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First Lost Odyssey review: Famitsu Xbox 360 9/8/8/8

The special Xbox 360 version of the most popular games magazine in Japan has just hit store shelves and its always interesting to look at the review scores. In the latest issue, Xbox 360 cracker Lost Odyssey was reviewed for the first time, and rewarded with 9/8/8/8 which brings its total to 33/40 which equals 8.25/10. Other games that have been reviewed are Guilty Gear 2, Virtua Fighter 5, Kingdom Under Fire, Conan, Stuntman and Viva Pinata Party Animals.

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Xbox 360, Konami): 9 / 9 / 8 / 8 - (34/40)
Guilty Gear 2 Overture (Xbox 360, Arc System Works): 6 / 7 / 5 / 7 - (25/40)
Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360, Microsoft): 9 / 8 / 8 / 8 - (33/40)
Virtua Fighter 5 (Xbox 360, Sega): 7 / 8 / 9 / 8 - (32/40)
Conan (Xbox 360, THQ): 6 / 5 / 5 / 6 - (22/40)
Momotarou Dentetsu 16 Gold (Xbox 360, Hudson): 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - (32/40)
Atsumare! Viva Pinata - Let's Party (Xbox 360, Microsoft): 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - (28/40)
Stuntman Ignition (Xbox 360, THQ): 8 / 8 / 6 / 8 - (30/40)
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom (Xbox 360, Microsoft): 7 / 8 / 6 / 6 - (27/40) (Conan, Guilty Gear 2: Overture, Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, Lost Odyssey, Stuntman: Ignition , Virtua Fighter 5, Viva Pinata: Party Animals, Winning Eleven PES 2008, Xbox 360)

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sonarus  +   2993d ago
not to bad i expected higher famitsue reviews. i expect this to be the highest selling game in japan for xbox 360. doubt it will outsell blue dragon though
cloud360-7th_account  +   2993d ago
really its 5/7/7/6

but becoz of MS its gone higher. Vg industry has gone rotten becoz of MS's practices
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cloud360-7th_account  +   2993d ago
If i had an xbox i wud definatley buy this. Rpg games are better thabn FPS.

BUY THIS....Xbox fanatic or its over for JRPG's on the 360
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TheSadTruth  +   2993d ago
this is disappointing to say the least.. was hoping this would be revolutionary or something.. or at least on par with what Square puts out

oh well
HarryEtTubMan  +   2993d ago
This got 8's... Square gets 10's. I don't know any other Rpg company that can get 10's except Level 5. They are RPG Elitists also.


This soon in the life cycle? lolthe 360 will sersiouly be lucky to sell 40 million consoles this generation. Poor RROD junkbox
tplarkin7  +   2992d ago
Sony are the ones paying people off.
Sony paid radio stations to play their music (J Lo). Google it if you don't believe me.
CrazzyMan  +   2993d ago
So.. it`s not AAA.
Just a GOOD game, nothing more.
Anyway, if this is clone of FFX, then i expect 5 from EDGE. =))

Looks like.. LO will have to wait. =)
toughNAME  +   2993d ago
I agree
just like HS, Warhawk, R&C, Folklore, Uncharted

all good games...and nothing more.

according to your logic
CrazzyMan  +   2993d ago
Well, not exactly. =)
Warhawk - Multiplayer ver 2.0 © IGN.
Uncharted - Best graphics on consoles © Game Trailers.
Ratchet - Pixar-like graphics © 1up.

And looks like LO, just a clone of FF, nothing more.
mesh1  +   2993d ago
metacritic /gameranking disagrees with u un uncharted it says its a garbage GAME go check ur self poor reviews mass effect /halo3/bioshock are light years from unbcharted which is a crap game at best
CrazzyMan  +   2993d ago
heh, "metacritic /gameranking" lol, M$ are buying scores, it`s simple.
Giving ME 10, is really biased. I mean, game is great, But not PERFECT 10, game has issues and that s a FACT. So, most M$ games scores are bought by M$. Nothning new here.

p.s. lol, you can disagree with © of 1up, IGN, GT. I don`t care, that just some facts said about games. =)
creeping judas  +   2993d ago
@ CrazzyMan
any proof of this? buying reviews. Id like to read about that.
toughNAME  +   2993d ago
"M$ are buying scores, it`s simple"

