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14 December 2006 @ 05:14 pm
The new FMA DS game REALLY sucks.  
I got the new Fullemtal Alchemist game for DS yesterday, and i can honestly say the FMA games have hit and all time low.

Not only does the game play suck (it seems to get worse with every FMA game) but now you have to deal with unfun mini-games that do nothing more than cramp your fingers up. 

there's not even a new story to keep you amused!  At least the play station games had a new story!  this one just gives you a crappy butchered up version of the anime.

what a waste of money.  i don't even think i'll finish playing this junk - only reason i won't sell it is cause jake bought it for me.

I should have had him buy harvest moon instead - pretty sad that planting potatoes and milking cows sound more fun than playing a game based on your favorite anime.

don't bother to buy this game.  only reason i can think of to buy this game is just because you want it for part of your collection.  it's not worth playing.


1.  It's a side scroller - no areas to explore and no serect chest to look for.
2. No items - other than dumb bouncing cows that heal you, there's nothing to fine. No potions, level ups, rings, kittens....  nothing.
3. No new story - not only is the story 100% the same as the anime, but the way the chopped it up, you lose half the jokes! The very first 'movie' (and i hate to use the term movie since it's just a few still screens) they make Ed look like a dick to his brother by having him screaming at all because Al got buried in the sand -not- because he was frustated because of all the sand Al mistenedly dropped on him.
4. Crappy extras - the bonue junk is the same junk you fine everywhere else.  
5. You can't save unti you finish the level.
6. Crappy mini games are forced on you between levels - and i do mean crappy. Crapy like: omg hurry and drag the log 1/2 an inch down so armstrong and show off and cut it with his hand! Good! now do it 10 more times so we can drag this out for a realy long time so we can say x amount of hours on the cover!  these are the type of mini games they stick in preschoolers computer games.
7. 90% of the story is told in long scrools of text, barely touching on much of the story. one second your on the train as a kid, then it jumps right to flame vs metal, then to ed getting his automail fixed without scar even showing up, etc...
8. doing alchemy is simple but bother some.  the wall is on one side of the touch screen and the cannon is on the other, so no matter what you have to stop what you're doing, take your fingers off the buttons,  and touch the screen - by the time you do this what ever you were aiming at has already shot you or has moved by the time you fire.  And no matter how many ablities you can only have 2 up at a time and 1 always is a wall it seems.
9. it's over priced.  this is not worth $35 dollars.  this is not worth 35 cents. it might be worth 25 cents - but only to be used as a decoration.
10. no specials.  you can't call al over, you can't level up for power moves, you can't join forces with al for special combo moves.
11. game plays suck.  all yu do is tap the same 1 button over and over and over again. once in a blue moon you might have to jump over something.
12. can't use alchemy on objects to turn them into weapons or bombs or whatever.  sometimes you can do something dumb with it.
13.  hand cramps -  inorder to beat minigames half the time you have to hurt yourself.  you're better off specnding $5 n a hammer and smashing your fingers a few times - at least that way you have $30 left in your pocket.

*sigh*

Jake bought me this game to try and cheer me up, all it ended up doing was disappoint and make me feel worse.  don't waste your money on it
 
 
neko_chan09 on December 14th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Aww, this game sucks? I'm disapointed to hear that. It means this game won't sell and it lowers the chances of the 3rd FMA PS2 game getting released here....
sushiladysushilady on December 14th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
That's what I was afraid of! This can't be the last FMA game! I wanted something GOOD from Fullmetal gaming. I can tolerate the PS2 games, they're alright, really! But I can't handle something this bad. :( It can't be! *Sob*

Thanks so much for the warning Neko_chan09, it's on my Christmas list, I'm going to seriously reconsider this, maybe rent it or something...
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - grifstar on December 15th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - zeonic_miko on December 15th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bluetard: [FMA] Alfons - o noesshichahn on December 14th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Not to be a prat, but would you mind putting this under a cut? It's a bit long.

That said, I'm sorry to hear it, that does sound really awful. Ugh. What a shame. D: I mean, seriously, if they're going to stick to the anime storyline, you'd hope they'd have it somewhat coherent...
PaperCutpapercut917 on December 14th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
hmm... well, one good thing out of this is I won't have to bug my dad to spend more money on me to buy it. *already owes him probably $10k* XDDD Then again people keep saying Pokemon Mystery Dungeon sucks, and I'm completely addicted to it. O.o;
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on December 14th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Those who claim MD sucks are simply nutty. :(
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Captain Chrismyuutsuuman on December 14th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
*ahem* I feel I must comment as a gamer.

pretty sad that planting potatoes and milking cows sound more fun than playing a game based on your favorite anime.

Virtually almost every game based off of a franchise or licensed product will be doomed to suck. Some anime-based games can be good (see Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach). Some can just have some rather bad games (Fullmetal Alchemist is no exception).

