Seiken Densetsu 3 was released by Squaresoft in 1995 and an English fan translation came out in 2000. Only five years after the game’s original release there was a fan translation… That’s unheard of. And there are various translations available now, including German and French.
Seiken Densetsu 3 was clearly at the top of many people’s translation lists to have been ‘done’ so quickly, and the fan translation is generally excellent, although the story overall is a bit dry. There are some nice bits of humour. Not as much emotion as in the Final Fantasy games, but I think Seiken Densetsu 3 benefits from that. It’s quite dark, with a surreal, cartoony edge. There’s a bit of a Luke/Darth relationship storyline going on, but it’s hardly Shakespeare, so doesn’t resonate hugely, but neither did it bore me. It’s a solid Japanese RPG storyline with cute dialogue. Made even better by great character designs, and an unusual approach to character classes. You can “Class Change” twice during the game, and it really opens up your party’s abilities. It’s an interesting concept that I’m not sure if I’ve seen anywhere else.
Another great thing about Seiken Densetsu 3 is the “party of three” system. You begin the game with one character in your party, and eventually two more join, making three in total. You choose which three you want, from a pool of six, at the start of the game, and cannot change them. Each have different abilities, as you’d expect, but your choice also affects the direction of the game at certain points in the story. So if you choose Duran and Angela (as I did), then the game would branch off in a different direction to Carlie and Kevin’s story. In reality there are only three different branches, but the final boss battles are different in each, and there are unique places on the map you can only visit if you’re playing a certain party, so Seiken Densetsu 3 has a lot of re-playability value. If you want to see everything the game has to offer: you really have to play through it three different times.
Which is no bad thing… Actually, I’m already thinking about my next play-through. Now that I’ve beaten Seiken Densetsu 3 once, I’m ready to truly kick its arse with my new found understanding of this classic retro game.
Remember: a game is for life. Not just for the Nineties!
Seiken Densetsu 3 Week
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 1]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 2]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 3]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 4]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 5]