Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I bought Ragnarok Tactics on the PSN for $25 (it's available on both the PSP and Vita). Not a bad price for a new release. It's your standard Final Fantasy Tactics/Tactics Ogre style SRPG with classes, skills, a branching plot line, lots of grinding and party building, etc. Combat seems more balanced than FFT/TO, but it's not very difficult to me. Overall it seems like a plain FFT/TO SRPG clone that isn't going to set the world on fire.
Combat speed is very slow as you can't skip any attack or skill animations, some of which take 5+ seconds. I wish I was kidding. The UI is similarly slow and unresponsive. Party management takes far too long due to delays between menus and UI lag (even with a data install). A single free battle can take up to 30 min just due to the slow combat speed and sluggish UI. It's too bad the combat speed and UI are so poor, as the combat itself seems decent. I just don't have the patience for such games anymore.
Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so, according to this thread.
"I know it's already been said but the battle pacing is just so slow. I wouldn't recommend it to someone unless they're really into SRPGs and Ragnarok Online."
"thats my only issue atm really, combat feels slow because its bogged down by too many animations"
"The default striking animation and subsequent popups are slow as **** and I just can't see myself playing through this."
What's interesting to me is that I feel that FFT/TO also have slow combat speed and some UI issues. So why are people criticizing Ragnarok Tactics for its slow combat speed, while FFT/TO tends to get a free pass? I asked that very question.
"No. Maybe FFT, but I've never experienced "slowness" in TO."
"FFT, yes that's why I have a hard time getting into it when I first started. I'm gonna parroted Sephi that TO never really felt slow to me."
So apparently FFT is slow, but TO isn't, even though I lost count of the times I had to sit through a 5 second animation as a unit in TO used an item or skill, or cast a spell. Strange how these guys think. If you're looking for more info or discussion about Ragnarok Tactics, check the gamefaqs board.