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  • Summary: Chaos Wars is an immersive tactical role-playing experience featuring your favorite characters from such games as; Growlanser, Shadow Hearts, Gungrave, Spectral Force, and many others. [EB Games]
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. This game simply serves as a letter to fans with enough of a stockpile of guilty pleasure moments stacked up throughout that any true fan must buy this game, sadly everything is lost on anyone that hasn't devoted serious time to at least several of the titles this game borrows characters from.
  2. It's just that it's not going to be overwhelming, and with so many incredibly solid SRPGs on the PS2 at this point, Chaos Wars doesn't really have what it takes to stand out.
  3. 75
    A nice little take on a strategy RPG. In truth it's probably one of Idea Factory's best efforts released here in the States, melding staples of the genre with more open, zippy little ideas.
  4. It's really great when you get a game you feel is created specifically for your fan community, and I'm sure, to some extent, fans will appreciate this title. But I wish more effort was put into making Chaos Wars the quintessential JRPG fan game.
  5. If you're a big fan of these niche style games, then it should be right up your alley. Nothing else about Chaos Wars really stands out, the graphics are 2D on a 3D plane, and look well enough, but the music isn't really exceptional stuff.
  6. The grid-less combat can be annoying to get used to—especially when learning how to properly position characters—but there’s enough small changes to put a good spin on otherwise stale tactical combat.
  7. Chaos Wars might draw in some--like fans of the obscure games it's based on, especially those who long for the days of hand-drawn characters and tiny battlefields--but its old-school aesthetic isn't enough to make up for the lackluster production values and uninspired game play. [Aug 2008, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. SteveT.
    Jun 6, 2008
    9
    Take the awful localization out of the equation and this is a really fun game. If you play with the original Japanese voices on you can avoid Take the awful localization out of the equation and this is a really fun game. If you play with the original Japanese voices on you can avoid that anyhow. The combat system is deep, this story is humorous and anyone who likes strategy RPGs should definitely give this a try. Expand
  2. LowellF.
    Jun 24, 2008
    9
    Yes-- the voice acting and the English translation are terrible. Get past that and you have a truly enjoyable and fun SRPG. It doesn't Yes-- the voice acting and the English translation are terrible. Get past that and you have a truly enjoyable and fun SRPG. It doesn't have the engrossing depth of something like Disgaea, but instead you have an accessible game with just enough mechanics to make things interesting. Plus, there's the enjoyment of seeing many, many characters from games you know will never make it to the States (plus old favs like the crew from the Shadow Hearts series). A great diversion from the uber-fare of many of the new SRPGs. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    9
    Like what most people are disappointed in this game is the voice acting of course, but when ignored you have yourself what enjoyable RPG, addLike what most people are disappointed in this game is the voice acting of course, but when ignored you have yourself what enjoyable RPG, add to the enjoyable spell/attack graphics, a better Japaness voice acting.
    You may find it hard to put down.
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  4. AnonymousMC
    Sep 11, 2008
    5
    The best part for the game is certainly the battles. The attacks are fairly interesting, if generic. However, the load times are a bit on theThe best part for the game is certainly the battles. The attacks are fairly interesting, if generic. However, the load times are a bit on the extreme side for the quality of the graphics (servicable, but uninspired)

    The localization is absolutely terrible. The voice acting is literally the worst I have ever heard. It is SO bad, that the only thing that makes the game playable is the Japanese voice track. The dialogue is poorly written with many mistakes.

    The game isn't completely terrible, but there are far superior tactical RPGs out there. The one would would enjoy this game are fans of the games represented, likely Shadow Hearts or Growlanser for US fans.
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