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  • Summary: Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is a turn-based tactical RPG with a focus on storytelling and strategic battles. Unfold a mature story as you progress through hand-crafted scenarios, controlling your own group of Arbiters, with each character customizable from a wide selection of classes and abilities.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 17, 2019
    100
    I am extremely impressed with this little indie gem, and wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of strategy JRPGs. Especially, dare I say, to those of you who are looking for a true successor to Final Fantasy: Tactics. I am well aware of how ostentatious that may sound, but the praise is well earned here. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark has earned my respect and admiration, and it deserves your time and attention. Go purchase this game, and support an indie developer who has seemingly done the impossible.
  2. Apr 30, 2019
    95
    Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is easily one of the best tactical games I’ve played in recent memory. The fact that it was made by just two people is mind blowing. If you are a fan of Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, or games like Banner Saga, Fell Seal will scratch that itch. Just know going in that it might be a little bit before we get our next content fix.
  3. May 9, 2019
    90
    A top-notch strategy RPG that should definitely appeal to genre fans who've enjoyed games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, or Summon Night.
  4. May 10, 2019
    80
    While Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark might lack graphical style and an enthralling story, the combat loop is the stuff dreams are made of for fantasy tactics devotees. If you’re a fan of strategy battles and a plethora of interesting unlocks, this is the game to take you back 20 years, when you met Ramza and Delita for the first time.
  5. May 14, 2019
    80
    If you like the genre, Fell Seal will give you tons of contents and options to get lost into. This has been a very nice surprise thanks to its story, gameplay mechanics and depth.
  6. May 13, 2019
    80
    Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is not a perfect game, but there aren't too many things that I would change. Its biggest flaw is the generic story, but there are some balancing issues as well. Also, some game system are thoroughly explained, so I strongly recommend reading the help page or the PDF manual that comes with the game.
  7. May 14, 2019
    70
    Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is an easy game to recommend for those that are nostalgic for the Final Fantasy Tactics games but also want to try something new over simply revisiting that series. A competent game in its own right, I enjoyed my time with Fell Seal, though it's not likely one I would revisit over many of its contemporaries simply due to how derivative it can feel at times. Still, its a solid experience that strategy RPG fans should be able to find some enjoyment out of for the same reasons that left many of us wanting more games of this style in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    Great game so far if you like tactics games... Great Story, Art, and music! Did you love Tactics Ogre/FFT? You will love this.
  2. Dec 21, 2019
    10
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2019
    10
    An excellent tactics game. Very happy with my purchase. Had that Final Fantasy Tactics vibe, but it does its own thing very well.
  4. Aug 15, 2020
    9
    One of the best tributes to Final Fantasy Tactics I've ever seen, but going further. Even if you've never played a style game before, it's anOne of the best tributes to Final Fantasy Tactics I've ever seen, but going further. Even if you've never played a style game before, it's an excellent introduction. Extremely mod-friendly, with the possibility of creating new classes, portraits, skills, etc.
    The graphics are 2d (scenarios and sprites resemble Final Fantasy Tactics Advance), but the art in general is beautiful. The story is simple but well arranged. The game is extremely light on the PC, running on almost any machine. The grind is flexible according to what you want from the game.
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  5. Dec 12, 2019
    9
    If your a fan of final fantasy tactics or tactics orge,i highly recommend you play this.
  6. Dec 3, 2019
    9
    This game feels like a homage to Final Fantasy Tactics, though it could have taken a bit more from FFTA or Disgaea.

    Its a very good game,
    This game feels like a homage to Final Fantasy Tactics, though it could have taken a bit more from FFTA or Disgaea.

    Its a very good game, but not quite perfect.

    If you like FFT or Tactics Ogre, play this game!
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  7. Apr 27, 2020
    3
    So boring.... FF was not nearly this bad. Battles take far too long because enemies purposely turtle once you are about mid game. Many mapsSo boring.... FF was not nearly this bad. Battles take far too long because enemies purposely turtle once you are about mid game. Many maps have multiple healers and classes able to resurrect and since there is practically unlimited mana, you have a boring cycle of endless healing, rebirths, and revives.

    And to top it off, endless barriers and total damage avoidance (too easy to get), screen wide debuffs (turtling), bugged mana shields that negate attacks even when they barely have any energy left, automatic resurrections (class skills and items), etc etc. I had this one map where I literally killed the same unit about 6 or 7 times because it auto resurrects and even when it didnt autoressurct, a different unit kept resurrecting it... the map literally took an hour and it was just a trash map, not even part of the story or anything.

    Finally I got to the point that I just couldnt stand it and mind you I love tactical games... but I couldnt enjoy this game. I then turned off the game and I dreaded the idea of even thinking about turning it on again so I uninstalled and deleted the saves.

    Aside from the horrible gameplay outlined above, if only the game did something new, or had a good story i probably would have given it more time but it really doesnt. The story is just kind of meh and the characters are pretty one sided as far as I played (about 25 hours in). I just didnt care about any of them and frankly, this game improved on nothing gameplay wise compared to 20 year old games which begs the question of why bother? Just play the originals.

    Disclaimer: I played it on default settings. I think there is a setting which cripples the AI but you need to start the game over to change them and it still doesnt change the fact that the game feels very old and tired.

    A few things they can do to improve the game drastically. No mana regen or slow regen and apply cool downs on skills and abilities that slow down progress especially those lame class skills.

    No more huge area dispels or make them harder to cast requiring significantly more mana. Seriously that is just broken. It takes a bunch of casting to get buffs, and only 1 spell to lose them all and it doesnt change the outcome, it just slows things down.

    No more team wide dispells without being proper position. Same as above. You just spend 2 rounds to get them debuffed, and one single spells removes all debuffs from all of them regardless of position. Again, this just slows everything down and does not save them in any way.
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