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The Captivating Features of God Wars: The Complete Legend
■ Strategy RPG: A Rare and Intriguing Genre
To begin with, the strategy RPG genre itself is very fascinating and interesting.
Unlike strategy RPGs played solely on level terrain, concepts such as elevation differences and attack directions exist in this game.
The hit rate and damage dealt increases by attacking from the back or side. The same applies to elevation, where you can gain the upper hand by attacking from a higher position than your enemy.
*Magic attacks do not apply to the above concept.
The damage that you deal significantly increases when attacking from the back and from high positions, as shown in the image above.
However, if you decide to go ahead alone and without backup merely to position yourself behind your enemy, you will easily fall subject to the enemy’s wrath.
So it’s best to move all of your characters around while predicting the enemy’s movements.
In addition to the fundamental elements of your standard strategy RPG, God Wars also has an original system called “Impurity.”
It’s the so-called “hate” system known in MMORPGs and some RPGs. In God Wars, the higher your “Impurity” level is, the easier you will be targeted and attacked by the enemy.
This numerical value increases when you deal damage to your enemy, or recover your friend(s) or team member(s).
There are also skills to raise and lower your “Impurity,” so try using them to control the “hate” level of your team members.
There is also a skill that increases the character’s basic ability based on their “Impurity” level, so “Impurity” isn’t a negative-only value.
So basically it’s OK to think that the higher the stats of your defenders, the better they are for protecting your party members, and that weak party members with lower stats ought to be placed in the rear.
Each and every move you come up in your mind has a direct impact in the battles which truly makes God Wars a highly intriguing and fascinating strategy RPG.
■ A Variety of Jobs and Character Customization
The appeal of God Wars isn’t limited to its battles. You can customize your characters through a large variety of jobs and skills.
There are a total of 23 job types available in the game. In addition to those, each character has a character-unique job.
The character development system in God Wars is reminiscent of Final Fantasy Tactics and allows you to customize all of the characters as desired.
Each job has a set Skill Tree, and each skill can be mastered by consuming JP (Job Points), which are obtained during battle.
Character performance varies greatly based on the combination of their main job, secondary job, passive skill, and equipment.
Passive skills can be set up even with other jobs once a character learns it. Since the secondary job doesn’t affect the status of a character, you should start off by setting up the skills you want to use and / or the job you want to raise and develop.
This is unrelated, but each job has stats for “HP Growth,” “MP Growth,” etc. This is just a simple status correction and nothing more.
Since these items don’t affect the numbers/value increase in the status in the characters when the level goes up, there is no need to worry about these when developing your characters. So let’s concentrate on raising the level with your favorite occupation.
■ Post-Game Content
Although the volume of God Wars itself is massive, for me the really interesting and fun part as a strategy RPG lies in the post-game content “Labyrinth of Yomi” and “The Deep Levels.”
You can enjoy 40 additional stages in “Labyrinth of Yomi” and all 10 additional stages in “The Deep Levels,” which totals 50 stages altogether.
In “Labyrinth of Yomi”, you can deploy eight characters, and Momotaro, Inu (Dog), Saru (Monkey), and Kiji (Pheasant) join the group as new playable characters.
Since the level of difficulty in “Labyrinth of Yomi” is extremely high, this gives the player good reason to figure out how to set up and organize formations.
The level cap increases from 100 to 200, and the caps for some skills are also unlocked.
Formations composed of Advanced and Hidden level jobs are not exactly the strongest in this game, so please try challenging the Labyrinth of Yomi with your own, well thought-out formations. It’s much more fun and challenging this way.
Additionally, you can carry over your data and replay the game again and again.
There are all sorts of ways to play since you can specifically select which elements you would like to carry over.
You can even obtain multiple of rare items limited in availability by playing multiple playthroughs.
From here on, I would like to introduce some tips on the game strategy.
Introducing the Strategies and Technics in God Wars
■ A Must-Use! Handy Passive Skills
This section introduces passive skills that are strategically useful.
- Move +1 (Archer) – A passive skill which adds +1 to Move. Even just a single square is of high importance in a strategy RPG. Don’t make light of it!