1. It's a side scroller - no areas to explore and no serect chest to look for.

Because we all know every game that's side-scrolling = teh suk, ammirite? :)

5. You can't save unti you finish the level.

Most side-scrolling games do just that. This is nothing new to video games. Especially since there are games that only allow you to save only at certain points or locations.

9. it's over priced. this is not worth $35 dollars. this is not worth 35 cents. it might be worth 25 cents - but only to be used as a decoration.

More like you got ripped off. It retails for $29.95.

11. game plays suck. all yu do is tap the same 1 button over and over and over again. once in a blue moon you might have to jump over something.

Sounds exactly like the PlayStation games.

Game sucks because it's merely trying to cash in on the FMA franchise and by also trying to make every use of the DS' features as possible. That's all that needed to be said. Should also be said for the PlayStation 2 titles, which weren't very good to begin with.
baby_kitty_toesbaby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
"Virtually almost every game based off of a franchise or licensed product will be doomed to suck. Some anime-based games can be good (see Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach). Some can just have some rather bad games (Fullmetal Alchemist is no exception)."

i didn't expect it to be good. none of the fma games are good. but i did expect it to at least be ok enough that'd i'd be willing to play it when i just wanted to waste time.

"Because we all know every game that's side-scrolling = teh suk, ammirite? :)"

nope. i adore side scrollers. just about any mario game kick ass for that reason.

"More like you got ripped off. It retails for $29.95."

Taxes.

"Sounds exactly like the PlayStation games."

simular but in the play station game you could time the attacks to keep the in the air long enough to get a good combo and build up to a special move. plus, the first fma did have combos move when you hit the right pattern.
(no subject) - myuutsuuman on December 15th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lyra Ngalialyricnonsense on December 14th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify, were you expecting Dual Sympathy to not be a side scroller? The trailer and commericals had me expecting that it would be a simple, side scrolling beat-'em-up style game. Did you go into it expecting it to be similar to the PS games?

I'm just trying to see if we have different expectations of what the game was going to be, to gauge whether I would be as disappointed given my own expectations.
baby_kitty_toesbaby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
oh, no. i'd figured it be a side scroller. it's just a badly done side scroller. in fact, i don't think i've had to even jump once yet...

I honestly didn't expect much from the game, FMA games never tend to have good game play. i pretty much it'd be a go through a kill everything, have to jump over ditches or build walls to get over ditches, things like that... kinda like a slightly more facny version of the orgona mario... but i'll tell you what, i'd take that crappy old mario brother game over this fma game anyday
(no subject) - musogato on January 25th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
morgadeth on December 14th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
in order to beat mini-games half the time you have to hurt yourself.
XDDDDDDDD that's so wrong.
morgadeth on December 14th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
I'm a lot'a trees.keelain on December 14th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
O:

well, it is based on an anime

(wait, does that mean .hack sucks too?)
Sarah: FMA: Ed- Good for one thing...daphhime on December 14th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Well, it's more like the anime was based on the games. (Insert "chicken or egg" argument here.) And the .hack games defently do not suck.

Not all anime to VGs are bad. As stated the Naruto games are super fun. I even enjoyed the GBA game somewhat and the Gamecube fighters are a ton of fun. Try playing that game at a con where you're all playing as the characters you're cosplaying. It's pretty funny. XD

Sorry to hear about the DS game sucking. I thought the PS2 games were alright, not super good, just okay.
(no subject) - keelain on December 15th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - atoli on December 15th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - keelain on December 15th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bringing Order into your Chaos: okami_wankokami_hu on December 15th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Let me be the first to request an LJ-cut...
Canadian on Strike: Llama_Duckieangathol on December 15th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Actually, you're the second.

Is this the game with Whack-A-Homunculus? If so, was it any fun?
(no subject) - baby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ipitydaf00l on December 15th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kao-chan: sighkao_sama on December 15th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Strange, I have a friend who got it and he was very enthusiastic about it, and I've just read a very good review of it. I'm a bit sad to hear yours because I've just got a DS and expected my first game to be FMA. Thank you for not making me waste my money! (I'll buy it second-hand later... if it sucks that much it will be easy to find XD)
baby_kitty_toesbaby_kitty_toes on December 15th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
well, someone who likes the silly little games on wario ware (or what ever it was called,) where everything is there more to show off the touch screen feature rather than for game play value, might like it.

if you want a good game for DS, i recommend any of the mario side scrollers. They're always fun. wild world and nintendo dogz is always addicting.
Marymarybon85 on December 17th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Granted I did play this is Japanese, but I enjoyed this little game. It's not fantastic, but I found it to be fun as a momentary diversion. My main complaints are just that it's rather short, and yes, that one minigame where you outrun the rock made me want to smash my DS, but the other ones weren't so bad. In retrospect, I would probably never pay $30 for it, but I didn't find it to be as horrible as the first reviewer.