From the review:
"Being the prequel to the popular Record of Agarest War, I went into Record of Agarest War Zero with certain expectations. The first game wasn’t exactly the most original game in the strategy JRPG genre, but it had a lot of personality and charm that made it very enjoyable, and it had enough good ideas to keep it fresh throughout most of the experience. Zero has the same kind of personality and charm, but because its gameplay so closely resembles its predecessor’s, it has issues with maintaining that same level freshness. Of course, with the right mindset, it is entirely possible to overlook that slight setback."