Isn't your plain vanilla-flavoured RPG
by Vaughn Highfield 5/12/2012
Product: Elminage: Original
Publisher: UFO Interactive Games
Format: PSP, PS Vita
Genre: Adventure, Hardcore, RPG
Bringing Japanese games to the West can be tricky business for publishers. Not only do they have to worry about how gamers from the East will take to the game mechanics, but localisation can take years.
This is never truer than for text-heavy genres like role-playing games.
Because of this, UFO Interactive has only just managed to bring Starfish SD's PlayStation 2 RPG Elminage: Yami no Fujo to Kamigami no Yubiwa to the PSP under the moniker Elminage: Original.
Pitching itself as a classic RPG, Elminage: Original is a modern interpretation of those '90s PC corridor-crawling dungeon RPGs. For those too young to remember such things, this means that there's an awful lot of walking down identical corridors in maze-like dungeons while enemies pop-up randomly to attack.
Enjoyable if you know your traditional RPGs, frustrating if you don't. If that sounds like you, then prepare for endless hours of fun, as this is as pure as you're going to get
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