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The 7th Saga

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Reviewed by Istar The 7th Saga is a game that has all the elements of a great RPG. It's got the weapons/armor, dozens of monsters and characters to interact with, quests, puzzles, and of course, magic. Though frustrating at times, The 7th Saga will undoubtedly provide many hours of entertainment for die-hard RPG fans.

Graphics 6 out of 10

While the graphics in The 7th Saga are good, they're not great. The characters aren't all that detailed, and the animations consist of only about 2 or 3 frames each, but it doesn't detract from the game as a whole. The magic effects are good enough to provide all the visual stimulation you'll need (but again, they're not great).

Music and Sound 6 out of 10

The music, while of a good quality, can become irritating if you listen to it for too long (especially the combat music). It simply isn't inspiring, and lacks the enthusiasm of other games' soundtracks, but it's suitable for a game of this caliber. The sound is also of an average quality. There are a very limited number of sounds (three at most) for successful weapon attacks, but the number of sounds associated with spells (of which there are quite a few) is adequate.

Game Challenge 7 out of 10

Sometimes, there's a very thin line drawn between what makes a game challenging, and what makes it simply tedious. The 7th Saga takes a good deal of time to finish, and that can be attributed to the many puzzles and quests that you need to solve in order to progress. But you'll also find that you spend a lot of time wandering around, traveling from town to town, and dungeon to dungeon... especially at the beginning (and towards the end) of the game. You'll probably also run into the problem of linearity. If you don't complete one task first, then you won't be allowed to complete the next task (this isn't always the case, but it does happen several times throughout the game). This isn't a game that takes a lot of strategy to finish - you usually have to rely on brute force (basically killing everything in your way to get to the treasure).

Game Play - Fun 7 out of 10

It's fun, up to a point. Once you reach that point, it's just annoying.

Frustration

For me, this game was quite frustrating. The first time through, the frustration factor was minimal. There is a point in the game when I got a feeling of being helpless, like I'd lost everything and had to start all over. After that, the game lost some of its appeal. But that's just me, maybe no one else will have that problem.

Replayability 6 out of 10

The 7th Saga allows you to start with any of seven characters. This allows you a certain amount of variety in your gameplay, but it doesn't change the storyline very much. You still follow the same path, and have to complete the same objectives.

Game Value - Worth The Price? 7 out of 10

If you're starving for a decent role-playing game, The 7th Saga should satisfy you. Play through with one character, then try it with another. It'll keep you busy for a while, anyway. But if there's a better game available, don't spend your money on this one.

Overall 7 out of 10

It's a good game, with multiple characters to portray, and plenty of substance. But if you're in the market for an RPG, try Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, or any of the Super NES Final Fantasy games. You'll probably get more enjoyment out of those.

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