Preview: Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos (PSP)
Aedis Eclipse Generation of Chaos is a real-time strategy role playing game (strat-RPG) for the PSP. The game is loosely based on the PlayStation 2 game Generation of Chaos IV, which was never released in the United States. "Aedis Eclipse" is also the second title to be released under the Generation of Chaos name for the PSP. The biggest compliant gamers had with the first release were the load times; they were bad. NIS addressed this issue in "Aedis Eclipse"; long load times are no longer a problem.
The story behind "Aedis Eclipse" is about three worlds (Lower, Surface, Divine) that are connected and in turmoil. In the Lower World, a massive world war rages on as those in power seek the ultimate power, which they believe lies in the link to the other worlds. The Surface World is in midst of a civil war, with an evil force afoot. The Divine World, Heaven and Hell, is where angels and demons wage war for all of eternity. Connecting these worlds together is a great evil, the Demon King Mugen.
"Aedis Eclipse" can be played through each of these viewpoints, which build different storylines with different characters. What the multiple viewpoints translates to is hours upon hours of addictive fun. I have had a preview copy in my possession for the last couple weeks and it has been consuming the majority of my free time. There is a lot to do in this game and it is a blast to play through.
In the game, there are over 40 playable characters to lead your armies into battle. Each character is a captain that can have up to 30 troops. There are also over 150 different troop types. Each captain can have up to two different troops in their command. The captains lead the troops into battle against other captains and the last man (or women or monster) standing wins. Customizing armies to find the most effective combat crew is part of the game's charm. Also, there are special skills, weapons, armors, and other items to collect.
When completing one story mode (e.g., completing the game from the Lower World perspective), all of the weapons, armors, skills, items, and troops can be imported into another story mode. This import function allows you to collect bigger and better things, which you'll definitely need against the stronger bad guys.
Despite that the game is addictively fun, there are some complications. The animation sequences for special skills can take a while to play out. The good news is there is an option to turn it off. The bad news is that it doesn't work. Another problem lies in the general menu configuration. There is a lot of button clicking required to get from point to another. It might sound like a minor gripe, but with over 40 obtainable characters it gets tedious to manage them all with the game's menu interface.
However, as it stands, Aedis Eclipse Generation of Chaos is an exciting strat-RPG that PSP gamers will want to take a look at. This game has a lot of promise and I haven't been able to put down my preview copy, soaking in every fun minute that I can. "Aedis Eclipse" deserves two thumbs up; it is a fantastic game.