Yesterday marked the release of a handful of games that I’m interested in, namely Assassin’s Creed 3 (and Liberation on Vita), Ragnarok Odyssey, and Zone of the Enders HD. I was having a tough time deciding which of those to buy, because I really wanted to start up a new video game. Assassin’s Creed 3 was tempting, but I thought it might be a better thing to wait on and let a family member get for me at Christmas. Same went for Zone of the Enders HD, since I’ve played those games plenty of times.
So, it came down to Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and Ragnarok Odyssey, both on Vita. Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation runs on the same engine as its home console counterpart, so it would mostly be the same game, but cheaper and portable. Ragnarok Odyssey, on the other hand, is an online cooperative dungeon crawler similar to Monster Hunter. Neither had reviews up when I was going to the store to get one, so I had to decide blindly.
I ended up getting Ragnarok Odyssey, because I didn’t want the story driven game, and was mostly interested in a game I could sink some time to here and there. After playing it for a while, I can’t say that it was the best choice. I don’t think the game is bad by any means, nor do I think AC3:L would have been a /better/ choice, but I’m simply surprised at the overall quality, or lack thereof, the game has.
Visually, it looks like a PSP/late PS2 game, but I can get past that. What is most odd is how little the game offers to the player in terms of upgrading their character. Characters don’t level up, as far as I can tell, and upgrading equipment requires items that I haven’t even come across yet, despite being a decent number of missions in. The lack of leveling isn’t a surprise, since the game is basically a Monster Hunter clone, but what sets MH apart from Ragnarok Odyssey is that you can build better equipment if you are willing to put in the time, and risk your skin a bit on some more difficult missions. In RO, I feel as though many of the items required to upgrade equipment isn’t even available yet, because missions are opened up one or two at a time, unlike MH, which opens five to ten at a time.
Despite my issues with the game, I’m still enjoying it. I’m not sure how much of that enjoyment is sincere and not an attempt to push away from buyer’s remorse, but I’m enjoying it regardless. I really bought it so I could play online with some people from a Vita forum I frequent. I don’t have any kind of relationship developed with the people there, but I’m hoping I can create a few through this game, because this game would be a blast to play while killing time and chatting with buddies. With that, if you have the game, and would like to play online with me, you can add me on the PSN; my PSN ID is schmete.
Oh, and Happy Halloween! Go watch Hausu!