JRPG with fantasy style and a diverse set of roles to play as… Interested? Read On….
Celestian Tales: Old North, is a turn-based role-playing game with hand-painted environments, emotive character portraits, memorable characters, moral decisions and a sprawling engaging storyline that is told through the eyes of six playable characters. Yes that is a mouthful of words but thats how much it contains.
Created within the traditional JRPG style it allows players to become part of a group of young warriors in training. They must learn who they are and where they stand as they develop the skills they will need to survive the impending war with a dangerous threat from another land.
The story revolves around the journey of discovery. Take the journey through a different person’s eyes and see the story change perspective each time.
“Good deeds done by someone may be perceived by another as evil.”
6 people to choose from are:
- Aria, a noble prepared to sacrifice those of lower birth for the greater good.
- Lucienne, a loyal soldier bred for the fields of battle.
- Reynard, a prodigy in strength pushing through any obstacles by force.
- Cammile, a knowledge-hungry explorer shackled by the chains of duty.
- Isaac, a peasant crawling out from a life of poverty.
- Ylianne, an outsider questioning the natural evils of humanity.
It features a lot of the usual RPG mechanics we are used to, most notably the turn-based battle system. Each character takes turns in battle, with you being able to choose each character’s action each turn.
Traditional turn based strategy with a twist on the MP normality. Instead they use ST. Each action you take in battle (attacking, defending, etc) stocks 1 Stamina point, and you can hold up to 8. Then once stocked up they can be released as Skills and abilities.
While you do have 6 characters to choose from, only 3 can be used in battle at a time. Each person in your party has a variety of abilities so varying your roster is needed to complete different boss battles at times.
Experience to level up is gained as a group with leveling up done together rather than individual leveling. This reduces the grindy nature of the RPG.
Celestian Tales is a good JRPG with depth to keep the average player going for a long while. The different variety of storylines adds to the replayability and each is interested by itself.
With this been a start of a trilogy we love to see where they go with the story next.
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