Record of Agarest War

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Record of Agarest War
Agarest.jpg
European cover art of the PlayStation 3 version
Developer(s) Idea Factory
Laughing Jackal (PC)
HyperDevbox (Android)
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Android OS, iOS
Release date(s) PlayStation 3
  • JP September 27, 2007
  • EU October 30, 2009
Xbox 360
  • JP November 27, 2008[1]
  • NA April 27, 2010
PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Microsoft Windows
  • NA October 3, 2013
  • EU February 4, 2014
Android
  • WW December 19, 2013[3]
iOS
  • NA May 14, 2014
Genre(s) Tactical RPG
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Optical disc, download

Record of Agarest War (アガレスト戦記 Agaresuto Senki?), known in Europe as Agarest: Generations of War, is a tactical role-playing game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[4] The game is a collaboration between Idea Factory, Red Entertainment and Compile Heart.[5] An updated port of the game was released in Japan for the Xbox 360 on November 27, 2008.[1] HyperDevbox released an Android port on December 19, 2013,[3] and an iOS port on May 16, 2014.

Gameplay[edit]

The story progresses through various points plotted on a map. By visiting each point, the player has to battle the creatures, complete a quest, visit a town or go through a conversation to advance through the storyline and open up more points.

Fighting plays out like a strategic RPG where each character has his/her own set of moves, but by moving each character to an appropriate square, you can chain characters together and pull off combos. After each round of combat, each character will regenerate AP and accumulate SP points. When enough SP points have been accumulated, characters can unleash special attacks.

The game includes dating sim elements through its "Soul Breed" system in which the player creates a new character by pursuing a relationship with a female character[6] as the game's storyline extends for five generations, each one having a different male protagonist. For the first four generations the protagonist marries one among three of his female companions and their son becomes the protagonist of the following generation who inherits stats and abilities from his parents.

Release[edit]

Europe[edit]

The game was localized in Europe as Agarest: Generations of War by Ghostlight. The company planned to publish a standard retail version and a collector’s edition, both released on October 30, 2009 for PlayStation 3.[7] Initially, the game was set to use a cover art featuring a realistic version of the protagonist; however, negative feedback led to the publisher changing the cover art for one more faithful to the original.[8] The 32 packs of DLC were put on the European PlayStation Store by Ghostlight.

The game was later ported to PC, and made available on the Steam store in North America and Europe.

North America[edit]

Aksys Games released the game in North America under the title Record of Agarest War on April 29, 2010. The game was released as a download on the PlayStation Network, and on disc for the Xbox 360. It is available as a downloadable title on the Xbox 360. The game retains the original Japanese dialogue.[9]

Xbox 360 version[edit]

A port known as Record of Agarest War: Re-appearance was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 in Japan on November 27, 2008. The Xbox 360 port featured additional voice acting, and a gallery mode. New items and a new dungeon are available over Xbox Live as downloadable content.

Prequel[edit]

A prequel to the game titled Record of Agarest War Zero was released in Japan on June 25, 2009, released in the United States on June 14, 2011, and in Europe on August 26, 2011.[10]

Reception[edit]

GameZone's Andrew Clouther gave the PC reboot a 6.5/10, stating " If you’re a fan of the Agarest franchise, looking to spend 50+ hours on a game, or just want to try a different tactics type game, I recommend Agarest Generations of War. I rarely say this, but the game is too long."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Record of Agarest War Coming to Xbox 360". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ Spencer (August 17, 2009). "Record of Agarest War "Springs" On To PSN In November". Siliconera.com. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b "HyperDevbox released Record of the Agarest War on Android". Idea Factory International. December 19, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  4. ^ Yoshi Sato (2007-06-27). "Record of Agarest War Strikes PS3 news from 1UP.com". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  5. ^ "New PS3 exclusive announced: Record of Agarest War". N4G. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  6. ^ record of agarest war - Kotaku
  7. ^ "Agarest: Generations of War". Ghostlight. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Box art fail averted for Record of Agarest War in UK". Destructoid. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  9. ^ http://aksysgames.com/agarest_war/[dead link]
  10. ^ "The Magic Box - Agarest Senki Zero Preview (Page 1 of 3)". The-MagicBox.com. April 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  11. ^ Clouther, Andrew (16 November 2013). "Agarest: Generations of War Review: A little bit of history repeating". GZ. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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