User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 8.53/10

Total of 40 user reviews spread across 40 releases

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  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating: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
  • User Rating:8
    Xenosaga's story and combat is engaging and rewarding even if more effort should have went into other aspects.

    Xenosaga Episode I Reloaded: Chikara e no Ishi

    Xenosaga's story and combat is engaging and rewarding even if more effort should have went into other aspects.

    Before recommending this game, I want to make one thing clear: this game has tons of cutscenes and they are long and full of technical details. If you have no tolerance for this, you will not like this game.That being sa... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Despite the slowness of its grinding, Dragon Quest VIII evokes an unparalleled sense of adventure.

    Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi

    Despite the slowness of its grinding, Dragon Quest VIII evokes an unparalleled sense of adventure.

    When someone mentions Dragon Quest, what's likely to come to mind for many gamers is cute blue slimes, old school game mechanics and tons of grinding and random battles. And while Dragon Quest VIII has all of these thing... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    A bad camera and extremely short length slightly let down what is ultimately a solid beat-em-up.

    Fighting Force

    A bad camera and extremely short length slightly let down what is ultimately a solid beat-em-up.

    If you want a retro beat-em-up and are willing to lower your expectations a bit, look no further than Fighting Force. However, if you're looking for beat-em-up greatness, you're going to have to look elsewhere. Fighting ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    If you're into excellent combat and customization, FFX-2 is the game for you. Just don't expect a great story.

    Final Fantasy X-2

    If you're into excellent combat and customization, FFX-2 is the game for you. Just don't expect a great story.

    Warning: This review includes some spoilers of Final Fantasy X. If you have not played Final Fantasy X, but plan to at some point, either skip this review or skip the second paragraph.Even though I am a huge fan of Final... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Phantasy Star II may be archaic in some respects, but its mysterious sci-fi atmosphere makes it well worth playing.

    Phantasy Star II: Kaerazaru Toki no Owari ni

    Phantasy Star II may be archaic in some respects, but its mysterious sci-fi atmosphere makes it well worth playing.

    Ancient classics like Phantasy Star II, which came out at the end of the eighties, are inherently hard to review. A giant step forward for its time, Phantasy Star II does show its age in 2011. It still has an instantly d... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    With its game design smarts and its breathtaking world, Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best RPGs ever made.

    Xenoblade

    With its game design smarts and its breathtaking world, Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best RPGs ever made.

    Xenoblade Chronicles is perhaps most famed for the fact that North American gamers begged for its localization through an online movement called Operation Rainfall. Given the hype behind it, the question of whether the g... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Super Paper Mario may not have the franchise's usual turn-based mechanics, but it's still a delightful experience.

    Super Paper Mario

    Super Paper Mario may not have the franchise's usual turn-based mechanics, but it's still a delightful experience.

    Much has been made of the differences between the earlier Paper Mario games and this offbeat departure from the series, and while I can see how some people might be alienated, this game works on multiple levels as a stan... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Small annoyances aside, Final Fantasy 6's immaculate pacing and cast makes it one of the greatest games in its genre.

    Final Fantasy VI

    Small annoyances aside, Final Fantasy 6's immaculate pacing and cast makes it one of the greatest games in its genre.

    Having constantly been told that this game is the cream of the Final Fantasy crop, I went into this one with pretty high expectations. At the same time, I had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that most of the pra... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    Small annoyances aside, Final Fantasy 6's immaculate pacing and cast makes it one of the greatest games in its genre.

    Final Fantasy VI

    Small annoyances aside, Final Fantasy 6's immaculate pacing and cast makes it one of the greatest games in its genre.

    Disclaimer: the game that I am reviewing is Final Fantasy 6, not Final Fantasy 3. Yes, it was released as Final Fantasy 3 in the United States, but it is actually the 6th entry in the series. And now, onto the review...H... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    With an ambitious time traveling concept, Chrono Trigger creates grand expectations for itself and meets them head on.

    Chrono Trigger

    With an ambitious time traveling concept, Chrono Trigger creates grand expectations for itself and meets them head on.

    Many people refer to this game as the best JRPG ever made and with good reason. Although it came out in the 16-bit era, Chrono Trigger feels like it hasn't aged a day. With its well-realized time traveling concept, its b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    Breathtakingly gorgeous aesthetics, a fresh combat system, and a mysterious story combine to make a masterful RPG.

    Chrono Cross (PSOne Books)

    Breathtakingly gorgeous aesthetics, a fresh combat system, and a mysterious story combine to make a masterful RPG.

    There are two camps regarding the reception of Chrono Cross amongst the gaming community. There's the camp who echo the critics and believe that Chrono Cross is every bit as good as Chrono Trigger. Then there's the camp ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    With Sonic Colors, Sega has finally removed its head from its ass, resulting in the first 3D return to form for Sonic.

    Sonic Colours

    With Sonic Colors, Sega has finally removed its head from its ass, resulting in the first 3D return to form for Sonic.

    A gamer who is even somewhat familiar with Sonic the Hedgehog knows that 3D gaming has not been kind to the blue hedgehog. While not all his 3D games are bad, he has always struggled in three dimensions, starring in game... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A law sim sounds like a goofy idea on paper, but the end product is a fascinating example of interactive storytelling.

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A law sim sounds like a goofy idea on paper, but the end product is a fascinating example of interactive storytelling.

    Although the idea of a law simulator sounded cool enough, I was kind of skeptical about how one would actually play. Fortunately, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney plays fantastically due to the fact that it's not actually a ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    A law sim sounds like a goofy idea on paper, but the end product is a fascinating example of interactive storytelling.

    Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (Limited Edition)

    A law sim sounds like a goofy idea on paper, but the end product is a fascinating example of interactive storytelling.

    Although the idea of a law simulator sounded cool enough, I was kind of skeptical about how one would actually play. Fortunately, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney plays fantastically due to the fact that it's not actually a ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:10
    A shining example of the power of creative level design, SMG2 is the best 3D platformer that money can buy.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    A shining example of the power of creative level design, SMG2 is the best 3D platformer that money can buy.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 represents the first time that Nintendo has made a direct sequel to a 3D Mario game and I for one am glad they made that decision regardless of the cries of "rehash" that were sure to follow. Because... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    It is not without some pacing issues, but Skyward Sword is easily the freshest and most exciting Zelda in years.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    It is not without some pacing issues, but Skyward Sword is easily the freshest and most exciting Zelda in years.

    Like Majora's Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will ultimately prove to be a divisive entry in the series. It is more linear than any other game in the series and it uncompromisingly delves into the world of moti... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful