Review: Rainbow Skies (PlayStation 4)

Immerse yourself in a colorful and vibrant world, filled to the brim with friends and foes, murky dungeons, turn-based battles, towns, shops, and everything else your role-playing heart desires.

Pros:

  • Cartoon-like graphics.
  • 5.25GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Triple cross-buy across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
  • Tutorial help (optional) pops up as you discover new mechanics/events.
  • Save transfer via a cloud-based system.
  • RPG adventure gameplay.
  • You see the enemies on the map as well as unseen ambush fights which manifest as random pop-ups and you can press X to jump in.
  • Turn-based combat on a grid layout.
  • Save when you want from the menu. You can save to console or the cloud.
  • Turn order shown in combat.
  • Coins- the In-game currency used for shops.
  • Earn Exp, Level up to increase stats.
  • Main quest with optional side quests.
  • You play on the overworld mostly and enter doorways to launch into dungeons and side levels.
  • Each area has a discovery percentage, Shows up as you move around.
  • Skill stones- Found/earned and come in three types. Each one is used to upgrade particular stats like health or mana but can also be used to increase luck.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Big bright easy to use UI.
  • Map- Uncovers as you play, Shows icons and mission markers.
  • Playtime is displayed.
  • Very approachable thanks to simplified controls and bright atmosphere.
  • Loot chests, Bags, enemy drops to gain loot.
  • Use magic to earn EXP for that spell and level up to unlock new spells and attacks.
  • Cool cartoon cutscenes.
  • Boss battles.
  • Blacksmith- Buy and upgrade your gear using resources.
  • Battlerank- Can increase/decrease any of the unlocked ranks to increase enemy difficulty but also increase the rarity of the loot.
  • Returning players will feel right at home as the layout and gameplay is the same.
  • Full party management from gear to party layout in combat.
  • Can tame animals/monsters.
  • Huge world with many biomes within it.
  • Just a lot of fun to play.
  • 100s of hours worth of content.
  • So much character.
  • Many cool characters to meet.
  • Decent loot drops.

Cons:

  • Item bag size is small and has to be upgraded constantly.
  • You soon accumulate a lot of side quests.
  • A slow starter as you are low on health and power.
  • Can be hard to see paths on the map.
  • Repetitive fights.
  • A lot of grinding later on.
  • A very small window of opportunity for the ambush fights.
  • Saving is slow.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • No way of knowing which save location has the newest save data.
  • Very similar to the previous game.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Very solid RPG title, Yes it looks and plays a lot like the last one but who cares, It builds on the previous experience in places it needed it and for that makes it a very tight experience. I love how approachable it is and how easy it is to lose hours playing the game as yes it is difficult but the world created is one you enjoy exploring in. The combat is simple yet fun, The loot drops are addictive and the story is meh but serviceable. Just the fact that they off triple cross buy cross save deserves congratulations. The game is good and one that anyone can get into but be prepared to lose many hours to this classic.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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