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Illusion of Gaia Review
July 20, 2013
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I think any serious gamer can appreciate a title with a moving storyline that tugs at the heartstrings. This Action-RPG certainly has stories and characters that you begin to care for as if reading a stirring novel. Some may call Illusion of Gaia the weak link among the Soul Blazer Trilogy, but it stands on its own as a solid game. Read the review here.

July 22, 2013
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Why do some people call it the weak link of the trilogy, are the others that much better?

July 22, 2013
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I don’t consider it a weak link, because they are all so different. Each game builds on the foundation of the last. I consider IoG to be superior to Soul Blazer, and Terranigma stands as one of the finest gaming experiences ever built.

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To me, IoG is MUCH better than Soul Blazer.  Soul Blazer has a lot more to it, gameplay wise, but it is very rough around the edges.  

IoG on the other hand, is about as streamlined as games get, especially for a JRPG.  It’s basically just town exploration / dungeons without any filler.  But what it does do, it does extremely well.  I think Mong got it right in his review.

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July 22, 2013
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GhostSweeper said
Why do some people call it the weak link of the trilogy, are the others that much better?

Some didn’t like the linearity of it, I’ve heard lack of originality, the overall melancholy mood of the game, to not liking the combat. I haven’t played the other two so I can’t make a comparison.

Hey did anyone know the Master in Actraiser is the one that gives the the hero in Soul Blazer his sword and mission? Or that the PS1 game called Granstream Saga is considered the 4th entry into the Soul Blazer series by some?

July 22, 2013
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That’s some cool info!  I didn’t know that about Soul Blazer / Actraiser.

 

I have heard of Granstream Saga but the game got fairly mixed reviews.  It’s still pretty cheap though, so it might be worth taking a chance on!

 

The Gaia / Blazer series is overall a very cool series that never got any recognition in its time. I don’t remember it even being referred to as a series until I read it on the internet (though I suppose Quintet / Enix are to blame for that).

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July 22, 2013
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lack of originality?!? They took us to F’n ANKOR WAT!!!! No other game has tackled Ankor Wat!! I loved this game for what it was, and that’s coming from the Old Man who usually screams for stories to get off his gaming lawn lol!

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July 22, 2013
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They managed to misspell Angkor Wat though

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July 22, 2013
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One has to wonder why they did that….. It is clear through their games that Quintet were readers. So Ankor Wat isa prettyglaring error on their parts.

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July 23, 2013
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I’m not sure I’d blame Quintet for the mistake.

Given the generally poor translation, I think it was most likely Nintendo of America’s fault (it wouldn’t be their only typo in the game).

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July 23, 2013
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I borrowed this from a friend when I was in high school but got stuck at some point and had to give it back. Was quite eager to play through it when I bought it used years later. Very good game with a surprisingly deep storyline. Soul Blazer is also quite good. I’m still upset that we didn’t get Terranigma. That game is stunning.

 

Square-Enix really needs to port these to the 3DS or put them on the VC or something.

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July 23, 2013
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Luckily us North American gamers can get hold of a reproduction of Terranigma. I have one and glad this option is available.

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