Posted on February 22, 2008,

How To Have A Good Experience With Lost Odyssey

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I’ve read so many less than stellar reviews for Lost Odyssey that it makes me sick. I have come up with the conclusion that most of the reviewers who gave it a less than “great” score either didn’t play through much of the game, don’t respect classic style RPGs, or simply lacked the intelligence to cope with a challenging game. I’m sure you have heard of the slow loading times also. Those issues have been greatly overstated by some sites. Of course there are plenty of loading times in the game, but it doesn’t take the minute or more than some reviewers were claiming.

Many of the articles I have read about Lost Odyssey talk about how tough the bosses are and how you simply need to power level and grind for hours prior to the big battles. They couldn’t be more wrong. The battles in Lost Odyssey are very challenging, yet there’s really no need for power leveling at all. I have a feeling that a lot of gamers and game reviewers have grown so accustomed to simple games that something like Lost Odyssey simply frustrates them.

The truth of the matter is that Lost Odyssey is the best RPG available on the Xbox 360. It’s also the most challenging. There’s a lengthy learning curve to the game and it takes a lot of strategy to win.

Here are my tips on how to make your Lost Odyssey experience the most enjoyable:

  • Understand the GC system. If you don’t understand it, there’s no way you will do well.
  • Keep your non-immortals alive at all costs. The name of the game in Lost Odyssey is defense. As long as you keep everyone healthy and get a good defensive strategy going, there is plenty of time for attacking. Don’t get greedy with attacking too early! Immortals will re-spawn after a few turns, so it’s crucial that the non-immortals stay at a high level of health whenever possible.
  • Do not miss any items. You simply have to talk to everyone in the game and pick up all of the items. There are some items that you simply have to pick up in order to do well against bosses later in the game.
  • Do not power level. This will just create a long drawn out gameplay for you. Leveling starts to taper off anyway. If you notice you are not getting much experience for battles, that means you are either at or above the proper level.
  • Finally, experiment a little when possible. Equipment changes are necessary nearly every time you travel to a new area. Every enemy has a weakness like all RPGs and you need to figure out their weaknesses and patterns.

In the end, Lost Odyssey is an awesome game with a great story to back it up. If you have patience and intelligence, this is the game for you. I haven’t experiences a story like this since Final Fantasy 7. Don’t let the negative reviews keep you from trying out this game either. Anyone who doesn’t like this game obviously isn’t big on RPGs. My only complaint about the game is that there are way too many cut scenes. Fortunately, you can skip them if they get too annoying.

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11 Comments on How To Have A Good Experience With Lost Odyssey

Rollett

On February 22, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Well with out the Cut scenes.. it wouldnt have much of a “Great Story” would it ?

bombay

On February 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

This game is excellent in every way. The only reason why i think people gave it a bad rep is because they are mad that xbox finally has a good rpg. my favorite rpg of all time is ff7, and i must say the game that comes closest to ff7 is Lost odyssey.

Heru-Ur

On February 23, 2008 at 5:36 am

Coming to this site is starting to feel like watching cable news channels, 75% commentary to 25% real news. :roll: :roll:

Shawn Sines

On February 23, 2008 at 8:33 am

@Heru-Ur: Really? Hmm. Are you only choosing to read some of the news and all the editorials??

William

On February 23, 2008 at 8:54 am

well.. we try to balance news and commentary and it’s certainly not a 75 to 25 ratio. Wouldn’t it be rather boring if we just posted straight up news all the time?

Heru-Ur

On February 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Alright it was pretty late when I posted that, maybe I was a little off.To me though, there is a huge difference between commentary and filler. Some witty commentary I don’t mind, but this really does smack of being straight up filler.

Seeing as i am already typing I’ll comment on the topic itself. Honestly, if you have to tell people how to enjoy a game then maybe its not as much fun to most people as it is to you. I have not played this particular game so i cant comment directly on it, but I’ve played many RPG’s in my day and either they’re fun or they’re not.

William

On February 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm

@Heru-Ur: I wouldn’t consider this filler, but that’s your opinion :) My point with this article is that a ton of sites have made statements against this game that simply wouldn’t ring true with fans of RPGs, particularly JRPG fans. It’s also a game that’s unlike any other RPG on the 360. I felt that the tips are actually pretty good ones. Some people have grown too accustomed to simple RPG titles.

Noir

On February 25, 2008 at 7:57 am

I don’t see how people wouldn’t realise all this in anycase, I think your assuming that people didn’t do these obvious things and therefore didn’t enjoy the game when infact simply its a game that has a heck of a lot of problems – indeed it is the best RPG on 360, but that doesn’t mean its good.

Sorry but I’ve managed to drag myself through it after buying it and simply it had major flaws which spoiled it. One if the voice acting the other is a good story told badly – in the end it comes down to not enjoying the story telling, you yourself said YOU SKIPPED CUT-SCENES! In an RPG…! I did too it got the point where I didn’t want to know the full story because it pained me to watch threw it all. Overall this is a game for those with a 360 desperate for a JRPG and no one else.

William

On February 25, 2008 at 8:58 am

@Noir: Actually I haven’t skipped the cut scenes. I never said that. I said you can skip them if they are too annoying. I personally love the story. I do think less cut scenes would have been nice, but it’s still a great game.

Daniel

On February 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

@Noir: If you aren’t happy with the English voice actors, which are so-so to me, then you can switch the voices to Japanese with English subtitles. The Japanese voice actors are always much better in these games (or animes if you watch them).

William

On February 25, 2008 at 9:05 am

@Daniel: That’s actually a point I didn’t think of.