Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. AceGamez
    90
    Soul Nomad & The World Eaters isn't perfect, but it's an endlessly enjoyable game for fans of the strategy RPG.
  2. Though the game isn't without its own ridiculous levels of replay value (for those that really want to go evil without repercussions, a complete side story is unlocked that lets you just tear stuff up as a baddie), it's actually kinda nice to play an NIS game that doesn't take 100 hours to finish.
  3. 85
    Soul Nomad isn't necessarily going to blow your mind, but if you want a change of pace in terms of SRPGS, well, this is easily the game to pick up at your local retailer.
  4. 83
    The changes has its ups and downs, but NIS has produced another fine game. The game has a sluggish start, but it picked up the pace by the end.
  5. Nippon Ichi's latest strategy role-playing game marks a welcome departure from the tried and true formula it made popular in Disgaea.
  6. 80
    It's proof that developers don't have to shamelessly rip off Final Fantasy Tactics to craft a compelling, addictive strategy-RPG.
  7. Once you overcome the learning curve, it's easy to enjoy Soul Nomad's brand of charm and humor. [Oct 2007, p.118]
  8. 75
    A good game, with a fantastic amount of depth and the potential for nearly limitless hours of playtime.
  9. 80
    Soul Nomad is a pretty strange game... but what emerges is a game with an old aesthetic, but new twists, making gameplay fresh and exciting.
  10. 80
    With great dialogue, a refined battle system, and faster paced action Soul Nomad & the World Eaters is easily the best game to come out of the NIS camp in a long time. Fans of the developer or simply RPGs in general owe it to themselves to not miss this fantastic experience.
  11. Soul Nomad is a fun game, and one every NIS fan will enjoy. For others trying to find a unique SRPG with an emphasis placed on characters and interaction, look no further.
  12. A fun game but a little uninspired in parts. There's a lot to like here but the game is missing that one little thing that would put it over the top.
  13. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    75
    As for party management and battle functionality, the premise of the game is very original. But the rhythm and automatic decision during combat makes them a little boring. It’s a pretty competent turned based strategy RPG that Disgaea and Phantom Brave fans should find interesting. [July 2008]
  14. Soul Nomad is an awesome game if you get it. Fans looking for an experience similar to Disgaea may be turned off by its simplicity, but for this game has a lot going for it. The focus on strategy is refreshing, the voice acting is superb and the characters are compelling.
  15. Nippon Ichi really delivers again with old school graphics combined with 3D effects, and a great storyline with some great adult jokes. If you are a fan of tactical games and RPGs definitely pick this one up.

Awards & Rankings

#89 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. AnonymousMC
    Aug 14, 2009
    6
    Clever premise; disappointing delivery. The plot is fairly simplistic and exceedingly linear, towns consist only of single images where youClever premise; disappointing delivery. The plot is fairly simplistic and exceedingly linear, towns consist only of single images where you select whom to talk to from a menu, and you generally shouldn't expect any frills (like an equipment system). Opportunities to sell your soul are few and far between, and frankly not as rewarding as they sound; you get what you pay for, and then the game just..ends. Gameplay is somewhere between Ogre Battle and a more traditional grid-based tactics game. Production values are pretty low; for fans of the genre, the graphics probably aren't so much an issue as certain amounts of awkwardness in the interface and a general lack of overall polish. Voice acting and translation (very nonliteral) are pretty good, and Japanese tracks are included, as we've come to expect from NIS.
    I enjoyed this game, but I'm a rather extreme fan of the genre, and I was constantly thinking about how much better it might have been.
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