“ Genre: Adventure / Rating: T - (Teen) / published by: Atlus „
"Riviera: The Promised Land" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Atlus Co. It is a roleplaying game based on a conflict between angels and demons. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its mild sexual content.
The story of this title follows the plight between angelic forces against hostlie demons. The player assumes the role of Ein, who is a "Grim Angel", and is accompanied by four female angels and a feline halfling known as "Rose". Together the party travel through the lands of the fictional continent "Riviera" and attack the uprising hostile demons who threaten peace in the land. The player will mainly control Ein in terms of storyline progression but frequent interaction with the four females is essential for determining the outcome of the game. The Promised Land contains elements of dating simulations where Ein must entertain and engage with the females to gain their trust, and it is this trust score which will unlock a certain ending scene upon completion of the game. The game itself is a "point and click" adventure where players choose from available objects on screen and execute the corresponding action, such as clicking on a door and selecting open. Battles are also contested in the same fashion with turn based sequences and the player selecting specific actions, such as attack and use item, against enemies.
The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on the player's party of characters. Each of the visual implements are stunning in their design. The game sports a wide variety of scenes, from urban settings into the depths of caves, and each render extremely well on the Gameboy's display and feature an abundance of colour. The characters are also well designed though appear to be identical in their shape besides obvious physical details such as hair and eye colour. The soundtrack is also excellent with numerous digital voice snippets and musical scores following the player throughout. Some of the voice snippets, however, are very muffled in their presentation and difficult to hear on the Gameboy's minuscule speakers.
Overall, The Promised Land is a game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. It is a very engaging story in terms of roleplaying releases and is supported by stunning audio and video.
Long ago, a war between gods and demons -- Ragnarok -- erupted, and the world was thrown into a state of chaos. Asgard, the realm of the gods, was overrun by demons and was on the brink of destruction. In desperation, the gods sacrificed their very lives to create fierce warriors known as Grim Angels. Each wielding a godly weapon known as a Diviner, these angels quickly brought the war to an end. The demons were sealed away, but the gods would soon follow. However, the gods were able to leave behind their power in the heavenly isle of Riviera.A thousand years have passed since the gods' demise. Signs of the demons' return have brought fear to this peaceful land. Without the gods, Asgard cannot withstand another war. And so, fearing their own demise, the Seven Magi, proxies of the gods, have made the fateful decision to actuate the Retribution, a cataclysmic event which will destroy both Riviera and the demons.