• The 7th Dragon series has gone back as far as the DS era, before having a space on the PSP with 7th Dragon 2020 and 2020-II. Now with the fourth game on the 3DS, the game come to be in the hands of American gamers, and eventually with luck, Europeans. It’s a really good series, but thankfully you won’t need to have played the others to enjoy the game. Although it might have helped understand a bit of the references that get thrown out.

    The plot is pretty simple, as it mostly follows the basic plot of the previous games. The Earth is once again under the threat of destruction from the invasion of the 7th True Dragon and it’s hordes of Lesser and High Dragons. To defeat the 7th Dragon, your team will need to time travel to other eras to collect samples of the other True Dragons to complete the Dragon Chronicle. Along the way, you’ll also play the role of exterminator, and defeat all the Lesser and High Dragons along the way. You get Dz points to improve your base at Nodens, which has many facilities like a Cat Cafe will heals your party and grants bonus SP. SP itself is used to learn skills the various classes can learn.

    Dungeon crawling consists of roaming through linear fields unlike Etrian Odyssey where you’d be walking through 3D dungeons in first person. Similarly, the dragons act like FOEs, but they don’t respawn. As far as combat goes, it’s a pretty basic turn based RPG set-up. The twist comes in the form of the Buddy System, where you can have one more of your reserve team members use an attack the enemy to remove it’s shields, or buff your party for a turn. The classes themselves are pretty interesting as well. Duelists are like magic users who can also set up traps, and with a special skill, can make a devastating attacks once they are all set. The only drawback is their random card draws. The God Hand is your heavy damage dealers, but they can also tank a bit, heal or buff single party members. The Samurai is your jack of all trades, who can be molded for a variety of situations, but generally leans on the damage dealing side. The Agent is your basic debuffer, who can also hack the enemies to inflict statuses on them or land nice damage while restoring mana. There are some more classes that unlock over the course of the story, and they will provide even more tactics to implement.

    The story itself is simple, but it is good, despite the lack of the party members being user created and not having character development. There is some LGBT representation, although some of it is incidental. This is because the game doesn’t care who the leader of your party is at anytime, and the lines are written in such a way that they are gender neutral. The NPCs who are LGBT are nice though. The music in the game is good as well, although it’s likely the most eclectic selection of styles I’ve seen from Yuzo Koshiro in one place. The visuals in the game resemble a DS or early PSP game, and considering that the game lacks 3D support, it’s no surprise that it might have been a PSP game at one point. It is very colorful though, so thankfully it’s not to drab. The dragons also can have pretty funny names, like the Gir-ragon. It’s a real fun game for JRPG fans, so it’s a game that definitely should go into your library. A solid recommend.

    7th Dragon III: Code VFD - Review
    A very fun turn-based JRPG that will satisfy players of the genre. While it lacks a few features like fleshed out party members and a lack of 3D support, it's a solid title.
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    Positives
    • The game is pretty easy until near the end of the game, so it's more accessible to genre newcomers.
    • The game has some LGBT representation.
    Negatives
    • Although some of the LGBT representation is only incidental as a result of it's design.
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