Brave Story: New Traveler PSP

User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
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  1. PeterY.
    Aug 9, 2007
    7
    First of all, lets start off with the good. This game is a truly beautiful game. The graphics are some of the best on the system so far, right up there with Tekken and Monster Hunter, and to think this game has been out in Japan for over a year. The turn based battles are fast paced and there are some gorgeous battle animations as well. Also, the lack of good new RPGs on the PSP makes First of all, lets start off with the good. This game is a truly beautiful game. The graphics are some of the best on the system so far, right up there with Tekken and Monster Hunter, and to think this game has been out in Japan for over a year. The turn based battles are fast paced and there are some gorgeous battle animations as well. Also, the lack of good new RPGs on the PSP makes this game that much more appealing. And, the game loads lighting fast! Now the bad stuff. The music is forgettable as are the characters. Also, the battle system is your typical, bland, turn based RPG, but with flashy graphics. The story is recycled from various anime/rpg plots. And what with the silent protagonist? It's 2007 dammit, give these guys some lines, then maybe I would feel more for him and the storyline. This game does have an interesting crafting system where you can make your own accessories and a bird catching minigame, which is like cutsy cockfighting, but these simply don't do it for me. The sometimes erratic random battles also become annoying at times. This game is also ridiculously easy, you regenerate your BP (Brave Points=Magic Points) when you attack someone, so you almost never have to worry about running out. There are also restore points at every save point. If you're an RPG novice, this is a pretty good choice to get your feet wet. Veterans may want to wait for a deeper game like Jeanne D'Arc or Final Fantasy Tactics. Expand
  2. EldonTLH
    Aug 27, 2007
    6
    After about 13 hours into the game, I'd say it has all the features needed for an enjoyable Japanese RPG but features alone don't an enjoyable adventure make. Certainly above average (of 5, if you're wondering about the rating) and somewhat entertaining but the official review average really is spot on with this one - seems like fun to play through but as for remembering it After about 13 hours into the game, I'd say it has all the features needed for an enjoyable Japanese RPG but features alone don't an enjoyable adventure make. Certainly above average (of 5, if you're wondering about the rating) and somewhat entertaining but the official review average really is spot on with this one - seems like fun to play through but as for remembering it after a year, most unlikely. Yuno's still the cutest, most whimsical, and most harebrained catgirl ever to appear on an RPG but even from the perspective of a hopeless otaku, that's not enough to save the whole deal. Expand

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#26 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#19 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Play Magazine
    80
    Saying this game is visually stunning is an understatement. [Aug 2007, p.72]
  2. 73
    It's a solid RPG that's sure to appeal to fans who want a fun yet simple romp through the genre they love. However, Brave Story lacks the ingenuity to make it something I'd play for hours on end.
  3. 80
    It's a great game to be sure. Extremely playable and thankfully portable, it can have you going for hours on end. But seriously, I wouldn't mind if they tried to break out of the JRPG mold a little more.