User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.69/10

Total of 144 user ratings spread across 144 releases

  1. 10
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  2. 9
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  3. 8
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  4. 7
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  5. 6
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  6. 5
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  • Review Score:9
    What seems like a basic RPG on the surface shines bright due to its focus on people and empowerment.

    Suikoden

    What seems like a basic RPG on the surface shines bright due to its focus on people and empowerment.

    Given the amount of JRPGs with crazy plotlines that dive headfirst into fantastical situations, Suikoden’s no frills approach was a breath of fresh air (to be clear, I like those crazy plotlines but it was nice to ... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Although it's a bit rough in places, RPGs simply don't get more epic than Xenogears.

    Xenogears

    Although it's a bit rough in places, RPGs simply don't get more epic than Xenogears.

    The provocative, challenging, and staggeringly epic story of Xenogears has gained such a legendary status with the role playing community that discussion about the actual “game” part of Xenogears has become r... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:6
    Great game, lazy port.

    Crazy Taxi

    Great game, lazy port.

    The Dreamcast was known for having a lot of quirky, highly original games, one of which was Crazy Taxi, which had players trying to get as many fares as they could before time runs out. The game was both novel and exciti... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Tales of the Abyss is a delightful adventure that is unfortunately held back by relentless backtracking.

    Tales of the Abyss

    Tales of the Abyss is a delightful adventure that is unfortunately held back by relentless backtracking.

    Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube was kind of a big deal. Not only did it gracefully bring the Tales series into full 3D but it also gave the series more relevance in the West. Given these big shoes to fill, Tales of t... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:7
    Lunar: SSH's characters and story are packed with charisma, but the game itself is basic to a fault.

    Lunar: Silver Star Harmony

    Lunar: SSH's characters and story are packed with charisma, but the game itself is basic to a fault.

    Because the Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete box set is a bit of a pain to acquire, I settled for the PSP remake of this PlayStation classic. While I did ultimately enjoy the game, I wish I had played the game in its PS... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Despite its thin story, Final Fantasy V is a stand out RPG thanks to its superb jobs system.

    Final Fantasy V Advance

    Despite its thin story, Final Fantasy V is a stand out RPG thanks to its superb jobs system.

    The jobs system. If somebody mentions Final Fantasy V at all, that’s probably what he or she will talk about. And with good reason. The jobs system is a deep, flexible customization system that almost singlehandedl... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5

    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

  • Review Score:7
    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is a step backwards from its predecessor, but still fairly engaging.

    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is a step backwards from its predecessor, but still fairly engaging.

    Star Ocean: The Second Story on the PS1 wasn't a heavyweight in terms of story or production values, but it was a unique sci-fi/fantasy hybrid with incredibly fun real-time combat. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time attemp... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    The "relationship material" girlfriend of racing games---reasonably attractive, but above all else, rewarding.

    Blur

    The "relationship material" girlfriend of racing games---reasonably attractive, but above all else, rewarding.

    There seems to be a inner conflict among many gamers: should I get Blur or Split Second? I haven't played Split Second (and I honestly don't plan to as I'm not particularly interested), but the awesomeness of Blur makes ... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Blur

  • Review Score:9
    The "relationship material" girlfriend of racing games---reasonably attractive, but above all else, rewarding.

    Blur

    The "relationship material" girlfriend of racing games---reasonably attractive, but above all else, rewarding.

    There seems to be a inner conflict among many gamers: should I get Blur or Split Second? I haven't played Split Second (and I honestly don't plan to as I'm not particularly interested), but the awesomeness of Blur makes ... Read Full Review

    5 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Final Fantasy X

  • Review Score:9
    Final Fantasy X is a beautiful mix of lovely aesthetic qualities and exemplary storytelling.

    Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits!)

    Final Fantasy X is a beautiful mix of lovely aesthetic qualities and exemplary storytelling.

    Like Final Fantasy VII before it, Final Fantasy X is an especially important game in the franchise because it represents a generational leap from the previous entry. This was the game that showed what the PS2 was capable... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Shadow Hearts

  • Review Score:8
    There are lots of RPGs that are more polished than Shadow Hearts, but few with such a unique atmosphere and personality.

    Shadow Hearts (PlayStation2 the Best)

    There are lots of RPGs that are more polished than Shadow Hearts, but few with such a unique atmosphere and personality.

    Although I love JRPGs, I do have to admit that they don't take the path less treaded very often. That is one reason that Shadow Hearts clicked with me from the get go. Sure, the developer made a few baffling design decis... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Final Fantasy XII

  • Review Score:9
    Although FFXII's combat can be a bit one-note, it is still a top notch adventure through an unforgettable world.

    Final Fantasy XII

    Although FFXII's combat can be a bit one-note, it is still a top notch adventure through an unforgettable world.

    When it released back in 2006, Final Fantasy XII represented perhaps the most radical change the Final Fantasy series had undergone. Other entries bore cosmetic changes, with new worlds, new characters, and some new mech... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Charm, humor, and pure fun factor go a long way in Breath of Fire 2, even in the face of a poor localization effort.

    Breath of Fire II: Shimei no Ko

    Charm, humor, and pure fun factor go a long way in Breath of Fire 2, even in the face of a poor localization effort.