Do you realize how INCREDIBLY stupid you sound?
CrazzyMan  +   2993d ago
The game which has texture Problem, framerate Problem, long downloading Problem, Supid Team mate AI Problem can`t get PERFECT 10 score, unless the score is bought.
The game is Great, BUT not PERFECT 10. The end.
BruceLeroy  +   2993d ago
I would have to say he sounds as stupid as you ToughName. Both of you are stupid fanboys with no lives. Do we really need to argue over review scores? Seriously, you guys need to grow up.
Grassroots  +   2993d ago
@ Mesh1,
While someone that hasn't played Uncharted would call it a crap game and who in their right mind calls a 88% score average a crap game? You sir are delusional. Halo3 is more of a crap game, while I'll give you Bioshock, and Mass Effect are great games. Still funny how the lowest score for Mass Effect is a 7/10 while Uncharted is a solid 8. Someone thought it was a crappier game than Uncharted. Right now while playing all the game you love to list as stellar game, Uncharted has been the BEST experience yet. Still haven't played ME so that might change in a few weeks. To end this little rant Uncharted is by far anything but a crap game.
creeping judas  +   2993d ago
im still looking for proof that Microsoft buys reviews, or vice versa Sony buys reviews!!!

if any one can prove this, then id say shame on the company. if you cant prove it, then dont shoot your mouth off about it.
CrazzyMan  +   2993d ago
creeping judas, so how yo EXPLAIN,
that Mass effect, which has texture Problems, framerate Problems, long downloading Problems, Supid Team mate AI Problems get PERFECT 10 score???
The game HAS issues, But still it gets a PERFECT score. It`s a nonsense!
toughNAME  +   2993d ago
he wants an answer...not a rant.

so...wheres the proof that Sony and/or Microsoft are paying reviewers off?
ry-guy  +   2993d ago
Perhaps Mass Effect got a perfect 10 from someone because in their book, right now Mass Effect is an excellent RPG?

I wasn't aware that RPGs were upheld to the same criteria that FPS are. Or perhaps Puzzle games?

The texture loading and the so called framerate issues (which I have seen none of) never detract from the game itself. And if you're playing Mass Effect for its Team AI abilities you are deluisial.

The game is being graded on its other merits like perhaps a top notch story.

If we graded RPGs sheerly by graphics, FFVII would have lower scores. The character models had jaggy issues as well as some weird animations with those characters. Don't get me wrong, FFVII is a GREAT game but if you were rating it would you give it a 7 because of graphical issues? No. You wouldn't. Yes, I know the backgrounds were amazing. Some of my favorite desktops come from that game.
Saint Sony  +   2992d ago
So you think all the reviewers are like some bloody gods that won't give unrealistic scores unless they are paid to do so?

Go back living in that barrel or fishbowl.
Tommie  +   2993d ago
I had expected higher scores. Then again, Lost Odyssey is ranked #7 in the Famitsu Most Wanted chart, two week before release. Blue Dragon at that time, was at something like #18. So I expect double Blue Dragon sales, or atleast equal.
sonarus  +   2993d ago
bluedragon is the highest selling 360 game was also the first 360 game that japanese gamers really wanted to play. sold more in Japan than it did in NA despite xbox large install base
Douchebaggery  +   2993d ago
I hope they localize it fast for NA, I can't wait to play that game.
WilliamRLBaker  +   2993d ago
I disagree
fast localization=crap localization

Even square cannot get past this, I hope they spend all the time they need to get the localization right and take on an attitude of :it will be finished when its finished:.
tplarkin7  +   2992d ago
It was supposed to be simultaneuos release.
LO was to be a worldwide launch, so it has likely been through most (or all) of the localization. I think LO was moved to Feb in the west due to Mass Effect. We have already seen trailers in english.
toughNAME  +   2993d ago
Even though its 360 exclusive..and even though I'm like the biggest 'xbot'..

I have never found a Japanese made game to be worth $60
Dead Rising was close, oh so close

But I expect to pass on this game... regardless of how many reviewers MS pays off (haha couldnt help myself there:P)
moses  +   2993d ago
Dead rising was worth it for me, that's about it.
tplarkin7  +   2992d ago
I agree.
I want to like Japanese games, but they always fall short when compared to western games. Compare Mass Effect and Oblivion to Blue Dragon and Eternal Sonata. I have beat all of them (50% thru Mass Effect), and I can say that Japan is complacent. They have great artists, but stagnant game engines.

