Baten Kaitos Origins, GameCube

Baten Kaitos Origins is a prequel to Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, but released after the first game, by Namco in 2006.

In many respects Origins IS a better game than its predecessor: the interface and button-press timings are better. The story and dialogue are better (I love the way the game inter-cuts between different storylines). The voice acting is a damn sight better than the first game! The level of detail and finesse is higher. The boss battles are more spectacular. It’s arguably more varied…

But somehow Baten Kaitos Origins doesn’t quite resonate as strongly as Eternal Wings does. Maybe that is because the battle system – again based on cards, and a magic called Magnus – isn’t quite as intuitive (or as visually exciting) as in the first game.

Baten Kaitos Origins is still a wonderful game in its own right though. Well worth an investment of time. Particularly if you love party-based level-grinders, or are looking for the best GameCube games of all time. I’d put both Baten Kaitos games in my top 25.

More: Baten Kaitos Origins on Wikipedia

One thought on “Baten Kaitos Origins, GameCube”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.