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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean Review - Gamecube

8.5
Gameplay: 8 stars 8
Graphics: 7 stars 7
Audio: 8 stars 8
Innovation: 9 stars 9
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Ever wanted to live in the sky? Baten Kaitos is a game where the land and sea are merely fairytale. Join Kalas and Xelha in an epic sixty hour RPG to defeat huge creatures and inevitably make everything right. Baten Kaitos has an immersive innovative card system that it uses in battle, as you master the ways of the Magnus and level up by preying at a church. Don't know what we're going on about? Read on to find out more about Baten Kaitos, and whether it's worth your precious cash.

After being saved by a Pokemon type creature called Meemai, you set off on your adventure, not knowing anything about what await's you. The game follows quite similar to a Legend of Zelda storyline at the start, but without all the things that make Zelda such a great franchise.

Gameplay



The first thing you notice that's different about Baten Kaitos is indeed the battle system. You must battle your way through plenty of Pokemon like creatures, using only cards that you have found either in battle, a shop, or somewhere around the land. At the start of the game, you can select two cards at once to perform a combo, and as you progress through the game and level up, you can of course increase the combos. No matter how many hit's an enemy throws at you however, you can defend yourself as long as you have some defensive cards. The card system is fairly unique for a Nintendo RPG, and it makes combat quite different to a standard RPG. Each card is worth a certain amount of attack points, and once your attack points run out you miss a turn in order to re-shuffle the deck.

You can choose from four different cards at the start of the game, and when you use one, another one comes up to replace it. All the cards have moves that you would find in standard RPGs, like a sword slash, or a fire blast, but because they're in card form it makes the combat just a little bit more unique than other games in the same genre. It doesn't however deter from the story or the combat, which is almost overwhelming if you're a newcomer to RPGs. The bad part about the combat system is that the enemy doesn't die until you've used up all your cards in the moves. Even if their health is completely drained after you use two of your cards, the third card will still be used. This can often result in strange situations, such as taking a photo of your enemy and then watching them fall to the ground and die.

The game is also set up rather uniquely, as you are not the main character. What's that, you say? At the start of the game, Kalas the main character summons a guardian, you. You then ender in your name, and away you go. Of course, you have complete control over Kalas apart from in conversation where he says ...

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