Learning how to play Generation of Chaos: Pandoraís Reflection
can take a bit of time as there is a lot to do. To start with, you will need to call a character into battle. You can usually only summon two or three to start with, but if you take over Strategy Points and Unit Points you can call more, up to five characters total. The enemy can also do the same so you want to make sure to destroy enemy points when you can. As I mentioned before, you need to be careful about terrain. First, if you want to see the terrain borders easier, hit (Select). It doesnít look as pretty, but it color blocks the map. Next, (Square) will be your best friend. Most of the time, going in a straight line isnít the best way to get somewhere. Itíll work fine in the beginning, but the harder things get, the more you want to pay attention. You can use (Square) to set a way point, so that you can go ahead and plan a character path to get to a specific place without going in a straight line.
The second part to get used to is the battle system. When your character runs into an enemy on screen, a turn-based battle will begin. You will select which weapon that you want to use. Some weapons are more effective that others, so you might see Good or Bad next to a weapon on the selection screen. This doesnít mean that you canít use a "Bad" weapon though. Weapons also have an area effect that will be denoted next to the weapon. The range can be from XS (very short) to XL (very long). When you are attacking, there will be targets that you will need to press (X) and time correctly. The more of these targets you hit, the better. After the attack is over, the area effect will be displayed in a circle on the screen. If you have any of your other characters inside this radius, they will be able to get in a free attack on that enemy. If you can work it out so that all five characters hit the same enemy, you will get a bonus special combo attack which does even more extra damage, so I highly recommend trying to plan it out right.
Generation of Chaos: Pandoraís Reflection is a fun game. At first I thought that it was going to be a short game, but then I realized that the further I got into it, the longer the battles took. I do wish that there was more to the game though. It feels like there is a lot more that could be done. There are no side quests that I found. There are home points that will trigger conversations and gain you a few items, but nothing that is really important or interesting enough to go searching for. I miss having side things to look for. The story feels a bit rushed to me, but I canít explain exactly why. Still though, I have enjoyed playing Pandoraís Reflection. If youíre looking for a solid strategy game, check it out!