RPGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 341 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Demon's Souls
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 341
341 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Battle Princess of Arcadias is a perfect example of what it means to be a middle-of-the-road RPG.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope's drawing power is really its battle system and little else. Despite a solid plot and strong item creation, the shoddy localization and terrible level design mar the experience beyond salvaging.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Neverland Card Battles is indeed unique and the first game to accurately combine a CCG with a TRPG; however, although it is not bad, the execution has just enough holes in it to keep the game from being fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Trying to combine peanut butter and jelly into a delicious sandwich, tri-Ace instead takes two very different battle systems and combines them into something like ice cream with poached eggs on top. The tactical parts alone are decent with lots of customizability and strategies to ponder, and the Valkyrie Profile system is about as good here as it is in the first two games in the series, but instead of meshing and working together, they pull against each other as the player is left wishing he had just one system or the other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    My World, My Way is certainly for players who are into collecting items from battles, and very simple, but sometimes challenging, dungeon-crawling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Black Sigil's unpleasant combat is truly a shame, because just about everything else in the game successfully emulates the feeling of playing a great lost Super Nintendo RPG.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's cute and I can see certain subsets of gamers becoming addicted to treasure hunting and meeting all of the residents, but there are no new discoveries to be found here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bleach: The 3rd Phantom is not going to snare fresh fans for the franchise, but at least it does not fail so completely as to be unplayable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For some it may be worth trying out, but there are many JRPGs on the DS right now that are more fun, more charming, more worth your time, and more likely to remind you of the good old days of being a young RPGamer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, while the original game really had a fairly interesting story, this game fell a little short of it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fans of Organization XIII will enjoy some insight into their favorite characters' daily lives, but many fans of the series may be turned off by the lackluster controls and odd story directions taken with this portable spin-off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There is fun to be had in Divinity II, especially in terms of exploration and customization. Unfortunately, the game's poorly plotted story and uneven difficulty will challenge the patience of most players, even those who enjoy parts of the game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, League of Legends holds a lot of promise, but comes up short as a retail product.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While the game has a lot of potential and is shiny on the surface, it lacks the depth and accessibility that prior puzzle-bending titles have offered and serves up a game that's ultimately a Bejeweled Twist variant done up pretty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This foundation is shaky at best, so White Knight Chronicles needs some work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Grand Bazaar can be considered a solid entry to the Harvest Moon DS titles, its problem is that it doesn't really do anything new other than the bazaar.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Venetica is a tough game to recommend. On one hand, there's a luscious and unique world to explore that is vibrant and astonishing. On the other hand, the story is muddled with poor dialogue and voice acting, and overly-simplistic combat that might not appeal to some.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle isn't a poor game, it fails to distinguish itself from the multitude of tactical RPGs already around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The 3rd Birthday is a difficult game to recommend. There are aspects of it that really shine and make it an enjoyable experience, but others features, particularly the game's tortuous story, will surely disappoint those who were expecting the game to be in the vein of the previous Parasite Eve titles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, Chantelise will tickle those who are gluttons for punishment, but with its unfriendly game design, it'll leave many newcomers starving for something more approachable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While it might not be the most pleasant-looking game or have a ton of depth, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is still enjoyable and at its best when played in small doses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Crimson Alliance is a fairly competent, if completely forgettable game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In short bursts or with a group of friends, there's certainly a lot of fun to be had, but it's the sort of mindless, arcade-style fun you'd find in Zombies Ate My Neighbours. Players looking for a complete package had best look elsewhere.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Although X-Men Destiny is extremely short, wrapping up at six hours or less, the game's many customization options, including three power sets with multiple individual power options, three playable characters with different backgrounds, and two factions to join, give it a lot of replay value. Unfortunately, other elements of the game are not up to snuff, and it's difficult to recommend as a full-priced product.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a serviceable package, but could have been so much more if its mechanics matched the sweep of its story and the story didn't wear itself out on tangents. The participants in the Holy Grail War are nuanced, cleverly designed characters, but they gutter and die before becoming truly awesome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The problem with Yakuza: Dead Souls is that it's a game full of wasted potential. The story is fun and the atmosphere is excellent, but the broken controls and awkward camera make this game more frustrating than fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For all its flaws, it did genuinely surprise me in areas and had twists and turns that were unexpected. It's a pleasantly mediocre game that could have used tons more polish to create a better experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws Rainbow Moon is a decent option for fans of the SRPG genre at a very approachable initial price.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I wasn't really sure what to expect from 3D, having never seriously partaken of this series before. The experience, with its annoying mechanics and impenetrable narrative, has soured me on trying any more. Fans of other Kingdom Hearts titles will probably have a completely different reaction as they have already learned to cope with the mechanics and have some clue what the hell is going on. Absent from this conditioning, I find I have no interest in learning what else this series has to offer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Agarest 2 is a definite step in the right direction for the series, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. Some time spent focusing on creating a more engaging world and story, as well as to streamline some of the game's unnecessarily complex systems should help in getting Agarest to rise up the rankings. The series is beginning to show promise, however, and its pre-existing fans will find much to like in this entry.