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Ragnarok Odyssey: Giant-Sized RPG Assaults PS Vita Today

Brittany Avery's Avatar + Posted by Brittany Avery on Oct 30, 2012 // Production Assistant, XSEED Games

Are you ready, guys? Because right now it’s Ragnarok Odyssey happy hour! Or more like Happy Day, since today we celebrate the release of our precious PS Vita title. It’s been a lengthy localization journey, but we’re proud to bring out the Ragnarok Odyssey Standard Edition for $39.99, as well as the Mercenary Edition, which includes a meaty monster guide with artwork, a full soundtrack, and 10 randomized collectable monster cards out of over 50 for $49.99.

The game itself is the real star of the show, though. Think of it kind of like Monster Hunter or Gods Eater, but with more of a Norse mythology twist and a battle system that’s all about knocking your enemies high into the air, then flying up after them and flinging them all over creation before slamming them back down into the hard dirt below. It’s a great game to pick up and play anytime, as you can just grab a quest and head out to go attack all manner of creatures and loot lots of goodies off their hacked-up remains. And if you don’t want to go it alone, you can always bring three friends with you through ad-hoc or infrastructure multiplayer – which might be a huge help when you face off against some of this game’s mammoth bosses, who can be hundreds of times bigger than you are.

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And since this is basically a really cool party, I’ll be talking about those multiplayer features here today. While we weren’t able to play together too often (naturally, we’d get far too distracted trying to get our characters to properly high-five each other), the times we did play it in the office left us in fits of giggles and a welling flame of camaraderie for taking down big dudes. Because some of the dudes you fight are… well, really big and stuff.

The maps of multiplayer are the same exact maps used in the single-player campaign, and while single player is accessed through the local Guild, multiplayer is accessed through a nearby tavern. So what’s the difference, exactly? Difficulty. Multiplayer is much more difficult in comparison, and will reward players who take it on with better items which you can use to create new clothing, weapons, or just sell for some extra cash. Luckily, this difficulty isn’t closed to those who are venturing solo and want the extra challenge – single players only need to enter the tavern alone to progress through the game with a higher difficulty (y’all are crazy, though, for real).

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So can a brand new player instantly be fighting on one of the last maps in the game if one of their partners is farther ahead? The answer to that is no. If you have two, three, four people in multiplayer, the quests available for your team to choose from will be decided based on the ‘youngest’ player. This means that if you have three players who are at Chapter 5, and one on Chapter 3, you’ll only be given quests up to Chapter 3. Help that last guy conquer a few familiar foes, though, and you’ll be taking on later chapters together as a team in no time.

The game has a few multiplayer friendly in-game features, too. While you can’t use voice chat, there are a flurry of emoticons and silly to serious body language options to choose from to let your comrades know how you’re feeling. There are also equippable cards that are friendly to playing with others, too, such as a card that spreads certain leftover stats to your allies should you fall in battle, or a card that helps loot gravitate more to you than others (because if sharing was caring, things wouldn’t be as fun, though some drop items are split amongst the party).
Oh yeah, and so long as someone has a North American copy of the game, you can play with them, meaning don’t sweat having everyone play in the same room to enjoy some monster hunting. It’s all online, baby!

So be nice, have fun, and do your best on conquering the toughest Giants the Sundered Lands have to offer!

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+ hugollewellynroj on October 30th, 2012 at 1:30 pm said:

someone knows when the store is updating?


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+ volksjager06 on October 30th, 2012 at 1:31 pm said:

@head20. You’re a liar. Don’t quote incorrect information on behalf of your major corporate employer, moron.


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+ aaronmafia on October 30th, 2012 at 1:34 pm said:

Just for clarification I preordered Ragnarok Odyssee (not the CE) for in-store pick up at my local gamestop and they have my copy available for me to pick up after work today! I am very pleased and excited to play! :-)


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 3:12 pm said:

    :D Hooray!


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+ Viper20184 on October 30th, 2012 at 1:37 pm said:

I have to say I have been looking forward to this game for a LONG time. I almost imported it but decided to wait because I wanted to understand and enjoy everything in it. My copy is JUST now shipping from Amazon (Mercenary edition)…. its killing me to wait.. but I know the wait will be worth it. Is there going to be DLC for this game.. and if so, what kind of DLC.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 3:17 pm said:

    The wait is almost over. :> As for DLC, we’ll share more about it soon!


