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May 3rd, 2007, 00:37
What's going on in the RPG world for portable gaming systems? Join Mike Anderson as he continues his monthly quest to keep you informed on the hits and misses of RPG's on the GBA, DS and PSP. This latest monster guide to recent happenings in the portable RPG market has so much content, I'll let it speak for itself:
Another month has come and gone … and then another, and now we actually have a few interesting handheld RPG's to look at. I will continue to include a full review at the end of some articles (last month I did Final Fantasy III DS), but will move more to including mini-reviews in-line for other games I've been reviewing so that you can get a better picture of multiple games rather than just short snippets and one monster review. So as a result you will get several mid-sized reviews, in fact in this edition you get several small opinions, three medium sized reviews, one large review and a full review feature. This month's featured review is Mazes of Fate for the GBA, which is an attempt by a small independent developer to bring us back to the exciting first person RPG styles of the Wizardry and Ultima games. This isn't the best game I'll talk about in some detail this month but Mazes of Fate is bound to be much more appealing to people typically enamored of wester-style computer RPG's … and it is just really cool.
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I just wanted to thank Mike for the ridiculous amount of work he puts into these handheld articles. It's just insane.

Thanks Mike!

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Yep, I agree. Mike is one of the hardest working writers around (he writes for at least 3 sites, all unpaid)!! We're glad you're part of our team.

If God said it, then that settles it!!

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I'll have to pick up Mazes of Fate (good, very informative review), I think I'm going to get the runs soon and need something to do.

edit: in case this came off hostile, like I think Mazes of Fate is crap or something. What I ment is hand held games are made for playing while going to the bathroom, and if I have the runs I will be spending a lot of time there. I could read or do something useful, but I like to waste my life playing games.

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Just purchased Mazes of fate from the ebay store based on your review can't wait to try it out and thank you for you great articles I find the handhelds to be the last bastion of traditional RPG titles and your article is a huge help with finding some of the lesser knowns!

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Don't worry roqua - anyone who uses a laptop or handheld device (PDA as well as game system) knows that they are used *everywhere* …

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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSHHHHH! My pretties!

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I got Spectrobes after winning a competition held by a portuguese videogame magazine. Took me five minutes of gameplay to take it to a store and get rid of it. The Pokemensch-derived gameplay wasn't really what drove me away - since I can be blammed of enjoying the Shin Megami Tensei series, which requires demon recruiting and fusion - although it was pretty bad in itself since it was needlessly slow and methodical. However the combat was the worst offender, with the main character and Spectrobes locked into a battle formation and moving concurrently leading players to control all three party members with the D-Pad. Much as people enjoyed bashing Wizardry 8's combat system, this is far worse.

Mazes of Fate sounds like a badass dungeon crawler.

Great article!
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Originally Posted by Dhruin View Post
I just wanted to thank Mike for the ridiculous amount of work he puts into these handheld articles. It's just insane.
Thanks for all the kind words … this is a pretty fun thing to do, but it is hard to find the time. Especially when I want to expand the views of as many games as I can in each article. Of course, when fall comes and we have a whole bunch of handheld RPG releases in a month it will be a different story, but for now I'll do what I can.

As for getting these games, I know I've mentioned it before but if you are in the US or Canada you should really check out Goozex. They have Mazes of Date and the Dungeon Siege PSP game and many other handheld games, not to mention tons of new and old RPG's for Mac & PC. I've scored loads of cool stuff like a deluxe version of Betrayal at Krondor while ditching crap like Spectral Souls for the PSP …

I'm already working on the next one which will be much shorter due to the fact that there are only three handheld RPG's that came out in April.

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I got Spectrobes after winning a competition held by a portuguese videogame magazine. Took me five minutes of gameplay to take it to a store and get rid of it. The Pokemensch-derived gameplay wasn't really what drove me away
Y'know, it is interesting - I was driving my kids to some sports thing the other day and asked if they thought they would ever touch Spectrobes again and they said 'no' … they got Pokemon Diamond & Pearl and that rendered Spectrobes obsolete in a second.

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I've found Spectrobes to be just like other derivative takes on the formula, trying to add something new but spectacularly failing. I suspect that the Pokestuff series has some additional gameplay elements to make up for its considerable longevity and ocasional poor titles - and I bet brand recognition helps a lot too.
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Thanks for the informative reviews! Hopefully I'll get to check a few of these games out over the summer.
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