RPGamer's Scores

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For 408 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 7.8 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: 58 out of 408
408 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its numerous mechanical improvements, ridiculous amount of content additions, and of course the simple ability to carry the game around with you, Persona 3, RPGamer's RPG of the Decade, is at its greatest in Persona 3 Portable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grinding Gear Games has created something special here, and given it gratis to the world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioWare made a great game with Mass Effect, but Mass Effect 2 is better in every single way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its length, Monolith Soft has managed the feat of keeping Xenoblade an incredibly enjoyable experience throughout. The top-notch story only furthers the fascination in the unique world that has been lovingly created, and it is a world that fans of the genre deserve to see.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona continues to be one of the best RPG franchises around.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the best RPGs ever created, a serious contender for Game of the Year awards from the gaming media, and a title with which all video game fans owe it to themselves to spend some time. It is hard to put down and will not disappoint.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Dark Souls II uses more subtle changes to find its own flavor and place in the series as a whole, rather than reinventing the wheel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is very hard, but not unfairly so; each time you die, you'll learn a bit more about the level, and you'll be able to progress a bit further. I was very surprised with what I found in Demon's Souls.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Child of Light's artistic appeal not only holds up, but it has the gameplay to back it up, making the world of Lemuria an unforgettable one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is a complete package. It offers true role-playing, a diverse and engaging story, plentiful customization options, humorous dialogue, deep gameplay, and lots of variety.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a brilliant experience that no fan of RPGs should pass up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes the core experience that made Diablo II great and makes it less frustrating and, more importantly, much more accessible. Where Diablo II encouraged careful planning and forethought, Diablo III encourages experimentation and fun. And hey, if you're not down with that, Torchlight II is right around the corner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is a complete package of truly innovative and engaging gameplay, an extremely well-written and well-executed storyline, and a stunning presentation on every level.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bastion is an enticing experience, and one worthy of every accolade that it has received.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dragonfall is worth any RPG fan's time and $15 unless, I don't know, they don't like cyberpunk, dragons, or exceptional tactical combat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, the game was great, and though there isn't much replayability, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story makes you want to play it over from the beginning again, just for the laughs alone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is probably the biggest surprise of the year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rorona continues the grand tradition of creating an RPG experience that is all about the simplicities of life, coupled with the usual great cast of characters, and is a complete must for fans of the series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking elements from shooters and dungeon crawlers, the game blends them flawlessly into a terrific experience that's an easy sell for anyone who loves either.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the balance issues are irritating, to say the least, Eternal Sonata's artistic appeal more than makes up for what the gameplay is lacking. With an excellent story, interesting characters, impressive music, and quite frankly the most beautiful graphics ever produced in a video game, Eternal Sonata is without question the first must-play RPG of the new console generation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's remarkable about the game is that it's aged far better than most of its contemporaries. It's still fun, it's still relevant, and it's still Zelda.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Inquisition starts off as a good game and keeps getting better as it goes along. This doesn't mean the early parts are insufferable, but instead shows how the game continues to build and develop throughout its entirety.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bloodborne is complete, distinct, and excellent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have a PS3 and have been waiting for a good console JRPG, look no further than Tales of Xillia.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Dark Souls succeeds in producing a game that is both incredibly challenging and fair.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not since Tales of Symphonia have I played a Tales game that's felt as whole as Tales of Graces f. It is an engaging, enjoyable, and lengthy game, easily lasting as long as sixty hours. The "Legacies and Lineage" post-game story can add even more time. Tales of Graces f unquestionably stands apart as one of the best games in the series, and as one of the best JRPGs to grace modern consoles yet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the complete package. With a well-written story, characters you care about, a flexible class system, lovely visuals, and a grand soundtrack, this game offers about everything you could want, especially for fans of the Final Fantasy series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While fans of Persona 3 can rest assured that they will find a thoroughly enjoyable experience in Persona 4, in many ways it feels like a move sideways for the series rather than a step forward.