Is Magna Carta 2 Pretty Enough?

By Spencer . April 21, 2009 . 1:49am

Here it is, the first trailer for Magna Carta 2. Namco Bandai will publish Softmax’s RPG in Japan on August 6 and they added a song from J-rock group Glay.



Judging from the comments, many Siliconera readers were drawn to Magna Carta: Tears of Blood because of the artwork. Is the trailer up to par?


The visual works pre-order bonus is certainly tempting. Fingers crossed it comes stateside if — more like when Magna Carta 2 comes stateside.

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  • Raccoon

    I think the in-game character-models don’t look enough like those awesome artworks by Hyung Tae-Kim, especially on the 360 they could have done better than this. Maybe the budget wasn’t big enough.

  • I agree with Raccoon. In my opinion, I think the costumes aren’t as extravagant as well. Everything looks great, though, on that visual works book (?).

  • FlamingMoogles

    the boobs are finally more proportioned! FINALLY!

  • TurkeyPotPie

    Looks okay to me, but I’m not a fan of Hyung Tae-Kim. The cutscene models look close enough to his designs; the screens and videos that have been released so far are too small/blurry for me to tell with the in-game models. I’m more concerned that it uses Unreal Engine given the hiccups that Lost Odyssey experienced. I’d also like to hear more about the battle system (not Trinity Ring, thank god). The setting/story doesn’t sound too promising yet (another youth with amnesia gets drawn into a major war?)

  • cj_iwakura

    Yeah, the graphics don’t look as good as I’d expect. The PS2 MC looked just about as good, and it was running on last-gen hardware.

    Granted, Softmax really pushed the PS2 to the limit, so maybe they’re not familiar with the 360 yet.

  • Ah so this is a namco bandai game eh? So a year from now this’ll be on the PS3? Might be worth checkin’ out then haha. But in all seriousness: The game doesn’t look that bad. Though I’ve never played the first game, so I have no idea what the gameplay is like for this series.

  • CleruTesh

    I would have preferred something cel-shaded to look closer to the drawings I think. This looks almost too realistic. Still looks decent though.

  • SDallas

    I agree completely. If 3rd generation 360 game compared to a 2.5 year old PS2 game is anything but a complete blowout in every way, someone is doing something wrong. I was expecting/hoping for better. On a side note, I kinda miss the cantaloupe smugglers.

  • Aoshi00

    Like everyone said, the 3-D models do not do the original art justice at all, I have the Magna Carta artbook and cannot take my eyes off of the drawings. I watched this trailer on the 360 in HD, they still look kind of lackluster, what a pity. I thought hard about what the slightly off faces resemble, it’s Claymore! The skinny body proportion and the blank stares look like Claire and other Claymores..

    I have only played the first game for about 15 hrs or so, I’m not sure if I would be too interested in Magna Carta 2, was hoping for some mind blowing graphics on the next gen system.

  • Pesmerga00

    I think this game’s graphics have the same problem as Star Ocean 4. They are trying to look like drawingsanime and real people, at the same time. The result is disproportioned faces with odd expressions. They look kinda like dolls.

    Developers need to use one type, or the other. In my opinion, it would of looked better if they they used full-on Cel-Shading.

    It doesn’t look bad, but like others have said, I was just expecting more.

  • Hyung Tae-Kim is a god. ‘Nuff said!

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