RPGamer's Scores

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For 413 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 413
413 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Guardian Heroes, despite showing signs of age in the graphics department, plays just as well as it did back in 1996. More of a brawler with RPG elements than an RPG, it provides quick and fun entertainment, with plenty of features to encourage many rounds of replay. With the addition of online play for the story and versus modes, the multi-player elements of the game can finally show their worth. The remix mode provides updates to the original gameplay, meaning that those both new and old to Guardian Heroes will find plenty to love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Inazuma Eleven 2 definitely stays true to the simple charm created by the first game, providing what is very much more of the same. An engaging premise sets the early theme of simple but enjoyable fun, which the gameplay is more than happy to uphold. Those looking for a challenging experience won't find that here, but there's plenty of enjoyment to be had by those prepared to sit back and enjoy the wacky adventures of the Raimon team.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Destiny isn't the brilliant start to a franchise that many had hoped for, it's a great game for those who can push through its flaws and enjoy the ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Inazuma Eleven 2 definitely stays true to the simple charm created by the first game, providing what is very much more of the same. An engaging premise sets the early theme of simple but enjoyable fun, which the gameplay is more than happy to uphold. Those looking for a challenging experience won't find that here, but there's plenty of enjoyment to be had by those prepared to sit back and enjoy the wacky adventures of the Raimon team.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, for what it is, Van Helsing II provides another very fun way to spend some evenings reducing numerous monstrous creations to their component giblets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, the real question is whether Pokémon Black offers enough spark to justify buying another Pokémon game. True believers have purchased it already, and the vocal haters will continue their hating despite this review's best efforts. For everyone who's left, the answer is a solid maybe.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those prepared to battle through the tough times will find much to like from Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time, but a good number of players are likely to be chased off by some of the more frustrating parts. For me the enjoyable story and cast were more than enough to outweigh those sections where it felt like the PSP might go flying soon and it is a game worthy of serious consideration for those who enjoy the more story and text-heavy RPGs, even if those frustrating gameplay sections prevent a universal recommendation. On a whole it was an experience I would be happy to volunteer for again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles II does gameplay right, but lacks polish in other areas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering the source material, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories is an impressive effort that is certainly worth playing for every fan of the series that missed it on Nintendo's retired handheld. The game is far more familiar in 3D, and translates into a more addicting and satisfying experience on the PS2.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Drakensang is ultimately a rich and polished experience, and fans of the old party-based PC RPG design will find the same virtues and flaws that come with this type of game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention is a fine port of the PlayStation 3 original. It tweaks the gameplay in interesting ways, and improves the look and feel of story sequences. It's not all great, as the gameplay graphics have not been improved from the original, and the added Vita touch controls and GPS functionality to get minor bonuses are largely pointless. With a lengthy story, additional post game challenges, and the many optional endeavors present in a Disgaea game, it still makes for an exceptional package of content.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Admittedly, Atelier Meruru lends itself well to a portable platform. While there's no touch controls, the game is great to play in episodic chunks on the go. For newcomers, this is a great way to experience the series, but for veterans this is ground that has already been tread, without any true improvements to speak of.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Deadly Sin 2 has its faults, they feel far more minor in comparison to what other RPG Maker games do, making it a treat to play, and providing a nice bite-sized RPG experience, with the exception of the final areas. For those who are weary of testing out an RPG Maker game, this one is definitely worth checking out and certainly should not be missed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Avalon Code is a quirky, highly original action adventure that will probably appeal most to fans of the Legend of Zelda series or Harvest Moon's relationship systems. The glaring interface issues detract from the experience somewhat, but for the most part aren't much more than a minor irritation and can be alleviated with a bit of storage management on the part of the player. There are also a handful of localization errors that make a small number of the recipes unusable, though.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What we get is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously and demands patience be destroyed in button mashing fury. Sometimes, a nice button mashing experience is exactly what you need after a tough day, and Jikandia delivers this in spades.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game that's definitely worth playing, but there's a lot of room for improvement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening serves as a good stopgap between major releases, but it doesn't fully satisfy the Dragon Age craving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona was so different and unique when it first came out that it still feels like a fresh experience today.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin doesn't bring any mechanical wonders to the table, but uses what tricks it has to keep the excellent story rolling along.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those looking for an exceptional simulation-RPG experience chock full of great humor and charm, Recettear may be that diamond in the rough that you've been searching for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is not the sort of game that can easily be recommended to a mass audience, but for a certain group of players it definitely delivers an experience worth having.