== Infinite Undiscovery ==
Infinite Undiscovery is another JRPG and it is still a brilliant game. You take the role as a young boy named Capell who is 17. The story begins with Capell, a flute player who has been imprisoned because his captures think he is the famous knight Sigmund. After being saved and escaping prison by a girl named Aya, she actually saved Capell because she also thinks hes Sigmund until they come face to face with each other and Sigmund is just as shocked as Capell on how much they look alike. As they are escaping through the woods Sigmund saves Aya and Capell. Now you as Capell must start your own quest and find the answers your looking for. With a gripping and very fascinating story Infinite Undiscovery leads you on a trail to becoming a hero of the land. The story in Infinite Undiscovery is rather original but is still very enjoyable.
Infinite Undiscovery was developed by Tri-Ace who have made many Role Playing Games and some of these include the famous Star Ocean series that has a wide fan base around the world and they also developed one of my favourites the Valkyrie Profile games. Infinite Undiscovery is published by none other than Square Enix who are most famous for the Final Fantasy series and this game is up there with most of these RPG's. Infinite Undiscovery is another JRPG that is more than one disk and it is in fact a 2 disk game. Also Infinite Undiscovery is only on the Xbox 360 console.
=== Gameplay ===
The gameplay itself in Infinite Undiscovery is actually rather good and at times can be some of the best on the Xbox 360 console. The fighting system is pretty enthralling to say the least. For the fights, its quite like the Star Ocean game and you encounter monsters and it goes into a battle, however instead of most role playing games this one isn't turn based and you can immediately get stuck right into the action. There is your usual leveling up which is always good for these role playing games. The free roaming is actually limited on this and you pretty much have to follow the main quest and go where your supposed to. Another good addition to this game is the ability to use your flute for things such as magic, also you get special moves like you do from the Star Ocean games that are pretty similar. There is also item customization that you can do now, which you can do on Star Ocean. To be fair there isn't that much you can do on this that you cant do on the Star Ocean games as it is very similar. Throughout the game you will encounter lots of different varieties of monsters and some very tasty looking bosses. Whilst you also progress throughout the game you will obtain lots of items and equipment and also new characters that will join your cause in saving the land from evil. Also as your playing and doing your main mission you do get a few side quests that usually are quite tricky. One for example is carrying someone from one village to another whilst getting attacked by a fire breathing dragon and if you do these quests perfectly you will get an achievement and maybe even learn new skills. The gameplay is loads like the Star Ocean games and does in my opinion feel like a Grandia game, with al;l the missions and the length of the game you cant go wrong. There is so much you can do on Infinite Undiscovery that it will keep you playing for ages.
=== Characters ===
Throughout the game you can acquire a total of 18 playable characters by the end of the game, however each character has five equipment slots and to be perfectly honest getting the equipment for all of them is literally impossible as you wont have enough money from playing the whole game to do them all up which basically forces you to use the same characters throughout the whole of it making it slightly harder. It would of been far greater if you could upgrade all you characters but there simply isn't enough gold on the game to do so. The characters have been really well worked on and smartly designed to fit into the game and in my eyes are one of the best sets of characters for any role playing game. You play as Capell who is a traveler and a flute player. Capell is a kind character that is always willing to help people in need, after all he is the hero. Aya is the girl who saves Capell from the prison and her and Capell have some good chemistry. She is also a kind character but does have a mean streak when its needed. She isn't to strong but is very agile. Sigmund is the character Capell looks like, he is almost the spitting image of him and I have to say its a good job they don't wear the same clothes. He is really strong and by far one of the best characters in the game. He is a very proud and noble knight. They are pretty much the main characters of the game but they're are many more such as Edward who is also strong and wields a two-handed sword but is rather slow and also two characters I think are rather ridiculous and should be left out the game are Rucha and Rico who are twins at the age of ten years old, fighting monsters and everything isn't exactly what they should be doing. There always seem to be some characters that let the game down and these two do exactly that. They are annoying, rather weak and the story does revolve around them slightly. All in all there are a lot more characters to find that will help you on your quests so plenty of variety.
=== Graphics ===
The graphics for Infinite Undiscovery are pretty lush and some of the best for a role playing game. Some of the places you visit while going through the story mode are sumptuous and brilliantly created and crafted, however a few of the deserts and towns are a little plain and look an awful lot similar to other towns and deserts. The thing that impressed me the most about the graphics to the game are the characters. Each character looks and stands out by a million miles to any other characters on the game and they look brilliant. Each with their own unique style of clothing and design. Capell is one of the better characters you play in an RPG that actually does look like a very good and well designed character where as in Star Ocean The Last Hope the main character just really doesn't inspire and looks really plain and simple. The scenery of the game is really impressive, lakes and rivers look very well crafted and smartly designed almost giving you the feeling its realistic. Also the design of the trees and a lot more aspects are really good as well. Equally the monsters are designed magnificently, where as the bosses that have been designed are even better. All in all the graphics to the game are really outstanding.
