RPG Fan's Scores

  • Games
For 783 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 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 783
783 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It is a nostalgia trip, a salute to the Silver and Golden ages, and a wonderful piece of whimsy. It is at the same time humorous and heart-warming to see all these familiar and old concepts.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A fun, but dated and unoriginal flight through the land of Hyrule. The main quest may be longer than most, and the sidequests may be in abundance, but that doesn't help Twilight Princess from feeling like the same thing we all played nearly ten years ago.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As an RPG, it is an excellent experience that provides a beautifully crafted world and engaging battle system. However, as a Final Fantasy game, it falls short of expectations somewhat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    While Revenant Wings may be little more than a handheld equivalent to Final Fantasy X-2, it does what it was meant to do quite well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a short, fun, single-player romp through magical realms on your PC, this game is a great choice to satisfy that urge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Don't hesitate to try this one!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's a game that most RPG fans will find to be a worthy purchase, but don't expect a world-class game out of it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Overall, Infinite Space is a tough game to pin a clear-cut review on. Some of its elements like its story and modification system are expansive and enjoyable, whereas the lack of a tutorial is troublesome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Good game, great music, bad localization.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For the amount of fun, hilarity, and challenge it provides, I would say it's well worth it. But don't get this game if you're unwilling to do plenty of reading. To play this game, you need a computer with a mouse, and a fairly ranged knowledge of English vocabulary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you've never liked Kingdom Hearts before, 358/2 Days will not sway your opinion, as it's basically the same action RPG seen on the Playstation 2 with a different (and one may argue, more interesting) customization system. However, if you like Kingdom Hearts or even action RPGs in general, 358/2 Days is a worthy game for you to spend time on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    As long as players are willing to find that mute button on their remote - or can palate the Japanese dub - and can stand up to an overly-sappy story, there's no reason not to pick up Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Gust fans should definitely check it out, and I also recommend it to players looking for something a little different than your average boilerplate JRPG.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Although it's certainly not genre busting in any way, it provides Action-RPG fans something better to play than the subpar "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel." Anyone who is a fan of either the X-Men or Action-RPGs will find a fun, 15-hour game with X-Men Legends.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Mage Gauntlet takes everything that was pure fun about the best 16 bit action RPGs of old and tosses it into a light hearted, easy to play, and most importantly, FUN package.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an awful plot, some shoddy controls and poor dialogue working against it, you might expect that Rogue Galaxy would receive a poor overall score from me... and you'd be right if it weren't for everything else. The gameplay, in particular, was a saving grace but the music and graphics also pulled this game from the depths of despair into something fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While players won't be choosing skill points in trees or devoting time to selecting whether +5 intellect or +3 wisdom is better, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime is simply some good, clean fun for all ages.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Given a little time to handle the learning curve, I found the greatest enjoyment in actually playing the game instead of pondering the prose, and isn’t that the point of a handheld title?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique little adventure game with loads of style, fun characters, and plenty of charm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't have an incredibly lengthy quest or a massive skill system for hardcore RPG fans to dig their teeth into, but Gurumin is the type of game that will snag the attention not only of a core gamer, but also of the younger sibling or sometimes-gamer significant other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rune Factory is a great portable action RPG/sim with a vast array of activities and a great addictive vibe.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't remarkably better than the first game, but it is a slight improvement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Infinite Undiscovery isn't the epic JRPG for the X360 we have been waiting for, but it's a great stop gap for the expected ones (Final Fantasy XIII and Star Ocean: The Last Hope) and certainly the most fun I have had in a JRPG on the X360 yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are into both RPGs and rhythm games, you'll definitely enjoy Patapon longer than just enough to get your money's worth out of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've never played Lost in Blue 3 or any game like it, you ought to give it a try.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the basic layout of the game's universe out of the way, the developers were able to refine and revise to their heart's content and make a respectable sequel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's unlikely to make it to the top of anyone's game of the year list, but it's still worth a look if you're between AAA titles.