Not nearly as long as those epic 60-hour games of the past, Pale Echoes is short, sweet, and very different than you might expect.
While this Echoes features all the trappings of traditional turn-based JRPG combat — melee attacks, spells, etc. — there's a major twist in its systems. There are no random battles that whittle down your resources as you try to level up before accessing the next area.
Instead, every battle is purposeful and has a limited number of turns to complete. To win a fight against shades of the past, you must materialize memories in the correct order to ensure each party member hits a shade that is weak against a specific attack type.
Not everyone will love such a change, but it does offer something unique instead of the same old experience — and it is well worth trying out. The setting is also worth noting, as even though this is essentially a fantasy RPG, it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with occasional looks back at what the universe looked like before its utter destruction.