Why they would give this type of game to a guy who mostly reviews fighting games is anyone's guess... Actually, no, I take this back. Looking at the current state of GameSpot, the forums and the recent plummeting of site traffic, it does make sense... somewhat. GS has been dropping the average of all the games they review lately, giving the lowest scores of all sites, seemingly all in the name of "click bait." Problem is, this game is so niche and probably had so few followers already, that they aren't going to cause any media buzz with this one, they're just going to annoy the few "gamers" out there that would actually care about a title like this.
That he started this review by saying this is a "turn-based RPG on a grid" shows right from the start he has little experience with this genre and probably little interest in playing the game in the first place. Although he says it eventually, yes, this game is a "ROGUE-LIKE" and I capitalize this because it's the very epitome of the genre. To say otherwise or approach the game expecting anything else is just misguided and wrong.
It just happens to be a rogue-like from the original makers of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, so you should also know to expect (1)Level-Grinding, (2)Crazy Character Development Systems, (3)Bizarre Humor in Plot Details and Dialogue and (4)Nearly Unlimited Post-Game Content. Just their take on the whole Cinderella story in the very first chapter is going to make you laugh, THEN make your jaw drop with a few "no-way!" philosophical twists that will stop and make you think for a moment or two. Absolutely typical of this developer and completely welcomed here. I will concede that sometimes the cut-scenes do tend to slow the game down a bit, but you're going to want to pay attention anyway, and there's ALWAYS the post-game!
As is customary these days, ignore this GS review. If you are a fan of rogue-likes, or if you have been looking for a game like Shiren the Wanderer, Chocobo's Dungeon, Izuna: The Unemployed Ninja, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon or Torneko: The Last Hope... Well, here it is, all wrapped up in a crazy Nippon Ichi plot and game-play system with character designs by Noizi Ito, so you know it PLAYS and LOOKS just fine!