YMMV: Lost Odyssey

  • Complete Monster: Gongora is identifiable as a Smug Snake even before it's clear that he's the villain, but as the game's backstory is revealed it becomes clear that he crossed the Moral Event Horizon before the game had even begun. Since several of the main characters of the game are immortal and unkillable, he had to get creative in getting them out of his way, which he did by sealing away their memories, leaving them completely amnesiac and unaware of their origins, which all of them agree is something like being a walking corpse. For him to be able to do it in the first place, they had to go through something traumatic enough that they wouldn't want to remember, so he abducted Kaim and Sarah's daughter and left them believing she was dead, forced Seth to kill her best friend to save her son, and set giant monsters loose in Ming's kingdom to slaughter her subjects until she agreed to block off her own memories to save them. As a result, Kaim and Seth both end up working for him, Ming becomes a figurehead in the country she's ruled for a thousand years, and Sarah goes insane for several decades. And to top it all off, he magically controls Jansen and forces him to attack his friends and love interest, apparently just to be a Jerkass.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack was written by Nobuo Uematsu, so of course, it's (mostly) outstanding.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jansen. Even people who aren't terribly fond of Lost Odyssey will attest to how, despite his rocky start, Jansen becomes incredibly likable.
  • Misaimed Marketing: The "White Rabbit" trailer, which uses the Jefferson Airplane song in an apparent effort to imply that the game is going to be a much more surreal and trippy experience than it actually is.
  • Narm: Everyone just so happens to die JUST as Kaim gets there... A bit sad at first, but when such horrible time is so excessive (and so very dramatic) it starts getting funny. Gongora claims early on that immortality attracts death; even though he's lying it looks like that lie was closer to the truth than he intended.
    • Gongora brings an entire slaughterhouse worth of ham to the game: his expressions and high-pitched laugh while he gesticulates wildly during his mud-golem summoning spell is easily one of the most narm-tastic moments of the game.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gongora controlling Jansen like a puppet while Jansen cackles like The Joker.
  • The Scrappy: Tolten seems to get a lot of hate for his wangsting.
  • That One Boss: Grilgan, Bogimoray, and the battle with the Numaran soldiers over Cooke and Mack's flowers are three good examples just from the first disc alone.
    • The Old Sorceress in Disc 2 can be troublesome if you aren't prepared to ignore going for the elemental weaknesses because her Scream ability randomly changes their weakness.
    • Living Ice in Disc 3. Your party consists of only Jansen, Ming, Cooke, and Mack. Living Ice's All-Aquara hits for about 750+ to the entire party and it can easily kill you if you aren't prepared.
      • It eventually puts up a reflect and only Mack can really attack it. Since you get Mack and Cooke back at the scene with the fight, you can't level him up so if he's not strong enough, you're screwed
    • Ancient Fiend in Disc 4. Whatever you do, do not kill both of the Keystones or you will be asking for a world of pain.
    • Getting three stars on The Ring Master. Prepare to go into battle excessively prepared if you want a CHANCE of beating him.
  • That One Level: The sewers towards the end of disc 3. Have fun running round in circles and doubling back while you attempt to figure out if you're actually supposed to be going in that direction and being attacked by Goddamn Bats every 20 steps or so. There's a fair bit of loot to find but eventually you will give up searching for that and just be screaming "For the love of god where's the damn exit."
  • The Woobie: Several characters have their moments, but none more than Sarah and Kaim.
  • Woolseyism: Evident if you understand some Japanese and play with that audio track, much of Jansen's dialogue has changed completely and his voice acting is the best in the game.
    • The English lines were recorded first, making this an inversion from an English speaker's perspective.