The player can select a target during battle. Each character performs on the phase based on status. Instead of Fight command, the player sees corresponding vertical strikes. Each direction has abilities for skills. They perform a string of attacks with random input. The gauge increases for each turn. The number of strikes are affected by several factors. Weapons deal more damage for combos called Arts. The player can reveal it for characters. Arts Points uses Arts, draining in quantity and proportionate on length. The character performs sequences for combos. AP can be earned by dealing less damage without Arts, damaging opponents or using Spirit. Arts can be linked by each inputs. The Art ending connects with another Art, starting with down, for the player to use two Arts in a row costing fewer inputs. For spirits, each characters use defensive stances for a turn to regain AP and boost the gauge length on the next turn. Some boss battles involve enemies after the characters use spirits. Humans can absorb the power and strengthen Ra-Seru, to level up and cause effects. The Seru uses magical elements for any type of attacks and spells.
The game takes place in a fantasy world, where humanity exists along strange symbiotic creatures known as Seru who aid humanity with their supernatural powers. However, a mysterious Mist appears and the Seru become rampant, opposing humanity and causing the collapse of civilization. The story follows Vahn, whose village is unaffected by the Mist outside and protected from Seru by a large wall. The town is attacked by an enormous Seru named Juggernaut, destroying the wall from the town and unleashing the rampaging Seru onto the villagers inside. While defending the village, Vahn discovers a rare kind of Seru known as a Ra-Seru named Meta, which is both intelligent and capable of merging peacefully with a human. He awakens the power of the tree in the center of his village known as a Genesis Tree and removes the Mist and the Seru from the village. With his newfound power, he travels across the world to restore Genesis Trees and stop the Mist.
The game received favorable reviews on GameRankings. Next Generation said, “if you can deal with the trite, hackneyed story, the new fighting engine makes this worth checking out.” Famitsu scored it 27 out of 40. It sold over 300,000 units by January 2002.
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