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Developer:
Pinegrow
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PS2
Release Date: April 26, 2005

by Josh Ferguson




Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity is one of Atlus's latest RPGs to be released for the PlayStation 2 console. Recently, Atlus has had much luck in the field of RPGs, releasing fan favorites from the Shin Megami Tensei series, such as Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga. Will fans warm up to Stella Deus as much as Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga? Read on to find out.


The game revolves around a young soldier named Spero, who, along with the rest of his party, tries to stop the spread of a deadly mist known as "miasma". By using alchemy, Vizer, a brilliant scientist and friend of Spero's, believes that they can stop the spread of miasma. However, their knowledge of alchemy is not yet great enough. In order to increase their understanding of the science, many feel that they must use the life force of spirits. As more and more spirits are killed, the miasma continues to grow and grow. Spero soon comes to realize that everything he has learned about miasma could be a complete lie, and that the only way to save his existence is by saving the spirits, and opening the Gate of Eternity.


The combat system in Stella Deus is much like that of any strategy RPG seen these days. As you start a battle, you have a small area of red squares where you are able to place a few of your different characters. Each map has a limit of how many characters you may use, and sometimes there are different limits. Most commonly you will be able to place about a total of six characters on these squares. After you have placed your characters' starting points, you may begin the battle by pressing the start button.


When it comes to the battles, everything in Stella Deus is in need of AP. Everything from attacking, to healing, to moving takes up your supply of AP. Each character has a limit of 100 AP, and as they do certain actions in combat, that limit goes down. However, at the end of their turn the character regains all of their AP, and can use up another 100 AP on their next turn. Different actions will take up more or less AP, and if your character has enough AP, they may do as many of these actions as possible until they are too low on AP.


Being a strategy RPG, you will often be moving your characters around the map trying to locate a good position. By pressing the move button in the combat menu, the amount of squares in which your character can move are highlighted in blue. If there is a position where your character can move, and hypothetically could do battle, then those squares surrounding the characters attack range will be highlighted purple. Some characters have a longer distance of attack, depending on the weapon that they are using. For example, a character using a bow has a much larger attack range then someone, say, using a sword.


While in combat, characters are also able to join together and perform a team attack. Team attacks can involve multiple characters, and are much more lethal then the average attack. Characters can do as many team attacks as are available in their stock. The number of team attacks a character has can be viewed by using the status screen, and looking at that character. Characters not only need a team attack skill in their stock, but also must have the target in their effect zone, or ez. The ez is a yellow area around your character that can be viewed by switching to the scroll map view during combat.


The leveling up process in Stella Deus is done by using any type of action during combat. While most strategy RPGs make it so that your characters only gain experience once they kill an enemy, which can be harsh on your healers, Stella Deus has it so that ANY action, whether it be healing, using items, or attacking, gives your character experience. However, killing an enemy does acquire your character more experience than just say, attacking it once would. Also, with most RPGs, as you gain levels it takes more and more experience to rise to the next level. However, in Stella Deus, to reach each level your character must only acquire 100 experience. While this might sound really easy, it actually takes much more time to acquire levels and can be very boring in the process.


As characters use actions in combat, they not only gain experience points, but also Skill Points, or SP. Characters' SP is mainly used for making characters stronger in two different ways: by increasing stats and by acquiring new skills. As far as skills, there are three types of skills that characters can learn: action skills, support skills, and zone skills. Action skills are abilities that when used take up a portion of a character's MP and AP. These include abilities such as healing and attack abilities. Support skills are abilities that give your character some sort of stat bonus, such as jump +1 or power +10%. And finally, zone skills are abilities that a character gives off to other characters that are within a certain range. Some zone skills include HP recovery and fear, which causes the opponent to become unable to attack.


While playing Stella Deus, if you find that the missions are too difficult, then you are able to go to the catacombs. The catacombs are an area where characters may battle enemies and earn experience towards gaining higher levels. To enter the catacombs, press the menu button, go to town, and then click on the catacombs. It is as simple as that. The levels of the enemies in each floor of the catacombs are based on the floor that you are located in. For example, if you are located on the fourth floor of the catacombs, the enemies will be level 4.


Using the town menu, players are also able to visit the shop, where you can purchase items and equipment for characters, and the guild. The guild is an area where many different sidequests are available. Some of these sidequests lead to earning extra characters, while some really don't have a point other than to earn extra cash. Many of the guild sidequests are playable, however many of them are not. The guild can also be used for one more thing, and that is item fusion. Item fusion is done by choosing two objects from your inventory, either equipment or an item, and fusing the two together, creating a different object. Fusing can create a new weapon, an item, or sometimes a scroll that allows a character to learn some sort of skill.


When viewing the graphics of Stella Deus, many notice that they are much different than that of most strategy RPGs, especially those released by Nippon Ichi. While different, the character graphics still look good and the art style is a nice, unique look.


One of the biggest flaws with the game is the character voice-acting. For the most part, the characters seem to lack enthusiasm and come off sounding horrible. While it wouldn't seem too bad if it were just a few characters, most of the character voice-acting is poorly done and some of the worst I've heard in some time.


Even though Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity might not be quite as good as some of the other recent games released by Atlus, it's still a game that die-hard fans of the genre should enjoy. While others might find it more difficult to appreciate what the game has to offer, it's still at least worth a rental.


Final Grade: 73%




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