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Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is unfortunately another mediocre game for a franchise that doesn'’t seem to be able to live up to its expectations. The lack of a decent AI, the forgettable narrative, and the confusing gameplay, will result in a poor overall experience for both fans and newcomers to the series.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    A good game, solid and fun. But just short of great.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    If you enjoy a game that's easy to pick up but has challenging battles and allows you to customize your character with plenty of new duds, then Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow will be worth your while.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    While it may not be completely sure whether it wants to be a solid single player experience or a multi affair, what is here is solid. As long as you know what you are getting into before diving in, you won't be disappointed.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    A solid Action game, which is extraordinary fun when played with other gamers.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    76
    Mistwalker brings fun new gameplay to the Blue Dragon's fans.
  7. Jan 8, 2011
    75
    Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is a pretty cool action RPG with a long storyline (about 25 hours), challenging boss fights, multiplayer modes, a nice atmosphere and a self-made character.
  8. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    Awakened Shadows continues the ongoing Blue Dragon storyline, which may please the series' handful of fans but will probably bore any newcomers. [July 2010, p.88]
  9. By adding players, Awakened Shadow's solo campaign has suffered. [Oct 2010, p.88]
  10. Jan 15, 2011
    72
    Overall Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is a good title which is right in every of its aspects, although without surprising us in any of then. Everything works well, but the game doesn't achieve to engage us like other ones.
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    There's no reason why any J-RPG fans, or those with a particular penchant for blocky cutscenes, won't feel their 30 bucks was well spent on Awakened Shadow.
  12. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Another overhaul brings fun new gameplay to the Blue Dragon series.
  13. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Awakened Shadow is a net positive, but there's almost nothing about it that makes it stand apart from other titles in the genre. Everything is functional, and nothing is extraordinary; the game is interesting, but it's not particularly entertaining
  14. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is a well-made 3D action RPG, but unfortunately, it ends up feeling like a poor man's Dragon Quest IX.
  15. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    A killer item-crafting-and-upgrading system keeps the game's loot flow compelling. But the game's localization and pointless voice acting detract from the customization.
  16. Oct 21, 2010
    67
    It's unfortunate that the story you're controlling the character through is so uninspired and vanilla, but the multiplayer, simple yet effective combat and cool item fusion makes the game worth a look for fans of the genre.
  17. 60
    The item fusions are interesting and there are some decent boss fights in the newest Blue Dragon, but the tempo is too sluggish to make it a truly great RPG.
  18. Oct 24, 2010
    60
    Thanks to the co-op mode, the character building set and the item combining, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is different from the other games in the franchise. But it doesn't exactly stand out from other RPG's. Because of the lack of any ground-breaking elements, it feels like we've all played this one before.
  19. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Played solo or in multiplayer, Blue Dragon Awakened Shadow is a fair little RPG, rich, nicely paced and quite varied. But it doesn't really own these qualities : they are like a patchwork of ideas from other titles like Dragon Quest IX, Monster Hunter, FF XII or Tales of Vesperia, and even though the formula holds its ground in the end, the "already played" vibe is a serious flaw to its identity, that even Toriyama's designs can't seem to make us forget. Still a decent RPG, but not one that will surprise any regular of the genre.
  21. Oct 21, 2010
    55
    Even with the limited character customization, online multiplayer, and Item Fusion system, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is a disappointing RPG.
  22. Oct 21, 2010
    54
    Numerous loot drops, item creation through a fusion system, character customization, and online play injects a lot of life into an otherwise dull experience.
  23. Oct 21, 2010
    50
    Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is a bit ho-hum. The majority of its quests feel inconsequential and the battles normally see you scampering away as if the former half of the fight or flight reaction never existed.
  24. Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Four heads might not necessarily be better than three, but it's yet another of a great many reasons why Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow compares poorly to the peers it so desperately tries to ape.
  25. Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Considering the game combines the talents of both Mistwalker and tri-Crescendo - two incredibly experienced studios when it comes to JRPGs - Awakened Shadow can only be considered a major disappointment.
  26. Oct 21, 2010
    40
    There are a huge number of other issues plaguing the game: sparse save points, a quest-based structure with hardly any quests, and a difficulty curve heavily dependent on level are just a few. But the most obnoxious thing about Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow, beyond the clunky mechanics, beyond the poor localization, is how blatantly it attempts to mimic Dragon Quest IX, and how poorly it does it.
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    30
    There are a few points of interest here but the greatest accomplishment of this lacklustre role-player is making Dragon Quest IX seem even better by comparison.

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