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Topic: The Kemco Conundrum

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Fake-E-Lee

Greetings to all! it's a chilly and gloomy Monday morning here in Atlanta, GA USA and I had a very interesting weekend gaming-wise. I've always seen/heard of the Kemco RPGs, I've always heard all the extremely divided opinions, and until VERY recently I have literally NEVER played one, ever. Since I've had my Switch there have been a handful that have popped up on the eShop and as a guy who absolutely LOVED JRPGs as a kid they have always piqued my interest a bit. I see some of the things people say...not the most advanced graphics, not the most original storylines, the "not exactly groundbreaking" mechanics...but still, something still had me interested. I decided to pick up Asdivine Hearts on Thursday and after a few minutes I was deeply hooked. So much so that I also grabbed Dragon Sinker and got sucked into that one too! Before I knew it, by the end of yesterday I had also downloaded Antiquia Lost and Revenant Saga and have put some time in on all 4. Guys, I gotta be honest...I am VERY much enjoying these games, like ALOT. Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's just me, I don't know. All I know is, I'm in...all in. Those of you that I've interacted with on here know that I have a ton of games on my Switch, and that I also tend to be a little ADD when it comes to what I play on a daily basis...but I've basically been completely absorbed in these games for a few days now and I hope I'm not going insane! At the end of the day, I don't care WHAT the "popular opinion" is, if I like something I like it, period. It just comes as a very welcome surprise and I guess it goes to show that maybe it's not a bad idea to take a chance on something that you might not normally give a look to. I'm glad I did and I just thought I'd share! I'll cop to the fact that they're not the most revolutionary games out there, but for FOUR of them to hook a guy like me in the span of a couple days there must be SOMETHING there. Anyway, that's all for now, if anyone else has shared this experience or if you just want to make fun of me, feel free. Adios!

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DiscoGentleman

Not sure if you're trying to start a discussion here or just post your experience, but I guess I'll give my opinion on my experience with Kemco.

They don't feel like games. They feel like a basic math equation of what is a JRPG.
JRPG is my favorite genre, and I was lucky enough to be born in the 80's, therefore growing up in the 90's hayday of JRPGs on the SNES. And that is exactly the reason why I dislike their games- I know better. There's no passion in any of their games that I played. Nothing is engaging. Even the worst or most cliché of JRPGs from that era that I've played have more excitement in them than Kemco's modern offerings.
I'd rather play any of the plethora of indie developers taking a shot a their twist on the genre rather than Kemco's incredibly, incredibly bland take.
Regalia just came out on Switch. That looks pretty interesting.

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Fake-E-Lee

Me too, I was born in the same time and grew up with the same games. I don't know, maybe I just have crappy taste in video games lol, I see where they aren't the most original but for some reason I am still very much enjoying them and finding myself super into whats going on. It's all subjective really though, art/games/music/etc. I've become ALOT less critical/elitist/whatever you want to call it as I've gotten older too, so I enjoy alot of things I might have been closed off to years ago. No worries, it's all just opinions!

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MarcelRguez

I just googled Asdivine Hearts and, frankly, calling it "bland" is being way too lenient with it:

  • English-for-cool name that only appeals to Japanese ears
  • Bog-standard fantasy anime character designs
  • RPG Maker 2000-levels of generic UI
  • No cohesion whatsoever between character sprites and art assets
  • Enemy design seems to be your standard JRPG fare

I don't know about the gameplay, but at least the battle sprites are nicely detailed. And from what I've seen, the writing isn't too outrageous. Like what you like, OP, but I don't see any reason why you'd play this instead of a well-know retro JRPG.

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Fake-E-Lee

Cause it caught my eye, I decided to take a chance, and that's about as deeply as I thought about it. I'm really having fun with it, so I guess good for me! Yay bad choices!

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Fake-E-Lee

I knew there would be ALOT of negative opinions when I posted this topic lol, but I would really love to hear from someone who echoes my experience. I'd be curious to see if these games had the same effect, just getting their hooks in instantly like they did for me. And again, I do see all the points people have made but they weren't enough to deter me completely and i also don't seem to care much, I'm even gleefully going around and grinding my levels up. Y'all know that I do have pretty good taste in games (for those of you that know me) so I'm not a total basket case.

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MarcelRguez

@Fake-E-Lee If you're liking it, you made a good choice. It's just that, unless you only play JRPGs and have already experienced all other choices, I'm just struggling to see why you'd play this instead of doing something else.

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Fake-E-Lee

I've played plenty of JRPGs before, and loved them. Secret Of Mana was always my favorite, something about it was just perfect to me. I think it's the simplicity I like, I always felt that as JRPGS progressed it all just got a little more convoluted and drawn out that i wanted to deal with, which I'm sure is also an unpopular opinion lol. I don't know man, I just like them, and knowing the not-so-great opinions out there about them I thought I'd share my atypical experience lol.

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Fake-E-Lee

Something else that might be one of my personal weirdo opinions...I like games that let me become ridiculously powerful without too much effort in general lol. I'm not a lazy person by any means but sometimes I like my gaming time to be something that doesn't tax me too hard (sometimes I do though) and these games just scratch an itch I didn't really know I had. I wouldn't have bought 4 of the bloody things in 2 days if there wasn't SOMETHING i loved in there! Can't explain it I guess, so I'll just let myself have fun, cause that's what we're all doling this for anyway right?

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SKTTR

I gave the Wii U version of Asdivine Hearts an 8.5/10 in my review. 10 bucks for a 40-hour SNES-style JRPG with a nice story and likeable characters that grow on you fast, oldschool roundbased combat that is similar to Final Fantasy, and NO BUGS(!) make it feel like a lost Japanese-only 16-bit quality title that has been released in the West for the first time. I really enjoyed playing through it (even though I usually hate roundbased combat, especially with random invisible enemy encounters) and found it absolutely recommendable for the asking price. Also, all of the Asdivine Hearts bonus content and paid DLC is free and unlockable in the Wii U (and probably Switch) version.

I also hear people say that Kemco's games feel like they were made with RPG Maker, and to an extent I can comprehend: They often have limited animations for characters and objects and the tilesets don't have a ton of variation, and even though the music is good many of the tracks repeat in different locations. If Kemco / Exe-Create had added more details for the graphically/technically spoiled, their games would receive a lot more praise.

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Fake-E-Lee

@SKTTR I agree, and I think I enjoy the games enough that I can easily overlook those things. If they took a little more time to polish things up for the masses they'd probably be at the top of the heap, but as it stands I'm really enjoying the games regardless. Glad to see someone else is on the same page, thanks for chiming in!

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LuckyLand

I don't like jrpgs, but recently I am wondering if I could feel the same way as you do with those Kemko games for Shadow of the beast on PS4. I think it is probably very bad and I haven't the courage to buy it but I keep wondering if I could enjoy it.

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Fake-E-Lee

@LuckyLand You never know man, there are SO many opinions floating around online that sometimes it can be hard to make decisions without other peoples ideas in our heads. That's why I try to take chances on things when i can, cause you never know what you will like!

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