Drakengard Had Multiple Endings Because Taro Yoko Was Told There Wouldn’t Be A Sequel

By Spencer . May 29, 2014 . 3:33am

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Drakengard 3 is the third game in the series, but chronologically it’s the first story in the Drakengard universe. When Taro Yoko, creative director of Drakengard 3, made the PlayStation 2 game that started the series he was told it would be a one off game.

 

“When I created the first Drakengard, I was told there would be no sequel. So I created multiple endings without thinking ahead. You know all the disasters that happened after that,” Yoko said in an interview with Siliconera. The Drakengard storylines connect between games with Nier spinning off an ending from Drakengard and Drakengard 2 continuing from a different ending.

 

I asked Yoko to tell us a little about Zero, the protagonist in Drakengard 3 who is out to slay her sisters. Yoko said, “I thought it would be interesting for a game to feature a protagonist who worked in a brothel. Sexual characters rarely appear in other games so I chose to feature them in the Drakengard series.”

 

The Drakengard series has never shied away from controversial topics like incest in the first game, which was toned down in the Western release.

 

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“In Drakengard there was a character that accompanied the protagonist so we followed the same system in Drakengard 3,” Yoko said talking about characters Octa and Dito. “In terms of roles, they play noisy and useless characters who say strange things.”

 

These followers may help Zero in battle, but have other personal issues like Dito’s lust for violence and Octa’s… well lust. It seems like Taro Yoko is drawn to designing dark stories. Siliconera asked how do you create a dark story that can appeal to players.

 

“The answer is ‘I’m not doing anything special.’ There are all types of people in the world, and no matter what kind of stories we create, I believe they will always appeal to certain number of players. Although I reckon there will be more players who do not relate to the story (than those who do),” Yoko answered.


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  • Arz

    So I haven’t played it but I watched the first hour of this game and the heroin came out as a ‘thundercunt’ to me. Does her personality got justify or is that just the ways she is?

    • Shippoyasha

      Kind of. She harbors a lot of grudges on an epic scale, like the way gods and goddesses of mythology often does. She does get moments of comedy and personality in there, though she is definitely an anti-hero.

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      she’s not a psycho or sadist like Dito, she doesn’t want sexual life like Octa, she doesn’t want family or love like Cent, she doesn’t want power, she just wants to kill her sisters because that’s the only thing she needs and can do for some reason.

      That’s how she is, a “Zero”.

      • MrTyrant

        She killing her sister has a reason, when you play the other branches is revealed.

        • Rayhan PromisedGallery

          i write “for some reason” because i don’t want to spoil it. I already played the game

          • Kornelious

            While Zero isn’t the most reasonable protagonist, she just has a charm that makes it hard for me to hate her. (The charm having more or less to do with boobs I’m sure :P)

        • revenent hell

          Its actually kind of revealed early on in the game before you do any of the different endings.
          I think its chapter 2….

    • revenent hell

      Well, I don’t think anything really justifies the way she speaks if that’s what you mean but there are definantly reasons for doing what she is doing.
      If you really want to know why she’s killing off her sisters than you could read the Drakengard wiki and spoil yourself.

      • Arz

        So I’ll be forever hating her then.

        • Rayhan PromisedGallery

          she gets more depth later on and it’s up to you to hate her or not. Since even if she actually has reason, it doesn’t change the fact that she commit murdering.

          • Arz

            It’s not the fact that she commit murders, it’s the fact that everytime she opens her mouth I wanna punch her.

          • revenent hell

            So your problem is how she speaks? Honestly I speak worse so I find it rather tame to be honest but given her “history” I cant really blame her for treating others as she does. People handle trauma’s in different ways and when one has been given reason not to hold stuck in trust for others I can see why she is portrayed the way she is. It actually kind of feels truer to human emotions to me, really.
            But then again to each their own.

