Rogue Galaxy - hands-on

Speaking of special abilities, Rogue Galaxy has one of the weirdest leveling systems we've seen outside of Final Fantasy. You'll power up the normal way- by defeating enemies- but to unlock each character's special attacks, you'll need to tackle their "Revelation Flow." This is basically a big flowchart, with slots for rare, seemingly random items like twigs, hunks of ore and fruit; fill up all the slots in a skill box, and you'll earn a new ability and open up paths to even more hidden skills.

You'll also open up questions, such as "what are the characters supposed to be doing with this stuff? Are they eating the fire extinguishers and slabs of metal? Taking martial-arts lessons from them? What?"

Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.