Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
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  1. The camera is horrible, the voice acting is well below average, the battle and movement system are extremely tedious, the story takes 10 hours to finally get anywhere... it's just problem after problem.
  2. Magna Carta has the look of a deep, impressive, addictive RPG. This is all unravelled by some ridiculously (even for an RPG) slowly-paced gameplay, some bad camera work, and some innovations that simply do not work.
  3. Of RPGs with overblown production values, galaxy-wide spider-web narratives, protagonists of indistinct sex and abundantly irritating characterisation, Final Fantasy is still King and this chartered framework does absolutely nothing to impinge its power.
  4. Arguably, the dress code is the highlight of a game that desperately needs some kind of distinguishing string to its bow, for otherwise it’s as bland and culturally distant as clichéd manga template design can be.
  5. Computer Games Magazine
    30
    A pretty bad role-playing game published here in the states by folks who should know better. [Feb 2006, p.92]

Awards & Rankings

#88 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#57 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 26, 2013
    7
    A decent enough JRPG that doesn't quite live up to to the bigger titles, but does well enough to be enjoyable.

    Visuals are very pretty and
    A decent enough JRPG that doesn't quite live up to to the bigger titles, but does well enough to be enjoyable.

    Visuals are very pretty and story is interesting and compelling. Combat is interesting, but also a little sluggish at times. Voice acting is, mediocre and could have been better.

    Overall:
    Not the best JRPG and not that impressive, but it's different enough and very pretty and is worth a go.
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  2. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    MC tears of blood is something different, something so underrated, something awesome and beautiful.

    You play as Calintz he looks like a
    MC tears of blood is something different, something so underrated, something awesome and beautiful.

    You play as Calintz he looks like a girl but hes a guy. You will find out or tell just by hearing his voice, and believe me I'm an Anime fan / Otaku. There's alot of anime that have guys that look like girls, btw he is one of the captains of a group called the Tears of Blood. That's where the game got its name.

    The battle system, now this is one of the things i like about the game. It's challenging and very fun and different; you press the buttons show on the screen and try to hit it and not miss like o-o-x or x-o-o or o-o-o. What's also cool is the music: a relaxing flute melody and all of a sudden tension rising chorus playing, but the "only" thing i dont like is the voice acting. Like in battle when Calintz defeats his enemy he says "it was over before it started" i was like what ? Does that even make sense ?.

    This is worth playing and a change of pace from other RPGS.

    Good things about MC:
    Not video every other minute (or in this case, every hour. See: Xenosaga I, II and III.)
    Challenging gameplay (you must increase your combo skills to win the final battles and BEAT the game)
    Beautiful music, graphics and characters
    Story is above average but a bit clicheish.
    Not hours to learn the battle system or have 'max equip' on your characters.

    Bad:
    Battle load times
    Lack of a really interesting story
    Calintz looks very effeminate

    Scored it 9 to offset all the horribad reviews by ridiculous gamers (I've played over 200 Rpgs and have very high standards, MC: ToB deserves atleast a 7.)
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  3. LordMetzen
    Sep 7, 2006
    9
    It's true that the opening song is a bit strange at first, but after a while it's like your favorite anime series,so I see no It's true that the opening song is a bit strange at first, but after a while it's like your favorite anime series,so I see no problem there, 'cos the ingame music fits perfectly every time. About the characters, it's incredible that most reviewers of big magazines and websites don't understand that they are part of the world you are being drawn into(like Snake and his thong in MGS2, AND you were forced to see his ass in the Tanker mission), the creator of the characters was Hyung Tae Kim, and the quality of them is beyond perfection, more lively than your common Final Fantasy Characters (BTW, after FFIX they lost something...). The main character looks like a girl at first....but when you see the way he draws women...you'll know when you see... About the combat system....GREAT addition....at last we see a change, You get the feeling that your'e actually doing something in the game and not just selecting stuff to watch an animation of the selection. Lots of things that the reviewers missed....the Trinity Drive, to power up your attack, you can see the enemies in the battlefield, etc, etc. BTW if you get the game, do yourself a favor and buy the Deluxe Box Set...you get a poster, AND most importantly the Artbook and Strategy Guide that will get you trough from the basics to the end of the game....that is....if you cannot do it by yourself. Well and for the reviewers....for god sakes.....if you cannot play because of the combat system.....you shouldn't play at all....remember the mission in GTA San Andreas when you must dance on the beach....or make your car bounce?....same thing here with the combat system....so maybe the reviewers found these missions too dificult and couldn't finish GTA SA........lol.... Full Review »