Whenever you hear people reminisce about the Gamecube, no one ever mentions Baten Kaitos. There’s always mention of Skies of Arcadia or Fire Emblem, but it seems to me that this franchise is often overlooked. In any case, I decided to start with the prequel first, simply because it occurs chronologically before the first game which was released a few years prior. So far it’s pretty good, even though I’m not a huge fan of turn based RPGs, the game keeps you involved as your opponents make their move. It took me a little bit to understand the Magnus card battling system as it was unclear at first. Even so, they ease you into it, stalling long enough for one to grasp the concept before turning up the heat. Visually, it’s a pretty good looking late era GCN title, though I’m not a huge fan of prerendered backdrops. If there was only one complaint I have, is that the environments suffer because of this design decision. It’s Final Fantasy VII all over again with stagnant and lifeless environs despite being populated with NPCs and enemy creatures. Plus there’s the issue with deciphering what plane you’re occupying when encountering mutitiered environments. Regardless, it’s still good fun, though I lost an hour’s worth of playtime because I had to go to work, and the nearest save points were literally blockaded off. Not cool.