JRPG

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is the third entry in the long-running Trails series in the Legend of Heroes franchise, developed by Nihon Falcom. Although the series has never reached mainstream popularity, the Trails of Cold Steel is considered as a hidden gem among the most devoted JRPG fans.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Review

Omega Labyrinth Life Review

Omega Labyrinth Life attempts to combine genres quite daringly, as it mixes a rougelike dungeon crawler with a story-heavy JRPG, folding in a light life simulation. The game doesn’t do enough to make each fit together well enough, though. The inclusion of each hampered the others, creating a title that felt disjointed and confused.

Omega Labyrinth Life Review

Super Neptunia RPG Review

Brace yourself for almost immediate disappointment. The platforming, combat and quests have all been done much better by many other games and while the game references are cute and marginally unexpected, they aren’t enough to balance the scales in Super Neptunia RPG’s favor.

Super Neptunia RPG Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Review

Overall, if you've played and enjoyed the first game in the series, getting Trails of Cold Steel II is a no-brainer. You're going to love it. It's pretty easy to say that the PS4 port is the definitive version with enhanced graphics, sounds, and all DLC included with it.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Review

The game remains as strong as it has been and comes strongly recommended for any JRPG enthusiast looking for a cracking yarn to spend time with.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Review

Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack Review

The end result of playing Atelier Arland trilogy is equivalent to finishing a strong book series. The individual pieces are engaging on their own, but together they craft an experience that is of S quality.

Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack Review

The Last Remnant Remastered Review

In the end (as you can probably tell), The Last Remnant isn't really my cup of tea. I just can't get into the story here and the gameplay isn't exciting enough to hold my interest. I blame the dull characters and the repetitive hands-off approach to the battle system.

The Last Remnant Remastered Review

The World Ends With You: Final Mix Review

By no means an unknown game, The World Ends With You: Final Remix was something I had always been intrigued by but was unable to find the time or chance to play it. Originally released on the Nintendo DS, this JRPG by Square Enix differs greatly from many of their better-known titles, and is heavily influenced by a Japanese youth culture.

The World Ends With You: Final Mix Review

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review

While it only stretches back fourteen years and not nearly sixty, it seems like the Dragon Quest franchise has been around forever, becoming not only a national cultural touchstone in Japan, but exerting a huge influence on RPG design in the west as well.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review

NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition Review

Beautiful, eccentric and whimsical, Yoko Taro’s one of a kind dream child is something every Xbox One owner should experience .

NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a rare behemoth of a JRPG on the Nintendo Switch. It's staggeringly content-rich. One could spend hours upon hours exploring the world of Alrest, challenging optional bosses, collecting rare BLADES (basically the game’s Pokémon) and scouring every nook and cranny for hidden treasures. The game also features an expansion pass with a promise of updating the already astounding game with even more content throughout the year 2018. The question is: is it worth your time?

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Review

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Review

Although it begins with the suggestion of nuclear holocaust in one world and a violent, political coup in another, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom by Level-5 is not the dark and dismal fairy tale its opening minutes might suggest. Instead it's the generally up-beat story of a young king's rise to power and building a colorful kingdom of good will.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Review

The Alliance Alive Review

Playing The Alliance Alive is a lot like getting into a time machine and returning to 1997, as it feels a lot like an RPG from that era. For those younger than myself, I'm specifically referring to an era where JRPGs such as Final Fantasy 7, The Legend of Dragoon and Xenogears reigned supreme. If the graphics of The Alliance Alive were downgraded to polygons and shaders, then it would fit right in there. However, it also falls prey to many of the faults the games of the era had as well.

The Alliance Alive Review

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds Review

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds by Semisoft has been on my radar since I first saw it announced around 2016. Marketing itself as a love-letter to the Golden Age JRPGs, the game made a dynamic entry to the indie scene with its excellent hand-drawn graphics and charming character art

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds Review

Attack on Titan 2 Review

Gigantic and nightmarish humanoid titans have run mankind to the brink of an extinction. What’s left of humanity has been cornered into within three reinforced walls of the last remaining city. It’s only a matter of time until these hulking monstrosities breakthrough. Every capable young are enlisted to join a desperate war against the titans.

Attack on Titan 2 Review

Secret of Mana (Remaster) Review

The Secret of Mana remaster is faithful to the SNES original, to a fault. The game’s authenticity is nostalgic, but enough archaic systems remain when they could have been updated. The graphics and sound are the biggest changes, but they aren’t as inherently charming here.

Secret of Mana (Remaster) Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIis a heavyweight JRPG with plentiful narrative, detailed plot, rich characterization and intricate combat system.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Review

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory Review

Hacker’s Memory unfolds across the backdrop of a slightly more technology-enabled and dependent Tokyo. The residents are able to access a digital space called Eden, which acts as a sort of virtual world to hangout in. Eden itself is run by one of those omnipresent massive future corporations, and also serves as the virtual battlespace for numerous hacker teams

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory Review

Zwei: The Arges Adventure Review

After releasing Nihon Falcom’s action JRPG Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection to the western audience late last year, XSEED is back with another iteration of Zwei. The funny thing is, Zwei: The Arges Adventure is actually the first game in the two-part series and dates way back to 2001 in Japan for home computers.

Zwei: The Arges Adventure Review

World of Final Fantasy Review

Originally released for PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2016, the spin-off game World of Final Fantasy tries to bring fan service to all Final Fantasy democracies - including newcomers to the series. Adventuring twins Reynn and Lann traverse familiar scenes and meet up with the famous characters from the long history of Final Fantasy. The game serves as a traditional turn-based JRPG with bit of a Pokémon thrown in.

World of Final Fantasy Review

Demon Gaze II Review

Demon Gaze II is a confounding experience, with enjoyable combat and a strong premise undercut by poor writing, inconsistent tone and graphics that really belong to a tiny screen. Hardcore fans of JRPGs that lie on the fringe of mainstream gaming might appreciate its quirky humor but for the rest of us, there are better RPGs to spend our limited time with.

Demon Gaze II Review

Okami HD Review

An old legend tells how a white wolf Shiranui aided a young warrior Nagi to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed serpent terrorizing Japan. A time of tranquility ensued for hundred years but the vanity of men led evil to rise again. Once lush and green meadows are turned into grey ghost lands and the evil spirits haunt people. The sun goddess Amaterasu takes the form of legendary white wolf, and aided with a snappy spirit Issun (just don’t call him a bug!), she embarks on a quest to free the country.

Okami HD Review

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review

Sometimes all you want to do at the end of a long day is to sit down and murder a couple hundred (thousand?) demons. Nights of Azure 2 gives you the chance to do just that while fighting alongside allies and a couple pets as well, but is this an enjoyable demon-slaying adventure or just a fight to be avoided?

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review