Demon Gaze PlayStation Vita

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. Apr 22, 2014
    90
    Demon Gaze is an enjoyable and enormously addictive title that strikes a good balance between endearing JRPG-style narrative and compelling dungeon-crawling exploration, let down only slightly by somewhat repetitive combat.
  2. Apr 22, 2014
    90
    Demon Gaze is tough as nails, sometimes dishearteningly so, but its overall charm and excellent sense of polish make it impossible to stay away from for long. A truly excellent example of challenging dungeon crawling.
  3. 90
    This is a game made with loving fan service and an eye for details that only genre veterans will really appreciate. For everyone else it's going to be a pretty, but slow-paced and obscure RPG with an odd sense of humour.
  4. 85
    A fun, grind-heavy dungeon crawler that shows off some wonderful anime designs. It is an easy pickup for most RPG fans, but especially for those looking for an old-school Wizardry experience.
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    82
    Demon Gaze will not revolutionize the JRPG genre, but it's a very well crafted game, that delivers tons of fun and high longevity. If you love dungeon crawlers, you should give it a chance.
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    80
    Demon Gaze proudly treads on proven grounds with a few twists of its own, and fans of the genre will surely enjoy their adventure as the bane of all demons.
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Tough, beautiful, and easy to lose yourself in, Demon Gaze is a polished dungeon crawler with tons of challenge and charm.
  8. Apr 21, 2014
    80
    The biggest hurdle to enjoying the game is simply your tastes for (or tolerance of) copious displays of fanservice. As long as you can handle that then you’re in for a very mechanically sound dungeon crawler with Demon Gaze.
  9. Apr 19, 2014
    80
    Demon Gaze is what it is and it is fantastic at doing what it does. One for veterans of the genre only though.
  10. Apr 29, 2014
    78
    Unlike some other "busty" games (Senran Kagura Burst anyone?), Demon Gaze is not just fan service. It is, instead, a solid dungeon crawler; not as good as Etrian Odyssey, but perfect for those who remember Wizardry and want to re-discover an old-school RPG.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 17, 2014
    75
    Improves the JRPG rigmarole with one or two great ideas. Is a letdown in the writing department. [June 2014, p79]
  12. Apr 22, 2014
    75
    Another PS Vita exclusive JRPG in the vein of classics such Wizardry or Shin Megami Tensei. Old school fun.
  13. Apr 21, 2014
    75
    It borrows from classic games of the genre, in such a pure way that what will be nostalgia for some, will be hurdles for others. However, it's aimed at a certain audience that will enjoy every positive and "negative" side of the game.
  14. Apr 20, 2014
    75
    A good example of "graphics don't make it fun", Demon Gaze is pure, unadulterated Dungeon Crawler in every sense. With a cast of secondary characters that give life to the non-exploration/combat parts with their dialogues and relations, an Inn which becomes our central office with even mortuaries that ask us for skulls, and an enormous customization system that even lets us choose the kind of loot we wanna get, this portable Dungeons tour can become really addictive, especially with a non-original but well-made combat system that makes us some Demonbusters and trainers. Maybe it is not the prettiest out there -watch out with some of its non-safe-for-work art-, nor the most original or memorable, but just give it a chance if you like the genre.
  15. Apr 22, 2014
    72
    Demon Gaze shouldn’t be as entertaining as it is, but its addicting nature and substantial length make it an ideal RPG for the Vita.
  16. games(TM)
    Jun 3, 2014
    70
    There's a steep learning curve in place after the tutorials. [Issue#148, p.129]
  17. May 12, 2014
    70
    Really, the thrill of the crawl is this game's only reward. For me, that's more than enough as the dungeon crawling play fits the bill exactly as a Vita game. But if you're new to this genre, there are many better places to start.
  18. May 7, 2014
    70
    Demon Gaze is an old school RPG which asks for patience, planning and clever strategy. If you're looking for an hard challenge to play with on your PlayStation Vita this game will grant you what you're asking for. No instant gratifications here.
  19. May 4, 2014
    70
    It's a good addition to the Vita's lineup of Japanese RPGs for a niche and patient audience.
  20. Apr 24, 2014
    70
    A well-crafted and occasionally imaginative dungeon crawler that is let down only by its questionable presentation and sky high difficulty.
  21. Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Looking for something new or distinctive in Demon Gaze would be a waste of time. Nonetheless, the latest effort from Kadokawa games is a decent dungeon crawler, featuring many dungeons and many more monsters. This could be the first step of a brand new saga.