I also beat Dead Rising several times, and I agree that it fell just shy of being worth $60. The first half was amazing and the second half was terrible.
lonestarmt  +   2993d ago
wow, lower scores than I hoped. Didn't blue dragon get higher scores from them?? *raises eyebrow* well, lets hope it delivers.
games4fun  +   2993d ago
i hope it does well
as a fan of rpg games i hope they do well on any system
lonestarmt  +   2993d ago
agreed, what defines a system for me to buy( I know its not for everyone so don't disagree with me because of that lol) is how many good rpgs will I get, sony has had a great history with this, and seeing the DS get final fantasy advance 2, ff 12 reveant wings, and dragon quest 9, the ds became a must buy. The 360 is starting to shed the image of not having Jrpgs, but blue dragon was a let down for me. So lost odyssey success is very important in me buying a 360 in the summer or not. I don't care who gets them, as long as there being made!!
Meus Renaissance  +   2993d ago
I rarely see low scores from Famitsu in regards to big games.
superman  +   2993d ago
Im gonna get it but i dont like the fact that its random battles.
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urban bohemian  +   2993d ago
Looks like a great final fantasy clone
not that thats a bad thing at all.

I thought they were aiming for simultaneous worldwide release?

Maybe that went out the window?
Double-Edged  +   2993d ago
i've just popped in CRACKDOWN.

I forgot how fun it this game is.
ol killin time!!
razer  +   2993d ago
Skillz for Killz agent!

Crackdown is a freakin awesome game!! Shame that MS didn't lock in a sequel for it.
MK_Red  +   2993d ago
Was expecting a 36/40 at least from Famitsu for LO. Still, I'll will be getting this one. Stranger thing is how Virtua Fighter is 32/40.

Also, really disappointing to see Guilty Gear 2 getting such a low score.
Darkiewonder  +   2993d ago
Should have cut down on the 20hr Cutscenes
Still a good score.

Plan to get it whenever it releases in NA :3
WilliamRLBaker  +   2993d ago
no worse then
no worse then ff7/8/9/10/10-2/12/13 all of which have or will have in the case of 13 40 hours of cutscenes and it will still get 9999 from famitsu or 10/10/10/10 like those games usually do.
Skerj  +   2993d ago
Pretty good score, I'm hoping the story is good or else I'll probably spend like 5 hours with it and never play it again. Random battles should be done away with by now, I'll forgive that though if they offer more innovation than menu/line fighting. From the trailers and gameplay videos I saw they did look pretty dynamic but some of the enemy design was generic though :/
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lonestarmt  +   2993d ago
o man hadcore rpg fans love random battles. FF 12 did a great job with this, and I agree that rpg genre needs to find new ways for random battles, but sometimes I need to get my tradiontal fix like dragon quest 8, so i hope it doesn't go away all together.
gamesblow  +   2993d ago
I was never anticipating it, myself... Heavily influenced Japanese games just dosn't appeal to me. DMC games are just absurd and cheesy to me. Dante is one of the worst characters ever... I mean, he's bad... really bad. I can tolerate Snake cause he's very western in approach. All the final fantasy characters make me sick... All in all, no... Japanese based games are kinda blah to me.

I do like some... Dark cloud 2, Dragon Quest 8 was decent... and a few others... Dual Hearts was brilliant. Ape Escape. Things like that... Alundra, still the best action RPG to date, other than Dual Hearts.
urban bohemian  +   2993d ago
Lol you named more that you liked than you hated. You only dont like ff and dmc. everything else is gamesblow gold!

Looks like you do actually like Japanese games!
TheMART  +   2993d ago
For the Sony fans:

VF5 gets the about the same score, which got 9's and higher in western reviews:

Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360, Microsoft): 9 / 8 / 8 / 8 - (33/40)
Virtua Fighter 5 (Xbox 360, Sega): 7 / 8 / 9 / 8 - (32/40)

So I guess Lost Odyssey is about on par, which makes a real good game. If it's AAA over 90% in the end... Well

Ratchet & Clank isn't
Uncharted isn't

(according to Metacritic/Gamerankings)

lonestarmt  +   2993d ago
haha you got sony on the mind, man this is simply a JRPG on the 360, you got to put a jab at the ps3 whenever you can don't you? haha, do you loose sleep that the ps3 is starting to sell well now??
gamesblow  +   2993d ago
To be fair, which you never are, R&C has about 8 scores still not accounted for on either MET or Gameranking... So, piss n' a cat dish is what it ammounts to here. I know you're pulling at your nut hair to muster up some sort of debate but it's kinda flat when these plces you love to tout don't put up certain scores for games. Gametv still hasn't been accounted for R&C for instance. It sure was for every xbox 360 game, though. Your % based sites are trash, is basically what I'm telling you.
crank  +   2992d ago
I am beginning to think that anyone that mentions AAA or 90% and up should be shot on sight and bled to death on their keyboard.
Danja  +   2993d ago
Hmm I was expecting this game to get a higher's a good score none the less....

