Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Review

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While not exactly a brand new game, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is an updated version to 2012’s Ragnarok Odysseywith plenty of brand new items, music, enemies, locations and features including cross saving and the ability to transfer your save file from original Ragnarok Odyssey game. Ragnarok Odyssey ACE also appears for the first time ever on the PlayStation 3 while still on the PlayStation Vita.

Developed by GungHo Online Entertainment, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE might seem a little familiar to you if you have ever played the Ragnarok Online series. The best way to describe Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is that it’s like a combination of Monster Hunter-style gameplay and a more MMO theme.

After creating your character and selecting your class, you go through really quick tutorials on how to use cards, items, and the different shops. You still have quite a bit to learn yourself, but the first thing the game does is put you in a mission to learn to fight quickly. Everything was destroyed by giant monsters, and you need to help clean it up. Pretty simple, no?

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The game is composed entirely of missions and lacks a real story, and your quests usually consist of fight monsters, clearing enemies and collecting items. Your character tends to be the go-to guy on all missions. You’ll also be able to hire mercenaries to help you in battle, but they will take a percentage of your mission pay or play online with other players.

Once you take a mission you have a certain amount of time to complete and travel. Your character can walk, jump, attack and run. With hotkey-style buttons. You can activate item usage and skills by holding a trigger button and the appropriate command for quick use. New for Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is the inclusion of ACE Skills which give players powerful techniques based on their class. Like the regular skills, they have a cool down after use.

Aside from items drops, enemies also drop weapons and cards, which play a big role in the game. Instead of item creation, you focus more on powering up weapons and armor picked up by collecting the right materials. These add more strength or slots for cards. Cards play a huge role since they offer status buffs, which can be equipped based on how many slots you have. Not all cards and weapons have buffs, since many have negative effects you need to pay attention to.

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The art style in Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is a little rough around the edges, but that’s the charm from the Ragnarok Universe. Nothing breathtaking but you can tell how much detail went into making the world and maps.

The game isn’t all that difficult, since you can hire mercenaries or play with other people online. With no levels it relies all on your cards and equipment. The fun becomes going out and collecting all the goods, while taking it all out on your enemies, especially boss battles.

I really enjoyed the soundtrack of the game, which included new tracks composed by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu. Like with many series, he did an amazing job bringing life into the world. The game allows you to play the music in missions stages by unlocking or downloading BGMs.

Final Reaction

There are a few things that the game is missing, like the lack of anything resembling a story, small maps which include the HQ map and location maps, lack of real item creation. Luckily the game is actually pretty fun, and with multiplayer, it is something you can easily remedy once you start playing with friends or random people.

Grade: B-

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.