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'''''Illusion of Gaia''''' is an action role-playing by [[Enix]]. The game is decent overall, but it is plagued by some serious flaws.
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[[Image:Illusion of Gaia - SNES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
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'''''Illusion of Gaia''''', originally titled '''''ガイア幻想紀, Gaia Gensoki, "The Gaia Fantasy Chronicles"''''' in Japan, and re-titled '''''Illusion of Time''''' in Europe, is an action role-playing game developed by [[Quintet]] and published by [[Enix]] for the SNES in 1993.
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My friend in middle school rented this game, and I watched him play it for the first few stages of the game until he had to return it. Later, I bought a used copy and tried playing it myself, only to become bored with it, and let a friend play through most of the game. Finally, while wanting to find more SNES music to appreciate, and knowing that actually having played the game tends to make me like it more, I decided to play through the game and beat it.
  
 
==Status==
 
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* While not as impressive as Square's soundtracks, the music is professional and fitting.
 
* While not as impressive as Square's soundtracks, the music is professional and fitting.
 
* The developers drew Will and Freedan's sprites without mirroring, so you remain right-handed when moving left, a nice touch.
 
* The developers drew Will and Freedan's sprites without mirroring, so you remain right-handed when moving left, a nice touch.
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* The game has a fantastic manual.
  
 
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* Allowing the D-pad to clear dialogue boxes at the end of a conversation is especially annoying, and often results in missed text.
 
* Allowing the D-pad to clear dialogue boxes at the end of a conversation is especially annoying, and often results in missed text.
  
==Gallery==
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==Box Art==
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Illusion of Gaia - SNES - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box art has a backdrop of Freedan and Shadow in front of Will and Kara. I don't care for this box art.
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Illusion of Gaia - SNES - USA.jpg|The North American box art is well-painted, but it shamelessly rips off the style of [[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]] in order to confuse players that it is a sequel.
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Illusion of Gaia - SNES - Netherlands.jpg|This art was used through most of Europe and Australia. The new title fits the game better since the player is constantly running around the ruins of ancient civilizations, but, like the American art, it doesn't give any indication about what the game is like. I find if to be the worst art of all.
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Illusion of Gaia - SNES - Germany.jpg|The German release uses a portion of the Japanese box art with the European lettering. It's a step up from the original European art, but I would have preferred the quality of the American logo art.
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==Documentation==
 
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Illusion of Gaia - SNES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
 
Illusion of Gaia - SNES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
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==Links==
 
==Links==
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/illusion-of-gaia mobygames.com/game/snes/illusion-of-gaia] - MobyGames.
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/illusion-of-gaia mobygames.com/game/snes/illusion-of-gaia] - MobyGames.
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_Gaia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_Gaia] - Wikipedia.
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588383-illusion-of-gaia gamefaqs.com/snes/588383-illusion-of-gaia] - GameFAQs.
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588383-illusion-of-gaia gamefaqs.com/snes/588383-illusion-of-gaia] - GameFAQs.
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_Gaia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_Gaia] - Wikipedia.
 
  
  

Revision as of 11:52, 3 July 2017

North American box art.

Illusion of Gaia, originally titled ガイア幻想紀, Gaia Gensoki, "The Gaia Fantasy Chronicles" in Japan, and re-titled Illusion of Time in Europe, is an action role-playing game developed by Quintet and published by Enix for the SNES in 1993.

My friend in middle school rented this game, and I watched him play it for the first few stages of the game until he had to return it. Later, I bought a used copy and tried playing it myself, only to become bored with it, and let a friend play through most of the game. Finally, while wanting to find more SNES music to appreciate, and knowing that actually having played the game tends to make me like it more, I decided to play through the game and beat it.

Status

I own this game and have beaten it.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: SNES

Good

  • Over all, the game is a fun action RPG, with plenty of play time.
  • The game has some really nice graphics and animation.
  • Being able to turn into a more powerful knight is a fun addition.
  • While not as impressive as Square's soundtracks, the music is professional and fitting.
  • The developers drew Will and Freedan's sprites without mirroring, so you remain right-handed when moving left, a nice touch.
  • The game has a fantastic manual.

Bad

  • Will uses a flute as a weapon... lame.
  • The story's basic concept is cool, but the game implements it poorly. I was left with little idea of what was going on most of the time.
  • The non-player characters that follow Will around through the cities are uninteresting and look goofy.
  • The game is entirely linear, often forcing you forward with no option to revisit previous areas.
  • The red crystals, while a nice addition to the game, are hidden in such ridiculous locations that they force you to search every single area of every map to find them.
  • A large percentage of the enemies are unidentifiable and boring.
  • Your weapon has a huge hit box, often hitting enemies that weren't actually touched by your weapon making combat easier than it should be.
  • While I like the system of constantly rewarding the player with minor improvements throughout the game, the fact that every reward is planned takes away a lot of the excitement. It also makes it impossible to grind for more power to get through more difficult areas.
  • Several of cut-scenes are really drawn out and dull, there's actually a part in the game where you have to wait in line for several minutes with nothing happening.
  • While I love the idea of using various ancient cultures, the designers often mix cultures incorrectly, like having Lamasu in Incan ruins and Shedu in Egypt.
  • The bosses vary wildly in difficulty. The bird boss is far easier to defeat than the first boss.
  • Not giving the player a chance to heal between battles in the boss re-fight makes the ending a chore.
  • The ending boss is stupid hard compared to the rest of the game, and, if you die, you pretty much have to reset since you start with only 50% life.

Ugly

  • Allowing the D-pad to clear dialogue boxes at the end of a conversation is especially annoying, and often results in missed text.

Box Art

Documentation

Links