If your 3 characters cross each other's path during a battle and perform no other action, they begin to create a resonance. Pressing Y consumes this resonance and they can make a tri-attack, where they basically have up to their weapon's shots and a timer to complete their attacks, leading to a massive hurt on their chosen targets. There's more to it than this but you can play the tutorial to get the full grasp of the systems in play.
They work well enough apart from the targeting which is abysmal. It's very hard to get the target that you're after and often involves spinning the camera out of shot and hoping it tags the leader. If you kill the leader of a group it ends the battle right there.
The battle system is deep, it's tricky and it's rewarding for those players who bother to get the best out of it. As you fight, you gain XP in your chosen weapon, get enough and it levels up along with a bunch of stats. This replaces the traditional level up systems and works pretty well.Graphics
RoF is a typical J-RPG, the women are pretty, the men are pretty, the boys are pretty, and the old people look...well...wise and old. The graphics reflect this and they're decent enough, there's no pop-in or texture errors, they look crisp and the steampunk nature of the adventure is brought to life nicely with the gorgeously animated backgrounds as you explore the various locations of the city. The use of light and shadow is good, day and night cycles affect the locations and the graphics change accordingly.Animations
RoF has some pretty good animations, the characters leap, and slide, run, jump and move around convincingly. It makes the whole battle system very cinematic and action orientated. Physics
The physics in the game does what it's meant to do, it provides some rag doll for the bad guys as they take your hits and that's about it.AI
The AI will punish you if you make mistakes, they seem to be able to hit you at times even when out of range and apart from that it's pretty much par for the course.Sound
It's decent enough with some nice ambient sounds when exploring and some typical battle sounds, it does a good job and that's all it has to do. No sound bugs were present at the time of review.Music
RoF has a nice score and it suits the game well enough, it evokes the right emotions at the right times and matches the on-screen action during battles decently.Voice/Dialgoue
Nolan North lends his dulcet tones to a typical J-RPG moody character in this game, along with other voice actors. The spoken dialogue is performed decently but you get the feeling that it's just another paycheck at the end of the day. The script is typical for a J-RPG and what appears as clever storytelling to some falls flat to others, it's not bad but it doesn't really engage compared to other games.Multiplayer
RoF will reward those people who dig deep enough into their reserves to continue after they lose battle after battle. It will delight people looking for something a bit different from Final Fantasy or Star Ocean, it will certainly push the unique button in terms of the battle system's approach to gun based combat and does a good enough job of being a fun game until it becomes frustrating near the start. Bottom line, if you're not into these but you want to try it, rent it. Buy it if you're a Tri-Ace fan and want to see what they're up to.