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+ NovaChronicle on October 30th, 2012 at 2:02 pm said:

Thank you so much for Ragnarok Odyssey, atm I gotta wait nearly a week for my mercenary edition to arrive cause of amazon free shipping :/ but I can wait cause its worth it. I heard 3 tracks from the OST on destructoid and loved it, am looking forward to listen to the rest of the songs :)

I was a big MH fan but with the way Capcom is releasing the next MH games on the 3ds and WIi U my love for that series has burnt out. Until they actually decide to bring a proper new MH game (not a dumb HD port) to the Vita or PS3, MH is dead to me lol.


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+ XDSaito on October 30th, 2012 at 2:07 pm said:

@NovaChronicle
Same feeling for me and MH, Crapcom and it´s exclusivity for Ninty sucks, a portable MH has to be played on a Sony Handheld, and I´m still waiting for a MH for PS3 (HD remake doesn´t count)


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+ Guimace on October 30th, 2012 at 2:08 pm said:

One of the resons why I got a PS Vita. Can’t wait.


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+ XDSaito on October 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm said:

It´s already in the store!!!!! DOWNLOAD!!!! :D


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+ adavid90 on October 30th, 2012 at 2:13 pm said:

PSN hasn’t updated. R.O. isn’t there.


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+ hugollewellynroj on October 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm said:

yes it is !!


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+ hugollewellynroj on October 30th, 2012 at 2:17 pm said:

you have to search for it !!!
and it apears


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+ NovaChronicle on October 30th, 2012 at 2:21 pm said:

lol yea its on the store if you search it, I also see okami hd from searching haha xD


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+ adavid90 on October 30th, 2012 at 2:22 pm said:

You guys were right! Add me for online play!


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+ CrusaderForever on October 30th, 2012 at 2:34 pm said:

Yes, found it on the store and I am downloading now! Wow, 10/30 really was the day for buying games! Cannot wait to try this out between ACIIIL sessions!


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+ Ter-M1nat0r on October 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm said:

@Aaronmafia. Lucky you, my preorder haven’t arrive yet.


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+ tusunami on October 30th, 2012 at 3:15 pm said:

Monster Hunter who? Man all this Ps Vita greatness can I get a hoooraaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Revannefarious on October 30th, 2012 at 3:26 pm said:

Went all the way to EB Games (GameStop) only to find out that this only ships next week :(


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+ IamNumber_05 on October 30th, 2012 at 3:37 pm said:

add me for online pipz… im looking forward to play with all of you…


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+ DarkOne_PR on October 30th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

Just got my mercenary edition :)

Created myself a Wizard. Hope its not mediocre as the press its saying… I always create mage characters to be badasses hope i can do that here too! :) and thanks a lot for bringing this in :) \

Now go get to work with a Ragnarok Online MMO on the vita :) OOOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!


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+ D-Squad3 on October 30th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

OMFG no online pass but now only 1 person is allowed to earn trophies?! You’ve got to be kidding me. There’s always something wrong, I hate this generation of gaming so much.


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+ EvRy1nVzZ on October 30th, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

Is it possible to play with NA people if you have the imported English/Asia version?!?


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+ SakuraX3 on October 30th, 2012 at 5:37 pm said:

Pre-ordered the Mercenary Edition from Amazon. Just received word that the “shipment” has been “received by the carrier”. Now if only DHL could hurry up and send it over…I can’t wait until Monday (their delivery estimate)…well, I can since I don’t really have a choice…

Anyways, pretty excited to play this game. This is going to be the game of the month for me for my Vita (since I chose this over AC3 which I hope my dad will eventually buy, XD) so thank you very much XSeed for this! :D


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+ jkaguja on October 30th, 2012 at 6:07 pm said:

Same question as EvRy1nVzZ.. I’ve been playing the imported English Asian version for months. Can I play with friends who will be purchasing the NA version? Or do I have to buy this game (again) or convince them to buy the asian version so we could play together?


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+ LordRazen38 on October 30th, 2012 at 8:50 pm said:

This is going to literally increase the PS Vita´s popularity. Awesome!!!