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can accept some mechanical quirks in exchange for a torrent of indie exuberance, check it out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fossil Fighters does not have top-notch graphics and sound or a big name to call its own. Its quality lies in entertaining battles and having many addictive things to do. Its prominent use of dinosaurs is also a plus.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Times is an enjoyable game with a few noticeable faults.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a few things done unusually well in this specific title, namely a story the player should actually care about, an even and consistent pace that was missing in Dragon Quest IV, less need to level grind, a party-forming mechanic that gives the player several diverse options to consider, and an overall experience that develops and changes over the course of the game, flowing naturally with the plot and maintaining a fresh feel for the battle system.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who weren't fans of the previous games are unlikely to see anything in Inazuma Eleven GO that'll change their minds, but fans who getting a little tired of the original cast and systems should find that the game once more successfully injects its winning combination of charm and bonkers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rune Factory: Frontier can be somewhat tedious at times, but at the least it always gives players something to do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and its choice of storyline from the series makes a sequel unavoidable, but at last a worthy RPG featuring Akira Toriyama's magnum opus has been created.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WFF is not particularly long, but a comedy beat'em up that's asset, as it doesn't have time to outwear its welcome.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gungnir isn't the most original game out there, but neither is it as bog standard as it first appears. The story is engrossing and the battles skillfully tease the line between challenging and punishing. There's enough going on under the hood to keep arithmeticians happy, without making the game inaccessible to everyone else.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 is a much, much better game than its predecessor. While the script isn't as funny as the first and tends to cross the line of good taste a few times too often, the improvements to the gameplay, the more diverse cast, and the better developed world all solidify it as an actually enjoyable game. It's much shorter than the original Hyperdimension Neptunia, clocking in at a little over twenty hours, but in many ways that's a good thing, not a bad thing. I couldn't be more pleasantly surprised.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's been a monumental pleasure to finally be able to play Inazuma Eleven in North America, the game reeks of missed potential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Soul Hackers is definitely a creation of the mid 90s, but hardly a relic that is resistant to attempts in the present to play it. Shin Megami Tensei aficianados will already be interested, but anyone looking for a compelling 3DS title should at least give it consideration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Gods Eater Burst certainly does enough to differentiate itself as not just a Monster Hunter-clone, and easily provides good amount of portable enjoyment. Whether or not it works as a story will be completely dependent on how much players can stomach overused anime tropes, especially the execution, but does at least arrive with interesting setting and premise. RPGamers who enjoy experimenting should find the battle system an excellent laboratory, especially with the superb bullet creator.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Hunted isn't an amazing game, it's still a good game, and a unique experience all around.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rise of the Argonauts is a difficult game to judge, mainly due to its backwards design. The majority of the game is spent engaged in the story rather than the combat, which is unusual for a game of its type.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Devil Survivor 2 remains an addictive experience for a large chunk of its length.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Code of Princess provides an excellent means of satisfying the reptile-brain impulses within me, and like many other games in this genre it will be there whenever I need a sudden adrenaline boost. That makes it a difficult game to recommend for anyone without a reptilian brain that sometimes demands relief, but it satisfies the urge to concuss everything in sight splendidly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While I clearly had issues with the actual gameplay parts of The Witcher 2, the story and characters were memorable enough to make it worthwhile, mostly because of how real they felt. While it starts off rough, has a steep learning curve, and offers a lot of places where it can get frustrating, in the end the experience was worth the effort. With a little more polish on the controls and interface, this series can continue to mature into something truly outstanding.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Silent Hill: Book of Memories manages to provide a change of pace to the dungeon crawling genre which has become somewhat stale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who were disappointed by the previous Harvest Moon offerings on the PlayStation Portable, this one is sure to delight, though it's not without a few flaws.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many of the great franchises of the 90s have burned out or faded away. But now, XCOM is back in a way that plays like a love letter to the original. It may not be stellar, but it has everything to make it feel right with the old fans while at the same time welcoming the newbies with tentacular appendages. That is a rare and wonderful thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Re:coded is ultimately a highly competent action RPG. While it isn't likely to light anyone's world on fire, the degree of quality in all areas is to be commended and those who want a breezy and quickly paced game in the Kingdom Hearts mold for their DS's aren't likely to find the game disappointing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a more balanced difficulty and stronger puzzle designs, Okamiden probably would have been able to beat The Legend of Zelda at its own game, but for now, Chibiterasu will have to settle for simply being on even ground with Link.