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Genre: Role-playing / Parental Guidance / Release Date: 2008-02-29 / Published by Microsoft

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      One of the better role playing games for Xbox 360 only. A whole new adventure thats comes to life!

      == Lost Odyssey ==
      Lost Odyssey is a role playing game that is only on the Xbox 360 console. The game is created by Hironobu Sakaguchi who was one of the creators to the Final Fantasy franchise. The game was developed by Mistwalker and feelplus. Also it was published by Microsoft Game Studios, thats why its only for the Xbox 360. The games setting is in a world of strange going ons and a magical industrial revolution. You take the role as a mysterious guy named Kaim who throughout the whole game struggles with the return of his memories and they cause him pain and anger. After a couple of intro movies a meteor wipes out the majority of forces from the nations of Uhra and Khent, Kaim then decides to join forces with two strangers he meets called Jansen and Seth and they set off on various missions and journeys which lead them through betrayal, anger, sadness and even happy times. As you progress with this amazing story to a game you learn more about your character Kaim and his secrets and you must then help him and his team of comrades fight for everything thats right. As a bad guy attempts to rule the world only you and your new friends can stop him. Although the basic story is an interesting and epic one, however in this game its not just based on the lead character and it does revolve around the other characters that join your party as you attempt to save the world from utter destruction. I was very pleased with the story of the game and the way the characters were brought into the story in ever aspect. I feel the story is a completely new one thats never been done before and I feel the game benefits from this. A truly memorable story that has everything in it. Oh and I love that the game is 4 dvd's.

      === Gameplay ===
      I feel the gameplay is actually rather good to the game. I will start with the controls, I feel the controls are really good towards the gameplay of Lost Odyssey and I think because they are easy to navigate it makes the game that more enjoyable, as we never want a game where we are trying to remember stupid controls or some strange combinations that require you to jot them down. You take the role as Kaim and he is an interesting character, he doesn't look like much but he is probably one of the strongest you recruit. Overall there are about 9 characters that join you and they are seperated into two categories. One being immortals and the other being mortals. Throughout the game you are led on different stories to uncover the truths and to get back your memories. The fights are really good in this role playing game. they are turn based but as you choose to attack you have to use your right trigger button on a symbol to land right on the line to do more damage if you miss the line you don't do as much damage, and I feel this is a bonus and more of a challenge to the game. Throughout the game you acquire items, weapons and armor that you can equip. Also there are many towns and other places like dungeons and loads of places that are infested with monsters and other enemies. in the towns there are shops and people to do some side quests. There are item shops, armor shops and even inns to crash for the night and heal up. There are lots of different monsters on the game, with a lot of variety in them. Tons of bosses and to be honest they can be really hard to beat most of these. Also a thing I liked about this game was if one of your characters was the only magic user you can make another of your characters learn from that character to learn magic or even other skills however the only ones that can do this is the immortal characters and I think thats a real bonus to the game. Also the world map is fairly simple to navigate even though its quite big. Also you have the ability to make your own rings that can be a huge bonus against different bosses and other things. You can change your formation and you can only have 5 characters fight at any one time which to be fair is actually still okay. All in all there is a lot more to the gameplay and I feel there is enough here to make the game fantastic!

      === Graphics ===
      For a game that was released early 2008 the graphics are absolutely brilliant in every way. the main character looks a bit shady but the rest look amazing and smartly designed with lots of detail all the way throughout them. Also the design and the graphics of the towns are beautifully crafted and make the game look even that much better. The design and layout of most dungeons is also really good and they're are absolutely loads of them and I can only think of a couple of them where they look pretty similar, as the rest look completely different and really good. I am very impressed with the weather effects in this game as they change in different places as you free roaming around and that is by far one of the best parts to see about the game. Lost Odyssey has a lot of great view points in the game that make the graphics look even more spectacular. I was also very impressed with the graphics to all the bosses as most were really big but they all was detailed brilliantly and looked like they've worked on this a lot. Even normal monsters that you fight look pretty good, not as good as other aspects but almost as good. As for the graphics in the fights, well what can I say? they were special. If your in a on a mountain for example then when you are randomly entered into a battle against some foul beasts then your actually fighting on the mountain and I believe this is also a very good addition to the game. Overall I was very impressed with the graphics to Lost Odyssey.

      === Sound ===
      The sound to the game is rather good as well. The characters in movies or scenes where the visuals actually do come into play are voice activated and they sound brilliant. However if they're not in movies then they ain't voice activated. The sound of the weather thrashing down as you fighting or exploring is perfect, sounds exactly like your outside yourself experiencing the beautiful weather. I was equally impressed with the sound effects in the fights and thought it made them stand out slightly more than most fights in role playing games. As for the music in the game, it was okay, some of it was a little boring and a bit ordinary but some of it was actually really good, for the boss fights it gets more up tempo. Overall the sound effects to Lost odyssey were quite good. There is also a 2 disk soundtrack available that was released a few years back with all the songs from the game, maybe worth checking out for a serious fan.

