Time and Eternity’s characters are full of life and realistic considering they are drawn in anime fashion and slightly exaggerated in the typical ways that have come to be expected in the anime world.
Skipping cut-scenes is an option in the settings when starting a new game, that way if you want to prevent pressing Start by accident you’re all set. However, you still can’t skip any cut-scenes you haven’t seen yet. Honestly, you wouldn’t want to skip these though, this game plays like a film / video game hybrid. You can also decide whether you want the mini-map to be FF7 style (North is fixed at the top) or if you want it to move with your character. These may seem like extremely minute details, and they are, but they also address JRPG fan complaints that come quite often from the western audience. It was good of the developers Imageepoch and Satelight to take these things into consideration, they probably saved a good amount of people a few headaches.
The battle system for Time and Eternity represents what a lot of anime fans wish they could have. Live action beatings are dispensed by the player in random encounters as well as plot-drive battle sequences. You can run up and get close to an enemy and attack with swords, punches, back-flip kicks, and more, and also dash back and shoot them with guns from afar. Items are also available mid-fight from a drop-down menu a la RPG style. Unlike turn-based battle systems, you can actually dodge attacks just by having good timing. You can also continuously attack without having to wait for a turn-meter to fill up. Time and Eternity’s combat system is truly a unique one, and that’s not always a good thing in this genre, in this case that turns out to be a very good thing as the experience is quite fluid and keeps the fun factor high while jet-streaming you through the game’s many fight sequences.
To avoid giving away the plot, I’ll simple give you the earliest detail to go off of. There’s a princess getting married until something terrible happens forcing her on a quest. She has a split personality to say the least. In fact it’s more deep than that. She has two souls living in one body. Each time you level up, she will alternate between the two. These two beings also have the ability to manipulate time and travel through the world in a way much different than us regular folk. They are also some intense fighters. Graphically the title combines 2D hand-drawn anime with 3D rendered art styles. Leveling up through the game you will get the opportunity to hone each of their skills. You will also be able to control their relationship’s eventual destiny by adjusting their affection for the main male character through your actions within the game. While each has their own personality and fighting styles, the cut-scenes (which sometimes feel like a very good anime film within themselves) give you a true sense of getting to know each one.
The soundtrack, audio, and voice can be annoying to those who do not enjoy anime, but if you do like anime this is a game for you to check out without a doubt. The dialogue feels much more natural than most anime leading us to believe that the localization was done with precision and care as well as with a deep understanding of the English-speaking video game audience.
Engine Performance- No glitches were found during our play-through of this game.
Final Verdict- Time and Eternity is perhaps one of the most misunderstood, under-appreciated Japanese video games of this year. Releasing first in Japan during October of last year, this game was localized recently by NIS America who has done an incredible job bringing this vision to an English format. You’ll feel like half of the time you are watching a very interesting anime filled with plot twists and moments that you will laugh with the characters and feel immersion. The other half of the time you’ll be reveling in the unique, live-action battle system that is truly original and possibly even before its time. Time and Eternity gets an 8 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz earning it a Silver Game RGN Rating Award. Forget what you heard, don’t sleep on this game.
Overall Score: 8/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: Imagepoch, Satelight
Publisher: NIS America
Available On: PlayStation 3
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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