RPG Fan's Scores

  • Games
For 709 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 6.4 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: 13 out of 709
709 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Easily the finest game I've had a chance to play this year and stands to be one of the great games of this generation. DDS2's superb graphics, magnificent aural pieces, excellent, fleshed out story, and better balance makes Digital Devil Saga 1 - and just about every other game this year - look like child's play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Anyone who has invested any amount of time in the previous games will enjoy watching the final chapter of Shepard's tale unfold, and among the feelings of excitement and joy as they meet and fight alongside old friends for the fate of the galaxy, they will also feel just a tinge of disappointment and heartbreak as they bid farewell to the colorful universe and memorable characters BioWare has created.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If you haven't played Persona 3, however, there is no better reason to pick up FES. Do it now!
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Bioware has delivered everything they have promised with Mass Effect 2, and then some.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Xenogears is a must for any RPG lover, regardless of your views toward Squaresoft. With its depth and creativity, Xenogears is my choice for RPG of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Environments look absolutely stellar with BioWare's new 3D engine for Knights of the Old Republic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's easily the best game I've played in a long time and the benchmark by which future Zelda titles will be judged.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Atlus has taken a four-year-old game and reinvigorated it in every conceivable area.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy's final swan song for the PlayStation 2 is a complete masterpiece. Square Enix's attention to detail and love for their craft is embodied through and through. This is an adventure that will, without a doubt, stand the tests of time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I loved Persona 3. It delivered an experience that was both novel and familiar, and with the exception of the anime cutscenes and some of the voice acting, did so with excellent quality.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With Pokémon X and Y, Nintendo may have become their worst enemy; they've outdone themselves so much that it's difficult to see how the series could get any better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With Pokémon X and Y, Nintendo may have become their worst enemy; they've outdone themselves so much that it's difficult to see how the series could get any better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A new Zelda that will set the standard for years to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With fantastic art direction, technical stability, a compelling storytelling, addictive and enjoyable gameplay – we have the recipe for success.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game is sure to be a classic with many Suikoden fans, especially those like myself who felt disappointment with how III and IV turned out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles shatters all strategy RPG conventions.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While the DS can do more than the SNES could almost 15 years ago, this version of Chrono Trigger is definitively basic and could keep you entertained forever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is a rare game, one reminiscent of the PC RPGs of the past, and those who enjoyed those games will undoubtedly enjoy this one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is as engaging as it was a year ago. Despite lacking some of the content found in the 360 and PC versions thanks to the lack of the first game, the overall story of the game is left intact and gameplay is still as excellent as it ever was.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Two dimensional adventuring in the land of Hyrule has truly never been better. TMC takes all of the elements that I know and love about my Zelda games, improves on and adds more to them, then moves them to a portable medium and provides a true must-buy title for the GBA.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 is everything that a good sequel should be. A continued story, yet one told differently and one that touches difference spheres of meaning. Restrained and realistic references to the original. Riskier, grittier, more confident presentation and design.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Memoria is one of the best adventure games ever made.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An experience I advise no one to miss.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If the phenomenal storyline, eye-popping CG cinemas and soulful orchestration weren't enough, the plethora of gameplay nuances and player diversions are sure to make the most jaded gamer giggle like a school girl.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    What makes Crisis Core so great isn't just one thing, it is many things. The presentation is the best I have seen on the PSP; the gameplay is simple and addictive with a great twist on the traditional JRPG, and the story is emotional and fulfilling.