Record of Agarest War Zero, known as Agarest Senki Zero (アガレスト戦記 ZERO, Agaresuto Senki Zero) in Japan, is a tactical role-playing game developed by Compile Heart and Red Entertainment. It was published in Japan by Idea Factory on June 25, 2009 for the PlayStation 3 and published by Aksys Games in North America on June 14, 2011 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the prequel to the 2007 game Record of Agarest War.
As of July 2010, Agarest Senki Zero: Dawn of War has been released for Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version was released with extra content not found in the PS3 version of the game, such as costumes, CGs and more. There is also an extra mode where you can return to the maps from the previous game, and unlock characters via PlayStation Store. This mode is available in both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.
Long before Summerill and the gods of darkness were defeated in Record of Agarest War, another battle was fought across generations to save the world from evil. Record of Agarest War Zero takes you back to that ancient time…
The war between the forces of darkness and the forces of light, a conflict already many years old, has been fought to a stalemate. In the nation of Kraltarla, the forces of light hold back the evil hordes of darkness spilling from Findeste at the Scarred Mountains, but only just. In a desperate attempt to gain an advantage that could change the course of the war, the generals of the armies of light dispatch their loyal servant Sieghart, whom fate has seen fit to grant a strange and awesome power. Sieghart’s mission takes him across Kraltarla to gather the components for a magical tool that can free the imprisoned blacksmith of the gods, so that he might forge magical artifacts of great and terrible power for the forces of light.
The Battles are the same as the first game, the maps, and the Soul Breed System. Two new systems were introduced, The Feel Link System and the Free Intention. There is also a Extra Mode.
Differences / ImprovementEdit
There are some differences from the original Agarest games.
- First of all there are only 2 generations in this games. The first gen save the world and the second tries to protect it.
- There are only 15 members, 9 in the first gen and 6 in the second. This is a lot less than the first game with the first having 34 characters.
- Featured in the game, Trinity Universe, Agarest will now use AAA (Active Animation Adventure), known in this game AAS (Action Animation System). As such characters mouth will move while talking, eyes will blink, and clothes and hair will rustle in the wind.
- There is a new fairy-like race.
- The towns and city menu are more interactive.
- Players now have more control over the battle style of the main character, as well as his skills, by way of a card system. By picking the appropriate cards, Sieghart can be customized to reflect the type of fighter one wishes to play.
A new system is introduced called the Feel Link System. The Feel Link System is where the heroine's costume, and dialog depend on their relationship level.
Another new system, players can build relationship with the heroines. This may result in new costumes,CGs, and items. This is accessed by the City Menu. These costumes have been confirmed - Maid, Shinto Priestess (Miko), a Nurse and School Uniform. This is not limited to the Love Interests.
If the players have Clear Data from the first game, it is possible to load it and unlock the Door to the Future after some progress. Through the Door, players can access the maps from the first game and unlock items and characters from the first game. Leonhardt, his descendants, the heroines, Ellis and Dyshana are unlocked free. However, other playable characters must be downloaded from the Playstation Store. It is currently unknown if this will be a feature in the English versions or if it have to be downloaded from the Playstation Network/Xbox Live Marketplace.(Players can unlock this mode once beating the game then replaying it on Hard.)
On November 5, 2010, Aksys Games announced that it will bring both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Agarest Senki Zero to North America as Record of Agarest War Zero. It was released on June 14, 2011.
- The Limited Edition will include:
- 48 page Character Data Guide
- The Soundtrack
- Special Card Set Including one deck of Playing Card (with characters printed on them) and a deck of collectible skill card with a specil box.
Ghostlight, on the other hand, is bringing the game to SCEE territories as a PlayStation 3-exclusive.
- The Collector Edition will include
- Black T-shirt (bespoke design to Ghostlight ) *GL pre-order item only*
- Blu-ray PS3 game (of course)
- A3 double sided poster showing on one side the concept drawing of the image used on the inlay and on the other the finished coloured artwork
- Agarest: GoWZ OST
- 3 x 3D lenticular art cards
- All of this will be packaged neatly in to a Collector's Edition box.