Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity Preview - The Next Level

Game Profile

System:
PlayStation 2
Release date:
April 26, 2005
Publisher:
Atlus USA
Developer:
Atlus USA
Players:
1
Genre:
Strategy RPG
ESRB:
T

Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity

Atlus gives us a first look at the sensational SRPG.

Preview by (Email)
April 20th 2005
 

Stella Deus takes elements from many of the greatest strategy role-playing games (SRPG) and merges them with style. The game’s best point? It’s easy to pick up and hard to put down. No frustrating menus, no confusing story threads -- just straight up SRPG goodness.

The premise of the game is that Miasma, a destructive mist, is spreading its wrath across the land. The Lord assembles the troops and your adventure begins. Spero, member of the Lord’s Imperial Legion, is your main companion as you travel across the land gaining new members and learning the truth behind the army you work for.

Dialogue scenes come complete with character portraits and English-spoken dialogue. Add to it cell-shaded cinema scenes, an interesting story, uniquely styled character sprites, an engaging battle system, and you have one engrossing adventure.

What would an SRPG be without a solid battle system? To reiterate, Atlus took the best of the best to create Stella Deus -- team attacks (similar to Disgaea, but with more restrictions), weapon and item fusion, rank changing, customizable skills and stats, and much more. There are side quests ala the Guild, where you can take on jobs for hire, and a Catacombs of Trial for power leveling.

Spero and company navigate a point-to-point map and along the way have access to new plot points, towns, the Guild, the Catacombs, and more. By taking on certain Guild jobs, Spero will need to travel back to previously completed areas to finish assignments. Battles are quick moving and simple to handle. Following the tradition of isometric, grid-based boards, Stella Deus innovates in other ways by giving each character a set number of AP (action points) each round, adding team attacks, and more. This forces you to think about movement, team battles, skill use, and regular attacking. You're also able to finish the round and move your character in the active attack order to help facilitate strategies for team attacks, healing, and more. The right analog stick lets you rotate terrain. Engaging the enemy with a skill or team attack activates a cut scene highlighting the attack animation, while standard attacks happen immediately. Experience points and skill points are earned for each attack or skill use. The skill points earned can be used to boost stats and unlock new skills. Fusing certain items together will create scrolls that also unlock skills.

This is just a small taste of the various surprises that await you in the game. Check back soon to catch our full in-depth review.


Last Updated: 12/17/2004

Overview: A deadly mist called the “Miasma” spreads across the land, killing all in its path. Having forsaken hope, the inhabitants simply await their deaths. Lord Dignus, self-appointed Overlord of Fortuna, sends forth the Imperial Legion to put a quick end to their apathy and eliminate this “weakness” from his kingdom. Spero, a member of the Legion, has been given the task of hunting spirits to further the alchemic studies of his friend Viser. The young soldier hopes this will bring an end to the Miasma. Meanwhile, a shaman warrior named Linea believes that she can save the world by opening the fabled Gate of Eternity.

Stella Deus Key Features:

  • Gorgeous hand-drawn artwork and voiced dialogue bring the world of Stella Deus to life!
  • Over 50 hours of tactical gameplay including side quests such as the Catacombs of Trial!
  • Effectively manage your characters to launch devastating Team Attacks!
  • Customize your inventory by fusing and creating items!

To celebrate the forthcoming North America release, Atlus is giving giving users the chance to choose the box art that will be used for the final packaging when the game ships in May. We've obtained the four eligible box art designs, featured below. For details on how to vote, visit the official Atlus website at www.atlus.com.



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