      === Difficulty & Longevity ===
      Now this bit is interesting as I feel the difficulty of the game is actually rather tricky in places. I do feel the controls to the game are fairly simple and easy to adjust to and get the hang of and if you don't play the game for a while but decide to go back the controls soon come straight back to you so I was impressed with that. However some other parts for example, sometimes if your like me and don't read the writing properly then you can easily get lost and lose track on where your going and what your mission actually is. I also feel that the bosses in the game can actually prove some what difficult especially the first play through of the game. The menu and sub menu are very easy to navigate. I do however think this game may prove some what difficult to an average gamer or even a beginner to these games. As for the longevity, well what can I say here? 4 dvd's sounds pretty big, however for a 4 disk game I was expecting like 80 hours of gameplay. the game took me roughly 40 hours to complete and thats with getting the achievements and doing most of the side quests and stuff. So overall I was a little disappointed here for the longevity of the game.

      === Good Bits ===
      *A great story line to follow with some great side missions, time to uncover the truth and recover all your lost and forgotten memories.
      *A perfect turn based battle system that brings the game to life.
      *A huge range of variety of monsters and big bosses.
      *Some beautiful graphics and some awesome sound effects.
      *Easy controls throughout the whole game.

      === Bad Bits ===
      *For 4 disks it should be a bit longer and have more missions to do.
      *The game can be quite hard at times especially against some of the bosses.
      *Kaim looks quite ordinary for the lead character in a game.
      *You can only play as Kaim and it would benefit more if you could play as any of the characters you recruit throughout the game.
      *May rise in price very soon due to the game possibly becoming rare and hard to find.

      === Final Bits ===
      Overall Lost Odyssey is possibly one of my best role playing games for the Xbox 360 console and i feel it is money well spent to be honest even though some aspects to the game are quite poor like the longevity being a little short for a 4 disk game. i also feel the reason for it being 4 disks is maybe it is because of the graphics and other parts of the game that for some reason need to be on 4 disks. I feel the complexity of the game is good, the controls are very easy to get on with and shouldn't cause a problem. I do feel the game is great in many aspects but also at the same time I do feel some parts let it down, but only slightly. The game has no multiplayer options what so ever, no online options and there is only a few bits on Xbox Live worth mentioning and thats a little bit of downloadable content. My copy of Lost Odyssey cost me £4.99 and I feel that is a brilliant purchase, although the game when I bought it was already used the condition of the game was immaculate. The game costs a little bit more now and it is on Amazon for £9.68 and I still feel it is worth the price there. the price may rise soon due to the game going rare. Lost Odyssey has a rating of 16+ and I feel thats about right because of some strong language in the game and for a whole range of violence throughout. I would seriously recommend this game to any role playing game fans. I would give Lost Odyssey an 8/10!

      Review also on Ciao under the username: MrBrightside1987!

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        10.02.2011 16:55
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        A beautiful, story-driven RPG that has become one of my all-time favourites. A must play!

        **This review is also on Ciao, under my username "MonsoonBaby88"**

        A rather disappointing aspect of the Xbox 360 is that there is a very limited amount of good RPG's out there to experience. Yes, we have Oblivion and the Final Fantasy series to name but a few, but still, this game genre is very small when compared to the more popular first person shooters, such as Call of Duty, or the Halo series.

        I was pleased to find out that there was a 4 disc Japanese RPG epic available on the Xbox 360, and for a good price. This game set me back a mere £5 from Gamestation, and is widely available for around the same price in other game retailers. Released in early 2008 for us European gamers, Lost Odyssey was produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the hugely successful Final Fantasy series. Fans of the Final Fantasy series will probably get an idea of what this game is going to be like, and should enjoy the gameplay.

        Lost Odyssey tells the tale of Kaim, a thousand year old immortal and the conflict that he finds himself involved in. Set during a magical industrial revolution during the future, Lost Odyssey tells of a world that is blighted by the heavy reliance on magical technology. Pretty much everything is controlled by magic at this point in time, leaving human's roles rather redundant. Magic originally was hard to come by, with only magicians being able to possess powers, but soon this changed, with even the normal citizens gaining the ability to cast magic. This reliance on magic however caused two nations, the Kingdom of Gohtza and the Republic of Uhra to experiment with weapons of mass destruction, leading to Uhra building Grand Staff, which allows magical energy to be concentrated in it for powerful, dangerous means, whilst Gohtza hurriedly researched magical energy in a hope to match the weapon that Uhra was buliding. In Kaim's one thousand year live span, he has witnessed many wars, and once again he finds himself caught in the conflict of two warring fractions. Whilst Gohtza and Uhra battle for the best weapon that technology can build, a third nation, Numara, is quietly taking a back seat, opting to remain neutral then get involved in conflict.

        As the game progresses, we soon find out that as well as being immortal, Kaim has no memory of his past. We follow Kaim on his journey to recover his missing memories, whilst trying to piece together the evil motives of Uhrah's new ruler, Gongora. Kaim is accompanied along the way by an assortment of companions, including fellow immortals Seth and Sarah, and the smooth talking ladies man, Jansen. All of them have their own reasons for joining the journey, and we discover their motives, and unlock their memories as the game progresses. Each character is memorable, but some more so than others. I felt that Jansen was by far the best character in the game. Many of the lines he utters during game play and the cut scenes are hilarious.

