RPG Fan's Scores

  • Games
For 928 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 99 Mass Effect 3
Lowest review score: 25 Arcania: The Complete Tale
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 928
928 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Danganronpa fans should still love this entry, even with some subpar elements.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you enjoy action RPGs and seeing the different ways a story can play out based on your experience, Stories: The Path of Destinies is an easy choice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you liked "Aria of Sorrow," pick up DoS. If not, steer clear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Salt and Sanctuary is truly inspired.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Great characters, fun story, witty script.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is a solid package, especially with an MSRP of $29.99. Even though it isn't the definitive version of the game, it is a solid way into the franchise and the best way to experience The After Years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A good clean fun, no nonsense, SRPG.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the new content included and a controller in the USB port, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is the best version of the game – just not by as much of a margin as some might've hoped for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's more Fallout. If you liked Fallout 3, you'll probably like this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    That said, if you like graphic adventures and poor controls are not generally a dealbreaker for you, don't let that one issue stop you from trying Gemini Rue. It's got logical puzzles that require thought but don't have a lot of red herrings to guide you away from the correct path, great voice acting that complements a worthwhile story from start to finish, and just the right atmosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've never been impressed with Pokémon games the newest entries will likely not change your mind, but if you enjoy visiting the world time and again and wouldn't mind revisiting the land of Johto, you can't go wrong with Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Doesn't do much of anything RPG fans haven't seen countless times before-but it does everything we've seen time and again well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite lackluster music, Hakuoki is an enjoyable visual novel that could actually make gamers rethink their perception of Idea Factory.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With addictive, entertaining action RPG gameplay and an effective gothic atmosphere, Order of Ecclesia is a ridiculously fun game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I had never played these games before, and it's possible that those darn kids we all hear about these days might not enjoy the decidedly retro gameplay and so-bad-it's-good translation. On the other hand, if you've got an eye for classics that have aged better than fine wine and been given the premium porting treatment, I see no way you could go wrong picking this one up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter could have been a much more exciting and violent game, and many would probably have enjoyed that more, but I like it how it is: quiet, relaxing, and pensive. The Astronauts understand that a little subtlety goes a long way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is everything gamers have come to expect from this series, for better or worse. I can't recommend it to newcomers in any way, but for those who have followed it this far, they'll find a flawed game that occasionally reaches some great highs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've been hankering for a good 2D Action RPG that lets you dash around as a half-vampire in a massive dungeon, maybe it's time you go back and check out the game that really started the modern Castlevania phenomenon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the Disgaea you know and love, but with a fresh coat of paint and enough new features to warrant another trip through the Netherworld, dood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While this game will not end gamers quest for an irreplaceable Nintendo DS RPG, it can certainly entertain them for 15-20 hours.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite its technical issues, Game of Thrones has strong content.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    Sweet Fuse is not the most emotionally arresting visual novel I've played, but it executes on everything it promises to deliver.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An easy recommendation for those looking to munch on some popcorn while you get the crap scared out of you.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I didn't love this chapter quite as much as I loved the first, but I'd still happily recommend it to anyone who likes point 'n' click adventure games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rune Factory 4 is a game I did not expect to like as much as I did, proving that it's nice to be wrong about things from time to time. Its addictive blend of farming, fighting, and friend-ing makes for a fun, lighthearted experience that's easy to get lost in for hours at a time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Idol enthusiasts will ascend to J-pop nirvana, while the rest of us will find TMS to be a perfect appetizer to tide us over until Persona 5.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a SMT fan, are jonesing for a game that combines Pokémon with an action-RPG, or just are looking for some great characters and setting, then by all means, pick this game up ASAP. Otherwise, wait for it to come down in price or rent it, as it is relatively short.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The only way you'll be disappointed is if you go into the game expecting a brand new game. For all those looking to play an enhanced version of an old favorite, there's no better way to do it than Persona 3 Portable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Legacy of Ys made the transition to DS well, presenting an enjoyable experience even to those who have played the games to death.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lux-Pain is a decent, and quite lengthy, visual novel for the DS, although it does come with some stipulations. If you prefer your stories completely spoon-fed to you and are averse to digging through database menus to read backstories about everything, then Lux-Pain may not be the right choice for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've never been impressed with Pokémon games the newest entries will likely not change your mind, but if you enjoy visiting the world time and again and wouldn't mind revisiting the land of Johto, you can't go wrong with Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At this point, I don't think it's reasonable to recommend playing this particular version of the game, unless you absolutely loathe voice acting (and/or refined graphics, and/or the PSP as a platform).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Renting won't do justice to the amount of content the games provide and the inclusion of online (though limiting) boosts ups the replay value tremendously. It's simple and engaging for newcomers while catering to long time players. Buy it and go catch 'em all!