Just RPG - Reviews, PC and PS2 Walkthroughs, Previews, and RPG News!





HOME

Reviews
Previews
Walkthroughs
Strategy Guides
Articles
Interviews
Editorials
Links
About Us
Past Issues

June 14, 2011
March 22, 2011
Feb. 28, 2011
Dec. 14, 2010
Nov. 23, 2010
Nov. 9, 2010
Oct. 26, 2010
Oct. 6, 2010
Sept. 21, 2010
Sept. 14, 2010
Sept. 7, 2010
Aug. 31, 2010
Aug. 24, 2010
Aug. 17, 2010
Aug. 8, 2010
June 15, 2010
January, 2010
Dec. 21, 2009
Past Issues

Age of Conan: Unchained
Dark Souls
Dreamlords: Resurrection
Final Fantasy IV In-Pack Items
Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword
League of Legends: Co-op V.S. AI
Final Fantasy IV
Duke Nukem Forever
Divine Souls Open Beta
inSANE
Mass Effect 3 Unveiled
League of Legends: Cassiopeia
League of Legends: Trundle
King Arthur: The Druids
Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom
RIFT Closed Beta
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Magicka
Pandora Saga
DC Universe Online Screenshots
Fallout: New Vegas Add-On Content
League of Legends: Lux
Bloodline Champions: The Nomad
Majesty 2: Battles of Ardania
League of Legends: Battle Training
League of Legends: LeBlanc
Iron Cross
Prinny 2
Crusade Kings 2
Lionehart Kings' Crusade
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition
Castlevania Harmony of Despair DLC
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Spiderweb Software's Birthday
League of Legends: Swain
Gormiti: Lords of Nature!
Disgaea 4
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
League of Legends: Magma Chamber
League of Legends: Sona
War of Angels
King of Kings 3: Mage
Legend of Edda
Lionheart:Kings' Crusade
Cladun
Dreamlords
TERA
League of Legends
Silkroad Online Battle Arena
Grand Chase Thunder Hammer
Aika Global
The Shadow Sun
Saw ll: Flesh and Blood
TERA
Neverwinter
League of Legends
Castlevania Harmony of Despair
Smash Your Food
I SPY Spooky Mansion
Hexyz Force
World of Tanks
League of Legends
Mass Effect 2
DOFUS 2.0
DOFUS Screens
FFXIII Box
Puzzle Chron.
Gyromancer
Warhammer OL
Star Trek OL
Lost Saga Scr
Marvel DLC
League Legends
Poxnora
Demon's Souls
League Legends
League Beta
Fort Zombie
Arc Rise Fantasia
Arc Rise Screens
Mimana Iyar
League Screens
Marvel DLC
Free Realms
Adventures To Go
Fusion PR Group
Demon's Souls
AdventureQuest
Witch's Tale
League Legends
Half-Minute Scr
Half-Minute
Freaky Scr.
Valhalla
Dragon Quest
Vandal Hearts
Mytheon
Risen
Gemini Lost
Freaky
Gyromancer
FF Crystal
Dragon Quest
Star Trek OL
Fort Zombie
Disgaea 2
FF Crystal
Champions OL
Wizard of Oz
Star Ocean
League Legends
Valhalla Scr.
Dragon Age
Marvel Ultimate
Risen Website
League Legends
Adventurequest
Final Fantasy
Agarest War
Agarest War Scr.
Demon's Souls
SMT: Persona
Pangya
Dragon Age
Warhammer
Mana Khemia 2
Runes of Magic
Cursed Mtn.
Cursed Mtn. Scr.
Freaky Creature
Phantom Brave
Runes of Magic
Aion Goes Gold
Free Realms
Wizards Exec
Freaky Creature
Arma II
Champions
Aion CG Movie
Marvel Ultimate
FFIV Dev Diary
Steambot Chron.
League Legends
Phantom Brave
Runes of Magic
Champions
Champions Vid.
League Legends
League Trailer
Risen Screens
Freaky Creature
Star Treak DAC
Phantom Brave
Demon's Souls
Geneforge
The Witcher
Free Realms
Runes of Magic
Demon's Souls
Aion Screens
Fallout 3 DLC
Marvel Ultimate
PuchiPuchi Virus
League Legends
Fallout 3 DLC
Mytheon
Wizard of Oz
Oz Screens
Marvel Ultimate
La Tale
Asda Story
Avernum 6
Battle Fantasia
League Legends
Adventurequest
Warpforce
New Nintendo
Aion
FF Crystal Chron.
Mind Twist
Little King's
Stan Lee, Marvel
Elf Island
Ether Saga
Wizard101
Demon's Souls
League Legends
FFXI Trailer
Champions Online
Free Realms
Aion Preorder
BioShock/Elder
Silkroad Online
Warpforce
Warpforce Scr.
Runes Screens
Runes of Magic
League Legends
Marvel Ultimate
FF XIV
Knights
Asda Story
Champions
League Legends
Runes of Magic
FF XIV Online
Time of Shadows
Kingdom Hearts
FF IV
Demon's Souls
Lunar
League Release
League Trailer
Cross Edge
Runes of Magic
Phantom Brave
Crimson Gem
DC Universe
Freaky
SMT Devil
Steal Princess
Steal Screens
Wizard101
SMT Devil
Runes of Magic
Warrior Epic
Fallout 3 DLC
League Legends
League Screens
Bounty Bay
Bounty Bay Scr.
Ragnarok Scr.
Ragnarok Online
Runes of Magic
Time of Shadows
Time Scr.
Steambot Chron.
Adventures
Adventures Scr.
Warrior Epic
Sacred 2 Ships
Disgaea 2
Last Rebellion
Mana Khemia 2
Sakura Wars
Witch's Tale
Runes of Magic
Runes Screens
Class of Heroes
Sacred Trailer
Valhalla Knights
Wizard101 Gift
Freaky Creatures
Playboy Manager
Blizzcon 2009
Champions
Little King
League Legends
Wizard101
Wizard101 Scr.
Neverwinter
Warrior Epic Beta
Elder Scrolls
Warrio Epic Beta
Sacred 2
Utopia Kingdoms
Wizard101
Tweet in Games
Star Trek D-A-C
Champions
Champions Vid.
DragonSky Scr.
DragonSky
Free Realms
Free Realms Scr.
FFXI Vana'diel
DC Universe
Warrior Epic Scr.

