Riviera, the Promised Land (PSP/PAL)

6.06.2009 @ 17:50:14 | Midori  |   français

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Got it for a low price supposedly in German, the only thing in German is the summary on the back of the case… It is an enhanced remake of the GBA version

Riviera

Graphics
It is nice and even cute, the (combat) animations and “portraits” are of a very high quality. On one side it is more a kind of graphics I expected on the DS, but at the same time, it is very “clean”, so it goes well here.
Grade: 8.5 / 10

Music
I must admit the musics are not captivating enough to get me to put the sound on my PSP. It is not “dreadful”, just not extraordinary.
Grade: 7 / 10

Gameplay
Not complicated at all. Simple combat, with the possibility to choose 4 items before combat, including weapons. The base weapons are unlimited, the other and items have a limited number of use. At the character’s turn, you choose an item / weapon / … and he uses it. You win items,… and exploration points, and the quicker you fight the more you win. On the map, you can use exploration points to look in detail some things, or decide to explore simply by choosing between the authorised directions. For the rest, it is old school rpg (talking to everyone, searching everywhere, …)
Grade: 9 / 10
riviera_combat riviera_combat2

Length / Sidequests
I barely began secondary quests. You have to collect (sounds, combat “phrases”, portraits, …) many things. in principle, you could get everything in one game, but I am not sure about that, it is not always easy not to miss one. For the length… when I finished the introduction, my first thought was “Oh ??? Is it only now the end of the introduction ?? And I did not even begin the real game itself ????”. It is rather long for an rpg like that.
Grade: 9 / 10

Story / characters
Somehow, I almost expected a “Xeno-*” like story, because when you are presented with Grim angels, one of them called Ledah, a weapon named Einherjar, ideas / places like Yggdrasil, … well, it does include several mythologies, but has its own nice storyline, even if it is slightly predictable. Also, the characters each have a defined personnality, and in game you can play an almost dating sim subgame… which is sometimes funny as hell!
Grade: 8.5 / 10
Riviera interactions

In the end…
A sympathic little game that did not cost much, this is a good recomendation for an RPG 😉 more seriously, it should be liked by people who like stories with a plot as well as people who like simple RPGs.
Final grade: 8.4 / 10

Image sources
Official site http://505games.co.uk/Games.aspx?ID=31
Gamespot http://www.gamespot.com

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