Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land
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|Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land|
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Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land is a 2001 PlayStation 2 role-playing video game and a spin-off of the Wizardry series, published by Atlus. It was released in Japan under the title Busin: Wizardry Alternative.
Tale of the Forsaken Land takes place in the kingdom of Duhan, which was recently struck by a disaster known as The Flash. The Flash not only killed thousands, but also left Duhan in a state of perpetual cold, and separated from the outside world. On the outskirts of town lies the Labyrinth of Duhan, which the player-created protagonist must explore, whether for treasure, the truth about his own past, or for the kingdom.
Like the other games in the series, Tale of the Forsaken Land uses a first person perspective. Other elements such as classes, races, class changes, and magic resembling Wizardry I-V are implemented as well. The classes, Warrior, Priest, Thief, Sorcerer, Bishop, Samurai, Knight, and Ninja, all have initial requirements that must be met in order to choose them, such as attributes and alignment, making some classes possible only after one has gained enough experience in the dungeon. Movement through town is done by choosing locations from a 3D menu that scrolls to the location in the town, and the options are fairly straight forward. The Guild Hall allows group reformation and the creation of new members from scratch, much the same way as the initial character is generated, as well as the learning of new group "tactics" such as 'Charge', which require that the group rapport is at a certain minimum (if one continues to annoy their group members by attacking friendly monsters, or acting inconsistent with their alignment, they will lose their trust in them, thus invalidating that tactic).
The Inn is where characters must go to gain benefits from any level increases, as well as recover lost HP and MP. The Church, known as 'Salem Temple', is where any parties must go to recover from negative status effects(at least, without the aid of a proper healer in the group), and to revive dead party members (not always guaranteed to work, especially if a party member has been reduced to Ash). Vigger's Shop is where one can sell and buy items as well as craft magic stones that allow one to learn new spells or enhance old ones. Additionally, Vigger can unequip cursed items, or remove their curse entirely(though this will render the item worthless), as well as appraise items of unknown value. Lastly, there is the Tavern, 'Luna Light', where party members can be dismissed and recruited, and quests from the locals can be taken on by the protagonist for assorted rewards, as well as the gaining of new party members.
Duhan is also the only location where the game can be saved, with the exception of suspending data, which can be done at any point outside of the town. Suspended data is deleted once loaded. Beneath the town lies the dungeon that is in this case called the Labyrinth of Duhan. Movement in the dungeon is 1st person 3D, with the thumbsticks allowing the player to "peek" around before turning in 90 degree increments. The shoulder buttons allow one to side-step, and there is a run button (O) that makes the dungeon crawl a little less tedious. That, combined with the unlockable shortcuts to deeper reaches adds a welcome enhancement to what veterans of the series might recall as a tedious trudge. The environments are memorable and varied, with NPCs spread about such that it is difficult to get lost in the earlier levels. There is an automap and plenty of transfer potions that one can buy, ensuring that after the first few hours, the player will have the ability to come and go from the Labyrinth with relative ease.
A second 'Wizardry Alternative' game was released only in Japan by Atlus, called 'Busin 0: Wizardry Alternative Neo', with a new story, characters, and labyrinths to explore.
- NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: BUSIN ~Wizardry Alternative~. Weekly Famitsu. No.915. Pg.59. 30 June 2006.
- プレイステーション2 - BUSIN ~Wizardry Alternative~. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.66. 30 June 2006.