 





Developer:
Irem
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PS2
Release Date: May 23, 2006

by Josh Ferguson




When it comes to RPGs, time and time again Atlus has proven that they are one of the best. With their large collection of both entertaining and unique RPGs, Atlus has gained quite a fan following. Their latest RPG, Steambot Chronicles, is no different, and is sure to deliver one of the most unique experiences around.


Throughout the world in Steambot Chronicles, the people have come to rely on these vehicles known as ďTrotmobiles.Ē For the most part, these vehicles have taken over and become even more popular than the automobile. In fact, Trotmobiles are often used for more than just transportation, including agriculture, hauling items, and they can even help with mining. Chances are the player will be using their Trotmobile for most of the game, because not only does it help move across towns faster, but also combat relies completely on using one of these vehicles.


The story of the game follows a young man by the name of Vanilla, who finds himself washed up on a beach with no memory of his past experiences. When Vanilla awakens, he is startled to see a young girl by the name of Connie, who just so happened to be out picking herbs for her mother. Soon after, the two find themselves trapped on the beach as missiles come shooting by and hit a nearby cliff, blocking the exit. Luckily the two come across an abandoned Trotmobile, and use it to move the giant boulder blocking their path. Due to the delay, Connie misses her bus and asks Vanilla to use his newly found Trotmobile to take her back to her hometown of Nefroburg.


With a Trotmobile now under Vanillaís control, the game really starts to unfold. From then on you will travel through different towns, encounter different characters, and be given the option of choosing different storyline paths. Throughout the game you will also encounter many dialogue choices, some of which might lead a character to like you, and others that could lead to the complete opposite. These dialogue choices not only have an effect on the character that you are communicating with, but also tend to have some sort of effect on your character's reputation and how people feel about him.


As I said earlier, the Trotmobile is a key element of the game, and in order to perform most tasks, your Trot will be necessary. Controlling your vehicle can be somewhat difficult, and is done by using the two analog sticks and pressing them in certain directions. For example, in order to go forward you must press them both up, and in order to go backwards you must press them both down. If you are familiar with the Katamari Damacy controls, then you might have a little heads up on how these vehicles work. Anyone who is not familiar with the series, well, then this might take a little getting used to. However, the biggest flaws with the Trotmobile controls are easily found during the game's combat.