        Those already familiar with RPG's will probably welcome the turn-based battle system. I can sense some of you right now probably have no idea what this means, so in simple terms, the player and the enemy take it in turns to attack one another. In the players turn, they can choose to attack the enemy with one of their learned attacks, which are either magic or weapon based, or you can defend, use an item (such as healing herbs for when you find yourself in a near-death situation), the healers in your party can use their turn to heal one party member or the whole team via magic, or, if you have unlocked it, flee from the battle if it is proving too difficult. Once you have decided on what you are going to do in this turn, it is then the enemies turn, who will choose to do one of the same options if it has them available.

        As you progress, you will earn money, which you can use to buy more items to help during battles, and higher level weapons which will definitely make your fights a lot easier to handle. Some bosses require certain strategies, which you will pick up when you are fighting them (such as one particular boss, who does not react to magical attacks, so what do you do instead?). Sometimes it takes several goes before you finally beat the boss, so I would say that for Lost Odyssey, patience is a virtue, and it is well worth the several retries, as the game gets even more spectacular as it goes along.

        The difficulty slope can be a bit tricky at times. Lost Odyssey eases the player into the game with simple fights and quick levelling up. However, as you progress deeper into the game, the enemies get harder (some of the end disc bosses require a lot of patience, and many tries before you beat them!), levelling up slows down quite considerably, and item pick-ups can become a lot rarer. You are able to save the game whenever you come across a save game orange orb whilst exploring, but sometimes these can be few and far between, so I would suggest saving quite often encase you die before you reach a save point! I would also suggest trying to level up all the characters to around the same level as each other, as there are times when only particular characters are allowed to be used on a boss fight, typically the ones you chose to never use, and you will soon be wishing you had stronger characters to make this fight a little less impossible.

        One aspect of the game that people may not enjoy much is the lengthy amount of cut-scenes, especially the final cut scenes of the discs. These videos can go on for almost 30 minutes at one point, without the option to skip at some points. However, I did not complain about these, as not only are they very cinematic, with a great musical score, they help to explain the story. After all, you are playing an RPG, so you have to expect a bit of an in-depth story to compliment the game play.

        One of the elements I enjoyed highly was the musical score. I find that good music in a game really makes it more appealing for me. I do not want to play a game where the music will end up irritating me so much that I have to mute the television, thus missing out on lines the character says, and so on. Lost Odyssey, thankfully, was not like this. The music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, a Japanese composer who is probably most known for his musical work in some of the Final Fantasy games. The music is mostly instrumental, and really compliments the beauty, suspense, action, romance and sadness of the game. I would strongly suggest trying to get a copy of the soundtrack and listening to it away from the game, as I found I truly appreciated the music more when I could concentrate on it solely, instead of during a tense boss battle.

        For the most part, the achievements are quite generous. You will gain a large achievement after completing each disc, as well as achievements for unlocking each of the memories, levelling up all your characters, and more. Some may take some time, but seeing as you have four discs to work on these, you should be able to unlock most of them during this time. If you find yourself really enjoying this game, there is some downloadable content available via the Xbox Live Marketplace, which will add more to the game. This includes new weapons, and a new area to explore, and both packs are very cheap to pick up now. The download time takes no more than a few minutes, so impatient ones, do not fret!

        So why should you purchase Lost Odyssey? Well, not only is it a highly enjoyable story, with great cinematic visuals and a beautiful accompanying score, but it is also a very engrossing game. Spread over 4 discs, the £5 I spent on this game was definitely worth my money. It took me several months to work through from beginning to end, and the game is packed full of things to do. Not only is there the main storyline to complete, but there are side quests, such as helping out villagers, and collecting all the forgotten memories. I was actually quite sad when I completed Lost Odyssey, as I devoted so much time to completing this epic RPG, that when I did finally complete the forth and final disc, I just wanted to go back to the beginning and experience it again! Sadly, this game got a little overlooked, especially as the Final Fantasy series is still going strong, which is a real shame as it is an excellent game that deserved more recognition than it received. If you are looking for a story-driven RPG, filled with fights, exploration and quests, then I strongly suggest giving this a go. There are not many games like this on the Xbox 360, so even if you have never played an RPG before, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by this.

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          14.01.2010 01:20
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          The best RPG on the Xbox until Final Fantasy 13 is released

          I'm a massive Final Fantasy fan and until recently I've been disappointed in the lack of decent RPG games for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. That all changed with the release of the Xbox 360 exclusive title "Lost Odyssey."

          The game plays quite similar to the Final Fantasy games, which isn't surprising really as the game was produced by the creator of the Final series and also features famed composer Nobuo Uematsu, who composed many of the Final Fantasy games.

          Plot

          I wont spoil the plot as I find that watching the story unfold as you play with no idea of what is coming next is one of the highlights of games of this genre. Essentially you take on the role of Kaim, an immortal who has lost his memory. The initial story sees you trying to remember your past but this quickly gives way to a more familiar battle-to-save-the-world scenario.