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I had some skepticism on how this RPG/board game hybrid would work out, but it turned out to be better than the sum of its parts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An odd and unique fusion of Eastern and Western RPG conventions, Sonic Chronicles is a difficult game to qualify. On one hand, it's weak when compared to other Bioware titles, and even some other RPGS, such as the easily comparable Mario RPG. On the other hand, though, it must be evaluated based upon what it really is: a handheld Sonic RPG.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most RPG fans will be relatively happy with Star Ocean: Second Evolution as a purchase, especially if they are fans of tri-Ace titles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a game for everyone, but those who are fans of "grindfest" games like Diablo will have a blast with this game, especially considering you can play it while waiting in the line at the DMV.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is definitely not a game for the impatient or easily frustrated, and if you can look at the game's foibles as endearing "retro-chic" quirks, then there is joy to be found in Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It takes a while for things to start up, but once it gets going, it becomes quite addicting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not be the longest RPG out there at around 10-15 hours, but Half-Minute Hero is a game that's worth experiencing, and most importantly, you'll have fun doing it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks brings little new to the franchise, and that would be fine if what it did introduce wasn't tedious and clumsy. The train is an abomination. And, while there are good puzzles and fun dungeons, everything seems a little tired, brief, and empty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately, the game never overstays its welcome, and that alone makes it worth a recommendation to anyone who enjoyed The Legend of Zelda or other NES classics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Mount and Blade: Warband is a great game, even despite its flaws. The overall concept is satisfying, and with a more heavyweight publisher behind the team at TaleWorlds, this is one game that could be absolutely great.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you enjoy a game that's easy to pick up but has challenging battles and allows you to customize your character with plenty of new duds, then Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow will be worth your while.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the truth remains that because of its lack of remarkable or memorable gameplay and aesthetics, combined with mostly lukewarm humor, there are many more games that players will spend $15 on before even considering Deathspank.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the truth remains that because of its lack of remarkable or memorable gameplay and aesthetics, combined with mostly lukewarm humor, there are many more games that players will spend $15 on before even considering Deathspank.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for fun, lighthearted RPG-ing with some laughs along the way, DeathSpank won't do you wrong.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simple, old school fun. Neither game is horribly complex, nor are they the epitome of handheld roleplaying. What this compilation is, however, is what gamers wanted back in 2003: Final Fantasy Origins to be portable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can get through a single town in one sitting, making it one of those perfect games to play when you've got a half hour or so handy. Many times, that "half hour" turns into far longer, which is really the best compliment I can give a game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The long answer is that Chantelise is a fun indie RPG that just needs a good polish.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You just can't charge this kind of money for an iOS port of a PSOne game, especially one that's not graphically optimized for the iPad. What's worse, if I didn't already own this game on the PSP, I could buy it new right now for $10 at Amazon.com and have a better overall experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lord of the Rings: War in the North is far from perfect, but it's an incredibly well-balanced beat-em-up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay hasn't really changed, but it's more than serviceable and will keep you entertained as you make your way from punchline to punchline. If you're in the market for some cheap laughs, this game is an easy recommendation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I find myself oddly pleased with my playtime of Final Fantasy XIII-2. The game isn't long for those who want to just take down the story - perhaps 25 hours at most - but it was a mostly enjoyable experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reckoning provides many hours of good, solid fun based around character development and skill progression. Those looking for a deeply immersive experience should probably look elsewhere, but don't be surprised if your Civic runs nice and smooth while the other guy is busy patching the crap out of his Ferrari.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not perfect and certainly has its share of hiccups, but if you go in expecting to tear up some mean guys and rock out to some great music, you'll definitely be happy. And with a $20 price tag, you really can't go wrong.