|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Monolith Productions / Banpresto||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 28, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The battle system really succeeds here because it is quite deep despite having a core button mashing mechanic. Planning the attacks, chaining together different moves, and using your COM strategically really makes each battle feel unique. Even if you are just trolling and grinding, battle never feels boring, which is definitely a problem with longer RPGs.
Technically this title is a mixed bag. Visuals are really good and feature highly detailed sprites. As you can imagine, the female sprites have more "enhancements" than the main male character, and the amount of flesh tone is staggering. In addition to the sprite models, there are also anime-stylized animations that play during special attack scenes. These scenes are incredibly well done, very sharp, and well-detailed. The only area where the visuals falter is in the environmental arena. Most areas are very drab and feature a bit too many repeated elements. Still, the visuals overall are very nice.
However, sound in this game is not as impressive. One thing that really bugged me here was the lack of an English voiceover. While I almost always prefer the Japanese voiceover to the English, not having an option is not fair to those who enjoy hearing the dialogue in English. This is especially annoying during battle sequences, as the dialogue is not subtitled, and unless you know basic Japanese, you won't know what is going on.
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier is a very interesting game that I thoroughly enjoyed. I never picked up the Game Boy Advance versions, primarily because I had a very poor impression of the game just from the title. However, I couldn't have been more wrong about what this game is. If you are a fan of the RPG genre, you definitely should check this game out. As long as you don't mind the double-entendre-ridden dialogue or incessant dirty jokes, you'll have a good time with this game and probably laugh a lot along the way.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor