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  • Summary: Players step into the roll of young Ales as he steps into the world in search of adventure with the goal of eventually starting his own Guild. It is not long before this young rookie adventurer is propelled down a path toward danger, excitement, and a heroine in distress. Throughout his travels Ales encounters individuals who help in his quest for fortune and fame, as these friends will become invaluable new allies as they join his party. [XSEED Games] Expand
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  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. If classic RPG gameplay appeals to you, Ragnarok DS has you covered. Though there is some repetition and frustrating boss battles, the mix of a retro feel and the smart, snappy writing make Ragnarok DS something special.
  2. 70
    I can sum up Ragnarok DS in one word: mediocre.
  3. This game is great for fans of the online title who are looking for a more focused story adventure set in a familiar world. Everyone else can easily find a more interesting alternative.
  4. Ultimately, if the job system had been integrated along with a memorable story and exciting battle mechanics, then Ragnarok DS could have been a very compelling game. That isn't the case, though, and instead we're left with a clearly sub-par RPG that manages to do little more than waste time and take up shelf space that should be reserved for better games.
  5. It tends to feel more like running in place - as the man says, there's not much point to it. [Mar 2010, p.91]
  6. Only the basic building blocks of an average RPG are to be found here - and nothing else. Move along. [Apr 2010, p.65]
  7. If you've got the option to just check out the MMO, then I'd suggest that, because the portable version of the game certainly isn't worth your time.

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  1. DanG
    Feb 16, 2010
    Amazing game, although the WiFi play is a little iffy the overall single player experience is very rewarding.
  2. Jan 21, 2013
    After playing Ragnarok Online for quite a few years, I was excited to play one of my favorite games wherever I went. However, right after the opening scene I realized this was going to be far from the Ragnarok I knew and loved. Ragnarok DS is much much more story driven than the MMORPG and rightfully so. It's a little hard to play a massively MULTIPLAYER game by yourself so the added story gives you something nice to go with.
    However, the story provided is very much a carbon-copy of, well, pretty much every single other RPG game out there. The combat is fun, but gets repetitive after a while but is made up with fairly nice skill progression and customization.

    The biggest downside to this game is the repetitive environments and backtracking. You'll find yourself going through the same cave over and over again on different quests and it gets pretty old pretty fast.
    The music can also get dry and overused because of this, the most annoying songs also used in the most frequented places. However, there are a few songs that really make the game pop.

    The game isn't short, although that's probably due to backtracking through miles of the same dungeons.

    Overall, Ragnarok DS is an okay game and, while repetitive, gives you quite a bit to do. The character progression is nice and the story is cute. If you're a fan of Ragnarok Online, I suggest at least trying this game out.