          • Arz

            well I can still be interested if she’s a likeable asshole. Like Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, at his peak, he’s clearly a terrible person but you’re still interested and kinda on his side and want to see him do more. Zero on the other hand just angers me by the stuff that comes out of her mouth and just comes off as reaaaally bitchy. I guess what I’m trying to say is I feel she’s trying too hard (or the writer i guess) on being a horrible person.

        • revenent hell

          All the Drakengard games are pretty “dark”.
          I could explain why she is the way she is but there’s kind of no point to since a wiki already has that stuff available to read if anyone wishes to.

          I suppose for the way she speaks and acts toward others is simply because she can. Kind of like if you played the witch and the Hundred knight and how they said because they have the power the can, though in this case there is background to why she acts a certain way toward others. Its worth knowing about because it can potentially change a persons view about her.

          • Arz

            Well I played Drakengard 2 and the hero wasn’t annoying like Zero so I’m kinda shocked to see someone like that as the protagonist.

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      Zero was sold into prostitution by her parents at a young age (I forget if it was actually said in the novels/material, but I believe it was in the 13-14 range).

      She attempted to escape the brothel one day with her “friend”. They stole all the money they could, but her “friend” betrayed her, nearly killed her and ran off with the money and a man.

      She was returned to the brothel. After a while she decided to escape again, but this time she killed everyone at the brothel first so they wouldn’t come after her. She took all the money too, and went to skip town. She was then set upon by bandits that raped her and stole her money.

      She then decided that since her possessions would all just keep being taken from her, she would stop taking tangible things and instead would invade people’s homes, kill the inhabitants, eat their food and sleep there for a bit, then move on and do it again.

      She’s a disturbed and damaged person. She contrasts between the other intoners in that she was disturbed and damaged BEFORE she became a host to the Flower, where-as the other utahime were sane, rebellion minded freedom fighters caught struggling against the corrupt state, who THEN became afflicted with the flower.

      So yeah, she has an attitude, and it’s very very intentional. Give her time, but question her motives all the same.

      • Brimfyre

        When I read her story in the book I came to terms that I was going to hate her from the moment I turned the game on, but after that first scene after the prologue, I changed my stance on her almost instantly.

  • AokiShizuku

    This explains… quite a lot. Drakengard 3 expands on the Drakengard universe quite a lot. Though in saying that, the way Drakengard 3 was handled pretty much begs for a sequel. Which would be nice to have as a game but I’m perfectly fine with him continuing the story in another medium.

    With Shi ni Itaru Aka and Utahime Five still on-going, I’m going to assume more and more mind-blowing revelations will come from the manga.

    • Franggio Hogland

      Hope everything sells well so they can get a decent budget for the coming installment :)

      • AokiShizuku

        With all the stuff that came from Drakengard 3 (Manga, DLC, guides), I’m assuming that they’re trying to build a budget for the next Drakengard game.

        That’s just wishful thinking though.

        • Franggio Hogland

          Hah I’m not yet to old to stop wishing and dreaming.

        • ArminJrpg

          man, I hope so!

    • MrTyrant

      Utahime five? I thought that was suppose to be I don’t know, like a funny spin-off or something.

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        nope, it’s a legit prequel of Drakengard 3. The chibi style of Intoner is just for fooling people. It’s as twisted as other Drakengard games.

        • MrTyrant

          Gotta read that then.

          • Rayhan PromisedGallery

            good luck, then

    • Zak Ledward

      If they make a Drakengard 4, all I ask is just something to put us who saw Branch D at ease.

      That or just make Drakengard 4 a direct sequel off of Branch D or something

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        probably gonna be a game related to Accord and “Old Worlds”

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    that explains why the first Drakengard has so many “WTF IS THAT” moment that only got explained on the sequel/prequel.
    For people who called the 3rd game as confusing mess with unredeemable characters probably won’t be able to handle the first. Because the first doesn’t even try to explain anything, it’s just pure chaos and madness to the point where people ignore most plothole.

    • Zak Ledward

      Wasn’t Drakengard 1or 2 censored though?