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Veterans will still find the Terminian challenge they know and love, but new players should no longer feel daunted by the game's expectations.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing game. The combat system, while quite solid, may not grab everyone. The plot, characters and ability to affect the story will.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With phenomenal music and great art direction, combined with an addictive combat system, it's hard to step away from the keyboard and mouse after the first floor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ambitious, beautiful, and a blast to play, it's everything an RPG should be. Even better, it's only 1200 MS points, and with a solid ten to fifteen hours of gameplay, it's a bargain.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you don't judge the game on its beginning, Final Fantasy XIII is a game worthy of the series, and a terrific game in its own right.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chrono Trigger DS truly stands the test of time. From the distinct 2D visuals, to the wonderful score, to the singular characters, to the unique take on a well-known battle system, everything was done exquisitely in the 90s, and it is all there and just as fun today.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skyrim is one of the finest embodiments of an open world RPG, as there is never a dearth of places to go or quests to complete. What Skyrim lacks in tough role-playing choices, it more than compensates for with interesting things to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Disgaea 4 is simply the finest expression of everything that the Disgaea series is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier succeeds in trying something new and making it work.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just because this is more accessible than most for newbies does not make it any less of a tactical game, hardly the best-selling genre in the gaming world. Awakening is nevertheless a genuine treat for anyone seeking a deeply rewarding tactical title on the 3DS, and a fine return of the series to the English-speaking world after the last game missed out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Furthermore, Totori outdoes its predecessor in nearly every aspect, showing that Gust is always trying to one-up itself with each new release. Atelier Totori shines for its honesty, and has a lighthearted feel that the majority of RPGs don't match.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Square Enix has improved the battle system where its imitators have failed, while expanding on an already powerful story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Knights is something completely unique and as such has a learning curve. But, once the game is understood, it only gets better and better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether future installments stand or fall, The Banner Saga has done its duty. It may not always give gamers what they want, but it gives them what they need: challenging questions, tactical gameplay, and a strong, fully realized atmosphere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who want to give the series a try, or for those are already invested in this series, Escha & Logy definitely has something for everyone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those that can stomach some frequently-used tropes and are patient with the way it mixes story and gameplay, The Guided Fate Paradox is likely to provide a wild ride the likes of which nothing else out there can really provide.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never had an opportunity to experience The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, now is the best chance to do so.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like the beloved TV show, South Park: The Stick of Truth is ridiculous, over-the-top, and crude. It's also painfully funny and just a little bit poignant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few issues with the boss fights, Little King's Story is an adorable and surprisingly challenging game that can easily addict a person for its twenty to thirty hour duration.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioWare has crafted a fantastic game with Mass Effect 3. The shooting is improved once again, the RPG customization is deeper, and the story missions are mostly amazing, with the exception of the overall plot ending with a big letdown.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The memorable story, and the way it was told, combined with an innovative, fast-paced battle system, is what truly makes MagnaCarta 2 stand out for me.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Between its addictive gameplay and sliding difficulty scale, Defender’s Quest offers gamers a great deal for such a small investment of time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If ever there were proof of the old adage, "don't judge a book by it's cover," Nier is a shining example. While I cannot say for certain whether or not everyone will enjoy it, I can say that everyone should at least give it a try.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vandal Hearts is an affirmation that a small company without gobs of funds can take a game premise and turn it into a true treasure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few places where the retro chic gets a bit too retro, 3D Dot Game Heroes is a terrific example of how to make old new again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LucasArts generally exercised greater quality control of Star Wars games than most licensed properties receive, though that didn't necessarily translate into titles that were actually good. I've played a few other Star Wars games in the past, and while the SNES platformers were pretty good, this one is even better. Knights of the Old Republic may just be the best game in the franchise, and succeeds at being a top-tier RPG even if one has no interest in Star Wars. BioWare did the license proud.