Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review Roundup
See what the critics are saying about the new Shin Megami Tensei-Fire Emblem crossover RPG.
The Shin Megami Tensei-Fire Emblem crossover game features elements of both series, but plays out a lot like a SMT game in that you'll spend a lot of your time wandering around, battling in dungeons. The project was first announced in January 2013, and was known for some time as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem.
An $80 special edition of the game is available and includes an artbook, soundtrack, and DLC, among other things. It's only available in limited quantities.
But is the game any good? We've rounded up a selection of the first reviews for you below to get some sense of what to expect when the game launches on Friday, June 24.
- Game: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
- Developer: Atlus
- Platform: Wii U
- Release Date: June 24
- Price: $60
GameSpot -- 8/10
"Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is gorgeous, fun, and a smart collaboration all around. Backtracking through dungeons and running up against tedious bosses can bring the momentum down, but overall the game is something worth exploring. After a few dozen hours the semi-ludicrous story and systems set in front of you feel so comfortable together that this mashup of developer Atlus' most popular franchise and Intelligent Systems' beloved strategy RPG seems like it was destined to be." -- Alexa Ray Corriea [Full review]
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Polygon -- 9.5/10
"It's been ages since I've had as much fun with an RPG as I did with Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Specifically, I can't remember the last one that was quite so spirited, or that hooked me quite so firmly from start to finish. It revels in the lighthearted and bubbly world of lighthearted and bubbly idols, and that attitude is contagious. Though I went into it skeptical about how well a popstar-themed blend of both the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series might work, Tokyo Mirage Sessions never misses a beat." -- Janine Hawkins [Full review]
Nintendo Life -- 8/10
"All in all, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is an RPG that's roughly 85% Shin Megami Tensei, 15% Fire Emblem, and somehow ends up feeling like something completely separate from either of the two. It strikes a middle ground that's rooted in the format of many modern role-playing titles, boasting an energetic and dynamic combat system all wrapped up in a setting that takes J-Pop cheesiness to astral heights. While it's so extremely niche that we doubt it'll convert any nonbelievers in the slightest, there's a remarkably lengthy and enjoyable experience to be found here for anyone that doesn't already have stage-fright. Even if the idea of pop-star superheroes is an immediate turn off, a slew of rewarding mechanics might just be enough to pull you back in. Whether you ignore the silliness or embrace it, we'd dare say that any title featuring a rocket-powered cyborg pegasus is worth investigating." -- Conor McMahon [Full review]
USGamer -- review in progress
"Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a great JRPG that I have a feeling will wrap up in around 50-60 hours of playtime. It looks great, fans of anime and Japanese culture in general will get a kick out of the game's subtitle-only presentation, and the songs are pretty catchy. Combined with a great battle system, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE more than earns its place in your JRPG collection. And at the very least, it should keep you flush until Persona 5 comes out next February." -- Mike Williams [Full review]
"For all of its inadequacies, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is superb. The animated cut scenes, the kind-of-like-Persona-5-but-not-quite-there-yet interface, the music videos, the music--good lord, that music. It's a giddy game, full of love and puppy-like enthusiasm and the certainty that friendship is the solution for everything. I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't already a fan of all things Japanese, but for those of you who are, you're likely to find a very good time." -- Cassandra Khaw [Full review]
Game Informer -- 8.25/10
"Crossover games have a tendency to be silly in order to make two disparate universes collide. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is no exception, combining the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem into one heavy dose of Japanese popular culture, ranging from pop stars and actors to fashion and anime. This unique experience merges the two long-running franchises together in interesting ways, since anything goes; you fight by performing songs to damage enemies, wearing elaborate costumes on a vibrant stage. With a colorful cast, fun upgrade system, and challenging battles, Tokyo Mirage Sessions provides an entertaining performance through and through." -- Kimberly Wallace [Full review]
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