  • Masa

    How does the game compare to the first and second?

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      gameplay-wise, the ground is infinitely better than 1 & 2 with less magic variaton (quality>quantity). Dragon gameplay is arguable since it’s suffered from framerate and so underused.

      Story wise, it’s basically less-crazy Drakengard 1 with the characters making Nier-level joke.

      • decade

        should i play the drakengard 1 and 2 first ? i only played nier ._.

        • revenent hell

          It doesn’t really matter. Drakengard 3 is a prequel to those so….. Its up to you.

          • decade

            ow alright then probably i just play the drakengard 3 first, thanks both of you :D

        • Rayhan PromisedGallery

          not really, the story is designed to be standalone with some few reference to older games.

  • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

    I’d love to get it, But here in the UK we got stuck with a Digital release and its extremely expensive

    • revenent hell

      I’m just curious how much is it?

      • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

        £39.99 which is about $70.

        £39.99 is pretty standard for a game but for a digital release its insane,

        To be honest I’ve spoke to friends about this many times as sony want to push digital but the games cost are insane, the digital copies where there are retail releases are more expensive, and your not actually receiving anything.

        They push Vita digital and memory cards are so freaking expensive, I’ve got a 16GB and only have about half the games I have digitally on there because of room

        • revenent hell

          The most expensive game I bought digitally was only 40 or 50$….

          Here the basic game is 50$ and the “collectors Digital pack” is 65$………so if I assume its the “Collectors” digital thing you guys got its roughly similar. Or is that the “basic” game without the add on digital stuff?

          • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

            Nope £40 standard. But kind of used to games being that price for a regular retail game.

            The UK is really expensive, Which isn’t always a bad thing.

          • revenent hell

            That’s the standard game?…. I don’t think I would buy it.
            Don’t get me wrong I know the value of money is higher or lower for different countries so people may pay more or less depending on a lot of different monetary standards but one would kind of think the standard edition would be much, much lower.

          • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

            I know look at national debt for example =P

            I wouldn’t mind paying £40 for a retail version, (not so much now I have a PS4) But I think sony has it all wrong when pricing up digital games I think they need to make it more appealing than going to buy the retail edition

          • revenent hell

            Or at least give a retail version at all for that price…… Even if it is just the standard edition.

          • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

            Exactly =P

        • Crevox

          So you automatically just expect a full release game to be cheaper digitally? What difference does that make anyways from buying the physical copy? it’s the same price, same game either way.

          • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

            Thats not what I’ve said in most cases digital is actually more expensive here. And I’d much rather have a physical copy I can trade or sell it if I don’t like it or want to get rid of it and its not taking up space on my hard drive

          • Vanadise

            Considering that digital-only releases don’t have any costs for package design, packaging material, physical disc production, distributing, or warehousing, yes, they should be cheaper than physical releases. They also require much less of an up-front investment because physical production facilities require that a minimum number of units be produced, which drives up initial costs.

          • revenent hell

            While I agree with digital games should be cheaper, because they lack everything that make the price rise as you have stated, and its only fair if a game is cheaper for the developers/publishers to release those savings should be reflected to the consumers. Its not really ever going to be done that way, methinks.

          • Crevox

            Doesn’t matter if they should be or not; the gaming market has shown in over the last however many years that the greater majority of the time, they are not priced any cheaper.

          • Vanadise

            I don’t think that’s true. Look at Steam; it’s flooded with cheap, digital-only releases. Only brand new releases from big, triple-A studios are $60 any more. The vast majority of new releases are $40 or under.

            On the console side of things, look at anything released by XSEED games. Their digital-only releases are consistently cheaper than their physical releases; only a couple of their more expensive digital-only games have even reached the same price point as their cheaper physical releases.

          • Crevox

            You’re talking about steam. Steam is not consoles.

            Besides that, like I said, the majority of the time, the digital release will be the same price. You are talking about one publisher.

          • MaximDualBlade

            XD what kind of question is that? Digital should be cheaper than physical.

