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27Apr/100

An initial impression of “Breath of Death VII : The Beginning” for the Xbox 360

xboxboxart The reason I’m writing THIS instead of a full out review is because I’m kind of stuck in a part of the game and kind of need to start over again. Although that’s not a bad thing against the game, it’s more my inability to play RPGs … I have only played two RPGs to completion my entire life and those are the original Dragon Warrior for the NES and Super Mario RPG. Why have I only finished that many? Because I don’t typically like RPGs that much. They’re entirely too long and too repetitive. I don’t like all the little subtleties in them and I hate grinding with a passion.

Unfortunately, this game seems to require some grinding because the place I’m at in the game my entire party can just BARELY make it through the REGULAR battles in this particular dungeon … let along stand a snowball’s chance in hell against the boss of this area. So I have elected to grind the hell out of the overworld before I really start on any of the actual story points, which you don’t have to worry about my spoiling … because it DOES have a story that I’m not even going to get into here. From what I can tell so far, it’s not going to win any awards, but it has made me laugh a few times which is always a good thing because there aren’t many games that LITERALLY make me laugh storywise.

10Mar/100

Upcoming Xbox Live Indie Game : Breath of Death VII : The Beginning

This is being billed as a retro parody RPG for the indie games section. Now, my knowledge of RPGs is extremely limited, but I can definitely see some of the original Dragon Warrior in here (partly because that's the only one in the entire series I've played to completion. And that was 20 years ago). NaviFairy from Gay Gamer agreed with that, and also said that he sees some Beath of Fire (should've figured that one out myself from the title), Chrono Trigger and Castlevania : Symphony of the Night.

Here's the press release :

Zeboyd Games is proud to announce their upcoming game, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning for the XBox 360. Join Dem the Skeleton Knight, Sara the Ghost Historian, Lita the Vampire Techie, and Erik the Zombie Prince as they explore a world filled with the undead, searching for the secrets of the past. Game features include:

  • Fast turn-based combat!
  • Retro visuals reminiscent of the best of 8-bit & 16-bit RPGs displayed in glorious 720p!
  • World map filled with several dungeons & locations to explore!
  • Deep yet easy to understand branching LV-Up system
  • Special multi-character techniques & a combo count system add strategic depth to combat!

All this for the low, low price of 80 MS points ($1 USD)! Breath of Death VII will be coming to XBox Live Indie Games in April of 2010.

And back to your favorite blogger, Dhalamar. Here are some screens for you to gawk at in the meantime.

Now, I'm personally kind of looking forward to this judging purely from the video and the screenshots because I'm a sucker for that retro look. We'll just have to wait and see come April. :)