  22. 70
    If you are a fan of lengthy time spent dungeon crawling and customizing your party, then this will feel right at home, with over 40 hours easily of gameplay to be had. People who aren’t fans of the genre though, won’t find anything new to change their minds.
  23. Apr 23, 2014
    70
    Demon Gaze is a perfectly serviceable if unexceptional, dungeon crawler.
  24. Apr 21, 2014
    70
    Demon Gaze is not a game for those looking for fast, easy rewards; you need a great deal of patience to find success, and sometimes it feels like the game's narrative is actively working against your desire to progress to new places. But when you are narrowly clutching victory from the jaws of defeat, laying waste to a challenging foe through party synergy and clever planning, or finding an incredibly rare piece of loot that completely changes how you use a party member, you feel like your efforts have yielded delicious fruit.
  25. Apr 21, 2014
    70
    While the presentation leaves a lot to be desired, there are plenty of elements that make Demon Gaze a good jumping-off point for the first person dungeon crawler. If you can stand the typically Japanese sexism, you might just enjoy this challenging, if repetitive, adventure.
  26. Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Those who enjoy older RPGs like the Wizardry and Might and Magic series should enjoy Demon Gaze. Those who are used to getting instant gratification and being able to level up their characters with the snap of the fingers will be disappointed.
  27. Jun 6, 2014
    65
    As with other NIS America games, I'm certain there's a strategy roadmap to increased success and battle progress, but I've yet to discover it. In its stead lies careful plodding through dungeons in hopes of surviving just one more battle...
  28. Apr 23, 2014
    65
    An unlikeable, frustrating, and boring JRPG dungeon crawler.
  29. Aug 27, 2014
    60
    All in all, Demon Gaze is a decent experience. It streamlines Wizardry-likes and provides a much more palatable experience.
  30. Hyper Magazine
    Jun 28, 2014
    60
    Demon Gaze offers a simple yet addicting handheld RPG experience, distracted only by its flirty anime desires. [Issue#250, p.62]
  31. May 12, 2014
    60
    While elements are bland and the story feels heavily padded, to say that Demon Gaze feels half-assed would assume that it's trying to be more than it is, a grindfest that rewards players with 2D titillation and innuendo. It does what it does fairly well, but it's also profoundly average. Nothing is ventured and nothing gained in any part of its design.
  32. May 7, 2014
    60
    Despite its imperfections, an array of handy gameplay mechanics coupled with a colourful cast of characters provides just enough intrigue to justify the thirty-or-so hours that you'll spend level grinding your way through this adventure.
  33. Apr 29, 2014
    60
    It's all a bit of a give and take, as the developers hide an enslaving, sporadically exciting experience-building regimen, peppered with unusual side quests and comical chats with other inn residents, underneath a painfully stock central storyline.
  34. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Pacing issues and juvenile sexuality will turn off many players to an otherwise solid game.
  35. Apr 21, 2014
    60
    Demon Gaze is an RPG with poor graphics and story. As boring as hard. Only for those who need a game of this genre in their PS Vita.
  36. May 5, 2014
    58
    I'm not sure, however, that some pretty graphics and an okay story are enough to make Demon Gaze worth picking up. I suppose if you're a fan of dungeon crawlers that feel like Doom coupled with slow-moving turn-based action, then there might be something here worth your time, but otherwise? You're probably better off just getting Conception II.
  37. Jun 9, 2014
    50
    Without a doubt, this first-person dungeon crawler is designed to appeal to a small, dedicated, niche group of Vita owners with a fondness for Japanese anime naughtiness and the patience of a saint. But for the majority, Demon Gaze provides too little reward for far too much hard work.
  38. Apr 23, 2014
    50
    Demon Gaze is colorful, brash, and spunky, but it's little more than a wonky journey through dungeon after forgettable dungeon. If it's a grind you're looking for, you can do far better than the mediocrity of becoming a Demon Gazer.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    I am overly impressed with this game- amazing interface efficient battle and an enjoyable grind (One of those rare times where I actually hadI am overly impressed with this game- amazing interface efficient battle and an enjoyable grind (One of those rare times where I actually had fun grinding out something, even if it is random it's almost addictive.) The story and characters are a bit deeper than something like the EO series, but you still have that wonderful since of control as you decide everything from voice to appearance of your characters, something that I didn't think about before but being able to change an annoying voice is pretty nice.