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Bethesda triumphed over all odds with Fallout 3. Defeating hype and the need to live up to the past, the Fallout 3 team created an intensely profound world and worthy successor to the franchise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Among the cookie-cutter sequels and half-hearted remakes, Persona 4 is a near flawless example of the perfect balance between "falling back on what works" and "pushing the genre forward." That said, I wholeheartedly recommend it as one of the best RPG experiences of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I had my doubts about Birth by Sleep, and was prepared to call it quits for the series if this game didn't live up to expectations. However, Square Enix has delivered what is, in my opinion, the best Kingdom Hearts experience to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Regardless of the game's quality when put side-by-side with its PC incarnation, however, The Witcher 2 on the 360 is definitely an incredibly well crafted and polished game with a few flaws that only rarely hinder the overall experience and prevent it from achieving perfection.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Thanks to the Swift Sail, the bar for water-based exploration has been raised so high that I'll never be able to play Suikoden IV again. Not that I was planning to, of course.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's been a long time since I've played an RPG this engrossing in terms of story and yet was still fun to play after 35+ hours. Shadow Hearts: Covenant is one of those rare games that you simply don't want to end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I am wildly pleased by every little thing this game had to offer, and I consider myself fortunate to be one of the millions of gamers who will laugh, cry, and fight their way through this exciting title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest VIII may not revolutionize the console RPG genre, but it has done one thing that all the older RPGs have strived to be: it has become the greatest classic RPG experience of all time. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Witcher is in better shape than ever, and gamers that played the original will be jealous of those who can enjoy the game for the first time in its higher form. Don't worry, though, as the Enhanced Edition gives Witcher veterans a perfect excuse to replay a sure-to-be classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Quite simply, Dragon Age: Origins is the first true 100 hour console RPG I have ever seen. When it ends, you'll shed a tear. And if you don't, you may not be human.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the aesthetic elements of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey are only slightly above-average, the incredibly strong gameplay elements make the game so addictive that this doesn't matter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In closing, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together appeals to a very specific demographic: the serious fan of the SRPG. It is time- and energy-intensive, but the reward is immensely worthwhile.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    At this point, my feelings on the game should be clear. Shin Megami Tensei IV is not only one of the best RPGs to come out this year, it's also proof that Atlus has not lost its touch with the main Shin Megami Tensei series. Despite how radically different it is from the Persona series, this post-apocalyptic adventure is no less engrossing. Strap on your gauntlet and hop to it, Samurai.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I had a wonderful time playing Valdis Story. Time and time again it exceeded my expectations, and it's a privilege that I was able to play and review it. Just when I thought I had seen the greatest boss or most intense challenge, it threw another one at me.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    ICO
    ICO has met and transcended most of my initial expectations: espousing staggering beauty with elegant control in a fantastical world of very human characters. I can only describe the game as a breathtaking voyage, filled with the wonder and majesty of a most regal dream.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Bloodlines manages to deliver an enjoyable RPG experience, while at the same time providing high-quality visuals, excellent audio, and a truly fantastic story. If it hadn't been for the bugs, this game would have been one of my favorite RPGs of all time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A rare title that manages to do most everything right. Gamers who have been craving a dark, mature RPG experience will find satiation this fall when Nocturne is released stateside. [JPN Import]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was a fun game. On top of that, it was creative and used the DS in ways that really showed off the potential of the system.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To sum up, never have I seen a game so visually pleasing. If you look past the heavy repetition, Odin Sphere is a fun game with solid concepts, along with a great musical score and interesting plot.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Once again, Mario and Luigi star in one of the most ingenious and well-polished titles on the DS. Their Fawfulized adventure through the bowels of the Mushroom Kingdom and its number one bad guy is one no one is likely to forget, especially Bowser.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With each installment of the franchise, I grow to adore Professor Layton and Luke and their delightful world all the more. All while sharpening my intellect. In the (hopefully wound) future, I doubt Level 5 will modify the formula any more heavily than they already have, and for once, that's fine by me.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Although I truly believe that Bastion could have doubled its length in terms of gameplay, I'm glad that the story didn't risk imploding on itself. Don't let anyone tell you this is a Diablo clone–that would cheapen Bastion; it needs to be heard to be believed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    All in all, Chaos Rings II is a great RPG for iOS that has restored some of my faith in the platform for carrying more serious games instead of casual diversions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Unless you find JRPGs absolutely repugnant, there's little to dislike about Atelier Meruru. It's a delightfully addictive game that provides a great sense of player achievement. A wealth of content ensures that players are never without a goal to work towards, and ten possible endings give the game tremendous replay value.