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you prefer your RPGing in single-player, multiplayer, or both, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Grand Kingdom.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    RPG fans who liked the open-ended gameplay and freedom of the first game will want to take a return trip-the two expansions with over 100 hours of new adventures coupled with the $30 price tag make this game one of the steals of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's not a part of Fallout: New Vegas that could be called a turd, and if you're a fan at all of western-styled RPGs, there is no doubt that this game is worth picking up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Experience a nightmare and then have some of your own. "Inspired" by mental illness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid re-release of a classic plus some nice new frills, but not without its problems.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is not a perfect game; however, it takes you on a fun enough journey that you'll most likely overlook any imperfections that you may find.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I know that while I definitely enjoyed this game, it was difficult to work within the time constraints. There was more I wanted to enjoy, but I wouldn't be able to; not without repeating a lot of the same stuff in a second or third play through the game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's enjoyable through and through, and the introspective nature of the storyline will leave you thinking about what effect a more positive attitude could have on your own life. It's easy for me to recommend this game to any Pokéfan, regardless of whether they've played prior Mystery Dungeon entries.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Better than Episode 1 and definitely worth playing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The mature storyline featuring well-written character arcs, the deep and engaging gameplay, and the overall high quality in every aspect are all reasons that I can easily recommend this game to any gamer interested in turn-based PSP fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Playing 80 Days is strongly reminiscent of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I read as a kid (albeit without the ability to stick my finger in a page if I made a bad choice).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I worry that many RPG fans will pass over this game when, in actuality, they would really enjoy it if they gave it a chance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fun game, and it's worth the purchase for any Ys fan, if simply for the included soundtrack.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid porting effort, though one that shows Square Enix still has a little ways to go.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a fairly lengthy main quest and extras galore, at only $40 it's armed thievary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So, in the end, what we have is an exceptional local-multiplayer action RPG with a good story and great combat and production values, fused with some of the best-loved trappings of the hack-and-slash loot-grab genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've enjoyed the Mario & Luigi series in the past, buying this entry is a no-brainer, and if you've never played the series, now's a great time to start.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Negatives aside, Devil Survivor is a great success.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So, in the end, what we have is an exceptional local-multiplayer action RPG with a good story and great combat and production values, fused with some of the best-loved trappings of the hack-and-slash loot-grab genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Child of Light does exactly what it wants to do: tell a beautiful story in the shell of a JRPG.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As of this writing, the price is the same on PC and Vita, so if you've got a computer that can handle it, that's how I'd recommend playing it. But if you don't, grab this one on Vita and look past its issues to the great game lying underneath.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Two steps forward and one step back for this incredibly challenging and rewarding experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An excellent ending to the series, but best played by those who have played its predecessors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It was a novel hybrid game that felt very familiar and comfortable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unless you've played a million Dynasty Warriors games or can't stomach Dragon Quest without turn-based gameplay, this is definitely worth playing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An extremely personal game which confronts cancer head on, it shines brightest when telling its story and examining the effects of grief.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Episode 5 is part conclusion, part setting up for the climax.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Face Noir is a game I can easily recommend. It executes well on every level (save the voice acting), and offers great puzzles, enjoyable characters, fabulous art design, and a fun (if pulpy) noir plotline. If you're interested in the Depression-era setting and enjoy a solid point-and-click adventure, you should absolutely check this one out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Chaos on Deponia is exactly what Deponia needed: another Deponia. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, because the trilogy is a mere one game shy of wrapping up. And while I honestly can't tell you where we'll go or if we'll get there, you can bet the skies will be paved with smoke.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Amazing old-school mechanics meet modern conventions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Between its excellent dialogue, enchanting visual design and care handling delicate subject matter, Firewatch is one of my favorite narrative experiences of 2016 so far.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Animal Parade is not perfect, but it is by far one of my favorite Harvest Moon titles. This is the most fun I've had with the series in a long time, and it's great to see the story integrated so well with the gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game is very well balanced.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you played the original, this installment will often feel like more of the same, but with the original MUA being so great, even those times are a lot of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, I'd recommend this game for any fan of Mario RPG titles, anyone looking for a nice solid RPG for the DS, and of course, people who enjoy smiling, since this game will brighten your mood.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, this is a Metroidvania game. Get it if you like Metroidvania games. Otherwise, find something else to do with your time. This game does well for what it is, and does not stray even an inch outside.