The game everyone calls Chrono Trigger 2 fails to live up to the game it borrowed so much from. Here’s my review for I Am Setsuna.
Comparing a JRPG to Chrono Trigger is unfair in my opinion. Not many JRPGs can live up to that title. It’s one of the best JRPGs ever made and expecting I Am Setsuna to be as good ridiculous.
I Am Setsuna is a beautiful game. For some reason most developers have a hard time getting snow in their games right, but since everything in this game is covered in it I’m glad these devs managed to get it right.
The character models look good along with everything else in the game.
If you’ve ever played Chrono Trigger you’ll know how to play I am Setsuna. They’re identical and the gameplay in this game is actually really good in my opinion, but I never fought anything interesting. The monster designs are terrible and since this game is so easy I never really got to experiment with different moves because I knew that my first attack could kill everything with a single hit or two outside of bosses.
The way you traverse the world map is the exact same way you did in classic JRPGs like Final Fantasy. I think the movements on the map are way too slow and should be sped up a little to make travelling to different locations less boring.
I really wanted to like this game. It started off really interesting, but it went downhill from there. The first time I met Setsuna was the best moment in the game. I really like her character, but everyone else lacked depth. I couldn’t connect to them even though I wanted to. The written dialogue is mediocre at best and even though we’re supposed to feel for these characters in this game I honestly didn’t care what happened to anyone.
Everything from the soundtrack to the basic attack sounds is average. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before in countless other JRPGs. The soundtrack started off really nice, but I was ready to rip my own head off after an hour of playing because of the nonstop piano music. Pianos are nice, but the soundtrack never changed and that really affected my playthrough. Having a variety of music playing the background makes games better. Having nonstop “depressing” music playing while I play a game is not entertaining.
Boss fights in this game play out like every other JRPG in existence. They’re always overpowered and can attack you multiple times before you attack them once. Well… they can before you get the haste spell anyway. None of them were enjoyable and even though they hit harder than your average enemy they were still just as easy to take down.
It’s Really Short For $40
When I buy a $40 game I usually get a good 50+ hours out of it. I Am Setsuna is about 20 hours long. Less than that if you don’t bother with the sidequest. This game should have been $20 at most.
I did not pay $40 for I Am Setsuna.
I Am Setsuna acts more like a app that you open in the Windows 10 store than a actual game. Pressing the esc key brings up the quit menu and there is no mouse support at all which is unacceptable in a PC game. Navigating the menus are a pain in the ass because I don’t like using the J, and K buttons to accept and cancel. A simple click of the mouse would make this game a lot more enjoyable to play.
I Am Setsuna started off with a lot of potential, but the further I got into the game the worst my experience became. The gameplay is nice, but that’s not enough for me to recommend this game to anyone. There are better games out there to spend $40 dollars on. There are better games worth half the price as this one.