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  • Summary: Magic Era: 996. The ten kingdoms of the land, seizing the opportunity provided by Overlord Janus's death, are attempting to unify the continent under their own banners. This is the beginning of the Great Neverland War. In order to bolster their defenses, kingdoms have begun hiring mercenary units. As new members of the Norius Mercenaries, you and your friend Diaz are eager to prove yourselves. When the squad's commander Judo is mortally wounded in battle, the mantle of leadership is entrusted to you, and so the adventure begins. The long-running strategy RPG series enters the next generation of gaming. Over 50 hours of gameplay spanning more than 150 challenging missions. Up to 40 different characters to recruit into your party, each with their own unique individual attacks. Craft Your Items – collect and assemble different components to form new accessories. [Atlus USA] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. But buried underneath the sometimes slopped-on content is fairly competent strategy game. It's challenging enough for serious gamers, but forgiving enough that you can go ahead a use your favorite Sorceress even if a goblin Warrior would be stronger.
  2. 70
    If you really enjoy SRPGs and don't have anything on your plate at the moment, Spectral Force 3 is a decent buy.
  3. I enjoyed Spectral Force 3 when I first started it up. I liked the old school tactical gameplay, and I was excited to see where it went. However, I was sorely disappointed when this game ended up going nowhere.
  4. The game play is entertaining enough, and battles and missions provide callenges that keep you coming back. It's just that the lackluster presentation and boring story really hurt the overall package.
  5. There might be some gleaming light beyond the inch-deep layer of grime and poor design, but it isn’t worth looking for.
  6. 50
    Die-hard fans of the genre might be able to find some value, but those same fans would be better served by the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics A2 on the DS, which not only features superior gameplay, but is also about $30 cheaper.
  7. It's obvious that they put little or no effort into developing this turd, and Atlus should be embarrassed charging a full $60 for it.

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  1. SebastianMcMillan90
    Jun 3, 2009
    9
    This is a great game, Sure it has about no plot and the "war" waging around you is just an overworld map with badly animated swords clashing! But hey, the gameplay is solid and fun as hell. I've beaten the game once and I'm still having a hellava hard time actually beating it agian because I have a completely new party from the one i chose last time because thiers so many characters to play (40+). While most of them are the same type just with a slight differnce (one sorcerress would push the oppenent away, another towards, another to the ground) it still makes the game hard when you have 3 mages and your fighting nothing but warriors! Pure awsome game. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    6
    This is a quirky little game with pretty bad graphics, almost no story, horrible voice acting and a sloppy main interface. However, the part of the game that matters - the combat - is challenging and fun. There are TONS of characters, each with different strengths and weaknesses (although I think your original 6 or so remain the strongest throughout the game, so there is little need to use others). There are several different maps, each with different facets and challenges. Enemies also develop along with you, getting stronger and more complex. This is a competent SRPG, but don't get your hopes too high - this is no Final Fantasy Tactics. Expand
  3. Andyman
    Oct 22, 2008
    2
    I'm a huge fan of the sRPG genre, and this game is among the worst I've ever played. How do you mess up the camera in a static-view turn-based game? The AI is a joke, the characters are dull, and the story is poor at best. Even the battles - an sRPG's bread and butter - are lifeless. Avoid this junk at all costs. Expand