=== Sound ===
The sound was rather good to Infinite Undiscovery in some parts of the game. The fight music is great and really makes a difference in the gameplay and enjoyment of it. The music in the towns is pretty good, a little plain but its respectable, however the music for the other places such as dungeons, forests and other places where you will encounter monsters are rather similar and a little ordinary. The sound effects throughout the game are very impressive, with the sound of every footstep that is taken on different types of land to the voice activated characters when they speak is really good and saves time when reading what to do next. I think the sound is actually really good for this game but there are better role playing games out there with much better sound effects.
=== Difficulty & Longevity ===
The game consists of different difficulty settings, although you cant actually change it you can however go into the options and have tutorials turned on which can help the amateur gamer and people that are new to the role playing genre. However the game is quite simple anyways without these tutorials on and shouldn't really be a problem for any gamer. The basic story is easy but the bosses can be quite tricky if your not at a high enough level. Now the length of the game is great and no surprise really considering its more than one disk. I have always been a huge fan of RPG's that have more than one disk and you always get your moneys worth because of this. The game can take up to and possibly over 40+ hours to complete if your explore everything in the game which is really good for any sort of game especially a role playing one.
=== Good & Bad Bits ===
The good bits about Infinite Undiscovery are as follows, the story is an emotional one and one that will touch your heart. The characters are simply brilliant, best by far on an RPG. The graphics are flawless and make the game something special. Possible of 40+ hours to complete and there are multiple endings, so do your best t6o be the best. Throughout the game you will acquire lots of characters, items and equipment. Some very nicely detailed towns and villages. Also the game has a lot of bosses to find and defeat plus some good side quests. Also the game is fairly simple and can be played by any type of gamer except young gamers. This game has a whole lot to offer and this is just a segment of the good things about it.
The bad things don't pop up much but here are a few of them. The fights can seem quite repetitive at times and seem to drag at some stages. There is also yet again no multiplayer functions in the game. Some of the achievements are ridiculously hard to get and can be very time consuming. Other than this there isn't much bad about it.
=== Final Thought ===
Infinite Undiscovery is a brilliant role playing game that offers a whole range of different features, some good and some bad. The lack of multiplayer options isn't exactly a rare occurrence and to be honest I think there always should be a good multiplayer bit to an RPG. Infinite Undiscovery is probably one of the best buys I have bought for my Xbox 360. I bought the game for a reasonable price of £4.99 about a year ago and was delighted with it. For all the game has to offer for that price I was shocked. It is by far one of the best role playing games out there and has lots you can do on it. Lots of characters make this game a challenge especially trying to find them all. The story line is one of the most fragile and emotional ones to a computer game, it contains love, lust, fate and even betrayal. However the game isn't as cheap as what I paid for it now and seems to be rising in price. Infinite Undiscovery is now going on Amazon for £8.12 brand new which is still a reasonable price in my eyes. This game is by far value for money with all the aspects about the game making this one of the best role playing games for the Xbox 360. I have been playing this game for the past three or four days now and seem to be enjoying it more and more as I progress. Infinite Undiscovery has a rating of 16+ and this is mainly because of the fighting and some cinematic scenes some gamers may take offence to. I would have to say this is one of my favourite role playing games of all time and I would have to give it a very strong 8/10! RPG fans go buy it you wont be disappointed what so ever!
Review also posted on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987.
well this game is from the publisher square enix. which is well known for making role play games such as the final fantasy series, and lost odyessy. this game is different from both, instead of the normal turn based combat, all combat in the game is on the fly real time combat. where the player can make combo's and can also take over other characters to use their special abilities, which i found kind of difficult to do in the heat of battle, the story starts off with a case of mistaken identity, where you are mistaken as the leader of a group of heros who are set on destroying the chains which attach the moon to the earth to get magical energy from it. but this case of mistaken identity is also good for you as you get rescused from prision due to it also. as the game unfolds and you progress further into the story more and more characters tales are told. the game has good character development and a good range of weapons to choose from. it also has a crafting system which is tiresom but can be useful to make food or weapons etc. this is a land mark for square enix as it is quite a successful game and it strayed away slightly from the typical stuff that they are famous for
So what do you expect when you get hold of a new Japanese RPG? Well, usually the format is pretty standard. Beautiful cutscenes, oversized weapons, ridiculously overexaggerated and bombastic magical spells, turn based combat, parties of multiple controllable characters...
Infinite Undiscovery deviates from the formula in several ways. The main difference - the combat is real time. Think Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles... but tone down the kiddieness, then add a heavy dose of XBox 360 epic environments.
There's something really refreshing about this real time combat. Of course, without the stop-start action of turn based equivelants, the gameplay is smooth. And the computer controls the other characters in the party, lending the game a great feel as you guide your group from epic boss to epic boss.
The game has a few odd quirks. For a start, your character can't use magic. What fun is that, you ask? Well, you CAN use magic - you just have to link up with one of your many companions. This is a little cumbersome in the heat of combat, i guess, but it does add a nice level of interaction between party members.