          • Crevox

            Maybe you think it should, and maybe it makes sense it would be, but the gaming market over the past however many years has shown this isn’t the case, and thus it’s foolish to expect it to be the case.

          • revenent hell

            Its not so much about the game being priced a “new” game cost digitally but at how much more expensive it is for the “standard” edition compared to the US.
            If you read through my inquiries the version in question is the basic “non digital collectors edition” Which for them is roughly 70 dollars and the USA’s is at 50$for the same version. Their stand edition is priced at what our digital collectors edition is, a few bucks more for that matter.

          • Crevox

            And I’m not discussing the European price at all. I’m just discussing digital vs physical pricing.

          • revenent hell

            That’s what the comment made was saying. The person wasn’t implying a “new” game should be cheaper just because its digital. You assumed that was the case.
            And even so for their price of the game, if you had to pay that amount would you not prefer a physical copy? One that comes with the artwork and a box to validate the high price? I would.

          • Sylveria Shini

            *Claps her hands* Thank you sir, you’re part of the problem and why they think they can get away with changing the same price for digital rights as physical product.

            Digital content is inherently cheaper to produce because there is zero manufacturing/shipping/warehouse/etc expenses involved. It is cheaper product than a physical copy, it should be cheaper to the consumer. That’s just the practical reasons why it should be less. Non-practically, you aren’t getting ownership of anything. You’re paying for a licence which can be revoked at any time for a product that can become unavailable at any time.

            Maybe you’re happy paying more for less/nothing. Maybe your mom is paying for all your stuff and you have no concept of value. Maybe you’re a native american circa 1495 and you have no concept of ownership. I don’t know which, though I know which I’d put my money on, but your attitude is harmful to consumer’s, harmful to you, and harmful the the health of the industry.

          • Crevox

            I never said it shouldn’t be cheaper or it should be. Your poor assumptions lead you to that end.

            Yes, the digital release should be cheaper because they are not handling any physical costs. However, as we all know, the industry charges the same regardless. This goes for like 90%+ games on PSN/XBL; the digital release of a new game will cost exactly the same as the physical release. I never said that was a good thing, the right thing, or how it should be. I just said that’s how it is, because it is, and to expect otherwise would be deviating out of the norm. When a new game comes out, I do not *expect* it to be cheaper digitally because that is almost never the case; it would be a surprise if it was.

            I understand you dislike digital (you made that quite apparent) but there’s still no reason to be rude, or make false assumptions.

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          You could order from Videogamesplus.ca. I love those guys. But there’s also private sellers on Amazon.co.uk selling physical US NTSC copies for 39.99.

          • http://hanzoadam.tumblr.com/ Hanzoadam

            Yeah I am tempted play-asia has then at £32 so I think I’ll import over the digital

  • Kornelious

    I never played the first too Drakengard’s…Mostly because I wasn’t to into the genre when it came out, But since this was a prequel I figured I’d pick it up. It’s a really good game so far, I might pick up the first two :)
    Though i I do get them I’ll probally have to prepare for a confusing story looking at this….Though at least it’s not a Blazblue of Kingdom Hearts story XD

  • Spirit Macardi

    I always figured Drakengard happened by locking the creators of Dynasty Warriors and Star Fox in a room together with nothing to drink but Red Bull and vodka and a set of TVs playing the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the entire series run of Evangelion.

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      What the f*ck? @_@

      • Spirit Macardi

        The first game has a little girl who speaks with the voice of Darran Norris, and you think what I just said is weird? x3

    • friendly neighborhood_dude

      Don’t you think you’re overkilling it with Evangelion?

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        the first game has giant naked woman singing the end of the world. Evangelion much?

      • MrTyrant

        While I dislike the comparison. Taro liked evangelion and characters like Arioch were inspired on one of the characters there for example.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Severely messed up characters? Strange abominations attacking the world? Main character suddenly forced to be a pilot? Ending that’s several degrees of WTF?

