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Record of Lodoss War: Advent of Cardice (Record of Lodoss War in North America and Europe) is an Action role-playing game based on the anime series of the same name. It has become a cult classic for Dreamcast owners, and is relatively difficult to find. It is also the only Lodoss-based video game to be released outside of Japan.

Plot

The game follows the adventures of a hero who has been resurrected by the wizard Wart to destroy Cardice (sometimes transliterated as Kardis or Kardiss), the dark goddess of destruction.

Gameplay

Lodoss adheres closely to typical Action RPG gameplay, though with a number of unique gameplay additions.

Blacksmithing

Through the blacksmithing system, the hero can have weapons, shields, helmets, and armor smelted into mithrill, which can then be used to forge inscriptions into his equipment. Inscriptions are the primary means by which the hero improves his statistics and increases his power. For example, once the hero has unlocked the Strength +5 inscription (by locating the relevant plaque in the game world), he can have it repeatedly forged into his weapon to raise his Strength stat. Any piece of equipment can be transformed into any other piece of equipment of the same type that the player has picked up. This allows the player to continually forge inscriptions into a single item, and then, once a more powerful version is found, have it transformed, retaining all inscriptions.

There is also a traditional level and experience system in place, but it only increases the character's HP.

Reception

The game received a "very good" score of 8.5/10 from Game Informer magazine.[2]

References

  1. "Sega of Japan catalogue page on the game; publisher name is above the release date". Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. "Ultimate Review Archive." Game Informer. Issue 100. August, 2001. Page 54. Original review published May 2001.

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