Talking about interaction, there's a great relationship going on between the protaganist and Aya. Overall the characters are a bit of a mixed bag, some of them you'll love and remember forever and others you may remember for ever, but they'll more likely be stuck in your head constantly irritating you!
Cutscenes are also a mixed bag - some are impressive, some are stirring and emotional - and some are just stilted and a little bit embarassing. The more I think about it, the game really is quite inconsistent - but that doesn't take away from its irresistable charm.
Gameplay is varied, going from standard hack n slash to exploration and with a few minigame-type parts, such as a castle siege. This may sound gimmicky, and I guess at points it is, but these subgames are mostly quite smoothly integrated into the storyline and offer a welcome bit of variation in the gameplay.
Overall Infinite Undiscovery is a wonderful, epic real time RPG. Just my kind of game I think, and a welcome addition to the Xbox catalogue! The graphics are gorgeous, the fights are epic and the storyline is...well, intriguing. Definitely worth a shot!
Infinite Undiscovery, is a J-RPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) made by Square Enix (The new makers of Final Fantasy, the old makers was just Square) and is exclusive to the XBOX 360 system.
I read reviews elsewhere about this game before I purchased it, but they all said it was rubbish - BUT, i LOVE my J-RPGs and LOVE Square Enix so I thought I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did!
Infinite Undiscovery isn't your usual J-RPG. Instead of being turn based, menu-driven combat, it is all done in real time, almost like Final Fantasy XI (MMORPG) - this results in a completely different experience, albeit a good one.
The story is based around a young fellow called 'Capelle' who keeps being mistaken for a famous soldier - I won't go into details becuase I'll spoil the story for you, but it IS very good.
The main gripes I have about this game is the menu screen. The game does NOT pause when you enter the menu. So, if you're in a battle and you need to use a health potion, you go into the menu, but before you can select the potion, you've been attacked - which isn't ideal. To combat this though, if you press 'Y' - one of your team mates will heal anyone who's injured.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable, yet different J-RPG. If you like J-RPG's, then get it - you WILL enjoy it. Otherwise, I would probably suggest you stay well clear of it
Infinite Undiscovery is a game made by Square Enix and is an a RPG (Role-Playing Game)and only for Xbox 360, which Square Enix are well known for making, the game play in Infinite Undiscovery is like Final Fantasy 12, where you control one character and the computer will man the rest (however in Final Fantasy 12 you could switch between which character you used where in Infinite Undiscovery you can only control Capell), when you engage in a fight you don't go to any battle screen you pull out your sword and you get down to business, however in Infinite Undiscovery has the essence of a hack and slash game mixed with a RPG, because they is no active time meter so you don't have to mess around waiting for your attack bar to fill up before you can deal so more damage;
Right Stick - Moves Camera
Left Stick - Move
A Button - Quick Attack - not a lot of damage
B Button - Powerful Attack - takes a while to do it
X Button - Use The Flute
Y Button - Calls a team mate to heal
Left Trigger - Counter (Only If Timed Right)
Left Back - Reset Camera
Right Trigger - Draw Or Sheathe Sword
Right Back - Connect To A Character
Up On The D-Pad - Change Team Mates Tactics
Select - Menu (Items, Equipment, etc) You Still Will Be attacked If You Use This Half Way In A Battle.
Start - Pause
However you can make combos by pressing A and B Buttons in different orders (eg AAAB or AAB etc).
Capell a young flute player has been locked up because he looks like a hero called Lord Sigmund, but is broken out by a young lady who also thinks that he is the Hero Of The People Lord Sigmund, and the story develops from there, a army called the Order Of Chains shackles the Moon to the Earth to extract the lunar power it all depends on Lord Sigmund, Capell and there army The Force to break the chains that bind the Moon and Earth.
I will not so much more about the story because it is a good game and no matter how sad the story sounds, its not that bad, plus iv seen a lot crapper stories then this one.
The Map is big an i mean big with countless places to explore and the waiting time is very minimal it is a must buy for all RPG gamers , and other game features such as creating your own weapons from raw materials and the higher you get you crafting skills the more items you can create.
Once you have done the story once you unlock hard mode and Infinite Mode which has more items and tells you more of the story then the other mode, so this game will keep you very busy and for only £30 you cant go wrong.
Since ancient times, people have believed the moon to be the throne of God, and have prospered by harvesting its energy. This is the story of a world where the destiny of man is bound to that of the moon. One fateful day, the moon was chained to the earth by an army of men calling themselves the Order of Chains. Led by a man whom the awestruck people christened the Dreadknight, the Order proceeded to ravage the land, and all lived in fear. Our story begins deep within a forest, inside a prison governed by the Order of Chains. A boy named Capell is being held captive having been mistaken for a hero of the people... Suddenly, a girl named Aya comes to Capells rescue, helping him to escape. She is a companion of Sigmund, a hero dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Order of Chains. When they meet soon after, Capell and Sigmund discover to their astonishment that they are virtually identical in appearance...like twins. Capells life is about to change forever. Unbeknown to him, he is destined to decide the fate of the world.