Look, I love a good JRPG. Heck, I even love some not so good JRPG's. But right now, my time is limited. Having just spent the duration of one of my daughter's naps playing Summon Knight: Swordcraft Story, I am not impressed.
First of all, how much inane dialogue can you stand? My threshold is fairly low. And after the umpteenth time that I had to read my character respond with some form of "are you kidding," and then the other NPC saying, "no, I'm not kidding," I realized that this isn't exactly a compelling script.
Of course I don't always play RPG's for the story. Mostly I don't really. And I knew that this one was a dungeon crawler, so I was excited to get to the grind. But my goodness that took a long time. And once I finally set foot inside a dungeon I had all of my optimism for this game crushed. The combat is HORRIBLE.
Battles take place on a 2D view, and it's sort of like sidescrolling fights. Think Zelda II, only horrible. Basically, you can move, attack or guard. It's beyond boring. You can't even jump. I don't know. It feels like they tried to make this an action game, but sucked the fun out of the action.
I made my way to the first tournament, promptly saw a Game Over and just shut the game off in disgust. Nothing felt fun about this experience for me. Not the dungeon crawl, not the weapon crafting, not the story or characters - NOTHING. I don't say this often about a game, but I'm pretty sure I hate this one.
Maybe I'm spoiled. Maybe because I came to this one so late, I've had the pleasure of playing Etrian Odyssey games already and those are A+ dungeon crawlers. This game, who knows - perhaps if I had played it way back when it was released, maybe I'd have liked it. I'm not sure. But yeah. I think it sucks now.