If you haven't heard the news, SSR3 was dumped and leaked onto the net yesterday, a day and a half before its official Japanese release. Obviously, I'm not informing you of this so you can run out and download it (DON'T), moreover, I'm informing you of this to prepare you for an individual's impression of the leaked Rom.
PRC reader, "JJ" managed to play a good hour out of the game, just enough play time to satisfy his SSR3 craving (JJ deleted the Rom afterwards). So, how does SSR3 fair? JJ had this to say:
"SSR3 is, without a doubt the best in the series. I can't even begin to tell you how much of an improvement it is over the prequels, Capcom went all out on this one. Not much has changed outside of battle other than a few aesthetics (the menus and environments kick ass), but the battles are a whole new ball game. At first glance, battles appear to be the same as SSR1 and SSR2's, but this is not so.
Thanks to the new "Area Steal" ability, battles are MUCH more action oriented and strategical. Periodically, Battle Cards appear in the background of the Custom Screen. Selecting these cards allows you to sacrifice them into an Area Steal Card. When used, WarRock pops out and destroys a row of panels ahead of you, thus moving closer to the enemies. The best news is, the ability to Area Steal appears quite often so I highly suggest utilizing it every single time. It makes battles a lot more fun.
Now about the side view, it isn't what you think. Activating the side view camera does not put the battles into a 2D view the whole time. Instead, the camera shifts to a side view when you execute a WarRock attack. Disappointing, but it's still kind of nice. I really can't put into words how different the battles are. Not only do they feel more like EXE type battles, but it for once feels like an improvement over them.
Of note, this is the very first time I have actually enjoyed playing an SSR game. I was a hater, but not any more. Seriously, all of you give this a try, though I encourage you to not download the Rom but buy the game. Take it from me, chums: this one is 100% worth the price of admission."
Hey, sounds good to me.
So, do any of you have plans to purchase (not download) SSR3? Anyone out there who hasn't been interested in the Shooting Star series up until now?