RPG Fan's Scores

  • Games
For 1,028 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 99 Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
Lowest review score: 25 Arcania: The Complete Tale
Score distribution:
1028 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you can deal with the kiddie atmosphere and lackluster graphics, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon provides an enjoyable gameplay experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    In the broadest terms, there are two ways to make a great game: do something cool that hasn't been done before, or do a great job of improving on things that have been done before. Torchlight falls pretty firmly in the second category, but that doesn't make it any less great.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Despite my gripes (including a few frivolous ones I didn't mention), Pokémon Sun and Moon are great games that take X/Y's base and create a vivid new world with its own special culture and unique features.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Season three is off to a thrilling beginning with a host of questions, answers, dramatic entrances, and believable new characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a fun 30-40 hour game to play, Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny is a clear choice. It's nothing like those state-of-the-art 3D RPGs from Square Enix and the like: this is oldschool glory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A Vampyre Story is a fantastic graphic adventure that evokes the spirit of those bygone LucasArts adventures while also adding its own unique flavor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    But all of you gamers who tend to have the same tastes I do in RPGs should not miss out on this one. It really is a ton of fun to play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A potent, frustrating, demanding, amusing, tedious, exhilarating world unto itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Quite simply, Bastion is a game with lots of character and precious few flaws. Any fan of old-school action RPGs would be remiss not to play this game. If every title released had Bastion's sense of newness and adventure, the gaming world would be even better than it already is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Like the Atelier games before it, it may appeal to a somewhat limited audience, but Atelier Ayesha is a quaint, relaxing adventure that provides a refreshing contrast to high-stakes JRPG melodrama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Quite simply, while Eternal Sonata may be overlooked as a broken title, it is truly no such thing. Instead, it is a world that I was happy to play in, and may even dream about from time to time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With a strong narrative chocked full of fascinating characters and choices, DS2 ably sprints ahead with the torch passed on from the first game. Simply, those underwhelmed by the first game will not like this installment, while those who lauded the former only have to decide if the safety and security of structured, neat opportunities and a lack of tension hinder the experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Where this game really shines, though, is in the fun gameplay and excellent music and voice acting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Director's Cut for the DS is a worthwhile purchase for graphic adventure fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though this is not the definitive strategy RPG of our time, like some have labeled games such as Shining Force, Final Fantasy Tactics, or Disgaea, it's pretty damn close.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    BioWare has created a top-shelf RPG with Mass Effect, though it's not without its flaws. Many of the issues present in the Xbox 360 version of the title are gone, and while there are new issues thrown into the PC version, they are minor in comparison.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Silver Case's uncanny brand of Erotic Grotesque Nonsense absolutely isn't for everyone, but those willing to penetrate its deliberately obtuse shell will find a deeply thoughtful mystery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sequels typically either make only slight improvements or worsen the series, but Atlus went the extra mile to make a major overhaul, and ultimately succeeded on improving the series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    But I can say with confidence that Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is a must-own for nearly all JRPG fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes comes highly recommended, whether or not you've played any other games in the M&M franchise. This is not a bastardization of the series. If anything, Clash of Heroes may become the catalyst to resurrect a franchise that was once on its last legs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This game brings both style and content to the table. It doesn't pretend to be anything greater than it is: it's a very straightforward Strategy RPG.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To say that Recettear came out of nowhere and completely blindsided me, in a good way, is an understatement, and others who've played the game feel the same as I do.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Trails in the Sky is not a game in which the gameplay shines, but rather the story and characters. It isn't deep nor compelling by any stretch of the imagination, but it is fun and extremely charming.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The latest Elder Scrolls has such confidence in the allure of its open-world structure that it shirks the need to compete. And, it largely succeeds in being better than the sum of its parts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The premise may be simple, but the plot is surprisingly good, especially for a Mario game. Part of it is thanks to the excellent localization and likeable characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If the writing in this episode is any indication of what's to come, they will have another hit alongside their previous masterpieces.