    Capcom is not a company I associate with turn-based RPGs, so I was quite curious about how good Breath of Fire 2 would actually be. On that score, I was pleasantly surprised. Breath of Fire 2 is not revolutionary or grou... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Breath of Fire II

  • Rating:8.5

    Final Fantasy II

  • Review Score:8
    Its presentation is definitely dated, but Final Fantasy IV has aged with remarkable grace.

    Final Fantasy IV Easytype

    Its presentation is definitely dated, but Final Fantasy IV has aged with remarkable grace.

    Disclaimer: the game that I am reviewing is Final Fantasy 4, not Final Fantasy 2. Yes, it was released as Final Fantasy 2 in the United States, but it is actually the 4th entry in the series. And now, onto the review...A... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

  • Review Score:9
    Persona 4 is leaner, meaner, and ultimately more creative and enjoyable than the all ready fantastic Persona 3.

    Persona 4

    Persona 4 is leaner, meaner, and ultimately more creative and enjoyable than the all ready fantastic Persona 3.

    Since so many people have told me how much better Persona 4 was than the all ready fantastic Persona 3, I was curious to see the degree to which Persona 4 trumped the third entry. I was also excited to play what promised... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5

    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

  • Review Score:9
    Persona 3 is overflowing with style and freshness, but it also backs these things up with an excellent RPG.

    Persona 3

    Persona 3 is overflowing with style and freshness, but it also backs these things up with an excellent RPG.

    I was always interested in playing Persona 3 due to its modern school setting, but a part of me always suspected that Persona 3 was mostly praised for being different rather than for its gameplay. After playing through P... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:10

    Final Fantasy IX

  • Review Score:10
    FF9 may not be the most innovative, but its various parts come together better than any other game in the series.

    Final Fantasy IX

    FF9 may not be the most innovative, but its various parts come together better than any other game in the series.

    Even after the release of the truly epic Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy IX represents the closest the Final Fantasy series has come to attaining perfection. Although the game is on the easy side, it has the most focused,... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Super Mario RPG is not Final Fantasy with Mario sprites. It is thoroughly a Mario adventure, a delightful one at that.

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

    Super Mario RPG is not Final Fantasy with Mario sprites. It is thoroughly a Mario adventure, a delightful one at that.

    Although this fun little Mario-themed RPG commands great respect amongst retro RPG players and laid the basis for the much lauded Paper Mario series, there have always been those who write the game off as Final Fantasy w... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Due to its various refinements and slick presentation, PS4 is the only PS game that can be recommended without caveats.

    Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni

    Due to its various refinements and slick presentation, PS4 is the only PS game that can be recommended without caveats.

    Anybody that has tried to get into Phantasy Stars I through III knows that it can be incredibly hard, as a modern gamer, to readjust to their rather archaic design characteristics. Phantasy Star IV, however, is a much mo... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Phantasy Star IV

  • Review Score:7
    Astonishing visuals and an excellent new battle system can't quite make up for Final Fantasy XIII's general tedium.

    Final Fantasy XIII

    Astonishing visuals and an excellent new battle system can't quite make up for Final Fantasy XIII's general tedium.

    Belonging to the biggest RPG franchise in the world means that more is expected of Final Fantasy games than other JRPGs and each entry in the series is looked at through a microscopic lens. And while Final Fantasy XIII d... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

  • Review Score:9
    S&P is not a breath of fresh of air due to its arcadey feel, but rather because it's exhilarating and imaginative.

    Tsumi to Batsu: Uchuu no Koukeisha

    S&P is not a breath of fresh of air due to its arcadey feel, but rather because it's exhilarating and imaginative.

    Many Wii owners might be tempted to pass this game up simply because it is a rail shooter, but they would be doing themselves a great disservice because Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is not your usual by-the-numbers... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:8
    Star Ocean's immensely fun combat and deep systems makes up for somewhat tepid storytelling.

    Star Ocean: The Second Story

    Star Ocean's immensely fun combat and deep systems makes up for somewhat tepid storytelling.

    As more or less a sci-fi verison of the Tales series, Star Ocean has carved out quite a following among JRPG fans. Because of this, I was curious to try out a Star Ocean game. So it should be noted that this is my first ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5

    Star Ocean: The Second Story

  • Rating:9

    Final Fantasy VII

  • Review Score:9
    Final Fantasy VII is still an excellent game in spite of its many wrinkles.

    Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII is still an excellent game in spite of its many wrinkles.

    Regardless of one's personal opinion of Final Fantasy VII, there is simply no denying that the game is legendary and is one of the most important games of all time. It was a landmark RPG that brought Japanese role-playin... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    FF8 is a bit of a beautiful mess that's ultimately more beautiful than mess.

    Final Fantasy VIII (Platinum)

    FF8 is a bit of a beautiful mess that's ultimately more beautiful than mess.

    Final Fantasy 8 is the most controversial game of the PS1 FF era and for good reason. With a new convoluted customization system called the Junction System, the addition of consumable magic which the player must draw, a ... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Review Score:9
    Mother 3 is weird and quirky as hell, but it tells an excellent story with tons of depth and emotional gravity.

    Mother 3

    Mother 3 is weird and quirky as hell, but it tells an excellent story with tons of depth and emotional gravity.

    Since this game was so well-represented in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is surprising that Mother 3, the sequel to the 1995 SNES classic Earthbound (or Mother 2) has not yet been localized, which is doubly puzzling becaus... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9

    Final Fantasy VIII