    Not for everyone, but really hit the spot for me. Now to go back to the dungeons!
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  2. Apr 23, 2014
    10
    I have played the Japanese version extensively before playing this English version. A polished and modern take on the dungeon RPG genre.I have played the Japanese version extensively before playing this English version. A polished and modern take on the dungeon RPG genre. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2016
    8
    Concept: Battle through waves of enemies in a dungeon crawler with enough strategy and fanservice to satisfy any gamer.

    Story: The story is
    Concept: Battle through waves of enemies in a dungeon crawler with enough strategy and fanservice to satisfy any gamer.

    Story: The story is intriguing with humorous and perverted dialogue mixed in.

    Gameplay: The gameplay feels like a real adventure because of the constant struggle for money, which means players can never get everything they need before setting out for a dungeon. This makes players consider their purchases carefully. I'll delve more into gameplay further down in this review. 

    Graphics: The graphics aren't bad for a ps vita game and the dungeons look incredible. 

    Gameplay time: My gameplay time was forty five hours which doesn't include the endgame content, which can claim an additional twenty hours.

    Music: The music was outstanding. Players can expect upbeat relaxing songs with some japanese vocalized songs mixed in. A couple of dungeons had no music whatsoever though. These dungeons were an under water dungeon that only had water swishing sound effects and a palace dungeon that only had someone speaking inaudibly.

    Voice acting: Voice acting was high quality with every voice fitting each character. The game was only voice acted about thirty percent of the time however. This game is voiced in english.

     In depth review

    Great gameplay, perverted, charming, and challenging. These are all elements found in Demon Gaze. Demon Gaze is a dungeon crawler that demands players to strategically battle their enemies or otherwise, face a gameover screen. This game prides itself on it's difficulty no doubt, as it's the most difficult rpg to be released for quiet some time. This may make gamers reconsider purchasing this game, which is understandable, but many gamers found this difficulty to be refreshing as so many rpg's today hold your hand the whole way through. So if you aren't afraid of a little challenge, then grab a Pico hammer, befriend a demon, and what the hell, bring Etna along and venture through the world of Demon Gaze.

    Let's talk about the gameplay difficulty, which is what made Demon Gaze so unique. Some of the reasons the difficulty is so high are; limited supply of revival items, a constant struggle for money, and powerful enemies that can kill a couple of your party members before you even get a chance to act. The reason the player is so short of money is the fact that the player has to pay rent whenever they return to the inn, which is your base. This makes every venture outside the inn an important one as players need to make each one profitable by fighting enough battles to actually profit when you return. If the player doesn't have enough money when they return, then they fall into debt. On the other hand, paying rent on time grants the players gifts from time to time.

    The gameplay involves much strategy as players make their own unique team, choose which demons they take into battle, and choose which stat gets boosted when obtaining a level up. Making a team is very customizable as players can choose between many different classes and race's. This allows players to make each party member exactly how they wish. When making these characters, players get to choose their appearance from about sixty different character potraits. Etna, Flonne, Sicily, and Asagi can be bought for a cheap price as dlc. 

    The boss fights in this game usually require some amount of prior grinding. Which isn't so bad because battles can be fast forwarded , taking very little time. These boss fights are demons which after defeat, will join the party. These demons can be summoned during battle to attack, heal, or help defend. Each demon has their unique qualities which leads to some decision making when deciding which demons would best be suited for each boss fight.

    This game does state that when creating the main character, that they will always be referred to as a male, regardless of what gender you choose. This is quiet astonishing I know, and completly unacceptable. What's the word....flabbergasted. Yes, I was flabbergasted when I read this and it was the only reason  I didn't choose a female.

    Closing comments:  Demon Gaze is not for everyone as difficult as it is, but if you are up for a challenging rpg that always feels rewarding when emerging on the victorious side of battle, then join the proud gamers who have conquered this demon. There is also another dungeon crawler for ps vita made by the same people who brought you Demon Gaze. It is titled Operation Abyss and is said to be a more serious game with little to no fanservice.

    That wraps this review up, hope it helps.
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