Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. So, if you've always wanted to try making a game for the PS2, or are just interested in design at all, then you should consider checking this out. Otherwise it's probably not for you. It all comes down to desire and imagination.
  2. The game is a powerful and easy-to-use tool, and you'll no doubt use it many more times in the future, although you may not be impressed by the mediocre graphics. As for me, I'll just stick to writing screenplays.
  3. Considering the extent to which one can create an interactive adventure on the PlayStation 2 console system, RPG Maker 3 is a stalwart adventure that does a fine job of not only putting creation tools in the hands of gamers, but making them easy to use.
  4. 77
    I can't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by RPG Maker 3. Sure, it allowed me to create a version of my ideal RPG, but it still didn’t let me create it exactly as I wanted it.
  5. There's still a massive learning curve, but it's about as accessible as a program of this type can be. [Aug 2005, p.51]
  6. As with Neverwinter Nights, community will drive this game and a lack of it will easily kill it. Hopefully the community will pull together with Agetec's help (perhaps through a contest or something) and this game will give both classes of players plenty to do.
  7. If you’re the type of person that has great ideas for new RPG stories and have been looking for that outlet to get your ideas into an interactive media, then this game would be perfect for you.
  8. It stinks that you can't upload your finished RPG to the internet, and it's a challenge to use. [Aug 2005, p.81]
  9. Agetec gives you the means to fulfil the dream of creating your own RPG, with an intuitive interface and loads of customization options.
  10. However, the magic of the original RPG Maker has been lost, somewhat, by the newest member of the family. There is too much that cannot be done, and no way to change it anymore.
  11. 70
    The actual engine and game mechanics aren't all that great, but if you're inventive you're certainly given the opportunity to create great characters and a lively back story through conversation and such.
  12. Most would probably give up on their creations after 40-some-hours in the making. With that said, RPG game masters and RPG aficionados in general probably will fall in love with the incredible amount of customization available.
  13. In the time it takes to create any sort of viable or interesting content in RPG Maker, you could play through a real game. [Aug 2005, p.101]
  14. While much more user-friendly than previous iterations, RPG Maker 3 is still a hell of a lot of work. [Nov 2005, p.101]
  15. 60
    Hardcore fans might balk at the scaled back customization, but new players should be able to get up and running quickly.
  16. Another mediocre game in a mediocre series, but is worth the time if you are an ardent, and I mean ardent, fan of RPGs and quite possibly that guy who plays DM during your friend’s Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 2, 2013
    10
    Way better user interface then 2 by far, and the graphics on it are much more up to date as well, but is still pretty limited in certain areasWay better user interface then 2 by far, and the graphics on it are much more up to date as well, but is still pretty limited in certain areas that 2 is not. But still great if you have a story you want to see as a game. Full Review »
  2. RPGFan
    Feb 1, 2008
    4
    I sold the game. I started out loving it because of the storyteller system and the graphics were really nice. Once I got to the characterI sold the game. I started out loving it because of the storyteller system and the graphics were really nice. Once I got to the character making I just about went super saiyan and obliterated my PS2. It pissed me off so much when I found the noose around my neck that were the class models. You can only use certain weapons if you're this class, you can only look like these if you're this class, you have to be a male to have that class, you can only use this if you're a female, Fuck That!!! You should not limit the creater telling him this is how your character will look, any problems. Yes!!! I almost went sompletely insane trying to find a way past it. It almost seems like they went out of their way to screw this game to pieces. Full Review »
  3. JacquelineI.
    Oct 24, 2007
    8
    A good game for people who have written a story and want to make it into a game. The game has a few faults such as your "people" beings A good game for people who have written a story and want to make it into a game. The game has a few faults such as your "people" beings designed on the class they are in. The Graphics were better then I expected. The creation was easy to use. I hope they make a fourth RPG maker.. they have a few major flaws that they need to work out. Full Review »