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Overall, I found TERA to be a bombastic mix of bleeding edge graphics and blazing gameplay in an enormous persistent world. I cannot express how much the change to action combat has enriched an already competent MMORPG.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you're a more casual RPG player, you might want to give Gungnir a pass, but if you are a connoisseur of the SRPG genre, then Gungnir will delight you like few other games will.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With Nintendo's handheld expecting many promising RPGs in English this year, Awakening still ought to be near the top of any RPG lover's list, as it easily stands out as one of the very best 3DS titles to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The entertaining battles and the resolutions of plot threads as the game progressed toward the final credits were worth paying the cost of a slow start to the gameplay. This is a game that we'll be talking about for years to come, and I'm happy to have played it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As I led off by saying, if you enjoy action RPGs and have an iOS device, you should buy Bastion. It's a little pricier than many games in the mobile market, but it is absolutely worth the money.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The console version is the definitive, Director's Cut edition of this game, and if the online requirements or auction houses on the PC version held you back from buying that version or enjoying it, you can rejoice along with me that they are gone this time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Proves that well-written adventure games still have a place on any system.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The content is fantastic, though the timing between episodes holds the game back.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fable II is a game that is much better than its separate parts might suggest. As an experience, it's some of the most fun I have had all year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Because of its hybrid nature as an RPG/visual novel, it's quite different from our previous tastes of Gust (in Atelier Iris 1 and 2). And, when you stop and think about how rare the dating-sim, visual novel, and love adventure genres are in the US (some Hirameki titles and a few other obscure releases), it's great to see a game like this represent that faction of Japanese culture, on the PS2 no less.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What Jeanne d'Arc lacks in originality it makes up for in its polish. It's an all around solid strategy RPG that anyone into that genre will eat up and enjoy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With vibrant visuals, excellent music and voice acting, a deep and complex gameplay system, and one of the best storylines ever to grace a RPG, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is one of the few must-have titles on the PSP, not only for the RPG aficionado, but for any gamer in general.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rhapsody is one of the best "oldschool" experiences you can have these days.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But whether you love, hate, or are indifferent about "roguelikes" of the past, this charming and addictive adventure may just hold your mind and body captive for a few days.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Persona for the PSP was a killer trip down memory lane with a pair of high-definition rose-colored glasses. The new upgrades made the experience smoother without sacrificing the game's integrity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    And since I've already given this review some special treatment, rather than end with a flowery or poetic conclusion, I'll simply reiterate that Radiant Historia is one of the best Japanese RPGs I've played in years. Atlus has given us a winner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What I do know is this: despite the million dollar game budgets that have taken us to this age of gaming, we are still in a place where a studio like Spiderweb Software exists to give us Avadon: The Black Fortress. This game reminded me of some of the best games I've ever played. Perhaps most importantly, it made me want more. Despite the fact that it probably won't be for everybody, and despite the fact that the mainstream may have moved away from this type of game forever, I'm still giving it an Editor's Choice award.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All this is a long winded way of saying I loved Torchlight II, and I think you will too. But if you don't, at least you'll only be out $20.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favor, if you haven't gotten a hold of this and you're at all into PC RPGing, it's a necessity buy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You may not like it as much as I did, but in the end, you will have enjoyed this game more than a lot of other PS2 games out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect game (but I've yet to see a game that is), but if this is the direction next generation RPGs are headed in, then fans of the genre should rejoice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game can be completed rather quickly (in less than 20 hours), but there are tons of unlockables to keep you playing well past 40 hours, such as secret characters, a Hard Mode, and the option to start a new game with your cleared save data.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A really decent RPG. This is the game you were looking for, I promise. It's lengthy, but not 80-hours-lengthy. It's hard, but not impossible. It's engrossing, but not so much that it will ruin your life (unlike "World of Warcraft.")
