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Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga is one of the best RPGs you'll ever play on the Nintendo DS
- Refreshing combat system, great graphics, excellent dialogue
- Confusing story will get you very lost
Endless Frontier is an eye-catching game from the start. When I first picked it up, I literally didn't take it out of my DS for a solid month. Don't think about it, just try it.
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga is one of the best RPGs you'll ever play on the Nintendo DS. Period. The combat system is addictive and well rounded, while the excellent localisation by Banpresto and Atlus yields some genuinely funny dialogue that fills out the colourful cast of characters. If you like giant robots, sci-fi action and cleavage-laden androids (and you don't live in Japan, where such things are commonplace), this is the game you've been waiting for your whole life.
See You, Space Cowboy
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier started surprising me almost from the second I plugged it in. Within the first hour in the first dungeon, I was already laughing at the dialogue and savouring every random battle that I could find. In fact, I'd later find myself getting disappointed when the random battles didn't last past the first few turns. They're really that much fun.
Thankfully, Endless Frontier breaks the JRPG mold and doesn't put you in the shoes of effeminate preteens on a vague quest to save the world. Instead, you're introduced to Haken Browning, a gun-slinging, lecherous space cowboy out to make a quick buck, accompanied by his busty bionic companion, android Aschen Brodel. Soon enough, Haken and Aschen are forced into an impromptu tour of the galaxy as evil Stargate-esque portals begin to threaten multiple worlds with a mysterious crystal plague. As the game goes on, Haken and Aschen meet up with various other characters out to inadvertently save the day, including an awesome cameo by Xenosaga's KOS-MOS. But don't worry if you're not a Super Robot Taisen expert Ᾱ the story is a bit confusing, but not enough to wreck the game.
Juggle, Shake and Bounce
Much like the character design and hilarious dialogue, the combat system in Endless Frontier is all about juggling and bouncing. Each character comes with a customisable move pool of melee attacks, all of which can be strung together by juggling enemies in mid-air. Rack up high combos, and you'll get opportunities to launch powered-up super attacks for massive damage, complete with screen-filling anime-style cutscenes, some of which focusing heavily on certain characters' more... curvaceous qualities. Chaining these attacks together is the linchpin of the game's combat, as characters can be swapped on the fly to chain longer combos, which is essential for taking down several of the game's wickedly challenging bosses. The amount of detail in the 2D sprite animations is ridiculously impressive, especially for a DS game, and the random battles wind up being so much fun that you'll actually want to hover around save points and build up your team's strengths, abilities and stats.
Built, Stacked: Ain't Holding Nothing Back
As far as RPGs go on the Nintendo DS, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga is an incredibly well rounded experience. The presentation is supported by awesome music and explosive special effects, while the long, linear quest stays fresh with a well-angled difficulty curve. It's obvious that the developers had fun with the localisation, too. Seriously, there's so much blatant sexual innuendo in Endless Frontier, it would make 4chan users blush. Thankfully, the risque dialogue is all very well timed and, for the most part, tastefully written, often taking tongue-in-cheek jabs at the gratuitous character designs.
If you want an RPG experience that's not heavy-handed on the story and touts some truly unique gameplay, then you definitely need to pick up Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier.
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