Crystal Monsters Review
by, 20th May 2012 at 10:19 AM (1195 Views)
I was searching the Nintendo eShop one say, had some money left, and wanted an RPG. I saw two choices that appealed to me: Crystal Monsters and I think it's something like Zenonia. Thinking Crystal Monsters was more "conventional" (no need for aiming), I went for it.
Never, no matter how bored you are, get Crystal Monsters.
I once said that Final Fantasy - Mystic Quest was the worst game ever, even more so than the Philips CD-i Zelda games. I must've been something similar to drunk when I said it. Mystic Quest is playable. Boring, but playable. Crystal Monsters has three words that describe it: Piece. Of. Crap.
Here, I'll list what the features of the game are, and how other RPGs do it better:
Ability System - Like many, many RPGs out there (except Pokemon), Crystal Monsters has a point-based system where you can use up some points in exchange for ability usage.
How other games do it better - The abilities in CM are static: they never get better. They also get more skills when they "evolve" (more on that later), while others get it via Level Up (DQ, FFIV, Pokemon), purchasing them (FFI-III, FFV. It might not be much different, but the magic gets better), or other ways (FFVI - FFXIII (I think), probably others).
Evolving - Like in Pokemon, the monsters in Crystal Monsters evolve.
How Pokemon does it better - Most Pokemon evolve through Level Up, some through evolution stones, and others through trading (etc.). All Crystal Monsters require both a specific consumable item AND being a certain Level or higher.
Capturing - This is a Pokemon clone (Crystal Monsters, Pocket Monsters, get it?), no dip it has capturing!
Differences - CM requires you have specific "Essence Cores" (this piece of shit's Poke Balls) for each type of monster (Light, Dark, Water, Fire...etc.), and doesn't always give you a chance to capture the monster - you can really have no chance of catching it.
Ranting has made me forget what else I was going to rant about, so I'll just give you what I deem worthy of this game.
According to the GameInformer scoring system, this game would get:
Either a 3 or a 1.
As you can see, "a cold slap of rain" isn't much to go on. But CM's probably that.Originally Posted by GameInformer issue 224
By the way, if someone played one of the CD-i Zelda games, could you please get this and tell me which is worse? (No obligations.)
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