Rogue Galaxy highlights the lessons developer Level-5 learned across its past three PlayStation 2 games (Dark Cloud, Dark Cloud 2 and Dragon Quest VIII), resulting in an adventure brimming with varied content. The action-based combat and an experience nearly free of load times sets it apart from the recent blitz of role-playing games, and a large number of full-featured side quests, such as the collection-heavy Revelation Flow or the Pokemon-like Insectron Stadium, mix things up beyond mere exploration and monotonous button mashing. In the grand scheme of role-playing games, the story turns out rather conventional, but the large variety of content and game play should cement Rogue Galaxy's place in the collections of those seeking a lengthy, fulfilling adventure.
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