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rogue Legacy is triumphant in creating an accessible roguelike that anyone can pick up and play, and it does this almost effortlessly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even Disgaea fans who didn't enjoy the original game will find plenty to like here. It may not quite reach the lofty heights of Disgaea 4, but Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness still manages to be one of the brightest entries in the series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not the best title in the 3DS RPG library, it's nevertheless quite good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capybara Games has done a phenomenal job creating a very unique RPG/puzzle hybrid that will keep gamers happy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Being derivative is generally seen as a bad thing, and copy-cat games usually don't get much attention. However, Darksiders proves that being a copy-cat is alright if you manage to equal the source material in terms of quality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey IV taps into the inner explorer and makes uncovering a world's mysteries captivating. Much of what it has to offer is forgiving enough to entice those without dungeon crawling experience, though that also makes the game unthreatening to people with a background in its brethren. I found the process of exploration and filling out a map from a blank screen incredibly addictive, and have no regrets for the many hours it took to do so.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LISA is grotesque in the classical sense: revelling in humanity's warts, viscera, and puffing orifices to better explore its failings. People are a collection of blood-filled sacks and floppy limbs, one second away from being stretched out and twisted like so much skin-taffy. In other words, viewer discretion is advised. This is an uncomfortable game, but worth the chance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeon Defenders is unlike any game you'll find on the market, and that is what makes it such a triumph. It's not without its few pitfalls, but it creates an enjoyable atmosphere that has yet to be replicated by other co-operative RPG experiences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless, Fallout: New Vegas is a great experience. Offering a huge world with many sights to see and things to do, players will have a lot to do in the Mojave where the only bugs that should be feared are the wicked flying Cazadores.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I adored my time with Atelier Shallie, though I feel a bit let down that the story didn't have as much closure as I was hoping. Still it's easy to get swept up in the world, characters, systems, and combat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it'll never be the most technically impressive or original game, its creators clearly understand what works and what doesn't. The excellent music and fun combat combine with the charming characters to create a game that has a certain intangible feel, a spirit that pervades it and makes it more than simply the collection of things seen before it may appear at first glance. As the PSP enters its twilight years, most RPGamers would find few better sendoffs than this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon could be played by someone new to the series quite easily thanks to its many refinements and the tutorial contained within the Prologue chapters. Veterans of the series will find a game that combines the refinements of more recent entries, save for a lack of variety in battle objectives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For me, this is an ideal remake. It keeps all the hardcore mechanics I love, gets rid of the ones I find tiresome, overhauls what needs to be improved, and leaves the right things alone. Any EO fan who isn't burned out should enjoy this game, and even if you're burned out it might be worth a shot thanks to the reduced rote activities.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Dragon Quest IX's main story can be completed in forty hours or so, doing so would be a disservice to the supplementary material. These additional layers are what transform the most recent iteration of one of RPG-dom's sacred cows from a repainted throwback into an old-timer who has traded speed for the silvered brows of style.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering the game sets out to recreate a classic experience, it's hard to find any real faults in Etrian Odyssey III aside from the graphics and music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of hang-ups prevent it from being a truly excellent experience, but regardless, it comes highly recommended.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Story of Seasons is a great game to relax with, and ultimately I adored my time with it. For fans of the series, this installment will not disappoint, and for newcomers, it offers aa terrific entry point with a ton of ease. There's so much to discover, create and customize in Story of Seasons that it's easy to lose track of time. It really is just that much fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Van Helsing's first set of adventures, Neocore Games seems to have hit its stride very quickly. These first steps are a strong start for a series of much promise, and RPGamers should find plenty of reasons to desire to return to Borgova in the near future and create yet more monster giblets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon HeartGold is an addictive game. There's plenty to do and lots of secrets to uncover.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark Arisen is definite a play to Dragon's Dogma's strengths and it turns out well for it. There is still work to be done for the series, particularly in bulking up the story and world, but there's lots of highly addictive fun to be had from exploring Bitterblack Isle's depths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are areas for improvement, most notably on the storytelling front, but Capcom has produced a thoroughly entertaining adventure with widespread charm.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 reaches for greatness, but falls short at merely being really fun. It has a few hiccups here and there and the story is very thin, but the exploration and combat really shine. It's a worthy addition to any collection.