Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Random Game of the Day

Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (2005)
Developer: Racjin
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 11/19/2005

For something that is based on real science,
alchemy in video games is just a stylish alternative to witchcraft.

Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel is an anime-based action adventure game where you play as a teenage alchemist named Edward Elric who can change certain objects into powerful and sometimes eccentric weapons. Even though I am not familiar with the animated series, the game contains an intriguing storyline and some memorable characters. Alongside Edward is his younger brother, Alphonse, whose spirit is trapped inside an imposing suit of armor - this happened when they were trying to revive their deceased mother via the process of human transmutation. Edward lost one arm and one leg too from the failed attempt. The two are on their way to find the Philosopher's Stone to restore their current states of physical anomalies. The interactions between these two are fun to watch and I have a feeling that perhaps Edward lost more than that leg during the incident because he's very sensitive to the words "short" and "small". There are a lot of anime cut scenes used in the game and they look great. The 3D graphics are nice to look at as well. The game does rely heavily on the transmutation gimmick by filling the stages with many different objects for you to manipulate and use. You control Edward directly while Alphonse acts as a support character who fights independently for the most part. The characters can level up and you can customize what attributes to improve for both characters individually and what accessories to equip them with. The game does become repetitive after a while but the character progression gameplay makes things tolerable. If there is one fatal problem in the game is the lack of voice-overs during the extended character conversation sequences.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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