By James Whittle
Sharpen your swords and dust off those books of magic spells. The fate of the world lies in your hands in the fun, role-playing game (RPG) Hexyz Force for the Playstation Portable. It is a classic, old-school Japanese-styled RPG that uses all the genre's clich?s and devices to great effect. Thanks to good, solid storytelling, the game is really fun and engaging.
Gamers can choose to play as either a junior cleric named Cecelia or as Levent, a soldier who serves the emperor. Each character has their own story and a cast of supporting characters to help them along on their quest.
Every now and then the two main protagonists cross paths - adding some spice to the story. It also makes gamers curious as to what's happening with the other character.
It's the usual RPG story. There's a big, evil God of Destruction that's about to wake up, and it's up to you and your band of merry men/elves/man-beasts to find a way to stop him.
What makes this game better than your average RPG is the exceptional storytelling and character development, which doesn't downgrade the characters to the genre's basic stereotypes.
Game play follows the standard, turn-based system that incorporates elemental aspects but doesn't really add much fun. The more you fight, the more experience you gain. Your experience enables you to increase your power levels and earn points to strengthen your weapons.
The graphics are nice and colourful, with great anime cut-scenes that help to push the story forward. There's some very good voice acting. The sound effects and soundtrack are also above average, adding 'umpf' and 'pow' to the game.
Overall, this is by far one of the best RPG games to come out on the PSP in a long while.
This game is better than average, with exceptional storytelling and character development