It’s been a long time since my last appearance on the PlayStation Blog so I hope you’ve all been keeping well. We’ve just released the third game in the Agarest: Generations of War series, entitled (confusingly enough!) Agarest: Generations of War 2.
As with all the other games in the Agarest series, gamers can expect a role playing game with a deeply tactical combat system, an epic storyline spanning three generations and the ability to influence the characteristics of the next protagonist through your choice of bride in the game’s Soul Breeding system. However, beyond that the game has undergone some fairly radical changes.
Graphically, this new instalment in the series has been given a major facelift, so now you can enjoy all the characters, environments and CGs in glorious high definition. Similarly the combat system has been completely overhauled and is now much faster paced, while still offering great depth for those who want to really delve into the tactics of combat.
The restricted world map of the older games is gone. Rather than travelling around the world following a set path, you now have the ability to roam the world map freely.
There are also three brand new mini-games for you to enjoy, all of which can be played using the Move controller.
There are loads of other tweaks and new features for you to find and enjoy too. A particular favourite of mine is the way that the titles you earn during the game are now much more integrated into the storyline and game world.
Newcomers to the series will be pleased to note that the storyline is completely accessible, even if you have never played an Agarest game before, so you don’t need to worry about a lack of prior knowledge holding you back from enjoying the epic sweep of the narrative.
The tale itself is a classic story of a man named Weiss, whose past is catching up with him. In this case, instead of your standard dark criminal past, the crime Weiss stands accused of is DEICIDE, the act of which you’ll actually play through as part of the Tutorial. While other games may teach you how to fight by pitting you against giant rats, Agarest 2 starts off with you defeating a god as part of the tutorial.
Unfortunately, committing deicide seems to have certain side effects. Aside from a bad case of amnesia, Weiss has in fact doomed himself and his descendents to act as the vessel to carry the essence of the slain god, until it can be resurrected. As such, he and his descendents must travel the world defeating the rampaging demons carrying the essence of the god until it is gathered together.