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Atlus Brings Baroque to the Wii

December 12, 2007, 12:33 pm EST
Total comments: 33

The hardcore dungeon-crawling RPG is set for a February release.

Atlus U.S.A., Inc. announces hardcore RPG Baroque™ for Wii™ and PlayStation®2

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA — DECEMBER 12th, 2007 — Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment, today announced Baroque, a new dungeon-crawling action RPG for the Wii™ and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Dark, addictively challenging, and totally immersive, Baroque is a pure RPG experience, highly regarded by Japanese gamers and now finally scheduled to arrive in North America! Baroque is currently slated for release in February 2008.

For more on Baroque, please visit the official website!

About Baroque

You awaken to find the world in ruin, your heart beset with unexplained guilt. A cataclysm has destroyed the cities and empires of men and disfigured the spirit of humanity. In this nightmare, it falls to you to descend a mysterious tower in search of absolution. Battle merciless foes through treacherous dungeons, scour for new items to aid you in your travels, and unlock the secrets of a devastated land. You will find death in the depths, yet learn that death is not the end of the story; in the twisted world of Baroque, it is only the beginning.

Key Features

* Hardcore dungeon-crawling RPG action! With its many ever-changing levels, each teeming with perverse monsters and tormented souls, the world of Baroque is a frightening and unforgiving realm.

* Death is not the end - Take part in a unique story progression system in which the end of your life only serves to drive the adventure forward. Each time your character dies, more secrets about the forsaken world are revealed!

* Deep customization options – The player has full control over how they shape their character and how they play the game. Find and equip a vast assortment of weapons and items, some with a variety of uses. Acquire powerful stat-boosting parasites and combine them to multiply their potency. Only the resourceful will survive!

Baroque has been rated "T" for Teen with Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Tobacco Reference by the ESRB.


Another February release... and an RPG from Atlus!!! ohhhh yeaaaahhhh...

Bill AurionDecember 12, 2007

"Each time your character dies, more secrets about the forsaken world are revealed!"

Wait, so basically you NEED to die? Interesting...

ShyGuyDecember 12, 2007

Is it Baroque? I don't know, did you Ba-reak it? HAHAHAHA that joke never gets old.

StogiDecember 12, 2007

That joke makes me sad about the future of mankind.

This game looks pretty interesting. I especially like the dieing to get ahead part. I just don't understand how that would work, and that's exactly the reason why I need to hear more.

MorariDecember 12, 2007


This one definitely goes on my list. February is the new November.

February IS the new November. Smash Bros, No More Heroes, Dragon Quest Swords, Professor Layton... this...

As for the PS2 portage, I don't think it's a bad thing. It's actually the Wii's greatest strength: It enables publishers and developers to transition over from the PS2 to the Wii, allows gamers to transition over, and allows markets to transition over. It may not be uber, but if this porting bridge enables the Wii to become the new PS2, I'm all for it.

StogiDecember 12, 2007

Black History Month WHOOT!

Bill AurionDecember 12, 2007


Originally posted by: Morari
Another release for the Wii and PS2! It's sad to see the Wii undercut so often like this. It's even worse when it comes down to released for the 360/PS3/Wii/PS2. I mean, really. The GameCube was vastly superior to the PS2, and the Wii is superior to the GameCube (I believe more so than people think). There is no reason for Wii games to be PS2 ports.

This game was only for PS2 in Japan...Atlus must have asked Sting to make a Wii version...

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 12, 2007


KDR_11kDecember 12, 2007

Too bad "hardcore" in the context of RPGs seems to mean enemy stats increase way faster than yours do so you have to stay in an area clobbering random enemies until your stats are increased enough.

"Always changing" sounds like random generated. Sorry but the only dev I trust with random dungeons is the Diablo team.

bubicusDecember 12, 2007

You don't trust anyone else with random dungeons? Obviously, you've never played ToME.


Best rogue-like ever, gameplay-wise. (Not so much for the graphics...)