          While the main story is fairly unoriginal to anyone whose played games like this before, what sets it apart from, say the Final Fantasy series, are the 1000 years of dreams sections. Throughout the game certain characters and locations will trigger Kaim's memory and he starts to recall specific events in his past. You experience these events through reading fairly long text based sections. Now these sections could have really spoiled the game as they interrupt the flow of the main story. However, they are actually the best part of the game. They were written by an award winning Japanese author and they do feel like you're reading a short story. They are often quite moving as they chronicle the downsides of immortality, such as watching all your friends grow old and die. These stories give the game a sense of maturity that is lacking in most RPG games.

          Battle system.

          Anyone who has played a Final Fantasy game will be instantly at home with Lost Odyssey's battle system. Battles are initiated by the random encounters - you'll be walking through an area when suddenly the screen changes and you're taken to the battle screen. Battles are turn-based. You first select what command you want each character to carry out. Each command takes a different amount of time to carry out depending on the skill level of the character in question. This adds an element of strategy to battles - do you go for an attack that is powerful but slow, meaning the enemy may attack you before you attack him, or do you choose a fast but weak attack where you'll hit the enemy before they hit you. If you hit an enemy who's in the middle of casting a spell, you'll break their concentration and it'll take longer for that spell to be cast. However, the same goes for your spell casting, if you are attacked your casting time will increase.

          The game employs the familiar concepts of HP and MP. If your character is attacked they lose HP. Once all their HP is gone, they are knocked unconscious and you can't control them. If all characters are knocked unconscious then the game ends. MP is depleted every time you cast a spell. Once all your MP is gone you can no longer cast spells

          Where the battle system differs from Final Fantasy is the use of the ring system. Each character can equip a ring which changes that character's attributes, for example their attack power may be raised. When you initiate a physical attack on an enemy two rings appear on screen, one inside the other, with the outer ring shrinking to the size of the inner ring. You must hold down the right trigger until both rings are aligned. Get it right and the rings attribute will be activated, get it wrong and you will just carry out a normal attack. At first this seems like a novel idea but it soon gets tiresome as you have to do it for every physical attack carried out by every character.

          It must also be noted that battles can take a good few seconds to load which can be frustrating if you encounter numerous battles in quick succession.

          Game length/replayability

          The game is split over 4 discs, with the fourth disc containing hours upon hours of sidequests. The main game will take seasoned players around 60 hours. The additional sidequests will add upwards of 20 hours to your gaming experience and involves exploring secret areas and fighting insanely difficult enemies. Overall this makes the game very good value for money, especially as you can get the game for under £20 in most shops.

          Overall, if you liked the Final Fantasy games then give Lost Odyssey a try as it is very similar.

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          Worthwile if a fan of the genre, very fun and enjoyable but wont be viewed as an all-time classic.

          Lost Odyssey is a fun game with a detailed and varied story that provokes emotion and inspires throughout. Produced by some of the people who worked on the Final Fantasy series, the influences are obvious and many. While it does not hold as much variety as other popular RPGs, it does provide a long and engrossing experience with stunning visuals.

          The battle system is nothing new, it isn't overly complicated, but it does provide enough customisation options that allow for some level of tactics and does prove worthwhile when levelling up.

          The characterisation does stray into cliché territory on occasion but there is enough witty and provoking dialogue that is matched with good-but-not-great voice acting that the game never seems stagnant. One character in particular, Jansen, can be a bit marmite-esque: you'll either love him or think he is tedious. However the fact that you actually care either way shows that the game is successful in creating believable, interesting characters.

          Overall the game is enjoyable. There are some elements that drag and can take up a lot of time, including dream sequences, and there isn't much of a desire to replay it once you have completed it, but it's a worthwhile investment if you're a fan of the genre.

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            13.10.2009 14:04
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            Love Final Fantasy? Love This.

            I still remember my first experience of a Japanese RPG, the year was 1997, I was 10 and Final Fantasy 7 was released. Called round to a friends house for a few games, we stumbled upon what would be an absolute revolution in both my gaming experience and everyone else's. Everything about the game was fresh and new, the story was engrossing, the battle system addictive. It was as close to gaming perfection as a game can get. Years down the line, the Japanese RPG has wore thin, only a handful have been realised in the current generation of consoles, and those than have, have generally been used as coasters. But in comes Lost Odyssey, does it re-invent the JRPG? Does it bring a fresh new battle system? Is it a revolution? The answer is no, it does none of these things, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The strength of Lost Odyssey is held in the fact that it sticks to close to traditional JRPGs, it actually brings back those fond memories of gaming days past.

            The story, which is central to any RPG, revolves around an "Immortal" name Kiam. We get our introduction to him during the breath taking opening sequence, from the moment you see him you know he's a badass. Leaping from enemy to enemy he practically takes on an army single handily. But when a meteor kills everyone on the battlefield, we soon we learn that Kiam is cursed with his immortality and has lost his memory, so you must set out to recover your memory and also get to the bottom of the massacre. The story is deep and engrossing, its for a mature audience, involving many twists and turns and a whole lot of political fun. Lost Odyssey features some of the best voice acting I've seen to date (Although I've just finished playing Infinite Discovery, and a drunk homeless ventriloquist would impress me after witnessing the games voice acting). The game does a great job of developing the main characters as you get further and further into the game you learn about their past and, what has been missing for a LONG time from RPGs, you actually care about the outcome of your characters.

