[Review] Ragnarok Odyssey Ace
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is an evolved and expanded version of the popular giant-hunting game Ragnarok Odyssey. Featuring cross-play between the PS Vita and the PlayStation 3 versions, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE includes a wealth of other new content and features as well. New job-specific ACE skills change the battle dynamic significantly, while the addition of hirable in-game mercenaries ensures that players can have a full battle party with which to challenge the toughest foes even when offline. The new Tower of Yggdrasil, with its randomly generated levels, ensures that there will always be unique content each time the game is played. Future expansion patches will add further new content, including daily quests, rankings, lucky item drawings, and more.
* Ragnarok Odyssey is back with tons of new content – With additional story elements, huge new bosses, uncharted areas, fresh weapons and much more, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE goes well beyond an extended edition as the game has evolved exponentially.
* Enhanced battle mechanics for more customization and firepower – Weapons can be customized in both strength and appearance, and the addition of new job-specific ACE skills ensures that players have the tools necessary to take on the more powerful giants, dragons, and trickster spirits.
* Create a battle party even in single-player mode – With the new mercenary system, players can hire their own mercenaries to help take on the toughest bosses without having to find players online for aid.Halomonas weapons only add to what was lacking in the first entry. You now have a system that feels like you are gaining expirience as your Halomonas weapons level and grow stronger as you do.
* A constantly evolving experience, both online and off – The addition of the Tower of Yggdrasil creates a unique experience each time by featuring randomly generated levels, and post-launch updates will offer new online quests and other fresh content.
So what has changed since Eddie’s review of ragnarok-odyssey? A lot and it is all for the better. The quest driven world returns in all its glory, and players find themselves going from clearing areas full of orcs to destroying huge monsters, all the while collection parts and ingredients to improve your arsenal. The lack of depth pointed out in Eddie’s review is gone. The world of Ragnarok is no longer and empty place, and now features with cross-platform play and recruitable AI. If you happen to want to farm a location and nobody is online for the task, you no longer have to go at it alone.
The Ace skill system now makes the online experience all the better with class specific skills. You can count on your sword warrior to do a humongous amount of damage while being healed by a cleric’s Aura. The system is great and it is as easy as swapping cards to mix and match the skill set that is going to allow you and your team to be successful in taking down some very big bosses. Running a halomonas pole axe with Deathbound Lvl 4 and the Blood Suck Skill is a force to be reckoned with. You can not refine halomonas weapons, but you have total control over how you grow them, and refining is still there for your standard weapon types.
Customization in the player creation has far more options and the game overall takes the player into consideration. I was able to make a very hilarious looking swordsman who has a look of anger and constipation at the same time. You’re still going to dress your character up in funny outfits and wear weird hats so the added options here are purely for the fans. The biggest blessing is the tavern now has a way to buy and sell supplies without having to leave the online room and disconnect. Huge achievement in making something like this available, since it never make sense to have to break away from the online game just for this.
The dreaded chapter 9 where the game ended on the Vita and you cringed for more is now the midpoint in the game. Tower of Yggdrasil has 400 floors of randomly generated dungeons, a new story, extra characters and tons of hidden surprises. It is going to take you a long time to complete this puppy. There really is a full new game inside of the old one.
Being able to play the game on PS3 or on Vita, as well as the option for playing with people who own one or the other version, is a very nice plus, and the more the merrier. Some like to play on a home console, and some like to play on a portable. Me? I like having the option of playing on both!
The overall changes have made what was a simple monster hunter clone into a game that can stand on it’s own. There is enough reason now to farm away rather than push through to see what is next. I really don’t have much to complain about with this entry. The field of view is something that I may simply be picky about as someone who plays on the PC a lot, but I found the closeness of the character to be somewhat annoying. I would have preferred a wider view of my surroundings, but as I said this may just be me.
With Nintendo owning the rights to Monster Hunter for some time, you’re not going to find a similar-yet-unique experience than in Ragnarok Odyssey Ace.
New content and story in addition to 1st entry
|Field of view is awkward|