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User review for "Sage Assault"

Good animation and concept, with some flaws

Nov/25/2008   By LBG

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The first reviewer already covered a lot of, so I'll just add in my 2 cents to this. 90% of the gameplay is a series of fights you can bet on. This is really cool at first, with some nice animations. Unfortunately, the bodies of all the girls are totally identical except for the faces, and none of them have any unique abilities. They are all 'sages' with the same attack magic and healing. It also becomes very easy when you realize the options available to you to rig the outcomes. You can give the girls power-ups, or even buy out a girl's contract and have them throw the fight. By about day 6, I had more money than I'd ever need. Between these fights is some brief story, with no choices to be made.

The only thing the seems to affect the ending you get is to repeatedly 'help' of one four main girls to win all the time. There are some nice gallery options available afterwards, but as the first reviewer pointed out there's one huge flaw here; the unique animations have overly specific requirements to unlock. I didn't get a single one the entire game despite getting a 'good end' with one of the girls. Luckily, getting an ending unlocks all that girl's scenes. It's almost as if the designers knew how overly hard it was to get them during the game, and provided this back-door method as a cop-out.

Overall, it's hard to recommended this for the price. The animations are nice, and having some sort of game to go with it is a plus over the many, many DQ products that are just CGs or animations. Trouble is, the gameplay is easy and unsatisfying, and you pretty much have to beat it 4 times to see all the animations. Possibly more if you screw up and get the 'normal end' on your first run. If you really like this Circle's style of animation, just get one of their others products without the pointless 'game' portion.

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