Throughout Steambot Chronicles there will be a large amount of instances when the player will be taken into combat. Whether the player is hitting the arena to try and make a little extra cash or just walking around the environments, there will be many combat instances. Combat is easily one of the most frustrating areas of the game, especially because merely turning around can be a lot more difficult than it should. In order to properly turn around, it will definitely take a couple seconds, and during this time the enemy wonít be having nearly as much trouble as the actual player, and this can definitely cause some frustration. One of my worst experiences was during a boss fight where the idea is to jump on some platforms and destroy it's many turrets. The only problem is that the individual is also moving, and you must use the jump button and turn your vehicle in the air, which will definitely cause some problems. As you can see these controls can be quite bothersome, and the fact that you will encounter battles constantly throughout the game just adds to the frustration. Another flaw is that sometimes during combat the game suffers from the occasional slow-down. This wouldnít be too big of a deal, but the problem is Iím not exactly sure why there is any slow-down. Normally there arenít too many enemies on a screen at once, which is often a reason for slow-down, but this game normally wonít have more than three or so.


One of the areas that Steambot Chronicles is very strong in is the amount of customization. Players will be able to completely customize their Trotmobile, everywhere from its arms, legs, and color, to even its windshield. However, in order to actually attach a new piece to your Trotmobile, you first take it to a mechanic at a garage. These garages often sell a variety of different Trot pieces, and will also repair and refuel your vehicle for a price. While many of the Trot pieces will often give some sort of stat bonus, especially when it comes to the offensive, there are also some pieces that help in other areas outside of the combat. For example, there are certain Trot pieces that will cause your vehicle to float in water, and there are others that might allow you to taxi people around. Aside from customizing your vehicle, the game has some ability of actually customizing Vanilla. Not only will you obtain several different clothing attires, including a cowboy and chef outfit, that will change his look, but players will also be able to alter his hairstyle. Customizing Vanilla can be somewhat funny, and I especially loved running around towns wearing my sombrero.


While Steambot Chronicles is a game that allows the player to choose which storyline path he or she would like to take, one of the paths is that of joining the Garland Globetrotters. The Garland Globetrotters are a very popular band and it just so happens that Connie is the lead singer. When Vanilla joins up with the band he will be able to take part in many of their performances and use a variety of different instruments. During these performances, a screen somewhat similar to DDR will appear, having the player press the required button at the appropriate time. Each instrument plays somewhat differently than the others, with the drums only requiring the shoulder buttons while the trumpet will require the use of the left analog stick. Players will be able to practice with these instruments by going to the menu and clicking on the instrument, and occasionally will obtain cash from spectators. While the musical performances are fairly interesting and I enjoyed the variety of different methods of using the instruments, the main problem is that occasionally there will be a little slow-down during the performances. This normally wonít be too big of a deal, but it often can lead to missing a key, which can be somewhat annoying.


Like I stated earlier, Steambot Chronicles features several different storyline paths that can lead to a number of different things. The player has the opportunity of joining with the Garland Globetrotters, or they could go in a completely different direction and join up with some of the bad guys. Of course, this will lead you to leave the band, but these are just some of the different paths that players who take on the game can take. During the game there are also a couple of different females that Vanilla can hook up with, including the obvious, Connie, and a few others. There are also the many different dialogue choices that players can take which will add even more incentive to go back and replay the game. Plus, with a large amount of mini-games and other side quests, including transporting individuals from town to town, purchasing houses, mastering all the instruments, and so on, there are several reasons to pile on the hours for playing the game. There are also options of playing two-player mode in the battle arena, but with some of the sloppy controls Iím not so sure that these would warrant more than a couple of tries. Overall though, there are many reasons to go back and replay the game and hours of potential fun!


Graphically, Steambot Chronicles features some fairly good-looking character models, and the different bots are also pretty nice. The environments are fairly large, and some of the cities look pretty nice, but at times tend to feature some slow-down when too many vehicles are roaming around the screen. Aside from those problems, there are also some minor camera issues that can make it a little difficult to get a good view of things.


As far as the sound department is concerned, Steambot Chronicles features some high points and some lows. For the most part, the voice actors tend to do a nice job, with most of them fitting the characters nicely. It also helps that the game features quite a bit of voice work. The music in the game, which obviously is an important issue, is mostly strong, but slow-down is AGAIN a problem here.


Steambot Chronicles is easily one of the most unique RPG experiences Iíve had in quite some time. Even though the game has its fare share of flaws (such as the slow-down I repeatedly mentioned), it also has several strong points that can easily make it a fun experience. If youíre looking for an RPG with several story-line branches, some unique gameplay, and a lot of customization, then look no further than Steambot Chronicles!


Final Grade: 79%


Comment in the Just RPG Forums




All materials © 2000-2010 Just RPG
RPG Network: Free MMORPG | RPG Music