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    Part 4 dismantles the player's reliance on rewinding and introduces a debatably better mechanic in its place. Without the revive feature, it would be difficult to complete the game by simply selective rewinding, and I'm glad they decided against it. With so many more creative puzzles and tricky events to resolve, Sorcery! Part 4 definitely provides a resounding finale to the series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    All-in-all, though, Phoenix Wright ends up winning my heart with its charm and overall presentation. The characters are certainly lovable and the stories are far from boring.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An excellent addition to the Souls series and a huge improvement on Dark Souls II.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While Rune Factory Frontier is not without its flaws, it's definitely a solid step in the right direction for the series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Cold Steel II is staunchly traditional in most ways but also exceptionally attentive to all of the details that make classic, story-driven RPGs so wonderful when they're done right.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you don't enjoy experimental games or those that refuse to handhold, or if you simply have no interest in the tabletop roots of RPGs, forget about it. Crimson Shroud's unique concept and esoteric execution make it a perfect match for my RPG desires, however, and one of my favorites of 2012.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dragon Age II is streamlined, not simplified. It's a great game within its own rights, but issues with the overall story, repetitive environments, and control scheme keep it from being truly fantastic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dragon Age II is streamlined, not simplified. It's a great game within its own rights, but issues with the overall story, repetitive environments, and control scheme keep it from being truly fantastic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Working Designs did an excellent job of localizing the game, not only providing a quality translation, good voice acting, and an informative full color manual, but also adding new options like the ability to mute out individual characters’ battle cries if they get too annoying and the ability to use the L & R buttons as shortcut keys in battle for quicker gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Yet another charming, low-stress Atelier title that provides a good respite from the melodrama of its RPG peers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With a fresh combat system and a lovable cast, Final Fantasy XV excels at its goal of being a title for both fans and newcomers alike.

    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you've never played it before, you've been missing out on a game that combines addictive, deep gameplay with a good plot and a great sense of humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rest assured, fans of the series will love Episode 4 and the constant punishment Telltale doles out to Clem. However, work still needs to be done if those who tell tales want to close the curtains with the same grandeur of Season 1.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Given all of that, if you enjoy point & click adventures, it's easy for me to suggest that you'd like this game. If you are also the type of person who watches shows like Castle or Rosemary & Thyme, "easy" changes to "no-brainer." The only thing about it that I don't like is that the other two chapters haven't already been released.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey meets Persona in a not-quite-the-sum-of-its-parts game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is absolutely, positively worth your attention if you are in any way an "RPG Fan." At least rent or borrow it. Give it a try, and see if you are capable of falling for this one like I did.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like its prequel, the game does not even try to convince the player it would be anything else but a classic, heavily story-driven RPG with a traditional turn-based battle engine. The visuals are currently among the best in the genre and at least the songs composed by Yuki Kajiura are solid.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In the end, The Crystal Bearers manages to be a somewhat simple but entertaining adventure, but one that is polished and put together with care, for the sole purpose of entertaining the player.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is absolutely, positively worth your attention if you are in any way an "RPG Fan." At least rent or borrow it. Give it a try, and see if you are capable of falling for this one like I did.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Afternoon of Darkness features a fast startup time, even faster game loading times, and almost unbelievably fast level loading times (under 2 seconds), all of which just add to the many reasons why this port is a great fit for the PSP.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A story every Playstation owner should experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the result of two games' worth of experience on Raven Software's part, and it shows.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though it's not without its issues, Horizon is an excellent title and a must have for all PS4 owners. It offers a refreshing open world environment, a compelling and mysterious story, a fantastic main character, and innovative gameplay. Not only is it one of the best action RPGs I've played in a while, it's also one of the best games I've played in a while. Even now, after the credits have rolled, I'm still having a great time trying to fully complete the game. Horizon is a truly special experience, and it's one that even non-RPG lovers need to have.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tales of the Abyss is a completely straight port to the 3DS, with limited 3D included in a haphazard manner and no additions to the base game. However, when the base game is one of the best the series has to offer minus the technical problems that bogged it down during its initial release, it's hard to make too many complaints.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A worthy contender to Diablo and Torchlight as the premium hack 'n' slash experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I could not have dreamed of a game like Dragon's Crown in my younger years, mostly because it could not have existed on anything but modern hardware. It's a little odd that the game hides its best features under an inconspicuous, slow-paced introductory period, but everything beyond the first few hours is excellent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A classic adventure story built on a solid table-top RPG framework.