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, with so many elements crammed into one package, it all comes together surprisingly well and Spectrobes is a series that continues to show promise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World's biggest drawback is simply that it's a direct sequel to Tales of Symphonia. While this provides the game with a fairly large potential audience of fans, the story draws very heavily from the events of the first game, and while it's possible to pick up the pieces during the game, those who haven't played Tales of Symphonia will likely find themselves lost.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shame that the battle system is as simplistic as it is, because the game has so much going for it, including a great plot twist, fantastic art direction and an ending that is a real tearjerker.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fossil Fighters: Champions is very similar to its predecessor, but doesn't offer a significant improvement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Chroma Squad is a very enjoyable love-letter to tokusatsu series. Things are by no means perfect; it's easy to see the gameplay falling a bit flat when taken on its own without the oodles of fun that comes in the story, premise, visuals, and audio. However, those who grew up watching Power Rangers and its ilk will greatly appreciate this opportunity to relive the memories and have a small hand in the creation their own version.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, XIII-2's more diverse play experience should make it a more palatable game to a larger segment of gamers. Whether or not it's better than Final Fantasy XIII is something I leave for you to judge for yourself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel often feels like a fairly safe sequel, but the gimmicks Gearbox chose to use this time around actually worked surprisingly well, far better than I had originally anticipated.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who played and did not like the series, or who are bored with it, will find little here to change their minds. The Disgaea brand of near limitless levelling (and grinding to go with it), has always been an acquired taste, and the formula is starting to wear thin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its addictive nature will ensnare anyone with even a hint of fondness for the Dragon Quest series, and will work quite well as an introduction to the games for any who are curious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like Diablo-style games, Sacred 2 is for you. The single and multiplayer options included provide nearly endless replay value for fans of the hack and slash genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sands of Destruction could have been excellent, and some aspects of it indeed do approach greatness. Unfortunately, its many irritations in combat cause the game to fall short of the lofty status it wanted to achieve.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a very good game, but it features far too many easily-remedied design flaws to ignore. For players who can look past these flaws, however, a terrific adventure awaits. For all its faults, the game's charming story and loveable cast is one of the most memorable of this console generation. JRPG fans would be remiss to overlook it, but should also be aware that it's far from perfect.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who love Disgaea, Disgaea 3 is a welcome addition to the series. With a hilarious, upside-down storyline and the battle system's tricks still intact, there's no reason for these fans not to play Disgaea 3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this feels considerably inferior to the PlayStation 3 version, and it's still worth checking out if you missed it the first time around.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game cuts right to the heart of the matter. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a fun, albeit simple, ride from beginning to end.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By bringing in a new cast with Inazuma Eleven GO, Level-5 gave the series a much needed freshness, with Chrono Stones carrying on well despite its slow start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By bringing in a new cast with Inazuma Eleven GO, Level-5 gave the series a much needed freshness, with Chrono Stones carrying on well despite its slow start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While there are issues, the nostalgic feel that exudes from this collection is nothing to find fault with, as it perfectly serves its intended purpose of being a retro collection. If paying for Final Fantasy IV again isn't enough and the fan service-filled After Years holds no appeal, then pass on this. If you loved Final Fantasy IV back in the 90s and are looking to relive that experience along with some new content, then Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection might just be a good fit for you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ys fans have probably already investigated this rendition, but newcomers to the series might find it an appealing entry point since its controls are more like those of other action RPGs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The difficulty scales well, so it works both as a single-serving distraction and as an extended campaign to unlock all of the secrets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resonance of Fate probably won't be named game of the year or end up on a Greatest Hits list, but it is definitely one of the more enjoyable RPGs that I've played recently and should be taken into consideration the next time you need an RPG fix.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fated Haven shows tons of promise for the episodic RPG. Not only does it showcase a great story, it ends on enough of a cliffhanger that players will be dying to find out more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aside from the travel issue, Spirit Tracks is, in every way, a better game than Phantom Hourglass. Sadly, the travel gets so frustrating later in the game that it really drags the whole thing down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Silver Star Harmony is not a perfect remake, it's one that definitely received a lot of tender love and care.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a good game, though, especially if you have some friends around to share it with.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unrest aims high and doesn't quite live up to its hype.