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Muramasa Rebirth is a gorgeous, action-packed, fairly lengthy adventure that looks, sounds, and plays better than ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dragon's Crown is an amazing co-op experienced slightly hampered by a rather nasty UI and baffling obfuscation of its best feature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It has a huge learning curve and might stymie even the most stalwart players early on, but once you climb that mountain, I promise you'll have a great time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fortunately, Square Enix hasn't merely cashed in on the nostalgia, and has fired on all cylinders to provide these games with a loving upgrade at a outstanding price point.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While part of the fun is in exploration, I just found it very difficult to figure anything out. Add to that a translation that is at times pretty bad and, at points, incomplete (parts of text are just cut off and missing), and you have a game not worth a purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With engaging and believable protagonists, whimsical landscapes, and delightful voice acting to complement the shrewd writing, there's little left to nitpick but the mediocre puzzles, predictable plot, and occasional graphical hiccups.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    Funny, accessible but deep, awesome soundtrack.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's difficult to recommend this game, because it is aimed at a very specific niche. But I will say that if you dislike shooters or aren't very skilled at them, definitely try before you buy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bravely Second redeems the worst sins of Bravely Default and is an entertaining homage to the classic turn-based RPGs of yesteryear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Soul Sacrifice is what you'd get if you smashed Phantom Dust and Monster Hunter together and added a meaningful plot, and it does what it sets out to do with aplomb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like traditional JRPGs but Trails in the Sky was a little too dated for you, Cold Steel is exactly what you've been looking for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With simple, yet strategic gameplay, excellent voice acting, cute graphics, and decent dialogue, all improved from its GBA counterpart, it's definitely worth the pickup.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    An excellently written story with excitingly deep characters and themes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The unique setting and duality of madness that Shivering Isles possesses provides an excellent backdrop for more Elder Scrolls adventuring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Erica Reed is an engaging character: flawed but good-hearted, and learning as she goes along — much like the game named for her. This was a trip I'm glad I went on, and one I advise any fan of adventure games to take for a spin.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes may get flack from the hardcore D&D crowd for simply being a "Diablo" clone set in the D&D universe, but it's still hard to deny the simple joy in teaming up with three friends to kick the crap out a Beholder.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    For those willing to suffer through a couple hours of mediocrity, this ending justifies the investment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Therefore, the bottom line is that if you could not get into the original Touch Detective, 2 1/2 will not change your mind. However, if you enjoyed the first game, you'll definitely want to pick this one up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Yes, the graphical upscaling is certainly worth it, but unless you really dig the original plot of Sora and friends, or if you're interested in a new type of challenge involving real-time action-based battles and numeric-value cards, it's not worth playing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Tales from the Borderlands' fourth episode shows much improvement over the previous chapter, but calls into question the substance of this series, though I smiled, laughed, and always kept at least one eye on the screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Tight, strategic combat and a good variety of mission objectives keep battles feeling fresh, while the story holds surprising depth and well-written characters. Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time emerges from a bygone epoch no worse for the wear.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Some of the choices made in both the presentation and the design of the port are questionable and show some of Square Enix's disconcerting business ethics, but as a game, TWEWY is still very enjoyable and arguably a worthy purchase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    An incredibly fun, enjoyable game. I know, however, that GameArts is a much more capable developer than what they demonstrate through their latest release in the series. [JPN Import]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you like choose your own adventures, this is for you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It's hard to understand why Square Enix didn't put any effort into the story, which would have upped the greatness of this game significantly had it been good. Even after some disappointments, FFTA2 remains worth it for all the reasons that FFTA was: great presentation and solid gameplay.
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    • 84 Critic Score
    I know it sounds like I've bagged on Alpha Kimori here and there, but it's got it where it counts, and every complaint I have can be remedied. I enjoyed the 5 hours I spent with this game and look forward to Episode 2, which should reportedly drop in early 2012.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    EverQuest II does not make a profound mark on MMORPG titles that its predecessor did. However, this doesn't mean it's by any means a bad MMORPG; it's just not innovative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The humor, characters, mystery, and sense of magic are rarely combined as effectively as they are in TWW, drawn together by astounding artwork. Get past the surface flaws and delve into another world for a few days.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Depths of Peril doesn't care to be a book, or a movie, or a soundtrack. It is simply a game, and it is a great game, so long as all you want is a solid, interactive experience with none of the frills of high-budget PC titles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A lot of people bashed on this game when it was released for 360, and it has seen similar mediocrity in sales performance on the PlayStation 3. However, I stand firm in my opinion that the game is a decent, semi-epic RPG that's worth playing, if only to have such a grandiose tale to play on a next-gen before Final Fantasy XIII.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Though plenty of fun is to be had in Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm, it's also short, slightly repetitive in scope, and lacking a compelling plot.