        If anything, I’m underplaying it. Heck, I could throw in Madoka too with the whole pact idea.

      • Adam Robert Sherman

        Overkilling it? Dude, Drakengard makes End of Evangelion look sane and sensible.
        We’re talking about a franchise whose game features a sociopath who will slaughter anyone in his path as a protagonist, his sister (who wants to fuck him), a literal baby-eating elf sorceress, a blind pedophile priest… and those are the “good guys”.

        • friendly neighborhood_dude

          Lol didn’t know it was that messed up because I only played the first one. I was thinking of picking up Drake 3 but after your reply I’m steering clear of this shit!

          • Adam Robert Sherman

            No dude. You should seriously get Drakengard 3. And read The Dark ID’s LP of the first game. They’re definitely both good and worth buying.

  • shuyai

    This game is the worst game i played in a long long time.

    i really try to like this game
    but this is one of the worst game i play, here is a list of why

    1.The graphic is fine but the frame rate drop is so bad i wonder why
    Sony allow this to be release on their console . i mean majority of the
    game is in sub 20 FPS(especially the Desert map) and frequenly dip close to 10 FPS and every time you
    destroy something/blood spray/explosion then it lags like hell i mean
    why? the graphic is in no way taxing.

    2.Repetitive, Boring and
    linear game play. basically every map is the game – a straight line, you
    go in a room>door lock>kill enemy>door
    unlock?corridor>room>repeat,heck FF13 is a maze compare to this.
    and
    there is like 2 variance of each weapon class with the same 1 or 2
    combo on every weapon, heck even weapon said to be infused fire/thunder
    are just a normal weapon with no attribute (Chakram/combat bracer is completely useless).
    even side quest is all the same too – kill enemy and collect drops.

    3.Plot
    or what plot?the majority of the game is Route A and in it nothing is explained,no reason given, no character
    development, all it was is Kill the 5 sister one by one as you make you
    way along a long, long straight corridor, and the sister(except One) is
    basically just a mob character that only appear at the end of the level that barely have 1 or 2 line before they
    are killed with no backstory or character development. In the end they just kill Zero/Mikhail to pretend it is a
    tragic story in Ending A, B and C. The only point with story development is basically Ending A and D

    4. Character – i get the feeling they design them
    by brainstorming a list of socially unacceptable trait – a bitc*h, a
    sadist, a masochist and a narcissist.

    Zero – She is a Ok
    character but her sexuality serve no point in term of plot and character
    beside “hey look a female that is independent from male fantasy and open to her sexuality! it is
    revolutionary!” and all the hipster flood to it saying how she break the mould and is the best female character ever.
    now i have no problem with that if she like/love her
    Partner or even if she just think they are attractive but nope the only reason is “i kill my sister and i bed their
    Disciple”. and so she have sex with octa an ugly old man old enough to be her grandpa just to prove how unconventional
    she is.

    the Disciples(and zero too) is just one dimension
    character who dialogue is only to reinforce their stereotype by
    screaming “i am such a bi*tch, a sadist, a masochist and a narcissist.”
    every second. For example all Dito say is how like to kill and torture and how Decadus get turn on by abuse but no mention of backstory or situation at hand, Heck they all follow Zero for no reason after she killed their Utahime without reference as to why.

    The only good point in the game is the Theme song/Music and Mikhail, it is a shame this game is such a disappointment to me

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      Just like the first Drakengard then. That game was based on a sadist, pedophile, cannibal, racist, annoying kid, overjealous guy, and incestous sister.

    • rurifan

      All valid points; it’s a determinedly mediocre game. Most of them could be forgiven if the game was well polished, but the blatant technical flaws leave it feeling a mess.

      I can’t wait until low tier Japanese developers move to the PS4, they are just not capable of producing polished 3d games on the PS3.

    • revenent hell

      I give you the frame rate. It was……..just odd to see in a game I paid 100$ for ya know?

