Record of Agarest War (アガレスト戦記, Agaresuto Senki), known in Europe as Agarest: Generations of War, is a strategy role-playing game for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. The game is a collaboration between Idea Factory, Red Entertainment and Compile Heart. An updated port of the game was released in Japan for the Xbox 360 on November 27th, 2008.
The story progresses through various points plotted on a map. By visiting each point, the player has to battle the creatures, complete a quest, visit a town or go through a conversation to advance through the storyline and open up more points.
Fighting plays out like a strategic RPG where each character has his/her own set of moves, but by moving each character to an appropriate square, you can chain characters together and pull off combos. After each round of combat, each character will regenerate AP and accumulate SP points. When enough SP points have been accumulated, characters can unleash special attacks.
The game includes dating sim elements through its "Soul Breed" system in which the player creates a new character by pursuing a relationship with a female character as the game's storyline extends for five generations, each one having a different male protagonist. For the first four generations the protagonist marries one among three of his female companions and their son becomes the protagonist of the following generation who inherits stats and abilities from his parents.
Record of Agarest War: Re-appearance
A port known as Record of Agarest War: Re-appearance was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 in Japan on November 27th, 2008. The Xbox 360 port featured additional voice acting, and a gallery mode. New items and a new dungeon are available over Xbox Live as downloadable content.
The game was localized in Europe as Agarest: Generations of War by Ghostlight. The company planned to publish a standard retail version and a Collector’s Edition, both released on October 30th, 2009 for PlayStation 3. Initially, the game was set to use a cover art featuring a realistic version of the protagonist; however, negative feedback led to the publisher changing the cover art for one more faithful to the original. The 32 packs of dlc was recently put on the European Playstation Store by Ghostlight.
The hard-to-find Collector's Edition features an exclusive slipcase box, poster, postcards and a hardcover artbook.
There is no trophy support for the EU version of the game.
Aksys Games released the game in North America under the title Record of Agarest War on April 29th, 2010. The game was released as a download (almost 10 GBs!) on the PlayStation Network, and on disc for Xbox 360. The game retains the original Japanese dialogue.
On October 3rd, 2013 the game was released on Steam bringing the SRPG to PC gamers for the first time.
Incidentally, the general game system was also adopted for Cross Edge and was improved.