Hands On Sands of Destruction… In English!

By Spencer . August 4, 2009 . 2:19pm

sandsA little while ago Sega showed off an English build of Sands of Destruction. I jumped into it and beat the Sandwhale boss fight.

 

Since the demo took place at the beginning I didn’t have any allies. All I had was Kyrie and his “blood attacks”, MP consuming skills that damage monsters.  Kyrie also has a set of standard move which automatically combo. You select attacks until he runs out of vitality just like Xenogears or Chrono Cross. Combat takes place on two screens and Kyrie has a different set of moves when he super jumps to the top screen to hit deadly insects.

 

After battles I noticed Kyrie was often low on life. I could have used his healing skill, but I wanted to save precious MP for blood attacks. Fortunately, the game started with a healthy supply of HP replenishing items. Imageepoch said they were tweaking the difficulty, but I’m not sure if this build reflects any changes.

 

At the end of the dungeon I faced the Sandwhale, a boss that couldn’t be defeated with just ordinary attacks. I used Kyrie’s blood attacks liberally, but using them took longer for Kyrie to recharge. Paying attention to the turn meter on the bottom of the screen was important to make sure Kyrie had a chance to heal himself and occasionally sneak two attacks in.

 

This video shows off some of the teams special attacks, all of which I didn’t even get to see. Did you know Toppi (the teddy bear-like creature) summons a giant bear?

 


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  • Ereek

    I want this very much. I just hope SEGA doesn’t delay it again.

  • Moriken

    If they’re tweaking the difficulty, US gamers should hope it gets either harder, or they tweak the combat engine itself.
    The combo-engine broke the game…seriously…it was way way waaay too easy once you had access to those skills.

  • Pichi

    As long as its challenging, I’ll go for it. Sounding alright so far.

  • http://gplus.to/rootbeerking RootBeerKing

    I’ll be picking this one up for sure, but I’m hoping someone will make an undub, if so I’ll play that instead.

  • ASDFGHJKL

    I remember wanting to play this when the anime came out some time ago

  • Serge73

    Can’t wait for this one!! (and Infinite Space)

  • Joanna

    At first I hated the Bear’s voice, but now I lol every time I hear it. XD Just for the bear and his voice, I must pick this up day one! XD
    More seriously though, I’m glad Sega is pressuring Imagineepoch to fix this game. I can play easy RPGs, but I much prefer ones where I am challenged.

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