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alpha Protocol is an excellent hybrid between a straightforward third person shooter, a tactical game like the Tom Clancy series, and a plot-driven epic like Mass Effect; it is unlike anything else on the market.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 3 has tons to offer for RPGamers of all kinds, and if nothing else, you can at least kick loads of gangster ass while taking names.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surivor 2 Record Breaker is a worthy follow-up to the original and is a terrific example of a well-made enhanced port, something Atlus has shown time and again that they are experts at.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Fantasy should not be dismissed as a Dragon Quest clone, but instead should be embraced as a game that takes all the greatness of the older games in that series and wraps them up in a nice, new format for a whole new generation to enjoy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 4 is a triumph; for those who desire to take the plunge with this series, this may be the best place to start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Ayesha is a game that can give even a cold person warm and fuzzy sensations. Ayesha's journey is worth undergoing for those who love to see how this series continues to improve.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sunless Sea is a unique experience that few fans of careful planning and literary cannibalism should ignore. Proponents of Fallen London's dark sensibilities and chilling, lore-rich writing will more than forgive its few mechanical trespasses; however, even less patient gamers may want to peek in to experience the sights and sounds of the zee.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege III ends up being a fantastic hack and slack adventure that nearly achieves brilliance if not for lack of post-game content and expansive multiplayer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game sounds great, looks great, plays well, feels old-school, and has a deep and interesting plot with characters we already know and love.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales of the Abyss is a very worthwhile addition to gamers' collections, and more than welcome on the 3DS' library. The removal of the technical issues is much appreciated and gives players the opportunity to experience the game at much closer to its full potential, where it easily earns the right to be spoken out in the same breaths as the more beloved entries in the series. Tales of the Abyss 3D is a very solid game all round, and the handling of characters' growth throughout the story should stick in one's memory for a good while.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as modern as Dragon Age: Origins, but it's worlds ahead of Baldur's Gate II.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This sweet experience is one that can be enjoyed by newcomers and veterans of the Harvest Moon series, as Rune Factory 3's positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is a cohesive and stunning effort that keeps you coming back for more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, despite some presentation and interface issues, Pokémon Conquest does a splendid job of combining two seemingly uncombinable franchises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you're a fan of the series or not, you will very likely enjoy the story of Suikoden Tierkreis and have a blast playing it, if you can get past its flaws. This is the type of game that could have been so much better had Konami put more effort into it, but that doesn't stop it from being a great DS RPG.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For me Torchlight II was an immensely enjoyable experience from start to finish. The game is more than welcoming for both fans of the original and newcomers to the series and is high amongst the better gaming experiences I've had this year. It might not bring anything particularly new to the genre, but those who choose to pick it up will be provided with superb value for their money.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With over sixty hours of content, five major renovation plans, and an addictive customization gimmick, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning shines like no other game in the franchise. While this is certainly a game made for existing fans of the franchise, there's room for newcomers to learn the ropes with the game's many tutorials. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is a strong and memorable addition to the Harvest Moon family, and a game I know I'll be playing until the wee hours of the evening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's possible to complete version 1.3-chili of The Real Texas in just under 20 hours--longer for fans of classical music and optional quests.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not significantly different from Diamond/Pearl, the expanded initial Pokédex alone makes the nearly sixty-hour game far more enjoyable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like any reimagining of a series, Skyward Sword doesn't get everything right in the first try. Despite everything it does well, there are still several kinks that need to be worked out. That said, it's still the most creative, bold, and arguably important Zelda title to be released in over ten years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When even hunting for the solution to an idiot NPC's propensity to stay in an area that will soon be a battlefield is tantalizing enough to warrant going back in time, the game has clearly done a lot right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Story's preferred focus on combat and characters puts it far enough apart from Xenoblade, with its focus on exploration and the wider world that there's more than enough space for both games to carve out their own identities and stand proudly together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is a great follow-up to an already original blueprint.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it would be hard to call Transistor disappointing, it's also impossible to say that it's as good as Supergiant Games' previous title. If the game had taken more time to explain its story, characters, and world, it probably would have been a more enjoyable experience.