Wednesday, 14 October 2015

[REVIEW][GAME] Lost Dimension PSVITA


Game: Lost Dimension
Platform: PS3, PSVita
Genre: Action, RPG, Visual Novel
Purchase: Retail, PSN
EN release year: 2015
EN Publisher: Atlus [official website]
Opening theme: Lost Dimension by fripSide

Synopsis:

To subdue the threat The End poses to the entire planet, several countries create a special forces group called SEALED, which is comprised of eleven psychics with superhuman abilities. Each soldier has their own talents and skillsets to use in combat, which can be expanded after gaining enough experience in the field. Bonds of friendship will form amongst the members of SEALED, but be mindful of which allies to keep close, as The End mandates the player must begin eliminating teammates. Make sure to accuse the right teammate of being a traitor though, once the final battle with The End begins any remaining traitors will fight the main character alongside him. - ATLUS

Review

I bought Lost Dimension on a whim after I viewed the Japanese gameplay of it on youtube. I thought the entire style was appealing, and a little bit different to what I usually play.

You play as Sho, the main character of the series.
You play a short tutorial to understand how the game works.
You are introduced to other characters and their abilities within the game.
You build relationships (camaraderie) within your teammates through conversation logs.
You find the traitor and move on.

The entire premise of Lost Dimension is interesting. You play as Sho, stuck with 10 other people inside a tower to defeat the bad guy who is known as The End. The entire game revolves around teaming up with your crew, entering a 'battle field' stage, destroying mechanical monsters, and leveling up higher inside the tower.

The story itself is quite mediocre. In fact, I wonder if there is a solid backstory at all. What seemed to be lacking to me, is the fact that the story doesn't seem to tie well. Is there a story though? What was the aim of The End? What was the reason for everything? Sho and co. backstories seemed weak and displaced, which overall in turn makes the game ask more questions more than give answers.

However on the brightside, the OST/music/bgm used throughout the game was pleasing towards the ear. I have no complaints replaying certain stages (for EXP/money etc) because the music used throughout the game was great. It fits well. It made the game feel more... lively.

The battle system isn't new. However its a tactical game which allows you to freely control your characters however you want it. The enemies you defeat react accordingly to how you play. They will show you no mercy though. Train well. But Lost Dimension isn't a grinding game. As long as you can use your characters well, you can easily complete the stage.

The dialogue and interaction scenes within the game were good. I don't know if it was just my copy though, but I felt like the transition between the characters talking seemed a bit choppy. The English dub I have no complaints. Giving it to be ATLUS, they never leave the original Japanese cast in, but I have no complaints at all. The only problem I have with this was the lack of skipping animated cut scenes. But maybe there would be one in the second playthough.

The one great thing I liked about Lost Dimension is the traitor-system.
The traitor in the first playthrough is the same throughout all games. However, the traitor following, differs for each game bought, and it differs for each playthrough. This is the only aspect of Lost Dimension that I found appealing. Not only does the game make you wonder who the traitor is, it makes you not want to like a particular character at all. There is an upside for it though. After each battle, you (Sho) can hear into people's heart; thus having the entire Vision-Point system (which is explained in the game). By seeing so, you can weasel out the traitor through a process of elimination. You don't have to kill the traitor though when you discover them. But that consequence I won't spoil for you towards the end.

Lost Dimension is game in which I was slightly disappointed upon completing it the first time.
It has interesting characters and a battle system.
You don't need to grind. It ain't a grinding game. Just know how to use the characters and you'll be fine!
However, since I got other games to finish, I'll probably go back into it another day.
But for now, it's a game where it'll either be a hit or miss for people.
Maybe wait till the game is on sale, to purchase it.

Lost Dimension Overall Game Rate: 6.5/10

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