SYSTEM
PSX

PRICE
$29.99

DEVELOPER
Jaleco

PUBLISHER
Jaleco

RELEASE
03/99

Dragon Seeds Review

By: Ace Sky


"More dragons, more monsters, more copycats." That is the motto of today's up and coming RPG makers. They believe that they can get more people, preferably kids, attracted to the RPG genre by adding the cute monsters and the sort. You may attract the younger crowd but you'll lose the older crowd. Dragon Seeds is the same monster-breeding RPG you have seen for the past two years in new make-up.


Highs:
Lows:

Dragon Seeds is set in the future when the polar ice caps are melting. All the while, scientists find a dragon species and begins to clone it, instead of working on the impending ice cap threat. People build a sport around the combating of the dragons, not worrying about the fact that they will all die from the impending melting. The sport becomes increasingly popular and people build cities around the arenas that the fighting is done in. People remain blissfully unaware that their lives are in danger from the impending water outside the city and continue to participate in their favorite pastime until they die. Riiiight.

The game does have a couple of high spots, one being the simple controls. The controls for most monster breeding type games are usually very simple and Dragon Seeds follows that trend to a tee. You have easy control over your dragon and can easily utilize him to whip the crap out of your unsuspecting opponent if you know what you are doing. Even if you don't have a clue what is happening, the controls are easy to learn and easy to master. Actually finding a decent opponent is the hard part.

AI is totally over tweaked. Dragon Seeds' programmers must have wanted some people to throw controllers because the first time I fought my newly made dragon, after a healthy amount of practice and powering up, I lost to a flawless opponent. I never laid a finger or paw (whatever) on the opposing dragon at all. I consider myself a well versed RPG player and I have taken more fitting challenges than this but when I lose in less than a minute to a flawless opponent, I know the AI has been tweaked just a bit high. With that, there is very little money for you to start out with and after you get done equipment and training you will have very little funds left. Dragon Seeds is one of the hardest games I have every played to date.

The music is quite decent and makes some of the game worthwhile. The opening song sounds soothing and techno at the same time, a major accomplishment for game music. The battle pieces are rousing and attention-getters, to a point. Though menu music sounds fresh at first eventually it wears on you. Dragon Seeds' music makes the game just that little bit less of a failure.

Dragon Seeds' interface is totally crowded and it is absolutely distressing that gaming can go to such lows. The menus flow from one to the next with no apparent reason. The button functions of the controller are not clearly marked, causing you to do things that you didn't want to. You can let a dragon go that you didn't want to, and sell something you didn't mean to! I personally bought an item that I didn't want and lost almost two hundred Gold. I was Po'ed beyond belief. Above that, the game attempts to look intelligent and have an intelligent looking feel. Doesn't work that way. Dragon Seeds' interface comes off as a mess of options.

The graphics are cheap, so cheap it's not even funny. The screens look like they were set to the lowest resolution on a scanner then intentionally messed up on the computer. The city's pre-rendered look is one of the worst I have ever seen. It has coarse-appearance to it, like a moldy crust of bread that has been sitting out on the counter for almost twenty days (What a simile!). At one time I almost thought I saw a building but it turned out to be a cleverly shaped mold spot. Truly, though, the characters have an anime spin to them but do nothing. Even Sailor Moon moves around. These characters have only the ability to move their mouth a little bit. They disgrace the meaning of animation.

Dragon Seeds is not a game to buy. It isn't even a game to rent. If you're curious, then by all means waste three bucks. I'm not stopping you. It could have been a winner but the idea fell to the ground like a rocket shot at the ground. If you are looking for a more viable monster game, check out the Monster Rancher series. It gets everything right and does even more. With its over-tweaked AI, terrible graphics, and cluttered interface, Dragon Seeds stays seeded in the ground.

OVERALL
4.5

GRAPHICS
2.5

CONTROL
7.0

MUSIC/FX
7.5

FRUSTRATION
9.0

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