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+ PokeYorch on October 30th, 2012 at 10:14 pm said:

HI!
Any news on the sell the cards aside from the mercenary edition? because i want the collection! >__<

This game has been out in Japan for a while, please, consider a Ragnarok Odyssey 2!!! for a not so distant future XD

thanks for your answer in advance =)


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+ foxman420 on October 31st, 2012 at 2:47 am said:

This game looks cool ill probally get mine herehttps://sites.google.com/site/freepsncardscom/


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+ XDSaito on October 31st, 2012 at 6:53 am said:

Lol the trophies still in japanese, I´m in love with Ragnarok Odyssey 8D


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+ doctorSTRANG on October 31st, 2012 at 12:29 pm said:

Sony really needs to added more demos for PS Vita! LIke, I know theres a demo for this game in the japanese psn store. Why theres no demo for us? I really like to try the before buying it. And since its a $40 game it woulb be really good. Like, why such big and important game like assassins creed liberation dont have a demo? Thats really wierd. An like me, will make a lot of peopple dont buy the game.


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+ Fuepepe on October 31st, 2012 at 1:43 pm said:

@128, to my knowledge a demo of this game is slated for PSN release 2 weeks from now. It’s a bit late, but certainly better than not at all! :D


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+ Fuepepe on October 31st, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

@127, the trophies only appear in Japanese if you installed the Japanese demo at some point in time on your VITA to my understanding. I’m not sure why it works like this.


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+ aaronmafia on November 1st, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

YAy


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+ aaronmafia on November 1st, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

Funny if i post anything negative it says awaiting moderation and wont let me enlighten people on the truth about this horribly deceiving game.


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+ aaronmafia on November 1st, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

Go to IGN and read the review people! Dont waste your money!


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+ aaronmafia on November 1st, 2012 at 9:42 am said:

od·ys·sey/ˈädəsē/
Noun:
A long and eventful journey.

This game is not.


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+ luvtoseek on November 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

@132, aaron- haha, so you & IGN are a “source” of truth now? I’m a fan of IGN but like that review & your thoughts, they are OPINIONS. We get it. You don’t like the game… but we do!

Thanks for attending to our questions, Brittany. And enjoy the game everyone!


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+ aaronmafia on November 1st, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

IM not so much trying to bash the game, I just want to warn the people (like me) who have been waiting since February 23rd for this game. Your 40 dollars will be better spent on AC3. I picked this game up on tuesday and at first I was so hyped on it, but two days and two chapter later, I feel completely burned(as usual).


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+ ProfessorGerbik on November 1st, 2012 at 6:00 pm said:

I love this game. I love the style, I love the action. I am glad I picked this over AC3: Liberations and NFS: MW

Thank you Xseed for such an awesome game on the Vita!

Also @aaronmafia, I truly feel if you judge most your opinion off IGN’s review your opinion must be just a shallow as the guy who wrote that horrible review. Reviews aren’t supposed to be subjective opinions, they are supposed to be reviews.

Something that tells you the bad and good about a game not your own personal biased opinion, if I wanted to listen to a personal opinion I could sit at the counter of Gamestop and listen to the person behind it yap on about what he thinks.

I really feel journalist have lost touch with what a review really is, let alone what review actually means. IGN has hit a new low with that review and I could explain why for many reasons. I’ll just say IGN is by far the worst site when it comes to any reviews that actually make sense.


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+ ProfessorGerbik on November 1st, 2012 at 6:03 pm said:

Better yet read the review from Destructoid. It got a 9/10.

http://www.destructoid.com/review-ragnarok-odyssey-237672.phtml


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+ TeraFiedPsycho on November 1st, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

Awesome game!


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+ Dusean17 on November 5th, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:

I imported the Japanese version and played the heck outta it, then the online functionality stopped working after an update so I was forced to selling it back and playing the JPN Demo for ages.
Now I pre-order the Mercenary Edition and receive not only a full English copy but also cards, a soundtrack and a strategy guide/art book.

I am fulfilled.

Loving the game so far, currently all the way in Chapter 9 and I plan to go through the Story with 4 more characters and play til it hurts, I am still excited as when I first got the game.


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+ EXQUISITEEMPRESS on November 28th, 2012 at 8:27 pm said:

Amazing!!!


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