            From a graphical standpoint, the game is very attractive. After the first 20 or so minutes, I got the impression that the game was going to be very dark and maybe even gothic, until I found myself in the main city of Urha, a beautiful city with hundreds of NPCs to interact with all doing their own thing. The look of the game reminds me slightly of Final Fantasy 8, and infact there are quite a lot of similarities, both ashethically and in the gameplay (even the menus remind me of FF8). The sound is spot on. The score is fitting with the feel of the game, but at the same time it doesn't really standout. You wont find yourself humming the theme in work the next day, but at the same time its good enough to be noticed.

            The battle system is a pretty simple turn-based system. With so many RPGs heading towards real time fights and button mashing, it's a nice change to see a game revert to the old fashioned take-as-long-as-you-want approach, allowing you to plan your next attack in a strategic manner. However one gripe I do have about the battle system, is that there is no way of telling whose turn is fastest, and whose is last until after you have entered the commands for that turn. For some reason the game decides to only show you the turn order while your characters are attacking, when its pretty much pointless. A nice menu at the top of the screen, something similar to Final Fantasy X, would have been nice. But it's a minor flaw that can be overlooked without too much drama. Another nice touch, is the ring system. When your character has a ring equipped, he/she has a chance to do more damage with an attack. 2 rings are displayed, one around the outside of the enemy, and the other that starts from the outside of the screen and gets smaller, moving towards the enemy. Its your job to stop the second ring when it is directly ontop of the first ring, and you will receive a bonus to your attack (Gunblade anyone?). It's nice to have something to do while your characters are attacking.

            Lets get one thing straight, Lost Odyssey is a hard, slow game. After your first spat of action on the battlefield, in which your pretty much invincible, the game jumps off to a friendly city. It will be around another hour or so, depending on how much you explore, before your thrown back into the action, and when you are, oh boy. Normal enemies, the grunts you would run into in any game and level up with, seem so hard they could qualify for boss battles (Nice to see random encounters back in a JRPG also). And boss battles are insanely hard, even against the first boss you come across. I had to have multiple attempts to take him down, and in the end, I got damn lucky. This game is harder than any of the Final Fantasy's, but in my opinion, that's not a bad thing. There are a lack of games this hard, I'm bored of playing through a 10 hour game only to be dissatisfied with the experience. Speaking of which, there are a good 40 hours worth of gameplay in Lost Odyssey (not including re-loads), however a lot of the game is spent in cut scenes and not in combat. Lost Odyssey wont be a game you'll be taking back to trade in after a week.

            Overall I really enjoyed my experience of Lost Odyssey, it was nice to play though a traditional JRPG and I was glad to see the return of a lot of their traits, random encounters, even though they've been criticised previously, are an absolute godsend. This game has certainly brought back some memories and provided enough to a challenge. And these days its knocking about for pretty cheap, and well worth the 4-discs of fun. Invest now.

            Andy Creighton

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              A great and unique game.

              Lost Odyssey a Fantasy game that is quite different than others of the same genre which makes for a unique Game-play and the ability to implement better strategies than other games.

              Some examples of why its different is the addition of the GC gauge or the Guard condition Gauge this gauge measures the amount of damage that will be done to your back-row in other words your magicians or rangers making it very important, unlike other games i the past your characters just took less damage when in the back-row but not on Lost Odyssey, the GC gauge measures the max health of your front row members the Gauge is in 4 levels when down to level 1 your back row members will take almost full damage but when at max they will take pretty much none so you need to be strategic on how you use your front row since only certain skills can increase your GC Gauge.

              Another Good Feature is the Dream feature by finding certain events like a soldier drinking in a bar you will trigger a memory which will give you a story of Kaims past these stories are very good and are really worth a read instead of just skipping them.

              And the last Feature i will explain is the Ring Feature which adds status effects to your characters by equipping a ring, say a weak poison your character will get the poison status effect allowing them to poison there enemies but not straight away during battle a ring will appear when you attack, and when you hold down the back button a outer ring will shrink towards the inner ring, by lining these up perfectly then letting go you will get a good chance of the status effect your characters has, such as Perfect has a better chance than Great.

              Now for the storyline, the Storyline is unique in the way that your character is hundreds of years old but has had his memories wiped and is working for the military, but on a mission that goes wrong he gets a portion of his memory back which causes problems for his employer, in which starts his adventure of who he is, and what he's forgetting may save the world, as not to spoil the story i tried to keep the explanation as little informative of the story as possible.

              Overall Lost Odyssey is a great game with a great system and is definitely unique from other games of the same genre and is definitely worth play from RPG fans.

