Even if you’re not a fan of Atlus’ usual Japanese RPG fare, “Lost Dimension” is a cool combination of solid gameplay and epic story.
Those who have been fortunate enough to play the “Persona” series over the years know that Atlus is the king of the Japanese RPG here in the states, with countless more RPGs with plenty of staying power under their belts over the last decade and a half. With the kind of story any Manga or Anime fan can jump right into and easily palatable turn-based combat, “Lost Dimension,” from our initial playtime on the PlayStation Vita, is an enjoyable mystery that begs to be played.
Part “Saw” and “Old Boy” with end of the world implications, the story of “Lost Dimension” has you take control of a group of people who have been put together to save the world from The End, both literally and figuratively. You see, The End is a supernatural being who wants to destroy the world- in 13 days. In order to stop him, you must battle through his tower. But there’s a catch. Through each level, you’ll begin to find out more about your team and along the way, begin to ascertain who is trustworthy and who is not. Simply put, someone has to be “erased” at the end of every floor and they have to be voted out by their teammates. As a result, communication between teammates after every level is important while our main character’s “gift” gives you even more of an idea of who can be trusted.
In order for this to work, the dialog and character development has to be solid and luckily, this is where “Lost Dimension” is solid. Although the localization of the game is a bit flunky, as characters aren’t nearly as charismatic as they could be, this is a story that’ll have you thinking throughout. As time moves on, you’ll begin to grow a bond with your team and hope that none of them are the type that’ll stab you in the back. Simply put, this is where the game shines the brightest.
On the gameplay front, it’s a smartly crafted tactical RPG with a cool aid system which allows you to attack after your teammates do if they are in close enough proximity. Fans of the Final Fantasy series will enjoy the combat, as the upgradable Gift system brings back fond memories of the old Limit system from FF7. Even cooler, once a character has been “erased,” you can give his gift to another member of our party, making for some cool combinations of powers. In battle, characters use their fists, swords, and guns and with six characters to use at once, it’s an enjoyable and beefy experience.
With plenty of decisions to make both in combat and in terms of the story, it’s a game that anyone who thought the Vita was dead should experience. Altus has confirmed the game features over 30 hours of gameplay, but with customization options and plenty of side-quests, a decent gamer could spend even more time with it. With an infectious story and anime-inspired visuals, it’s a game that fans of Atlus’ work with become completely enthralled with.
“Lost Dimension” is set for a July 28 release on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
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