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a solid game all-around that takes a good-not-great traditional JRPG and replaces the standard third-person dungeons with good-not-great first-person, tile-based ones, binding everything together with a strong apocalyptic story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Helen's Mysterious Castle is easy to recommend for those who love a challenge and are willing to work hard for their rewards, and with such a low price of admission, it's worth checking out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's fun, but grounded in the fond repetition of nostalgia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So while Two Worlds II might be lacking in polish, it is pure and simple fun without the headache of over complication.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Class of Heroes series remains a solid, enjoyable option for gamers who want simple Wizardry dungeon and combat mechanics without the difficulty of Labyrinth of Lost Souls, The Dark Spire, and similar titles, and the sequel is an improvement, however small, over the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dream Team is certainly not a bad game, and the positives it offers are considerable. It nevertheless feels like a missed opportunity for something even better, and veterans of the series will probably find it getting a little old before the conclusion is reached.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Toukiden Kiwami is easily a superior product to its predecessor. The new content is more than substantial enough for fans of the first game to find the new release worthwhile, although it won't change the minds of those who weren't sold originally.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As far as Wii games go, Fragile Dreams is definitely one of the most attractive out there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A strategy RPG seems like a perfect fit for the Neptunia series, and this largely ends up being true. A fun battle system combined with a large and diverse set of characters to choose from makes for a good deal of fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is now, Dragon Fantasy Book I is an enjoyable experience that will sit well with those looking for a decent throwback to earlier RPGs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who want to see how it all started, Ys I & II Chronicles is the way to experience it. Ys I lasts just over five hours and Ys II boasts a little longer playtime at around eight, but with the game's fast pace, it doesn't outstay its welcome.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ar tonelico Qoga is a worthy finale to the series... providing you can find the true ending, of course. Its strengths are many, and NIS America has done its best to keep a polished localization.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The pros and cons of Might and Magic X: Legacy are more straightforward here than they tend to be for the series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its mostly average base components, Crimson Gem Saga is a surprisingly good game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun game that fans of the original two are sure to enjoy, but there's absolutely no reason for anyone not fond of the first ones to play The Baconing, nor is there any reason for new players to jump in at The Baconing rather than the original game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It hits all the right buttons that Grand Bazaar and Island of Happiness couldn't, and gives the player tons to do without ever feeling stale. Two Towns is polished, and shows that the Harvest Moon series can stay fresh when given a nice shell to work with. It provides endless hours of entertainment, and with there being so much content to explore, the time flies by.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, this is a game that will have great appeal to those who appreciate a decent, unimposing visual-novel style story and enjoy seeing new takes on tactical gameplay. Those looking for a series of entertaining tales and a different type of strategy to that commonly seen in RPGs will do well to check the game out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you had a brother or sister growing up, then Costume Quest will speak to you whether you like it or not, much like that pesky sibling. Not only does it capture the spirit of Hallowe'en, but it perfectly encapsulates the brother/sister relationship into a short, six hour period.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you had a brother or sister growing up, then Costume Quest will speak to you whether you like it or not, much like that pesky sibling. Not only does it capture the spirit of Hallowe'en, but it perfectly encapsulates the brother/sister relationship into a short, six hour period.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dragon Fantasy Book II is still a lot of fun. Dungeons are highly enjoyable to explore and the new battle system is very strong despite its few flaws. However, it doesn't upgrade Book I as much as it might've done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Soul Sacrifice is a noble first effort from Inafune and company to fill the Monster Hunter void, but it can't quite match the addictive depth of that series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it isn't a monumental triumph like the last couple of main-series Tales games we've received, Tales of Hearts R is still an enjoyable, if somewhat unimpressive, entry to the Tales franchise, one that's more than welcome in the wake of the incredibly disappointing Tales of Xillia 2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs is an enjoyable game in its own right, but feels like a step down from Shadows of Almia.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So while Half-Minute Hero Super Mega Neo Climax offers some new features, they don't make for a brand new experience. That said, the Hero 30 mode, which is the heart of the game, is still in place and as great as ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps if this game had come out in 2005, when it was originally created, when the industry was slower and the game releases were more spread out, it might have been more appealing to more players.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of this style of game and have played the best recent releases, look behind you. Because that's where Wasteland 2 is going to be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Battle Princess of Arcadias is a perfect example of what it means to be a middle-of-the-road RPG.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's difficult to recommend this particular title to newcomers in the series — they would be best served jumping in with an earlier entry — but easy to recommend the series as a whole.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Citizens of Earth could have been a modern classic, but a few questionable design choices sadly hold it back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, the game was very fun to play, very fun to listen to, and very fun to watch, but the frustration caused by the game's inability to give better information ruined the overall enjoyability.