Pros The cover actually has Cornet on it.
Extra features after game play.
Cons No original illustrations to find. No ability to change from English to Japanese in the music/subtitles. Original character expressions replaced with medicore digital drawings. Gaming grid system is gone. Took away game play settings.
Summary Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is one of my most favorite games of all time. It's not the most dramatic, or the most visually exciting, but it brings charm, hope, and a smile to my face when I need it most.
I was certainly one of the most excited fans out there when I heard this game was going to DS, and the disappointment with all the features they left out of this game was appalling.
One of the BEST features of the game is being able to change from Japanese to English in both the subtitles and music tracks! Why else would a fan want to play a MUSICAL GAME? Is that not the most important part, that the characters sing?
Another issue is the loss of the original design illustrations. Admittedly, I am an illustrator, but those illustrations were yet another golden cookie that added to my gaming experience.
Also with the illustration issue, the icons that represent the characters expressions when they're talking, were JUST FINE the way they were and I do not see how REDRAWING all of them enhanced the experience. What time they spent redrawing those expressions they could have used to maintain the original grid system format for the DS.
A different issue is the gameplay settings: Easy(aka never played a video game in your life), Medium (aka played one rpg), and Hard (aka easy mode on normal rpgs) have disappeared. Admittedly, I'm sure we didn't NEED the settings, but if anything, making Rhapsody HARDER or adding an experience booster would've better than eliminating the settings all together.
Converting this game to the DS could have been a lot simpler and would have given the fans more of what they wanted. I wish that NIS America had done more polls to fans to ask what we wanted. We are still out here and you have ruined the artistic integrity for this game.
I do like finally having Cornet on the cover. The original game had a spoiler for a cover.
It is also nice to enjoy extra features after gameplay.
I don't want to entirely slam this game for fans. I would love to have a new generation of girl gamers to be able to enjoy this (sorry guys, don't really see you playing this, no offense). All the original character sprites are still here, as well as a beastiary and character display, but both of these additions do not qualify for forgetting about all the other subtle features that made the original game so popular for the so few of us that played it.
The next time a company remakes a game for fans, THEY SHOULD ASK FIRST. BRING IT UP ON MORE FORUMS, WE WILL BE INTERESTED.