Maybe it's just not that innovating..or story isn't that good...??
J@D  +   2993d ago
WoW! I was hoping for LO get at least 39/40 or 38/40. I knew after the presentation of the gameplay months ago I decide not to buy a Xbox360 4 this game the gameplay look boring and without the fun that many RPG hold out there. Too bad!.
RadientFlux  +   2993d ago
To AAA or not to AAA
If it only takes one negative review for a game not to be AAA, then there hasn't been a single AAA game released this generation.

In any case I will be trying LO when it comes to North America, since I haven't played a mature JRPG in awhile and the plot sort of reminds me of Planescape Torment (i hope it's just as twisted).
ukilnme  +   2993d ago
The Sony Trolls are in full force once again.
tomfoolery  +   2993d ago
What else is new ukilnme,
it's N4g,the bored Sony troll site.
These people live to thrash 360 news..............
awwwwww,and all because they're in 3rd place.
Don't worry fellas,you'll get your bronze medal at the end of this gen.
Suck it easy Sonyswallowers,
Devr  +   2993d ago
So according to Famitsu, this game isn't as good as Blue dragon or Lair. Ouch..
tordavis  +   2993d ago
Just because they gave it a 33 doesn't mean it's not triple A. That's one reviewer's opinion. Stop being so hasty with your ideas on what makes a good game. A review has nothing to do with how good a game is. I hate all Final Fantasy games and yet some people think they are the second coming of god. I lost the taste for KZ2 after playing COD4. Next year when KZ2 comes out, the graphics will be old news. It still might be a good game though.
pwnsause  +   2993d ago
that was not one reviewer, that was four reviewers reviewing this game.
Bombomb  +   2993d ago
How many RPG's these days are innovating really?
come on, we all know square is the king of RPG's but doesn't mean you should only play their games.

give some other games a chance...this game looks good.

rpg's these days are just better graphics and story changes i mean what else is there. True Rpg fans will play rpg's regardless.

I like rpg's because of the stories, especially if it draws you into the game the th graphics don't matter as much. besides some other sweet elements.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   2993d ago
33/40 = 82,5%

So... Not AAA if I remember right the xbot policy? At least, this was what many of those guys was saying about Ratchet and Uncharted when getting barely under 9 reviews (even on 8.9 I have to read xbox comments)...

Just to remember, this kind of thing means nothing (reviews are personal opinions, and rates are just a pathetic attempt to be "technical"), better remember that next time, before it comes back and bite you in the @$$.

PS: No hate on Xbox 360, Lost Odyssey or Xbox owners/fans... Only with blind fanboys.
jaja1434  +   2993d ago
Enh the whole AAA term is so loosely defined that you pretty much use it for anything. Expect on a final exam...though that would be great if you could.

Anyways sometimes people mean it to mean sales and other time they mean it to be game score. It's so confusing to keep track.
ichimaru  +   2993d ago
these are some good reviews,should sale good in Japan and in the US. Europe, i'm not sure. also this is not a fanboy nesting ground, if the comments you guys make have nothing to do with the article, please don't waste text.
rukusa  +   2993d ago
In the words of Kim Jong Il : "roh-ruh!"
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KingKirchner  +   2993d ago
I was expecting a bit more from this game to be honest. It just got "good" reviews while I was expecting "excellent"

Oh, well. I don't have a 360 anyway, and this doesn't look like a revolutionary RPG that I'll need to have or anything so oh well.

I'm hoping ASH for the DS will be awesome, but so far Blue Dragon and Lost Oddeysy have been just "good" so I'm losing a bit of hope for ASH to be amazing. Oh well, I'll need SOMETHING to get on my DS soon anyway. Only a couple games coming out I want and I only have 3 games for it in the first place.
furymasterzero  +   2993d ago
Come On
I don't see how everytime there is a discussion someone always bashings some game every time just because of reviews they see on some site. It's obvious that those who Bash Uncharted haven't played it. It's definitely the best game I've ever seen and was fun the whole way through. It was just like being in a movie. If you haven't played it you can't bash it.
Darrius Cole  +   2993d ago
Count'em..... 1,2,3,4
DVD-9's. This game will take up 4 DVD-9's.

But that won't stop this game from getting an 8.5 or a 9.0 from GameSpot.
ThaGeNeCySt  +   2993d ago
Multiple Discs causing lower scores?????? I don't think so... that'll be as dumb as the day gamespot docks points from PS3 games for not filling the blu ray disc
jackdoe  +   2993d ago
It is an okay score. Looks to be a decent RPG.
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