      I actually liked the bracers. They make taking down the bigger enemies pimp easy, and with proper timing you don’t even get touched. They tuned out to be my favorite weapon haha.

      Actually if one pays attention to certain scenes during a first play through you can get the underlying plot behind what is going on in the game. But then again I think that’s based on player observation.

      The sexuality I think is a side effect of being an Intoner… Otherwise I think it could have been left out in entirety really and not much would have changed. There is reference as to why they follow the Intoners. They have no choice in all honesty, for some, unless another Intoner chooses to take that particular disciple. But I suppose reading the prequel book added to that more than the game.

      Overall it is really a subpar game. Even though I enjoyed it I honestly cant say it was worth the money spent on it.

    • Aoshi00

      Despite the game being not very polished technically (my biggest qualm is just how much space this game needs, 6Gb install, 10Gb Jpn patch, and all the DLC chapters adding another couple Gbs), I had tremendous fun w/ this as a hack and slash action game w/ the diff. combos and weapons, unlike FF13 which was totally boring. low and choppy framerate was no excuse, but it is what it is like Telltales Games.. but it didn’t bother me, I quickly got used to the camera. That’s why it would be great if Yokoo Tarou could actually work w/ a studio take excels in action games like some suggest..

      Actually I thought 13 could use some of the campfire dialogue scenes like in Drakengard 3 where you just walk around and talk to the characters by pressing a button like how old RPGs were instead of just watching cutscenes, somehow that brings a sense of more connection btwn the party members.

      The story is not very deep, but I still find the characters to be interesting, funny, and charming in a dark way, of course the music and art design by Fujisaka were always nice.

      I suppose if the novellas’ stories (14 of them) and DLC’s extra diaries (you unlock them from the DLC chapters by leveling up), it would’ve been better to see more character development in-game, that way you understand more of the intoners’ sisters personalities and background, in the game you take them down w/o knowing much of the story.

      Anyway, really like the Eng dub and localization, some curses were even more vulgar and explicit just like Nier. I didn’t mind the linear path at all unlike being bothered by the true corridors in FF13. It’s definitely diff. from Drakengard where you’re in an open field killing tons of enemies like Dynasty Warriors, I suppose this is more like Muramasa the Demon Blade you go from room to room.

    • Sylveria Shini

      Did you read the novella? I’m not saying thats an excuse, but there is supplementary material available that was intended to go along with the game.

      Also Octa is only 22, according to him anyway.

  • Yan Zhao

    I havent played any other Drakengard games and started with 3. Hope this wont leave me confused or anything lol

    • revenent hell

      Its a prequel so you will be fine.

  • Raine

    This being Taro Yoko, it’s pretty modest.

    I want to see a Fourth Drakengard. Let me kill Nowe this time too.

  • Holy Diver

    I hope to see a Drakengard 1 Remake with some of the new features in this game. I would like to see more of Accord and if they change the design of the final boss in Route E.

  • hungry4yop

    That explains it. But it doesn’t explain the thumbnail is pic from a totally different game

  • Brimfyre

    I wish I could scream his last paragraph in the face of all the Drakengard 3 haters, Kat Bailey and IGN.

    • revenent hell

      Haters goona hate. :P
      Really not every game will be everyone’s cup o tea so to speak but I have to say IGN has to have the worst bunch of reviewers I have ever read from. I kind of avoid doing so just to not risk the stress that comes with it.

      • Brimfyre

        I don’t go there at all, but they are such a juggernaut you can’t help but hear from some other source what they reviewed a game, no matter how hard you try to avoid it.

        Kat Bailey, whom I usually don’t have a problem with, wrote an article on US Gamer about the Drakengard that was alright

        until the end where she started to insult the fanbase. Say what you will about the game, but I take real issue when people start attacking fans of something.