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can look past the so-so music, retro visuals and somewhat sluggish interface, Resonance is a good graphic adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Pokémon Conquest is solid across the board, but it is lacking in a few key areas that are likely to turn away non-Pokémon fans and hardcore strategy players. However, if you don't go in expecting the next Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre, then there's plenty to enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some unfortunate pacing hiccups and esoteric puzzling, what we're left with is a joyous little journey for the dumpster-diving faithful. Back-of-the-box quote right here: It's solid.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Questionable price tag aside, if you're looking for a lengthy, retro-style RPG on your iOS device, Final Fantasy Dimensions is your best bet. Just be aware that some of yesterday's frustration slipped into the package alongside its felicity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rainbow Moon is a game that I couldn't help but come away from with pleasant feelings. It's not revolutionary, but it's well-executed and knows exactly what it wants to be. There is a certain type of player out there who is going to absolutely love this game, and get hours upon hours of enjoyment out of it. The only question you have to ask yourself is if you are that kind of player. If not, at least try it out for the sweet music!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Cognition is a good start, and at its core, a quality adventure game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After spending fifty hours with GW2, I have a lot of praise for ArenaNet's work and the way it changes up some of the typical trappings of the MMO. And yet, I find myself thinking less and less about it each day. It's not a declaration against the product, mind you, but simply a fact that this game still is very much an MMO, and your enjoyment will directly relate to how much you enjoy the genre. For many who were hoping for a clean break from MMO design philosophy, Guild Wars 2 will probably come across as a slight disappointment. It pushes the genre slightly forward, however, and could lead to even further development in the future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although having a sidekick like Crispin corrodes Primordia's otherwise beautiful presentation, there are nevertheless fun puzzles, memorable conversations, and new thoughts to be had.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Drox Operative is something entirely different from its peers among whom I'd count Diablo, Torchlight, Path of Exile, and Titan Quest. It's something familiar and it's something bewilderingly new.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Richard & Alice may have a generic name, but it is anything but generic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of comic fantasy and action RPGs will be comforted by Driftmoon's cheerful atmosphere and delightful exploration.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Island Riptide is essentially what the original should have been. It's lighter on bugs, it's more playable, and it's got prettier graphics. If you were a fan of the original game, have at the sequel, but know that it's not much more than "more Dead Island."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like Elena in the throes of disfiguration, Pandora's Tower is imperfect, but begging to be loved.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The worst thing you can say about Sorcery! is that this first book feels short. But when you are enjoying a thing, that often tends to be the case. The best thing is that if it stays true to the books, it is only going to get better.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not Class of Heroes 2 is for you depends almost entirely on how much you enjoy dungeon crawlers. It has its warts, but for twenty-five clams, you're still getting an overall solid package with hours and hours of gameplay.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Authentically unique take on the hack 'n' slash genre that demands a romp with friends.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quick and beautifully executed point and click (or tap) adventure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the surface, The Stanley Parable can be enjoyed for its personality, jokes, and references. If this rambling review has whetted your interest, then this brief game is worth the experience, but not at full price.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei for iOS not only serves as a virtual history lesson for this amazing series, but is still one of the more unique old-school JRPGs you will play. I definitely recommend checking this game out.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lovingly-crafted though flawed adventure in the Sierra mold.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great combat system alongside an abysmal translation make this one very mileage-may-vary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The fact that its target demographic is undeniably the players of the first game, coupled with the slower pace of the gameplay, and Musashi winds up in the exact same boat as it's predecessor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    In the end, if you're a fan of RPGs, the kind of person Square Enix wants to pick up this game, you're going to like Final Fantasy III.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If this game ran smoother, it would have been something special. Instead it's just a solid, worthwhile trip that will be remembered more for its shortcomings than it will its triumphs, and what a shame that is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It may sound like Rune Factory 2 is a worthless game, but that's only my tendency to focus on the negative, and it is especially frustrating because the developers made so many avoidable mistakes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Overall, Dokapon Journey is a refreshing game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    I am absolutely shocked that such a potentially award-winning game falls short in so many ways. The core is there. The gameplay is there. If Nexon cared a bit more about the quality of the experience, this game would have lasting power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Of Orcs and Men feels like a missed opportunity. Action RPGs tend to be gameplay-driven rather than story-driven, and this game is no exception.