- Move +2 (Shinobi) – This is an enhanced version of the above Move +1 (Archer). It takes a long time to acquire and master this passive skill since this one is exclusively for the Advanced-level Shinobi.
- Proficiency+ (Priest) – This is a passive skill that increases the acquired amount of earned JP and is essential for training and developing your Priest. If you raise this up to Level 3, the JP acquired will increase by 50 percent.
- EXP+ (Celestial) – This is a passive skill that increases the acquired amount of EXP. Although not necessary for the main story, this passive skills play an active and important role after the completion of the main story to reaching the level cap of 200.
- Tatarigami (Champion) – This is a skill where the higher your Impurity level is, the more powerful your basic abilities, so you would probably like to set this up for your Attacker. Champion is an Hidden and male character-only job. It is necessary to raise the Advanced-level Daredevil and Celestial up to Level 8. Play as much as you can and try your hardest to acquire this particular skill.
- Princess of War (Mochizuki) – This is a passive skill that increases the user’s basic ability as their number of jobs that have reached Level 10 increases. Mochizuki is actually Kaguya’s unique job. The reason I call Kaguya a “Gorilla” is because of this monstrous skill. I would suggest you master various jobs for Kaguya, as well as this passive skill. Your efforts will surely be rewarded when putting together a strategy to clear the “Labyrinth of Yomi.”
■ My Strategic Formation for “Labyrinth of Yomi”
Please allow me to also introduce the formation I used when I completed the “Labyrinth of Yomi.”
It is one which is a well thought-out based on the skills of each character’s unique jobs.
If you feel that the “Labyrinth of Yomi” is a difficult stage to play, I’d like you to refer to this formation.
In this formation, Kaguya and Momotaro are active “Top-Class” Attackers with their powerful skills attributable from their unique jobs.
I would like to add Orihime, who masters a unique skill which greatly reduces the enemy’s attributive tolerance level as well.
Sakuya can summon the Divine Messengers with her unique skill, which will be very useful because you will be able to challenge the Labyrinth of Yomi with nine team members instead of eight.
It is often thought that the Divine Messengers summoned by Sakuya cannot be ordered when needed, but this is only because it is set to “Auto” upon summoning.
You will be able to give the command to summon as needed by simply removing the AI in “Settings.”
Kaguya, Momotaro, Orihime, and Sakuya are the four characters I highly recommend for the formation. Okuninushi and Orihime are in charge of disabling and neutralizing the enemy (crowd control). I prefer to use the skills from an “Incantor” and not from a certain unique job.
Let’s also remember that there are many cases where it is better to defeat enemies with high durability by first putting them into anomaly status and dealing with them later, rather than reducing their HP by attacking the normal way.
This is the reason why I mentioned that “the formations composed of Advanced and Hidden jobs only are not exactly the strongest in this game.”
The Intermediate-level job “Incantor” is actively quite impressive if you set it up as a sub job.
■ More on Formations
In my formation, I set up Kuma as a Daredevil / Archer and have him concentrate on long-range attacks, and Sakuya as a Maiden / Barrierist. who provides the main support for the entire team.
I really thought-out these formation and job combos, so please use these tips and information for your reference. It might come in handy.
Although I would love to introduce all the synergies that are a result of the jobs for each character and their combos, this would take a great time to go through, so please kindly allow me to omit this.
I would like you all to explore and come up with your very own ultimate formation in God Wars.
■ One Point Advice
- When using attribute attacks or status ailments, move the cursor to the targeted enemy and check their Resistance using your mouse (or square button).
- In the Labyrinth of Yomi, it is important to inflict enemies with status ailments, as well as utilizing buffs and debuffs.
- It is useful to adjust SPD, which affects the turn order, by using equipment and skills to have the buffed character move before the attacker.
The gameplay elements that I would like from any RPG are enjoyable battles and character development.
God Wars: The Complete Legend was a unique but very fascinating piece of work that fully satisfied the elements I look for in an RPG.
For those gamers who have read this article and are interested in God Wars: The Complete Legend, please do try out this game.
If you thought, “this game looks interesting,” after reading this article, then I promise you this game will not let you down.
Action games, first-person shooters, third-person shooters, etc. are everywhere these days. Consider buckling down on a strategy RPG like God Wars, because it is a rare genre that deserves more attention.