        • revenent hell

          Unfortunately its a common occurrence, attacking a fan base that is. Personally I just find it a good way to pinpoint whether a person actually has any validity or not to their comments.
          Don’t get me wrong people of any fan base can be extreme and make the “whole” of them look bad but that’s also not an excuse to wrap everyone up in the same bundle and be happy to “slander” them either

        • Blueberry

          I read the review now and I personally don’t see how she insulted fans. She said the game wasn’t good, that the story was gross and it might be a guilty pleasure. Do you mean she discredited the opinion of people who think it’s genuinely good? I’m interested.

          • Brimfyre

            It wasn’t the review. It was a feature about Drakengard she posted immediately after

    • MrTyrant

      Gamespot did a good review. They normally do bad reviews as much as IGN but this time they did a good one. She said all the flaws of the game but still love it because it was hard to deny the appeal that the game had.

      • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

        Probably to redeem themselves for their Atelier Meruru review which was just as bad, if not worse than IGN’s review.

    • Ric Vazquez

      LOL! That’s why I call them IGNorance.

  • Freud_Hater

    No sequel?! That sucks! D:

    • Aunna Terrell

      lol if you read the article, the header was mostly about the first Drakengard.

      • Freud_Hater

        Reading takes time and energy and I have very little of the first and definitely none of the second… or maybe it’s just that I’m lazy. Anyway, glad to hear that the possibility for a sequel isn’t necessarily dead :3

        • Zack

          No offence, but why did you visit this site then? To look at the pictures?

          • Freud_Hater

            Oh yeaaaah, the pictures are the greatest!

            Honestly, I think I just got really bummed out by the title and… immediately went to the comment section to complain XD Sounds like something I’d do…

          • revenent hell

            Sounds like something a lot of people do. Read tittle= comment without reading anything else of the article.
            At least you admit it. You get my props there.

          • Freud_Hater

            Many thanks :3

  • Kelohmello

    “In terms of roles, they play noisy and useless characters”

    This kills me because it’s 100% true. Even though you bring them into combat they may as well not be there. It’s hilarious to think that that’s intentional.

    • Robert Kupper

      I left a single enemy at half health and since he was out of reach I just decided to let Dito and Cent finish him off… About 30 seconds later I just pulled out my Chakram.

  • http://www.lrdalucard.deviantart.com lrdalucard

    Good to know…
    Wht Im more concerned about atm, is the defected EU version of the game :/ that does not support J-Voice-Patch though.

  • Aoshi00

    I played thru the Jpn ver first, but really like the Eng dub like Nier, props to S-E for another good localization. I like it more even on my 2nd playthru.. don’t think I could get the final branch D ending, had to resort to youtube *.*, which is something I don’t usually do..

    I played thru all the DLC chapters alrdy, but only played the One DLC, seems like the Jpn patch only applies to the main game but not the DLC.. would’ve been nice if the DLC were beefier including how the intoners took down the lords.. I just read the 2 Utahime Five manga, but hard to connect them as canon..

    So many games are getting the HD remaster collection treatment, too bad not Drakengard and Drakengard 2..

    • revenent hell

      I normally play most games muted but I have to say I couldn’t have been more amused by hearing Mitsuru swear in this game.
      I know the VA has been in a lot of games I have played but I guess the sound was so iconic to Mitsuru for me I just imagined that character speaking in place of Zero for a moment.

      • Aoshi00

        I haven’t played that much Persona 3, but I only heard from Michelle Ruff as Katherine last from Catherine and Rita from Vesperia. I like the Eng dialogue in Drakengard 3 and they don’t hold back on the cussing and using all the swear words possible lol.. I remember my jaw dropped when listening to Kaine (Laura Bailey) just scolding Weiss in the Nier intro as soon as you popped in the disc, what a potty mouth.. and she’s so sweet as Serah in FF13 :) also I think they made the random soldiers’ lines more funny in the Eng ver, I didn’t remember the Jpn lines were that funny. like soldier A: “I won’t let you lay a finger on Lady Five” solider B: “I would like to lay something on Lady Five”.. or solider C: “Eye socket is no place to grow a flower!” I thought it was playful and funny.. it might not be as polished as I would like the game to be, but to me it’s by no means a bad game, it was enjoyable, and unique in the Yokoo Tarou way.. it’s a good entry for the Drakengard series.