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Generation of Chaos: Pandora's Reflection is a perfectly serviceable game that didn't give me the headache I feared, but it never got my blood pumping, either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing has several highs and lows. Although certainly of a breed with Diablo and others, it offers a genuinely unique experience that isn't entirely meaty, but will keep players entertained for ten hours or so, save the disheartening final bits. I'm glad I played Van Helsing, and I'd recommend it to any fan of the hack-n-slash sub-genre if they've exhausted other entries. Unfortunately, with such polished and well-designed champions in the ring, this quality contender may only be recognized for its hat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    An atypical roguelike that subverts expectations but still falls flat in some areas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A daringly ambiguous piece of storytelling with some scary moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Lightning Returns is a game that tries so hard to reinvent itself that it loses some of what made its forebearers special. For every step the game takes forward in an effort to innovate, it takes two back by failing on another (usually technical) level.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A highly original game that's hard to describe, but makes sense in action.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Risen 3 is enjoyable most of the time, and I was only truly frustrated once or twice, but after twenty hours I felt I had seen all the game has to offer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    More of an experience than a game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Dreamfall is relatively short, about ten hours, but chances are you'll play through it a second time to get some of the references you missed. Quite simply, if you like an excellent story in your games, go out and pick up a copy of Dreamfall for the PC or Xbox.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Players new to the series, or looking for a more cerebral RPG, should stay away from WA:ACF. The battle system is rather simplistic and the plot rather too cliché to derive much fun from if you're not looking for something quite that barebones.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The difference from the first game to the second, in my experience, is like the difference between cheap pan-Asian food sold in a mall and an expensive Japanese sushi restaurant. No more greasy egg rolls: it's time for some blue-fin tuna...except, it's from Europe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Some hardcore D&D fans will be disappointed by the things left out of the 3.5 ruleset, but any tactical RPG fan who doesn't know about what's been left out or doesn't care will enjoy Dungeons & Dragons Tactics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you're into RPGs for that rush of fun and adventure, avoid this game. Heck, avoid the whole Legend of Heroes series. But, if you've stuck it out so far and have enjoyed the storyline created by Falcom, a company respected by many a J-RPG fan, know that this game has a plot that enriches the others even as it proves its own value to the gamers' imagination.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The gameplay can be cheap, but it does have a good degree of challenge. Technical aspects are weak, but there is some style going for it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The gameplay can be cheap, but it does have a good degree of challenge. Technical aspects are weak, but there is some style going for it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2, and the Path of the Ninja series as a whole, is proof that an RPG based on a popular license can be good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's not flawless, it's not too hard, and the genre change may put off fans of the original game, but it gets a lot of little things right, and the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Hero of Leaf Valley is by far the best offering on the PSP to date. It's too bad it is marred by some awful load times and another cookie cutter story without any novel ideas to keep even that afloat. Interestingly enough, the gameplay is tweaked in just enough ways to warrant this game an overall winner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Overall, Resonance of Fate is a good game that took many risks in order to bring some new ideas to the JRPG market, while maintaining some traditional gameplay mechanics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I can't really fault Duodecim for being what it is: a title that's meant to be played by longtime Final Fantasy fans who really just want to see all their favorite characters together. However, it's undeniable that the game is broken in many ways – incredibly uneven difficulty, obtuse systems, and control issues both in and outside of battle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you like the turn-based strategy RPG genre (such as Fire Emblem), you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this game. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, a lot of thinking, and a lot of losing. With that mindset, you can really enjoy this entry in Banpresto's long line of mecha SRPGs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Dreamfall is relatively short, about ten hours, but chances are you'll play through it a second time to get some of the references you missed. Quite simply, if you like an excellent story in your games, go out and pick up a copy of Dreamfall for the PC or Xbox.