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              03.08.2009 16:46
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              One of the greatest games ever on Xbox 360

              I remember first hearing about this game and thinking to myself that it would just be another really bad RPG game. Being a major Final Fantasy fan, I heard that this game was created by the people who made the Final Fantasy series. This immediately got my attention. Seeing as when this was released, Playstation 3's were extremely expensive and because of this, I ended up buying an Xbox 360.

              I knew that Xbox 360 does not have many RPG's out, like the Final Fantasy series. I looked into this game with more detail and found out that it was very similar to Final Fantasy. When it came out I bought it straight away. I must say, I am so glad I bought this game. This is possibly one of the best games ever made on Xbox 360! If you like RPG's like me; this will most certainly not disappoint you!

              The game starts off as you controlling a soldier called Kaim. This very powerful warrior is immortal and cannot remember any of his past. Kaim and companions, who he meets along his journey, set off on a journey to find out his past and the secrets behind the ruler of Uhra.

              The graphics in this game are immense! When I heard that it was made by the creators of Final Fantasy, I knew that the graphics would be good and that I would not be disappointed and I wasn't! The cinematics will blow you away!

              The battle system is very similar to the Final Fantasy series. When running around in certain areas, a battle scene can occur. This means it will turn into a battle screen where you see the characters in your party and the enemies you face. When attacking certain enemies, it is possible to delay their attack. For example, I see that on enemy is going to attack me. When controlling Kaim, I would click attack that enemy and this would delay when his next turn is, making it so that I can have other people in my party attack first. This can result in killing the enemy before they can even attack you!

              What makes this game so unique is the 'Aim Ring System'. This is a system when causing physical damage to an enemy, a ring will appear. As your character is running towards the enemy, a ring will appear. By holding a button you have to try and get a ring inline with another ring. It sounds rather complicated, but it is very easy! Depending on how accurate you are you can have, 'Perfect', 'Good' or 'Bad'. When going through the game you can get more rings to equip. This can give you extra abilities to your physical attack. For example, I have a ring which causes me to do 'Fire' damage. If I hit a 'Perfect', I would inflict more damage and inflict fire damage to my enemy. This can be useful when fighting a boss, or an enemy, which is weak against a certain element. Rings can also cause poison and many other things which can weaken the opponent.

              Getting certain skills and magic is very unique in this game! When playing the game you can have 'Immortals' and 'Mortals'. Mortals will gain skills and magic by leveling up. You level up by killing monsters and getting 'EXP' (Experience Points). Immortals gain skills by using a unique function called linking. Every time a battle is won, as well as 'EXP', you gain skill points. Once enough skill points are gained, this skill will be learnt. The immortals can only have a certain amount of skills equipped at a time, but this can be altered by gaining 'Slot Seeds'. Slot Seeds are an item in which an immortal can have more skills and magic equipped at once.

              If I were you I wouldn't just give all the slot seeds to your main character! This can become very difficult because all your other immortal characters will not be as powerful!

              I found the story line was gripping and I enjoyed it very much. I didn't think that it has as much depth as some early Final Fantasy game, but I highly enjoyed it!

              There are many things to do in this game other than just the story! When searching for new places, I came across many places where I didn't need to go! When going through it, I came across many optional bosses! There are many of these throughout the game. By killing these bosses, achievements will be unlocked! Also there is a battle tournament which you can do! This is very fun and can last a long time!

              The achievements on this game aren't too difficult to get. I found that just playing the game can get you a lot of gamerscore! Some of them will take time to get, but if you are patient and love this game, like me, you will get most of them.

              There is downloadable content for this game, which allows you to enter a new area and get more achievements as well as unlocking many other useful things!

              I felt this game lasted me quite a while. If you just fly through the story and not do any of the side quests and optional bosses. You will find the game to be quite short. If you're like me and you want to do everything possible in the game, it will last a very long time!

              If you like listening to the game music like I do, you will definitely not be disappointed! I liked the soundtrack so much; I went out and bought myself the 'Lost Odyssey OST' (Original Soundtrack). This music always makes me want to play the game and I love it to bits!

              All in all I found this game to be outstanding! There was nothing that I didn't like about it. I felt that the graphics were amazing, the game play was brilliant, the story to be good and the music to be like no other. I would highly recommend this to any RPG fan or anyone who is interested in this game! If you like your RPG's, I guarantee you will fall in love with this game!

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                25.07.2009 20:23
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                A must have for any RPG fan.

                After playing Blue Dragon I had high expectations of this game all of these expectations however have been exceeded.

                It has a very good storyline which had me wanting more, the game was very long and drawn out which in this case was a good thing as I never wanted the game to end.

                The game has a really good soundtrack which doesn't get old unlike Blue Dragon where the repeated music got a bit old and annoying.

                In the game you control Kaim Argonar an immortal who is trying to save the world from the clutches of another immortal.

                The game uses the same system used in classic RPGs like Final Fantasy.

                One of the things that impressed me the most was as Kaim interacted with other characters he would remember things which were presented to the player as short stories which provided a break from gameplay.

                A main theme is this game is the feelings and thoughts brought on by being immortal which almost brought a tear to my eye.

                If you like RPGs like Final Fantasy and Blue Dragon this game is for you.