        I think it would’ve been better if they incorporated the novella backstories into the game like Lost Odyssey or Nier, so they’re not separate entities.. also the intoner sis DLC’s journal entries you unlock also has valuable background info, but they’re paid DLCs.. still, I would instant buy anything from Yokoo Tarou.. Okabe Keiichi and Emi Evans’s music, and Fujisaka’s art (like the Last Story).. Drakengard 3 still felt unique and memorable to me, maybe not as deep as Nier.. I don’t think people should compare this linearity to FF13 when this game has such a small budget, FF had everything and it still turned out like that.

        • revenent hell

          Its not as horrid as I found FFXIII, actually I find it fun and I really don’t feel as its linear like people are saying. Maybe its because I have played a lot of games like this but honestly the experiences playing this and FFXIII are vastly different for me as far as how I feel playing them so I think that’s a false statement made by others and they shouldn’t compare the two.

          I do find it an overall enjoyable gaming experience but I wish for the price of it , it would have been polished up a bit more with some of the backstories in the game as well, even if it was private diaries found as items or something as you said.

          Personally my favorite “soldiers speak” moment was when one told another not to be a coward and the other said ” I don’t need the guy who just pissed himself to call ME a coward!”
          I have no idea why I love that one so much but I do.

          • Aoshi00

            yeah, the lines are funny, I remember that one in the Cathedral City I think.. I mean it’s just the little things, but it’s these details that made the localization more colorful and embellished (even though the original Jpn dub and voice cast was good). The problem w/ FF13 is there’s absolutely nothing that even attempted to break up the monotony, even Drakengard 3 had campfire scenes every now and then you could talk to the party’s members, a staple of RPGs you talk to NPCs. I think it could also have benefited if Episode Zero novel was in the game, as text or game. And S-E didn’t even bother to officially translate that to Eng, while they did for Drakengard 3 which is a more niche title. I agree, I have total different expectation because D3 is supposed to be an action game, w/ 13 I couldn’t be as forgiving because it was a lackluster “FF”. It’s unfortunate the game doesn’t run as smooth and w/ wonky camera.. otherwise the experience would’ve been much better. I still need to go back to finish Pandora’s Tower on the Wii *.*;..

  • Vash bane

    I’ve been following this game for awhile (half though I believe) and I heard the first game was toned down but back then I was never online as much as I am now lol love this series tho I wouldn’t be into these type of games if It wasn’t for this series :)

  • Ric Vazquez

    An awesome game that got a shitty review from IGNorance (nothing new)

    • Adam Robert Sherman

      Ironic considering that said reviewer LOVED NiER.

      • Ric Vazquez

        ^ This

        • Adam Robert Sherman

          I’ve actually been hearing a lot of people say that while it IS a good game, and much better sequel than the second game, it’s not as good as NIER.

          • Ric Vazquez

            That depends on the person really

  • revenent hell

    Well, once upon a time I did read a few articles (reviews) by them and I have to say I did highly get the impression the game the person was reviewing was one they didn’t have much experience in playing since they liked roughly nothing about the game and slammed the genre pretty damn hard.

    Which as a side note I have to give siliconera “playtest” writers props here at least what I have read they don’t seem to hate on the genre of the game they are playing for the most part.

    Its a pet peeve of mine…. Why review a game style if you don’t like it? of course the game will be shitty in “your” eyes given that. People should like the games types they review, and play them somewhat regularly, so they can adequately point out the flaws, because they have experience with the game type and know what to keep an eye out for.

    Otherwise its like me reviewing a COD (I actually kind of enjoy a few aspects, though) game. I probably would rate it quite lowly because its not in a genre I enjoy or play regularly so whatever I point out that bad wouldn’t be based on anything valid, other than my dislike.

    Bah sorry. I have endless reviewer tirades.

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