Riviera: The Promised Land Game Boy Advance

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
Buy On
  1. 70
    The plot takes a bit to get going but it eventually does move along, even if it's a story that you've probably experienced in some fashion in nearly every other Japanese RPG game in the past two decades.
  2. A game that desperately tries to be different, but it just ends up making itself frustrating in areas that should be simple.
  3. This would have been a great RPG had it not used all the "uniqueness" that makes it annoying rather that a classic.
  4. 70
    The game works hard to achieve a balance between elements gamers are familiar with and elements to provide new experiences. For the most part, Riviera manages to keep that balance quite well.
  5. Nintendo Power
    65
    Just don't expect the next great epic. [Aug 2005, p.83]
  6. Riviera is extremely bland. There are a lot of pleasing elements like the artwork and audio, but it cripples a sense of freedom and feels altogether too straightforward.
  7. 60
    For all the innovation in Riviera: The Promised Land, it still plays out like a standard RPG. Sure the developers mixed things up--and that's a good thing--but they left in all the excruciatingly dull parts, and that's not so good.
  8. A great experience for a niche crowd, but you'll just have to figure out for yourself whether or not you're part of that niche.
  9. netjak
    51
    They tried to cram too many unusual features into the game, and though each is interesting and has potential individually, the resulting hodgepodge is no better than the average RPG.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. VampiricS
    Jul 18, 2005
    8
    One of the best role playing games on the gameboy advance, perfect for people that can't play for hours long. The abgility to save One of the best role playing games on the gameboy advance, perfect for people that can't play for hours long. The abgility to save everywhere even during battle makes it perfect for the handheld. Graphically, the game artstyle is georgeous, and the audio fits the game really well, some o fthe overskills used in the game are really a joy to look at. The gameplay itself can seem simple at first, but there is a new kind of depth to it and some nice innovations. The leveling up system is really done differently there, and each weapon or item can have different effects depending on who's using it. All in all a really good role playing game for every GBA users. Full Review »
  2. NM
    Feb 16, 2007
    10
    Just an absolute awesome game, the best rpg game I think there is on GBA and possibly PSP in future.
  3. JonL.
    Sep 17, 2005
    9
    Riviera is an excellent game. Like most of the reviewers, it feels like a breath of fresh air. The game does seem to draw out and become Riviera is an excellent game. Like most of the reviewers, it feels like a breath of fresh air. The game does seem to draw out and become repetetive at the end though. Full Review »