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                13.06.2009 22:01
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                Really great game for fans of decent RPGs

                Being a mad raving Final Fantasy fan, I was a little sceptical about buying this. However, the graphics and music soon won me over and I am now exceptionally gratefully that I did buy it; I love it!

                The introduction alone will blow you away; the graphics are absolutely stunning. The attention to detail even in gameplay is amazing; the ability to zoom in on things whilst running around towns enhances this. I found myself spending a few minutes in every new location zooming in just so I could look at all the beautiful scenery. Squeenix have done a mind-blowing job on making this game look absolutely gorgeous!

                However, the best part is that they've managed to match the awesome graphics with an awesome plot. You know how you felt when playing Final Fantasy VII for the first time (or, indeed, any epic RPG)? That's how I felt when playing Lost Odyssey. I've had to play it with a box of tissues next to me; even without the music, all the little stories that Kaim reclaims had me in floods of tears. I think the best part of the story was the character development; in the beginning, you're essentially starting out with a blank slate. Let's be honest - despite having a very nice behind, Kaim has the personality of a wooden plank. However, as his memories begin returning to him, and as we meet new characters, we discover that Kaim is actually a very interesting character. He's supported by some fabulous side characters: Seth (my favourite!) is amazing and Jansen had me laughing so much. I'm not entirely sure about Ming's outfit (apart from anything else, it looks awfully uncomfortable!) but she was an invaluable character in battle.

                I found the battle system easy and interesting to use. I happily spent over twenty hours levelling in the expansion pack dungeon knowing that my characters' abilities with the best they could be. At first the trigger system is a little daunting, but once you get used to it then you can do some really awesome damage. I really liked the idea of the mortal characters learning the immortal characters' abilities; I feel that it gave a lot of freedom when tailoring each character to different abilities and spells.

                Even if you aren't a fan of the Final Fantasy series, I would still go out of your way to buy this game. It's a very decent RPG and worth every penny you spend on it.

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                  04.05.2009 12:52
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                  Grab it if you're an RPG fan

                  I was lucky to get this as part of a bundle when I bought my xbox. I say this because had I not received it essentially free, then by no means would I have bought it which would have been a mistake because it is a very good game.

                  The first that is striking when starting this game is the graphics, on which the developers have really gone overboard (in a good way). The characters look as real as you could imagine and the environments you are in look superb. Secondly the story line is convincing and the characters are pretty immersing which I think is important in an RPG.

                  Another important aspect to an RPG is its length, and again this game does well in that department, with four disks each of which easily span over half a day. Unfortunately the one draw back is the price, and if you are not an avid RPG fan then I wouldn't say that its worth spending more than 20 quid on this game because there's probably some better options at that price.

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                    02.01.2009 22:06
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                    Worth a look if your after a new Final Fantasy type game

                    The creators of Final Fantasy have made another game that they didn't think was worthy of having the official Final Fantasy title, and they were right, it doesn't have the caliber of a FF game.
                    I think it was more of an experimental approach to an RPG, which went down pretty well, but was far from an overnight classic.

                    The story line as always, is a little to fantasy filled with random occurrences that throw the storyline into more and more twists which isn't the easiest to follow at the best of times.

                    All that said, its still a great game spread over 4 disc's, the graphics are of quality expected by the creators and the gameplay resembles that of the common final fantasy titles.

                    I played this game until i got stuck, left it, came back and went onto the next disc, and now it has been left again. The game is good, but gets boring very quickly and there are plenty of other titles to distract you that offer a lot more than this does.

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                    A thoroughly enjoyable game. Good cast, graphics and story, if a little predictable.

                    Lost Odyssey is a RPG game made by the same people behind Final Fantasy. If you like your role playing games, then this is a decent one. It follows the story of Kaim, an immortal man who has lived 1000 years and whose memory has been erased. As the game progresses you learn with him about his past and his "Lost Odyssey".

                    The story starts on the battlefield where you are quickly introduced to the battle technique. As an avid Final Fantasy follower, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the battle format. The improvements come in the form of characters being limited in some abilities but excelling in others (depending on what you equip them with) as well as booster points for hitting in good time.

                    Lost Odyssey, like other RPGs have a team of people you meet throughout the game and some join you on your quest. Design-wise, they look great and the voices also add to the flavour of the game. I did find some of the characters a little annoying and over the top though. The main protagonist is very sullen and has the broody hero edge whilst Jansen is more the one with the comic effect. His anctics didn't really work for me and I found myself getting a little annoyed with him in some cutscenes.

                    The character development could've been more, I felt. A lot of it, especially for the immortals such as Kaim, are developed in the form of "Dreams". I read the first few and then a couple here and there but these were basically stories that one doesn't have to read. Although some of it beautifully written I can't help but feel that they were too long and that we're supposed to be playing a game! If I wanted to read, I'd read my book! It would've been a better idea to have seen some of these memories in the form of animated cutscenes.

