Chaos Rings III
Mobile gaming has plenty of RPGs to satisfy players who want something a little more meaty to take on the go, and many of them are excellent choices. But the Chaos Rings series is special. It's one of the prettiest, most substantial, and exciting role-playing games you can get for your mobile device, and absolutely worth trying out, even if you've never taken the plunge before -- RPGs or Chaos Rings in general.
Comfortable Japanese RPG Mainstays
Chaos Rings III weaves a tale riddled with familiar JRPG conventions, and it's obvious from the onset it's taken cues from the likes of Final Fantasy and other games of that ilk. As the main hero of the story who's been raised by foster parents, you're growing up as a Hunter, who's finally come of age to become one himself. You join up with your own team of other adolescents who are also becoming Hunters, and the adventure begins to unfold.
Without spoiling too much, the story is entertaining enough to keep things moving along, while also channeling the games of yesteryear that players will absolutely notice as they chug through the title. There's also a lot of dialogue to wade through, which is essential for world-building and character development, but it may be unconventional for some players who are used to the mobile sphere and games that take a few moments to complete to be asked to sit through pages and pages of exposition and story-moving text, but if you have the time and the patience to put in, you'll be rewarded with an exciting story that's comparable to what you might see on consoles or larger handheld brethren.
Luckily, there's the ability to save anywhere, which levels out the often long-winded RPG experience that keeps mobile players away. Story missions will require a good chunk of your time, but you'll be able to save your progress if for some reason you simply don't have time to stick around and see what unfolds.
Setting Itself Apart
Despite the many similarities between Chaos Rings III and other RPGs, there are plenty of ways it sets itself apart from the rest of the pack. The battle system itself is pretty cut and dry and includes many of the same familiar spells you're used to, melee attacks, and other JRPG mainstays. Where the game really shines is its usage of collectible cards. You'll get new ones through random assignments, and you can use them to fuse for new cards entirely. You'll get them when you complete a mission and you'll also get some for playing the game daily. But, surprisingly enough, there aren't any free-to-play trappings here that you have to worry about. If you're worried about being asked to pay extra money to collect extra cards or to make progress in-game, your mind should be put at rest: it's simply not going to happen, and that's part of what makes Chaos Rings III so great.
A Journey for The Ages
Chaos Rings III is a fantastic role-playing game that you'll want to embark on, even if you've played every JRPG released in the last few years. It's a sprawling, entertaining bit of software that's worth the pricier entry fee, and it's an exemplary game if you're looking for a nice showpiece to add to your collection.