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Robopon 2: Cross Version (GBA)

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      28.05.2009 00:24
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      "Robopon 2: Cross Version" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by Atlus Co. It is a roleplaying game based on the construction and battling of robots. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Robopon on the surface appears to be a generic clone of the hit "Pokemon" video game, and in many areas this is evident. The storyline is based on the character's plight to become the "Robopon Champion" through the acquisition and customization of Robopon robots; miniature devices of different varieties. The player will do battle with an assortment of "trainers" through turn based combat. Both the player and his opponent will present four Robopon robots and it is the player's objective to eliminate all four of the opponent's robots by attacking or using weapons appropriately. The battles are contested through menu systems and selecting the appropriate action; ie attack to deal a certain attack or defend to defend against oncoming attacks in the next turn. Customization plays a key role in this game as Robopon robots can be equipped with a variety of weapons to enhance attacks against opposing forces. Robopon also "evolve" into larger beings after reaching a certain experience level.

      The graphics are presented from an overhead view which focuses on the player's character. The images are often bright, colourful and host a wide variety of environmental accents such as trees and shrubbery when in the wilderness. I did find there to be evidence of slow down when in battle. When making used of fire based attacks, the player will be treated to a host of explosion effects when making contact with an opposing Robopon but this results in a considerable time lag which makes the animation effect less than impressive. The soundtrack is also good but, like many roleplaying games, becomes repetitive in areas where exploration is key.

      Overall, Robopon 2 is a video game which I would recommend to prospective buyers. Those familiar with the Pokemon franchise would be able to immediately immerse themselves within gameplay and likely find it to be an enjoyable experience.


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