                    The cutscences in this game are definitely worth waiting for. The graphics are generally top and visually stunning. As a female game player, I really enjoyed playing this game. The story overall starts off quite original however it seems to lose its mystery after around the halfway point and becomes quite predictable. Still good going but it lacked any twists that I think the Final Fantasy series always delivered. I didn't take to Lost Odyssey the same way as Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX did but with the beautiful aethetics and the soundtrack by the one and only Uematsu, Lost Odyssey is a game worth the hours and hours of play.

                    There are not many games that I play all the way through and Lost Odyssey is one of them and I think that says something!

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                    21.09.2008 10:13
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                    Nah, not for me.

                    Im quite lost with this game to be honest. Its fun to play, but it can get boring at times. The fighting is the same as Final Fantasy (made by the same guy), but way to much walking around. The puzzles can be quite intense at times. The fighting is the best part in my opinion, but then again aint all fighting?. I also found the "dreams" quite boring, and would just skip through them. And the game is kinda flawed, he is ment to be Immortal, but you still have a health bar, and can die.... hrm. Should have just gone along with the theme that is will live forever, but can still die from death. You get it? On second thought, after reviewing this, dont buy it, your much better off with Final Fantasy to be honest. Or just save your money, put it in a bank and buy your self a better X-Mas Gift.

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                    13.09.2008 11:25
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                    Very good, worth a buy for any RPG fan.

                    Lost Odyssey is a Role Playing Game that was created by the same creator behind the legendary Final Fantasy series. Understandably the game had a lot of hype behind it, and in my opinion the game is a huge success.

                    The adventure begins in a battlefield where two heavily armoured sides fight one another, with huge magic driven machines aiding each side. Kaim, the player controlled character is fighting for Uhra, and he single-handed begins to turn the tide of the battle. That is until a mysterious magic force plunges a meteor into the battlefield, killing everyone there. Kaim only survives due to his unique magic abilities that make him an "Immortal". Kaim has lost all of his memories, and on the way to regaining all 1000 years of them he reveals a twisted plot to rule the world, stored in his own brain. It then becomes his duty; along with several other characters he meets along the way, to stop this evil plan. The game is set in a magical continent, which has recently progressed through a "Magic Revolution" in where the citizens have discovered how to use magic, and in turn how to build machines with their new powers.

                    The gameplay is pretty similar to any RPG game that is available, with random battles appearing when walking around various fields, and the player levelling up dependant on how well he or she performs in these battles. However Lost Odyssey's gameplay is so much better than other RPG's currently available simply because of the huge scope it has. The game takes place across three disks, and there are hundreds of different items, abilities and weapons to gather up to make your character as powerful as possible. This makes the game completely addictive and enthralling. The game will take well over 30 or 40 hours to complete. However it will take well over 100 hours if you are aiming to get all your players stats and levels maxed out.

                    The storyline of the game is also very well written, with powerful dialogue and touching cutscenes appearing at regular intervals. Unlike some RPG's the cutscenes and dialogue do not slow down the progress of the game, and there are only a few occasions throughout the game that don't have any exploring or fighting to do.

                    The graphics of the game are also extraordinary, and this is by far the best looking RPG of this format that has ever been produced, with the possible exception of Mass Effect. The settings of the game show a great amount of detail, and so do the characters and enemies. There are some really stunning cutscenes in Lost Odyssey too, and often they are near photorealistic.

                    Finally, the sound of this game is very good. There is a great deal of voice acting stored on the disk, as well as some very well composed pieces of music for various settings. The sound effects that go with various battles and animations are also of a good standard and suit the feel of the game very well.

                    Overall I highly recommend this game, as it is great value for money because of the sheer volume of content, and also because of the immersive storyline and brilliant graphics. It is definitely one of the best games on Xbox 360, and RPG fans everywhere are sure to fall in love with it.

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                      13.09.2008 01:23
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                      Brillent Game

                      Lost Oddssey is a japanese role playing game (RPG) from sqaure enix, best know for making final fantasy and other games such as kingdom hearts, dragon quest and other games that are really only know in japan.

                      The fighting system is almost the same as final fantasy x (or final fantasy 10 for people who dont no roman numerals lol) .. anyway back to the point, the battles are turn based where you pick what attack you would like to use, the choices you can chose from is attack, skill such as steal, sense etc, spell which is white or black magic, item and then pick which enemy the move will be used on, or you can make the character defend which means they will take less damage if hit, the order as in who goes first depends on whos agility is highest, however they is a twist in the battle you have some character which are immortal so if they are killed they will come bk to life with half health after 3 or 4 turns.

                      The Story is one of the best i have ever come across in a game, with twists in the plot, very good character background storys, and it does keep you wanting to carry on playing just to see what happens next, and the cutscenes are brilliant.

                      So if you do like your RPG games i would recommand this game or if you want to buy one just to see what they are like, also because its been out for quite a while you can pick it up pretty cheap, but you will have to do some disks changeing as it has not 2 disks but 4 which is a bit annoying but it can be let off because of how good it is.

                      Just one good thing about it is when you have done the game you can buy some DLC (down-loadable contant) from xbox market place for an extra dungeon which has over 20 floors to keep you busy a little extra and if your a points whore like me :) they is added achievements for the DLC.

                      A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY RPG FAN

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