The Alliance Alive is a spiritual successor to a previous ALTUS game The Legend of Legacy but looks to find a new place and improve upon the previous game while still sticking to the 90’s JRPG feel. The narrative takes insight from Yoshitaka Murayama who was a part of Suikoden that combines some old and new story arcs together to make a decent handheld JRPG which reminds me of the old school titles like Chrono Trigger.
The story takes place in a world where a 1000 year war between human and daemons has fractured the world and a team of characters looking to change it and once again bring a blue sky back which is now forgotten. Azura is a mage like character is joined by her childhood friend, Galil, who is a melee character make the main protagonists of the story but are not always in the limelight. You also get to see the “demon” side which allows you to see multiple sides of the story, getting a complete picture of what is happening in the world.
After about 10 hours of gameplay, each of the different sets of characters meets to fight the Dark Current which caused the fracture in the world. In the following number of hours is where the game allows you to see each of the characters who are central to the story but some of them are not as fleshed out as other, feeling a bit one-sided slotting back into tried and tested RPG stereotypes which were a shame. It does keep the story ticking along without complicating plotlines but with quite a few colourful people it would have been nice to see more of some.
The first part of the story is the hardest to get through with quite a slow burn and the usual linear storyline of trying to save the world. As you get further in though, the story starts to evolve and take more of a life for itself, when you know where to go next. Without much guidance there were points throughout the game where I felt lost, asking my companion only gave small bytes of where to go next but were not always helpful. One way to know if you are going the right way is the current difficulty of the monsters, fall into the wrong area and it could be a one-shot death clearing the game telling you, “time to turn back”.