Finding depth and coherence in Mistwalker's anticipated 360 RPG proves to be something of an odyssey in itself.
The latest project from Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio, Lost Odyssey aims to ape the style of classic RPGs. While it's certainly playable, it feels like more of a relic than perhaps its creators intended. Basic features and dungeon design are handled with the graceful hand of a master designer, but that doesn't compensate for numerous gameplay, storytelling and technical issues. Fans of old-fashioned Japanese-style RPGs will doubtlessly find aspects to enjoy, but this is not the title that will vault Mistwalker to the triple-A status the studio's hype might suggest.