by Mike Lata
May 18, 2011
If you live in New Zealand, you can get your hands on Square-Enix's latest title and prequel to the iDevice RPG hit Chaos Rings. The game is being released as two separate versions. The iPhone version is called CHAOS RINGS Ω and the iPad version is called CHAOS RINGS Ω for iPad. There don't appear to be any additional iPad features beyond HD resolution support. If you recall, not long ago Famistu revealed this game along with the upcoming Chaos Rings II. The original Chaos Rings has gorgeous visuals, arena-oriented combat gameplay based on teams of two characters and the prequel looks to expand on this gameplay. Judging by the screenshots, the visuals look just as stunning, if not more so, than they were in the original game. There appear to be huge monsters or beasts to fight, and some of the backgrounds look painted or hand-drawn. There was some doubt, based on the little information released, whether this game was meant to be an expansion of a separate title with a new storyline or completely new. Judging by the app description, it appears it is a new game with a separate, but interwoven storyline. Here is what to expect (taken from app description):
Chaos Rings Omega is the latest installment in the globally successful Chaos Rings RPG series. Players can enjoy gorgeous 3D graphics, smooth animations, classic RPG game play, a refined user interface and a rich story linked with the previously released Chaos Rings on their iPad. The story is based on the Arc Arena life-or-death tournament. This fight to the death takes places on Earth, 10,000 years before the events of the previous game. As the youthful and daring Veig, the player experiences first-hand battles connected to the previous game, the tragedies that arose because of them and a wondrous story that spans 10,000 years. The content will appeal both to fans of the previous title and to those jumping into the series for the first time.Square-Enix even has a list of upcoming updates scheduled, they include level cap increases and new bosses that will be added to the game. Chaos Rings Omega for iPhone has a NZ App Store price of $15.99, which should translate to $11.99 USD. The iPad version is going for NZ $18.99, which should translate to $14.99 USD.