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I love this series, and even if they developed a Layton title comprised entirely of sliding block puzzles, I would still play. Such thoughtlessness is only fantasy, of course, because Level-5 pours their heart into this series. Regardless of how much heart they muster, however, the Layton formula just doesn't have infinite vitality, and with The Last Specter, a bit of wear is finally starting to show.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    From the excellent storyline, to the addicting gameplay, everything in Final Fantasy IV Advance is just as good as it was in the early '90s, despite minor changes and a few lag issues.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you've played Trails FC, there's a good chance you're already waist-deep in SC, and so my review isn't going to sway you one way or another. For those who haven't yet taken the plunge, I cannot stress enough that SC is a direct sequel that takes place immediately following the ending of the first game, so I recommend beating FC first.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the most cognitive, strategic gaming experiences available now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There's a fine line between "challenging" and "cheap," and there are some occasions where I feel Baten Kaitos Origins crosses that line.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    Another compelling visual novel from MoaCube.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In short, Borderlands is a top-quality shooter and grind-fest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoy visual novels, then I can highly recommend Code: Realize. There's a delightful cast of characters to meet, an interesting story to experience and beautiful visuals to take in. The plot rushes over details that could use better explanation, but there are plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. The dialogue is well written and I enjoyed my time with it from beginning to end. Even if you normally shy away from an otome game, do yourself a favour and pick this one up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you loved Dragonfall, you're going to really like Hong Kong.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    All of the additions to the "Advance" port of Final Fantasy V are worthwhile, but it is a shame that the new jobs and bonus dungeon are only available right at the end of the game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A unique and aesthetically appealing work of art.
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    • 87 Critic Score
    I liked the game, and I think it's worth a look, but it may not be for everyone. Try the demo for yourself and see if it's right for you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Suffice it to say, you'll have fun if you give this game a fair chance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Anyone who enjoys a good challenge or likes tooling with character creation and party set ups owes it to themselves to play this game, as it offers an experience that can be matched by few others.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is a game for the most hardcore of the hardcore. Though, on another level, it is a surprisingly casual game if you want it to be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Still a great Zelda game even if aspects of it haven't aged as well as others.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you want a short, fun, quirky, and sometimes sentimental Strategy RPG that knows its market and takes jabs at it with impeccable humor, you should get Disgaea 2. If you'd prefer a game that allows you to play for hours on end (like, over 200 hours) with new events to keep your interest now and then, but you don't want it to be an MMORPG, then get Disgaea 2.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Whatever the sentiment, it is clear that Etrian Odyssey is a niche game that is sure to find the hearts of some and draw the ire of others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A compelling narrative, wonderful soundtrack, and likable characters all overcome the many flaws that the game bears and makes it an incredibly memorable entry in the Suikoden saga.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Thoughtful in execution, The Dream Machine avoids falling for clichéd pitfalls oft seen in point-and-clicks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is certainly a worthwhile purchase; I recommend it to all PS3 owners, particularly those who have yet to experience the Disgaea series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is what it all comes down to: if you've already played Pearl or Diamond, the only reason to plunk down another $35 or so for Platinum is if you are dying to have the new expanded online presence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the result of two games' worth of experience on Raven Software's part, and it shows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Long time fans will be pleased with this entry in the Ace Attorney series, and it's a quality game for newcomers as well, although it is not the best entry point for the series. It's definitely what I'd call fan service for those who have stuck by the series, and it's great that fan loyalty pays off for this game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Xanadu Next is a strong experience from start to finish, and a humble little game that shouldn't be ignored.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Cataclysm delivers exactly the high-quality gameplay experience we've all come to expect from World of Warcraft. Complaints about class changes and extreme difficulty aside, this is a truly enjoyable expansion and an absolute must-have for any current player.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Wild Arms XF may not be the ultimate or defining strategy RPG experience, but it was definitely one of the most fun strategy RPG experiences I have had in a long time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite the strange premise, the odd combination of franchises, and the gameplay departure from the main Super Robot series, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier manages to thoroughly strike a blow at the JRPG mold while maintaining a level of fun uncommon in RPGs.