KDR_11kDecember 13, 2007

I never played Roguelikes, can't be arsed to remember all those letters. I tried Nethack once but couldn't find the stairs so I got bored and quit.

bubicusDecember 13, 2007

Ugh... that's unfortunate. Nethack is the hardest to learn of all the roguelikes I've ever played. I didn't really like it, either, and if I had played it first, I would have been turned off on the genre myself! TOME is pretty simple in comparison, control-wise. Other than eat (E), drink (q, for quaff), open (o), use skill (m, for magic), a (aim wand), z (zap rod), and the direction keys, there's little else to remember in TOME for a beginner. TOME also has a decent window system, so you can keep a lot of information off the main screen, and it has several tile sets available, so you don't have to look at ASCII all the time. You don't have to remember letters for creatures or items because they all have distinct images.

KenologyApril 07, 2008


Game comes out tomorrow.  I want it to be good.  Hopefully someone posts a review soon.

vuduApril 08, 2008

Nintendo Power gave it a 3.5.

NinGurl69 *hugglesApril 08, 2008


KDR_11kApril 09, 2008

Quote from: vudu

Nintendo Power gave it a 3.5.

Out of ten?

DAaaMan64April 09, 2008

Quote from: KDR_11k

Quote from: vudu

Nintendo Power gave it a 3.5.

Out of ten?

nah, 3.5

vuduApril 09, 2008

Quote from: KDR_11k

Quote from: vudu

Nintendo Power gave it a 3.5.

Out of ten?

Out of ten.

KenologyApril 09, 2008

I never did put stock in any of Nintendo Power's reviews.  Guess I'll have to wait for IGN and (eventually) NWR.

Nintendo Power's reviews have gotten better in recent years, but they occasionally do something like give Puzzle Quest a 4.5.

vuduApril 09, 2008

Puzzle Quest is Bejeweled.  A version of Bejeweled that costs $30.

Quote from: vudu

Puzzle Quest is Bejeweled.  A version of Bejeweled that costs $30.

It's a Bejeweled RPG that fixes everything I hated about Bejoeweled. And regular Bejeweled costs $20 and it doesn't have anywhere near as much content and you can lose it through no fault of your own.

vuduApril 09, 2008

Bejeweled is free.  Anyone who pays for more it is an idiot.

animecyberratApril 10, 2008

Quote from: vudu

Bejeweled is free.  Anyone who pays for more it is an idiot.

I gotcha.

vuduApril 10, 2008

I hang my head in shame.

ReverendNoahWhateleyApril 11, 2008

I'm very disappointed to hear that this is probably a stinker.  To be honest, I was thinking about picking this up.

KDR_11kApril 12, 2008

It's a dungeon crawler, why did you even get your hopes up? There's craptons of those and most are just crappy games made because the developer couldn't be arsed to make proper dungeons for their RPG so they resorted to randomness. Unlike western developers it seems to me that japanese devs rarely attempt to optimize their algorithms for quality resulting in bad pathfinding, bad random levels, etc. Freaking Doom has better pathfinding than even RTSes made by japanese devs.

ReverendNoahWhateleyApril 13, 2008

Because there aren't tons of these on the Wii, I've enjoyed every Atlus game I've owned, and the concept was interesting.  Seemed like a sure thing to me.

As someone that never owned the PS2, I was screened from most of Japan's low-quality RPGs; for a Japanese RPG to make it all the way to the West, it usually had to be quite good.  The last time I owned a console that was a haven for RPGs, it was the SNES, and back then even the bad RPGs were pretty good.

KDR_11kApril 14, 2008

Some RPG site gave it a review saying it's decent, take that as you will.

KenologyApril 14, 2008

The game is actually quite good.  Don't expect anything technically impressive as it doesn't do anything with the hardware even by PS2 standards.  But the gameplay is pretty interesting even if I'm a bit lost as to what to do right now.  More impressions soon come.

ReverendNoahWhateleyApril 14, 2008

Is it a cheapie port?  Those are great!  30 bucks is just a small enough sum of cash for me to not get TOO frazzled about losing it.

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