Dragoneer's Aria PSP

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
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  1. Not the freshest game on the market, but if you want a slower-paced quest with an engaging story and hours of battles to conquer, Dragoneer’s Aria is one of the better RPGs you’ll find exclusively on PSP.
  2. 70
    Even with the dime-a-dozen characters and plot, it was still an enjoyable romp on the PSP.
  3. Thinking to win battles was the most rewarding quality I found about Dragoneer’s Aria along with its excellent visual quality. Dragoneer's Aria starts out a little slow and becomes more challenging as you start hitting the higher levels making the adventure a worth while investment.
  4. The story is truly grand and most of the gripes could be forgiven separately. But with all of them combined I cannot recommend this game to anyone other than very hardcore RPG fans.
  5. Dragoneer's Aria misses the mark in critical categories, especially in light of recent competition. You can do far worse than Dragoneer's, that's for sure...but with Brave Story out, you can now do far better.
  6. 65
    While the PSP is certainly not short on RPGs Dragoneer’s Aria does offer a nice diversion from others in the genre.
  7. PSM Magazine
    65
    Just another mediocre RPG: one that feels suspiciously like a "Final Fantasy" knockoff, at that. [Nov 2007, p.88]
  8. Games Master UK
    64
    Perfectly solid but wholly predictable on every level. [Mar 2008, p.84]
  9. Dragoneer's Aria played up too greatly on its strengths and didn't try to fix its flaws.
  10. 60
    While NIS is known for developing and publishing games with cutesy 2D art, Dragoneer's Aria sports rather bland 3D visuals.
  11. A relatively simple RPG made moderately unbearable by its slow pace and confused menus. It doesn’t help that the game world is so generic, from the cookie-cutter story to the drab and overly familiar fantasy-themed environments.
  12. A year or two ago, it may have been a viable option, but with great alternatives out in the market right now, you can stand to sit this song out.
  13. They say the show's not over until the fat lady sings, but Dragoneer's Aria should be the first song in the plump gal's repertoire. It's over before it begins.
  14. 55
    Even though the game eventually collapses under the weight of its own complexity, I'll give the developers credit for at least trying to break the mold with presentation, style, and gameplay.
  15. 55
    The flawed implementation of energy and mana as well as the interminably slow battle mechanics really drags down the game.
  16. If you can forgive the game its worst weaknesses and have the Japanese voice track turned on, Dragoneer's Aria can be a decent way to waste a few hours at a time as you slog through the hemorrhaging plot. But don't expect it to be easy even with the bland combat.
  17. Dragoneer's Aria is simply average in almost every way, there's no getting around it. Parts of the storyline can be entertaining, but only as much as the localization gave the characters a little pop. Otherwise, it's a purely paint-by-numbers game.
  18. 50
    All things taken into account, the game turned out to be a huge disappointment. Being a mish-mash of games I had played before in the past, the integration of different aspects of these popular games in the genre did not bring this saga any justice.
  19. AceGamez
    50
    Games that seem to go out of their way to waste my time raise my ire like nothing else I know.
  20. The PSP has been crying out for a brand new classic Japanese RPG for a long time now. Dragoneer's Aria, as a wholly average expression of the genre that's of interest to super-fans only, is not the game to answer its melancholy call.

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#41 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007

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