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  • Summary: A Story of a Forgotten Goddess and an Overlord...
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    80
    ears to Tiara II is full of two things - innovative SRPG mechanics, and words.
  2. Nov 26, 2014
    75
    Those who want a good strategy RPG will appreciate the battle system, but may find themselves growing weary of the lengthy story scenes. Still, fans of both genres will find something to like in this game. Maybe they'll even grow to appreciate a genre they weren't looking for.
  3. 70
    This is a game for genre fans only (and by that I do mean fans of both visual novels and tactics RPGs). For those people the game will slowly but surely hook its charms in until they come to see it as something quite brilliant for all its flaws.
  4. Dec 22, 2014
    70
    In short, it’s a mixed bag which is unlikely to appeal to any but the most curious of SRPG fans, but those who are prepared to give it a chance will be rewarded with a genuinely interesting game, unlike anything else currently on the market.
  5. Nov 21, 2014
    65
    Western tastes won't have an easy time connecting to this typically eastern product. In the end, it's more a visual novel than a truly interactive game, and that calls for very specific tastes.
  6. Oct 14, 2014
    60
    In the end, Tears to Tiara II is a well put-together game that’s hard to recommend in the long run. Had the game chosen to either be a full-fledged Visual Novel with proper saving features or a more evenly-paced Strategy RPG, it would have gotten a higher recommendation.
  7. Dec 2, 2014
    40
    The more that a tactics game relies on story than gameplay, the more it betrays a lack of self-confidence in the ability of its mechanics to sell the game. It’s the equivalent of an 80s B-Movie that is selling you on its cover art alone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    Easily one of the best Stragety RPG games out there. Has a terrific story and character and should not be overlooked by any fan SRPG games,Easily one of the best Stragety RPG games out there. Has a terrific story and character and should not be overlooked by any fan SRPG games, honestly im shocked at jut how good this game is for its $40 price tag. While there is no english audio the subtitles are all you really need so its not really a negative for me. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    10
    I haven't enjoyed a game this much since the late 90's. It's a really long game with a great story and fun SRPG gameplay. I can't believeI haven't enjoyed a game this much since the late 90's. It's a really long game with a great story and fun SRPG gameplay. I can't believe that any critic could give this game anything less then a glowing review. I signed up for an account just to rate this game. If you appreciate JRPGs with good stories then just get it and play it over a couple of months. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    10
    Outstanding. In a single word, that's how I would describe the game. This comes as testament that games do not need high end graphics to beOutstanding. In a single word, that's how I would describe the game. This comes as testament that games do not need high end graphics to be good.. So, let's review why this game is actually underrated by metacritic reviewers.

    First, Story: The most important aspect of ANY RPG. This game performs better in setting the story. Granted, has a lengthy intro, but, I didn't mind it. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. More so than other games that feel completely stupid or do hand holding 90% of the game.

    Second, Music: Fitting and welcomed. Every melody is perfectly arranged and suits the moment of the game, to the point I forgot I was playing a game.

    Third, voices: Japanese voices are sometimes better acted than english voices, as most of the times, english dubs felt more like the people was reading the script, rather than acting.

    Fourth, Combat: Somewhat of a drag at first, after playing it a little, it becomes easy to figure.

    Final Verdict: Go and buy the game. If you enjoy classic true JRPG, then, you will definitely enjoy Tears to Tiara II, as this game is now considered a classic by me.
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  4. Oct 22, 2014
    9
    Just finished the story, what an fantastic game, was not expecting something of this caliber since FFT.

    +80 hours of reading epic story /
    Just finished the story, what an fantastic game, was not expecting something of this caliber since FFT.

    +80 hours of reading epic story / gameplay not including postcontent bonus dungeon which have 50 floors and probably will add another 30-40 hours, excellent value for $40 game.
    +well-written dialogues along with voice acting
    +fun battles that keep things varied
    +likable cast of characters
    +good details in chibi

    -graphics may be a turn-off to some if you dislike chibi models but I thought this was really well-done and I normally don't like chibi.
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  5. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    Here's a checklist of whether or not you'll like the game. The more you tick the more you will.
    Visual Novel
    SRPG Roman History Classical
    Here's a checklist of whether or not you'll like the game. The more you tick the more you will.
    Visual Novel
    SRPG
    Roman History
    Classical Mythology

    As part visual novel, expect a lot of reading. If you don't mind, then you'll find a fantastic story with strong, likeable characters filled with references to Classical Mythology and Roman History. There are two main themes used in this work: sacrifices and the place of religion within society. The first works adds to a moving story. The second is surprisingly not as black-and-white as it appears, and leaves you thinking, but in general recognizes both positive and negative sides of religion.
    There are flaws in the story for sure, mostly in the second half, with some of the twist feeling like cop-out. The conclusion of the first half is also incredibly strong, which kind of leaves the second half wanting.

    There is no English dub. If you don't mind that either, the Japanese voice actor will blow you away. Especially the leads. The BGM is flawless and will sway your emotions appropriately (except one song in Engrish).

    The graphics is this game's weakest part. The character design is good. The portraits and CGs works. But the Chibi game sprites works against the serious story, especially when lots of the story uses those sprites.

    The game itself is competent. The levels are diverse and interesting. The battle system works, though mages are slightly too strong in my opinion. A note here that when they say Hard Mode, they mean Hard Mode. It's not Fire Emblem level, but close. Especially if you're after bonus and ranks. The last quarter or so after you crossed the Alps (shown in the trailer) is especially tough on Hard Mode without level grinding. Easy Mode is no slouch either. If you want to focus on the story, play on Very Easy.

    Overall I would say start with 8/10, then add 0.25 for each of the four at the top you tick off. So for me 9/10.
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