Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
  1. Oct 19, 2012
    46
    In theory Mugen Souls offers everything fans of tactical adventures crave for. But in the end the humor seems too forced, the tactics are as superficial as the story.
  2. Oct 18, 2012
    40
    Mugen Souls has interesting ideas, but they are badly implemented, causing the game to include too much unwanted junk.
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    70
    Mugen Souls is a heavily Japanese RPG, with few great ideas and mediocre graphics. The combat system and the nice humour both balance a flat story and the boring space battles. If you like these kind of games, you'll find Mugen Souls funny and enjoying.
  4. Nov 6, 2012
    60
    Mugen Souls tries to take a few stabs at making fun of games such as Disgaea while itself committing the same atrocities – i.e. needless grinding, relying on stat maximization and an insane amount of battles. A tactical RPG at heart, filled with equal measures of gothic Lolita fetishizing and wicked humor, Mugen Souls is a quirky little gem that will satisfy the most hardcore number crunchers, while leaving the rest of us slightly bored after the first hours.
  5. Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Some ideas here might have worked well if the developers had honed in on a few systems to perfect. Instead, the game throws so many overwhelming systems at you that many get lost in the shuffle. As much as I like to root for the underdog and want to see niche games catapult to new heights, Mugen Souls needs so much refining that I can't cheer it on.
  6. Nov 6, 2012
    50
    Mugen Souls is the worst RPG experience I've had in a long time. I like that the game has two different battle systems, I just wish either was fun to use. Neither is able to hold your interest for very long, with one growing tiresome due to needless complexity and the other being too simplistic.
  7. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    Fresh and funny, this cliché of a J-RPG offers a charming and substantial adventure with tints of self-derision based humor. Too bad though that it's sometimes hard to to wrap your brain around its almost too deep and complex systems.
  8. Nov 10, 2012
    65
    Without the kind of stage this story requires, all players are left with is an amusingly iconoclastic oddity, worth trying out, but not falling in love with.
  9. Nov 8, 2012
    50
    With ridiculously long loading times, poor graphical design, and repetitive gameplay it's hard to recommend to anyone but the biggest RPG devotees.
  10. Oct 29, 2012
    72
    Mugen Souls offers the typical JRPG look with matching music. Nevertheless the graphics aren't overwhelming and although the synchronization is great, even if there is no german version, there are just too much dialogues in the game. The turn-based gameplay provides tactical depth and the innumerable attacks and the Moe-Kill offer more variety during combat.
  11. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Mugen Souls is a fun, fast-paced RPG with a goofy sense of humor and a million interlocking gameplay systems, and both makes fun of and feels like a throwback to a more traditional style of RPG. Ignore the character art and dive in - you'll have a great time converting the world to minion-hood.
  12. Dec 17, 2012
    40
    The absolute lowest point in this gen's lunatic JRPG precedent thus far. [Jan 2013, p.80]
  13. Oct 12, 2012
    39
    I got every joke in Mugen Souls, I just didn't find any of them terribly funny. Whether your tastes align more with the East or the West, poor game design is still poor game design.
  14. Oct 1, 2012
    70
    Mugen Souls is a must have for NIS America's games fans and a piece of interest from RPG gamers.
  15. Sep 11, 2012
    70
    Mugen Souls refines and improves the combat system of Compile Heart's previous games with unique ideas and game mechanics. Besides its poor graphics and repetitive ship battles, it's a recommended game for anyone who had fun with Hyperdimension Neptunia.
  16. Oct 16, 2012
    79
    Quite a fun game, though it is a Japanese RPG so expect seemingly endless screens of dialogue that can (thankfully) be skipped through if you don't mind missing a few jokes. There is also a lot of explaining about exactly what all of the mechanics do from the Explanatory Shampuru.
  17. 25
    There is a saying that sometimes less is more and this is something that should have been on every computer screen during development. It feels as if Mugen Souls was never fully finished and to try and cover this up, the player was handed a multitude of gameplay mechanics that unfortunately do nothing to add to the overall value of the game.
  18. Quirky but has been done better and many times before. Wait for Ni No Kuni instead. [December 2012, p78]
  19. Unless you enjoy dressing-up games or cluster headaches, run for your life, and don't look back. [Dec 2012, p.117]
  20. It's not entirely free from the monotonous grind that's so common to the genre, but the more repetitious moments are balanced by bursts of fun personality and outrageous antics that keep up the zippy pace. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  21. Oct 16, 2012
    75
    It's a good game, but not an amazing one, mostly because it's more complicated than it needs to be.
  22. Oct 11, 2012
    20
    All in all, Mugen Souls turns out to be an incredibly frustrating game with some good ideas that quickly get lost in the grind.
  23. Oct 12, 2012
    70
    Mugen Souls is the very definition of a 'good' game. Whilst it'll never blow you away, and there are certainly a number of issues, there's also plenty to do and a varied cast of characters to escort you on this bizarre adventure. If you're after an RPG that isn't quite the norm, then Mugen Souls is worth a look.
  24. Oct 16, 2012
    55
    The Japanese RPG enthusiasts and the American otakus will get some enjoyment out of the humor, but casual RPG players and Western RPG players should be warned. This game is VERY Japanese. Mugen Souls had a lot going for it, but in the end, turned out to be too convoluted for its own good.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    10
    This game really have some new interesting elements and is funny + erotic (like the most games of Compile Heart)

    recommend++ for everyone
    This game really have some new interesting elements and is funny + erotic (like the most games of Compile Heart)

    recommend++ for everyone who have a good taste for video games and espeically for JRPG Fans!
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  2. Mar 10, 2013
    8
    This game is a lot of fun. I do understand why a lot of people don't like it. This game clearly follows the Disgaea tree of gaming. ThereThis game is a lot of fun. I do understand why a lot of people don't like it. This game clearly follows the Disgaea tree of gaming. There are a million things to do and million game mechanics. It is crazy overwhelming and that is why those of us who like it really like it. If you are a Disgaea fan I think you will like it. It does take away the grid based system and adds a circle of movement for each characters turn which is a little disappointing but I still really enjoy it. A lot of your favorite game mechanics are still there, some of the good one are gone, and a bunch of new both good and not so good are added. Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2012
    7
    A very quirky and fun JRPG. It feels like Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 with a dash of Disgaea. Some of the mechanics can get a little tedious,A very quirky and fun JRPG. It feels like Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 with a dash of Disgaea. Some of the mechanics can get a little tedious, but being a game in a genre that doesn't have a large selection on current generation consoles, it is a nice addition to the collection. It is definitely a niche title, so it's recommend for players with a certain taste for JRPGs and other anime related media.

    Pros: Battle system is fun, dialogue is humorous, character customization, overall feel, plenty of things to do, music is catchy.
    Cons: Moe Kill in battles can get old pretty fast, loading screens are abundant, looks slightly outdated, it can get tedious at times.
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