[PS4 Tactical RPG Review] Rainbow Moon On PS4
Rainbow Moon is a tactical RPG that released back in 2012 in North America and Europe. This was a critically acclaimed release, and it was made available at a moment when the PS3 RPG offerings were a bit weak. Now in 2016, Rainbow Moon has made its way to the PlayStation 4, just before the sequel Rainbow Skies is released later this year. How does Rainbow Moon stand four years after its original release?
Read below to find out!
Cursed by his arch-rival, Baldren finds himself warped to Rainbow Moon. And to make things worse, Baldren isn’t only stranded in an unknown place; he has also opened a dimensional gate out of which troops of monsters are crawling, turning this once peaceful planet into a real hell. There’s only one thing for our brave hero to do: He has to seal the gate and warp himself back to his home planet.
Embark on an adventure that leads you through a beautiful, isometric, open world with detailed high-definition visuals. Rainbow Moon is a role-playing game with a strong emphasis on exploration, character development and turn-based battles. Six playable main characters with upgradeable weapons, armor and accessories; about 120 special skills and more than 20 challenging dungeons are awaiting you in a fascinating story that lasts over 40 hours.
Rainbow Moon PS4 – Trailer
In Rainbow Moon, you are following a hero called Baldren which gets warped very soon in a place called Rainbow Moon. In the beginning, the goal of our hero was to get back home, but as he progresses through the story, Baldren will realize that this goal is quite harder to achieve than he originally imagined!
As Baldren arrives in each section of the world, you’ll notice that the sections aren’t that big, but prove to be challenging to get through. In Rainbow Moon, you are somewhat required to grind a few battles to earn levels to get through some segments. For example, reaching level 4 unlocks a pretty useful feature of the battle system which allows you to hit twice. As you can guess, battles can become strategic really fast, and unlocking battle features quickly becomes mandatory to progress through the different sections.
Speaking of the battle system, the combat take place on an isometric grid and each action ha to be carefully planned first by moving to the position you want to be (you get more “steps” as you progress in the story) to then attack your target. I was surprised about how hard the first fights were since you start off relatively weak, and even the first bees that you encounter can severely damage your hero! Being careful is key. Of course, you’ll also meet up with other characters that will help you on your quest. Also, each character gets hungry as you advance through combat, so you have to keep them fed and healthy at all times!
Outside the actual battles, there are a lot of things to do in Rainbow Moon. For starters, when you reach level 35, you can access the Wheel of Luck which rewards you with some very good equipment if you’re, well, lucky!. There are also a LOT of Rainbow Moon medals to find and you are of course encouraged to find all of them. Finally, there is a pretty useful crafting system that allows you to create better equipment, so try to keep all your stuff since you might be able to use it to upgrade your items!
Rainbow Moon is a great game that is still good in 2016, but it does starts to feel a bit aged. The story takes a bit to pick up, but it is worth it in the end. The game features a Platinum Trophy, but the trophy list is shared with the PS3 and Vita systems. Finally, if you already purchased the PS3 or Vita version, the PS4 upgrade version will be only 50% for you, and you can transfer your save from said systems to the PS4 version!
[review pros=”Great stategy RPG
Perfect for PS4 owners who missed the game back on the earlier platforms
Discount release if you own the PS3 or Vita version
Cross-Save, and shared Trophy list” cons=”The game does feels a little aged, 4 years later” score=80]
PSN Game Size: 1.6GB