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I wish the game had been a bit longer, but there is a new game+ option, and I didn't manage to get everything the first time around, so there should be some good replay value in it for me.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Story problems aside, I really enjoyed Wild Arms 4. It is one of my favorite games in the series, just for the gameplay alone.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unexpected treat. I'm terribly grateful to Ubisoft for bringing it to the US and Europe in such a timely manner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a rocky start, Tales of the Abyss proved to be a truly enjoyable game; possibly the best in the series so far, and a contender in my book for game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you pick up this title, you'll get a face full of space opera, with decent combat and lots of character interaction, and if that's your thing, snatch up this game pronto!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, Aion is an incredibly polished experience that refines the best aspects of the genre and creates a spectacular new world. As a fan and critic of the genre, I wholeheartedly recommend Aion to both casual and experienced gamers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mana Khemia is an incredibly fun game with a fairly large scope, that takes a minimum of 40 hours to complete. And, with a simple New Game Plus feature, serious fans can get all of the character-specific endings without doing much work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bioware has crafted a truly remarkable game, but don’t be surprised if you have to pour over an FAQ to find the right combination for your party.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the gaming world has become fixed on looking for innovation, AP tosses those expectations aside, and builds on what has worked.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is not only a very respectful treatment of the original, it also makes me want to dust off my SNES and relive my innocent childhood love of games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is far from perfect, but it does prove that there can be fluid, legitimate choices in a digital form and still have things make sense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Level-5 changed just enough in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box to keep the sequel fresh while maintaining the highlights of The Curious Village: excellent puzzles, beautiful art, appropriate music, a fun story, and a sense of whimsy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Afternoon of Darkness was great on both the PSP and the DS, and the elements that were added to Dark Hero Days make it even better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never played Lunar before and you own a PSP, this is your chance to play a classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~ is a great game in its own right. It sports NISA's best localization to date and has truckloads of replay value to boot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~ is a great game in its own right. It sports NISA's best localization to date and has truckloads of replay value to boot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers expecting a truly memorable narrative may be slightly disappointed with Mass Effect 2. The game is far too much setup and not enough payoff to be considered anything more than an opening act to the (hopefully) epic finale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take an idea from someone who's designed multiple amazing games, add in a team who makes games they'd want to play and loves what they do, avoid the red tape of the retail distribution process, and what do you get? A great game like Deathspank, which provides a $60 experience for just $15.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take an idea from someone who's designed multiple amazing games, add in a team who makes games they'd want to play and loves what they do, avoid the red tape of the retail distribution process, and what do you get? A great game like Deathspank, which provides a $60 experience for just $15.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get through the boring intro, and then enjoy 30 solid hours of what is easily Falcom's most ambitious title to date. Cheers to XSEED for the solid localization and for taking a chance on the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're the type of person who skips cutscenes or nods off during long bits of exposition between explosions then steer clear of 999. If you want to try something new, though, I would suggest giving the game a look. Aksys has taken a huge risk in bringing something like this to America, and it may just be the necessary ice-breaker to bring a whole new genre to our shores.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FireRed and LeafGreen should appeal to those who wish to relive the original Red/Blue experience with updated graphics and conveniences.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FireRed and LeafGreen should appeal to those who wish to relive the original Red/Blue experience with updated graphics and conveniences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game can be completed rather quickly (in less than 20 hours), but there are tons of unlockables to keep you playing well past 40 hours, such as secret characters, a Hard Mode, and the option to start a new game with your cleared save data.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game can be completed rather quickly (in less than 20 hours), but there are tons of unlockables to keep you playing well past 40 hours, such as secret characters, a Hard Mode, and the option to start a new game with your cleared save data.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expanded scope of the story, great dialogue, and improved puzzles all combine to ensure that this game makes good on the premise's potential, and even if you weren't sold on episodes 1 and 2, if you're a fan of the series it is definitely worth your time to catch up so you can check out all the goodness episode 3 has to offer. For Back of the Future fans, Telltale has delivered.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, this is an exceptional game that will grab hold of your senses while you play and put you in a state of immersion that few games can match, much like the very best of its spiritual predecessors. A few audio/visual foibles and a slow, methodical pace might drive some players away, but for anyone who is interested in quality adventure titles or relaxing, contemplative gameplay experiences, I couldn't recommend this game more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're invested in this series already, this episode is absolutely going to deliver. If you're not a fan of Back to the Future or the previous episodes, it's not going to change your mind.