Queen Lusica at the end. Both are killed by Talos.
- Our Angels Are Different: A particular one shows up as a messenger from above to announce each hero is The Chosen One since they are the descendants of the ancient heroes mentioned in the backstory, and they also hand out each character's Take a Level in Badass power.
- Red-Headed Hero: Tal.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Ailish is not content to sit on her ass all day and stay out of trouble. At all.
- A dark example would be her mother, Queen Lusica.
- Sex Sells: With advert slogans such as "Prepare for a full-frontal assault", it is really hard to speak in favor for this game without incurring weird stares.
- Sexy Walk: Ailish and especially Buki.
- Stripperiffic: The playable female cast. Interestingly, Ailish's more advanced armors progressively covers her up even though she's the Staff Chick of the party. Likewise, Alexine, Ailish's Shadow Realm counterpart has a comparatively conservative costume. Buki on the other hand, is the opposite.
- Lampshaded by a Robot in Transentia. Only Tal is supposed to fight the Robot in the area. If you try to do this as Ailish the Robot rejects her and advises her to "put some more clothes on". Buki is rejected for being a half-beast, and Elco isn't allowed because of his cybernetics.
- The High Queen: Ailish's mother Lusica, the Queen of the realm of Haskilia, is a subversion. Caprine, the Queen of Akloria, is a straight example.
- Title Drop: The world that once contained Haskilia and Akloria were once one and the same, called Sudeki.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tal, at the very least, would greatly enjoy not having General Arlo (his father) treat him like a screwup every five minutes, especially towards the beginning of the game where the plot screws him over independently of his actions.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: How Ailish and Tal get along when they first meet.