|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Sting||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Its all in the cards. They will indicate how many tiles you can move in a particular grid section and what kind of attacks and other specialties you can use during your turn at battle. The cards will allow you to increase your stamina, deliver more devastating attacks, increase your units skills, and even dish out some magic spells. Winning a battle will erode some of the enemys morale, at the same time increasing the power of the cards you used. Losing a battle will decrease your morale.
Strategies have the potential to grow more complex as you win, lose, and level-up. Its imperative to link your units together in specific formations. That way you expend less powerful units at the outset so that more powerful units are available to deal with more powerful attacks during your enemys turn. With so many variables to keep track of, the game avoids becoming entirely predictable or boring despite the continuous battling.
Cutscenes and the in-game dialogue are fully voiced, so you wont be eye-weary from reading text, of which there would be plenty. You also have the option of skipping over these exchanges and cutscenes. The voice acting is surprisingly good, and it even includes the original Japanese voice acting if youre into that. The tunes are catchy and diverse, as are the sound effects. Visually, its far superior to the GBA version, but its still filled with static tiles, icons, and character portraits. All the graphics have been upgraded with the addition of new images, but it does get repetitive-looking, as even the new locations are all too similar. Overall, the game has a certain storybook anime-style to it that is colorful, clear, and contemporary. There is nary a technical glitch to be experienced.
Let it be said that the PSP version of Yggdra Union is the definitive version. Its a great game, but once youre done with it, you wont likely be back for a visit. The focus is on battling, and, frankly, youll have had enough of it by the time you reach the end.
CCC Senior Writer