Lufia 2: Rise of the…holy s*** that guy is huge!

Overview
Another classic rpg that stands the test of time with a good story, excellent puzzles, gameplay, and over-sized humongous bosses.

No seriously some of these bosses are freakin’ huge.

However putting that slight peculiarity aside this game is one of my favorite classic rpgs of all time!

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (aka エストポリス伝記II, Estpolis Denki II in Japan) came to the North America in 1996 after being released in Japan a year earlier.

Regardless of this being part 2 in the series this game is actually a prequel to the original Lufia (aka Lufia and The Fortress of Doom). The changes that are most notable besides the enhanced graphics are the large amount of puzzles: ranging from so easy a caveman could do it, to I want to launch my controller through the television screen hard types. Random monsters in dungeons now show on the screen so you can avoid them. You can capture monsters to use in battle, and my favorite, the new game + option which allows you to start a new game after you beat it once, only this time you get increased experience and gold.

Lufia 2 boxart-back

This game, in and of itself, has had a huge impact on me and how I’ve viewed rpgs since then. It just has so much going for it. So let’s take a look at what makes this game such a shining gem shall we? :)

Story

Story

As I stated before this game is a prequel to the original Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. It’s set 99 years before the 1st one, and it tells the story of how the Sinistrals came to be and how our heroes fought them.

The Sinistrals actually started the war against humans for a very selfish reason, they just wanted the Land of Lufia for their own devices. When their leader Arek realized that the sword of power, Dual Blade was resonating, it was indeed time to strike. Arek would use the power of the Dual Blade and take the land of Lufia from the humans and claim it for himself, and the other Sinistrals.

Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals (Intro)

Our heroes’ story starts in the town of Elcid with the red haired swordsman Maxim. When we initially see him he is coming back from another crusade of hunting monsters around the town for cash. After certain events progress, and Maxim realizes that not everything in the world is as peaceful as perception led him to believe, our young hero sets off on a journey to solve the mysteries behind monster attacks, and the destruction of towns. He also learns from a mysterious woman that he is indeed the one…who is destined to fight. Now he just needs to continue on his journey and meet new friends and enemies along the way!

Meet our heroes!

Man all I can say is this game is so damn cliche. However it’s still filled with so much awesomeness you just cannot miss it.

Gameplay

Gameplay

Ahh down to the meat and potatoes of this rpg. Where to start? This game has almost everything a good jrpg has and some. One thing I know a lot of people will love is the fact that you can see the monsters in dungeons. They even went one step further. If you attack a monster from the side or from behind you can get a preemptive strike, very nice indeed. However keep in mind the monsters can do the same to you so you best be watching your back! >:D

Battles are the regular turn based affair, however you don’t have an ATB (Active Time Battle/Bar) bar like the Final Fantasy games of the past. Which I never mind either way, however the battles run just as smoothly basing your when you attack on your Agility. You’ll begin to love your faster characters by the end of the game let me tell you.

Ha! I told you that guy was huge D:

Another thing of note based on the screen above, besides regular attacks and magic, I believe this is one of the first old school rpgs that incorporates the “limit break” type of attacks. More known for that name in Final Fantasy 7, this game calls it IP. The premise is basically the same: the more damage you take, and I think do as well (correct me if I’m wrong) you eventually are able to perform a special extra attack. However the beautiful thing about this is the fact that the attack/skill/spell you do isn’t always the same.

It actually depends on what type of weapon you have equipped! That’s right. Your special IP attacks will always change and some of the IP attacks are just fudging overpowered. Its sweet :D.

I don’t even want to know what the special IP is of the item below :O!

Here's an item I would hide from my gf -_-

So when you’re not running around bashing monsters faces in, you’ll be doing my other fave thing in the game. Solving puzzles. Honestly I think all the puzzles are great, and I didn’t think any of them were too, too hard. However some of my friends disagree. The good thing though is that you won’t just be running around pushing, and pulling blocks. Sometimes you might just need to clear a room of monsters or get to a certain area, and flip a switch. The game also gives you certain items to do this like a hookshot (think Legend of Zelda), a bomb (Legend of Zelda again?), and even an arrow (I’m beginning to see a pattern here)….Oh and if you ever get stuck on a puzzle the game gives you a nifty spell called reset to start over again. :)

One of the easier block puzzles.

And last but not least I’ll touch briefly on the sidequests in this game. There are three major ones in the game and they should keep a person busy for more then enough time:

  1. Forfeit Island/Ancient Cave-A Casino and an area which has a dungeon with 99 random floors where you can’t even take your current equipment with you!
  2. Capsule Monsters-Pokemon before…Pokemon?
  3. Dragon Egg Hunting-You’ll see a lot of chests you just can’t get too no matter what you do so you’ll have to come back for them. Trust me it’s worth it in the end.

Overall combined with everything that is available in this game I think if you have the time you will be kept busy for quite a while. Oh! And if you’re so inclined this game offers you the special replay modes I mentioned before after you beat the game a first time…and even a second time! Wow they really don’t make them like this anymore.

Extra Info

Did you know?

Square-Enix has actually picked up the rights for the Lufia series and is doing a reboot of Lufia 2 right now? If you didn’t, now you know :p. Also here’s a quick teaser trailer:
DS Lufia / Estpolis Trailer 01 from ndsfans2009

Yep it’s an action rpg :o.

Hmm so if you’re having any problems in the game you can always come here and bother me (lol, oh I don’t mind) or head on over to Gamefaqs.
Here’s two copies of the world map I found:

  • Here made by Iron Knuckle, and
  • Here made by Rick Bruns.

Here’s the game manual. :)
This game is made for the Super Nintendo.

Image Gallery
This image gallery contains screenshots, & art for Lufia 2:Rise of the Sinistrals on the Snes. Enjoy :D

Video

Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals Quick Gameplay

Words from Z
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