X360 Saturday, January 14, 2006 | 2:24 PM

The first 10 minutes: [eM] -eNCHANT arM- part 2

The first 10 minutes: [eM] -eNCHANT arM- part 2

As promised, here is the second part from the video I've done of [eM] -eNCHANT arM-, this time with my first impressions of the game.
A third video may appear in a few days, if the first boss fight is interesting.
Update: Low-res version of the video online.



First of all graphically this is definitely not a killer game. It has some nice textures and effects, but it really looks like it's a quick upgrade of a Xbox game to Xbox 360. Nothing screams next gen so far except the nice 720p resolution with antialiasing. It certainly looks better than any jRPG so far (I'm not commenting on artistical stuff here), but that's it.

Gameplay wise this is very old school. Run around, do you objectives, destroy a few boxes to get some free stuff, and fight. Sometimes the camera is free, sometimes in smaller rooms it's fixed and changes only to help see some stuff.

The battle system is your typical grid based system. Move your character, then choose what to do, be it a support power or kick the enemies ass. Of course each move has a certain distance it can be used at, so you have to be placed accordingly on the grid. Well, you know the drill.

I can't comment on the story since I do not understand japanese, but so far from the tone of the dialogs (most are dubbed, but the less important stuff is only subbed) the scenario is still in the "easygoing" phase.

eM looks like a very typical jRPG, with some good but not incredible production values.

The first 10 minutes: [EM] Enchant Arm part 2
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The first 10 minutes: [EM] Enchant Arm part 2 LQ
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All comments

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Commented on 2006-01-14 15:00:42
I had to delete the first comment because of a bug (?), not that it was interesting in the first place, but still.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:04:46
thanks
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:16:39
Boring! Having read your views after i posted my last unintersting opinion that it seems my opinions were mainly eching yours blim. Ho hum, Game still looks shit even if i am boring.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:18:05 In reply to MunkyMagic
Posted by MunkyMagic
even if i am boring.
i won't comment...
It didn't do too well in japan anyway, maybe the lead character needs to dress like a school girl or something?
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:27:16
Isn't the point of these forums so people can post their opinion, whether it's a essay or just 2 words or funny or boring or whatever.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:34:14 In reply to davidnay
Posted by davidnay
Isn't the point of these forums so people can post their opinion, whether it's a essay or just 2 words or funny or boring or whatever.
No it isn't, if you have nothing interesting to share, then don't post.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:34:26 In reply to MunkyMagic
Posted by MunkyMagic
Boring! Having read your views after i posted my last unintersting opinion that it seems my opinions were mainly eching yours blim. Ho hum, Game still looks shit even if i am boring.
If you're MonkeyMagic from Gaming-Age then I don't ever expect to see anything positive on here from you.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:37:16
Thats what i thought at least. Blim did nto liek my comment on the part one post either. Thought the wholepoint was that people as sad as me looked at these pages and the forum and then expressed our views on what we saw. Sometimes being purposefull provokative to goad 360/halo/sega/rpg zealots into making rude response and in the process making some mates?
Anyway my mum just told me i am not boring.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:38:13 In reply to BlimBlim
Posted by BlimBlim
No it isn't, if you have nothing interesting to share, then don't post.
ouch.. must be a brit.. Anyway, does anyone know if this game is coming to the US?
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:39:15
hey slabs not the same munky. Though am seeminlgy making enemies fast! doh!
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:45:36 In reply to davidnay
Posted by davidnay
ouch.. must be a brit.. Anyway, does anyone know if this game is coming to the US?
Even worse, I'm french :D
As for a US release, some people think it will happen. I sure have my doubts though.
Commented on 2006-01-14 15:52:03
Posted by BlimBlim
Even worse, I'm french.
That would've been my second guess..
I would think they'd need to make a lot of changes to the game to get this to sell in the US.
Commented on 2006-01-14 16:01:28 In reply to BlimBlim
Posted by BlimBlim
Even worse, I'm french :D
Oh dear God...
lol
Commented on 2006-01-14 16:08:37
This message is in "Boulet Time" (TM), If you still *really* want to see it, click here

Commented on 2006-01-14 16:37:31
Blim, is the game region free or did you get hold of a Japanese X360?

edit: aah nevermind, saw the other post on the first 10 minutes.
Commented on 2006-01-14 16:42:13
Some of you people are really starting to make these forums seem more and more like those of gamefaqs.com.
Commented on 2006-01-14 17:05:43 In reply to Panzer83
Posted by Panzer83
Some of you people are really starting to make these forums seem more and more like those of gamefaqs.com.
It will never get that bad, but yes the moderation needs to be a bit harsher. I'd rather have fewer people in the forum, but have civil discussions.
Commented on 2006-01-14 17:18:52 In reply to BlimBlim
Posted by BlimBlim
It will never get that bad, but yes the moderation needs to be a bit harsher. I'd rather have fewer people in the forum, but have civil discussions.
Agreed.....
Commented on 2006-01-14 18:11:37
Thank you for the low-res version. My Powerbook just isn't fast enough to handle the high res videos.

The game looks good graphically, but I just can't stand some of the voice overs. Do japanese girls really talk like that? And the guys sound even worse.
Commented on 2006-01-14 18:16:16 In reply to Panzer83
Posted by Panzer83
Some of you people are really starting to make these forums seem more and more like those of gamefaqs.com.
lol try xbox360news.com talk about flamerz :)
Commented on 2006-01-14 18:45:49
Blimblim, hows your Japanese xbox holding up? I had to send mine back to Microsoft as it started scratching all my games, I sent the machine and all the games that had been scratched and Microsoft replaced my games and replaced my drive all within 5 days :D Hope yours ain't given U any trouble.
Commented on 2006-01-14 19:14:51
blimblim i want to no how many people moderate this site i know you and manager but anybody else?
sorry but that just always bugged me and i want to know

anyways this looks cool and i will prolly be picking it up
Commented on 2006-01-14 19:37:13
Seems like MunkyMagic and davidnay came to show us their attitudes.....
Good thing that BlimBlim doesnt feel affraid of sweeping the crap out
Commented on 2006-01-14 19:56:55
Blim, after I read your brief review of this game, I'm not sure if I want to download the file. I agree with your comments. From the time I first saw this game, I always had my doubts about the visuals being defined as next gen. Many people purchased a 360 because it's a leap above the Xbox hardware. It doesn't matter how much power is at the developers disposal. Developers didn't get it right with the Xbox , and it looks as if the trend will continue. I used to think that a lot of gamers were asking for too much from this next generation of hardware, but when I see games like this putting out the aspect of current generation; I feel that I've been taken advantage of as a consumer. It's harder to hide poor graphics in hi-def. Putting a game in 720p doesn't make it evolutionary. And these bastards claimed that it would be hard to fit their game onto one disc. Give me a break. They may get away with this kind of product for now, but when the triple A titles hit the market this game will be a faded memory.
Commented on 2006-01-14 20:05:10
well I did see some good things on the vid, like drawing distance and the architecture models.
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