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The Growlanser Series-Like or Dislike

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:45 pm
by Kobalt
What ar your thoughts on the Growlanser Series?
Like it or dislike it.
What's your opinion?

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 4:53 pm
by Roas Atrades
I like the series, even though I have only played through II a couple of times. Story, characters, and the strategic feel to battle are all good.

On my first play through, before knowing of multiple endings, I just went with what felt natural and got the Riveria ending. The entire flow of the game is nice. It was fun the second time around to get some things I didn't get and unlock some scenes I missed the first time.

My only beef is that I wish it was longer :P I'm the kinda freak that likes an 80 hour game.

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:29 am
by Imperial Knight
Well, my screen name is a Growlanser reference, so yes, you could say I like the series.

It's too bad the first and fourth installments didn't make it to America, they're actually quite a bit better than II and III. They're better balanced, more challenging (GL4 is especially difficult), longer, etc. I still like II and III a lot, though.

I really hope Growlanser V makes it over. Aside from how much I like the series in general it looks like they're trying some neat ideas with it (I'm particularily interested to see how the chapter-based story progression works out). Maybe since it's 3D it'll have better odds of being approved if somebody like Atlus decides to bring it over.

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 6:25 pm
by Sonic#
I've only played II and III, but absolutely loved both. First, I loved the strategy aspects of it. They weren't new to me, but they were well-done and engrossing... I felt like I had a vested interest in it.

Then the characters and the story are nicely done. I particularly like the feel of the second game, a sort of romanticized military feel to several of the main characters and the progression in general. The idea of different kingdoms that weren't entirely good or evil was also refreshing. They did things for certain reasons. True, you have some evil force operating, but... there's more to it.

Plus, any optimistic game wins me over instantly, as long as it's well done otherwise.

Oh, and voice-acting + very well done character portraits = yay!

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:51 pm
by Kobalt
My personal favorite is Growlanser III. I liked Growlanser II for its to have the player choose how they wanted to play the game, such as being able to choose whether or not Wein stays as an imperial knight, or becomes a mercenary working for Wolfgang. However, it just didn't feel quite as real to me, since most of the exploring was done via point and click map and I couldn't really interact with the enviroments. Growlanser III, albeit, the storyline is more linear than Grow II, brings back a little of the old rpg feel to me, which is what I like. I still love the series as a whole, though, mainly because the art is done by my favorite artist, Satoshi Urushihara.

My only wish is that someone continues to bring the series over hear. I'd hate to miss out on Growlanser IV and V.

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 4:40 pm
by Lunar6000
I love the series it is amazing..

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:15 pm
by Lord_Ghaleon
Personally I love the Growlanzer series becuase it is my style of gameplay, it is much like FFT, Arc the lad, lunar series all of which I like.

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:18 pm
by Jyd3n
The series is great, also the last game WD ever made to my knowledge so it has certain sentamental properties as well. Story is pretty good but the character developement is where this story has its best area.

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:19 pm
by Imperial Knight
Plot wise I tend to think that GL2 suffers from trying to be a direct sequel to GL1. Since GL1 didn't really leave much in the way of loose ends, parts of GL2 come off as rather contrived. GL3's plot starts out well, but by the second half it comes across as rushed, with some events not getting proper development and/or resolution.

Still, I really like the characterization (for the most part) in both games. Kudos to the writers in that regard.

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:03 am
by Mattroid
I only recently picked up Growlanser Generations (Deluxe, in fact!). I had meant to get it long ago, but it was always difficult to find. I started looking on ebay around the time WD went down and I saw the Deluxe pack go as high as $100 so I stopped looking.

When New Super Mario Bros came out, I was at GameStop to pick it up when my eye caught the Deluxe box behind the glass across the way. I asked to take a look at it and it turned out to be $80. I honestly didn't have the cash (rent was coming up), so I handed it back. The girl was like, "hold on, it might be on sale." She went to look and then said it was $60.

I couldn't pass up on that deal. I needed a new watch anyway :D Well, the batteries, of course, were dead. So, I still don't have a watch, and I didn't want to take out some links to make it fit anyway (I'm a collector at heart, so it wouldn't be right to wear it anyway).

At the time, I was busy replaying Secret of Mana, Windwaker, and Dragon Warrior 1. I put Growlanser II in just to see what it was like. You know, for like 5 minutes, just to test the waters...

Five and half hours later, I had to get to bed since I had to be at work in a few hours.

So yeah, I was pretty damn impressed with the game. I'm still not done with it (I just finished the cat-girl side story), but I can't stop playing it (except to post here, of course).

Speaking of which, I need to get back to it so I can finish it soon and then get back to the games I was playing before then!

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:52 pm
by lucia24
I like it.It's a good game to me. :D