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  • Summary: For when I weep, then I am strong. Battle through Purgatory as Rei to help save her sister in this Action RPG. Switch freely between four playable characters, and uncover each one of their pasts to see the sorrows they have endured.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 100
    I always have been, whether it's the writings on T.S. Eliot and Poe, films from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari through to Blade Runner, the music of Nick Cave, or games like I Am Setsuna and, now, Crystar. That Crystar manages to be so layered and nuanced with that theme makes it all the more impressive. FuRyu continues to be the publisher to watch for anyone who likes their games with a bit of genuine artistic credibility.
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    90
    Crystar is a great action-RPG with some fascinating twists. Crying is not only a key aspect to boosting your strength in battle, but it enables you to create more powerful gear. Be prepared for mentions of tragic and depressing topics, but remember that they work to enforce the ideas of "showing your emotions as a strength" and the sometimes overlooked issues that others face each day.
  3. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    Crystar is one of those titles that makes it out of Japan and it is going to be a reference for the RPG titles to come. Fluid combat system, characters with their own fighting styles and complex plot are its strengths. Gemdrops Studios offers a title which is far from perfect, but it is able to impact the player like few games can.
  4. Aug 20, 2019
    70
    Crystar is a competent Action RPG with a compelling narrative but suffers due to mostly everything else it has to offer.
  5. Aug 12, 2019
    65
    With each tear shed, the story of Rei searching for her little sister all the while defeating enemies and being burdened with their last words is much deeper and darker than I expected. The use of the crying mechanics and turning her tears and sad thoughts into strength is a really unique and interesting idea. That paired with the beautiful art style, character designs and interesting story, we almost have a perfect game. Unfortunately, with the less than stellar combat mechanics, the lack of enemy variety and the lack of differentiating dungeons, it may not entice players who also want fluid gameplay. However for fans who do like narrative-driven and linear games along with dark themes and gorgeous designs, then this is definitely a title that should be added to your library.
  6. Aug 26, 2019
    60
    Crystar ends up as a bit of a mixed bag. The interesting ideas, story elements, and audio are let down by generally mediocre gameplay, which is particularly exacerbated when its most repetitive portion is forced upon players for very little story benefit. There’s enough about it that many will find plenty to enjoy, particularly on the narrative side of things, but there may not be too many streams of joyful tears.
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    40
    A trigger warning in game form - without any trigger warnings. Had a lot of potential, but unfortunately misses the mark.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 15 out of 36
  1. Dec 7, 2021
    10
    The story, storytelling, characters and the world building are very good. If you like serious toned JRPGs you'll like this one too.
  2. Sep 1, 2019
    10
    Great music, nice story, and a decent gameplay, Loved the game. and it`s dark tone.
  3. Feb 5, 2020
    10
    A masterpiece in every sense of the word, beautiful graphics, a delightful piano soundtrack, and brilliant writing.

    The fact the Western
    A masterpiece in every sense of the word, beautiful graphics, a delightful piano soundtrack, and brilliant writing.

    The fact the Western branch decided to completely ignore this in exchange for promoting the dreadful Net Idol Torture Porn game called "AI: The Somnium Files" is proof that their marketing team is incompetent in every possible way.
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  4. Aug 31, 2019
    7
    Great art and music plus a decent story. The combat is serviceable but unfortunately it's way too easy and areas tend to drag on for too long.Great art and music plus a decent story. The combat is serviceable but unfortunately it's way too easy and areas tend to drag on for too long. It's still mindless fun but too repetitive for its own good. Worth playing if you can find it on sale. Expand
  5. Jul 26, 2020
    1
    Its a really bad game and dont deserve that high score anime fans are stupied
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    0
    Terrible game with cringe story and characters, the gameplay is so clunky and repetitive.
  7. May 29, 2022
    0
    Horible Story and charachters, the fighting system is horible too, i don't recomend that

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