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    • 87 Critic Score
    3 Stars of Destiny is an enjoyable RPG, but its enjoyment is definitely proportional to how much the player enjoys old-school.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What's disappointing is that the game still remains a one or two player experience, despite that the Xbox sports four controller ports.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Any detachment we may have felt as we slowly immersed ourselves into this hellish world should be lost here. Those who've hungered for each coming episode may experience some tunnel vision as they dive into their monitors and become a part of the group's lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This game has the potential to be the sleeper hit of 2011.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Lone Survivor bears doubtless resemblance to that classic survivor horror franchise, Silent Hill. After all, Lone Survivor has creepy monsters, a mostly-empty city, a basement you don't want to be in but must be, fleshy red membranes, and a psychological bent. I like to think of Lone Survivor not as a tawdry imitator, but as an intelligent and surreal homage to a once-powerful series, and even perhaps a comment on the genre itself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you liked Season 1, give Telltale more of your money.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With the best story since Abyss and the best cast of characters since Vesperia, Tales of Berseria is the best entry in Bandai Namco's flagship franchise for years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Episode 3 has been my favorite so far, to the point that I'm somewhat doubtful that Telltale can top it with either of the remaining installments. The bar has been set high this time around, with a perfectly paced plot and just the right balance between action and narrative. My only real complaint concerns a reveal that comes right at the end of the episode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game was "unputdownable" for me, and I think it's a fine addition to any PSP owner's library.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's a well-put-together adventure title that should appeal to people with fond memories of old school Zelda, and an excellent first effort from its creators. If there's one big drawback though, it's that Fara is short.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Due to the unique events that take place in this volume, as well as the great post-endgame quests, I do consider Vol.3 the best in the series, though I also enjoyed Vol.2 a great deal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What it comes down to is that The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the great games in the adventure genre: like Maniac Mansion, King's Quest, or Sam and Max Hit the Road. With LucasArts providing this remake for a mere ten dollars, there is no excuse for any gamer not to have this in their library.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    An accessible RPG with fantastic dungeon design and charming graphics, but light on story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    All in all, Valkyria Chronicles II will probably only appeal to a niche audience, due to its SRPG gameplay (and all the tiny little idiosyncrasies that come along with it), the anime-style production, and a reliance on preparation as opposed to being an FPS/3PS killfest or beat 'em up. However, for that niche audience, VCII provides all that you could want in terms of depth, and is a very polished outing for a portable device.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The story was engrossing, getting me engaged from start to finish, and the 2D styles on the characters and environments gave the game some charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Layton series' formulaic approach to gameplay is a double-edged sword – it's still engaging and fun, but at the same time, the premise has begun to show some weathering. Still, the mix of point-and-click adventure and logic puzzles is something that few other games can offer, and Miracle Mask still does it well. For anyone who is deeply invested in the Layton series and jumps at any chance to experience a new Layton game, Miracle Mask is not a game to be missed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There were moments where I was swept up in its brilliance and the open-ended design. Then there were moments where I was so sick of doing yet another variation of one of the game's three standard fetch quests that I wanted to cry. In the end, the positives outweighed the negatives.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    After playing this game, and taking time to weigh out all the good and bad in this review, the only thing left for me to say is this: "I can't wait for Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie!" Let's hope Square Enix does another excellent job localizing that one as well, so we'll have a wonderful, complete trilogy for the Nintendo DS.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The addition of an online function in the game has made its replayability soar to new heights.