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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: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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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  2. Sep 1, 2019
    10
    Great music, nice story, and a decent gameplay, Loved the game. and it`s dark tone.
  3. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    It's a competent ARPG. Combat is smooth, not too difficult nor too easy. The story's quite sad but it's pretty well written. Overall a good game.
  4. Feb 19, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Достоинства
    - Сюжет. Нет, серьезно. Перед нами очень элегантная, красивая, наполненная сюжетными поворотами история, причем повествование расставляет достаточно много подсказок и Чеховских ружей, и мне самому приходилось иногда ощущать себя гением, предсказав развитие сюжета за главу-другую до, так и хлопать себя по лбу, осознавая, что упустил все намеки и полунамеки, которые в один момент обрели смысл.
    - Персонажи, все до одного пестрящие харизмой, начиная от очаровашки Реи, заканчивая зловещими но по своему обаятельными Демонами Близнецами, все из которых получают свою долю места под солнцем, причем личные сюжетные арки умудряются сменяться именно в тот момент, когда в твой голове пробегает мысль "Неплохо было бы узнать о Х побольше". Даже те из них, кому не помешало бы раскрыться чуть лучше (Нанами, Куон и Мираи) остаются живыми и запоминающимися.
    - Визуальный стиль, начиная от панорамных видов на Чистилище и реалистичной анимацией лиц в катсценах, заканчивая детальными и красивыми спрайтами персонажей, стилизованными под грубые карандашные рисунки флешбеками
    - Сеттинг, хотя и периодически совсем не скрывает, что поглядывал на бессмертное SMT и его гораздо более популярный спин-офф в лице персоны, все равно выглядит и ощущается самобытно и интересно.
    - Саундтрек из смеси оркестровой и электронной музыки, заставляющий забрать себе домой его целиком
    - Стилизация и атмосфера трагической истории с легким налетом готики, которая складывается из множества мелочей, начиная от тематики слез и плача, с помощью которой главная героиня как улучшает свою экипировку, так и получает силы для сражения в боях, становясь сильнее проходя сквозь лишения и боль, продолжая креативным оформлением меню "хаба", изображающего Реи за разными бытовыми делами с неизменными меланхоличными эмоциями на лице, заканчивая такой отличной находкой, как Мемуары Мертвых, позволяющие нам узнать о короткой и зачастую трагичной истории жизни и смерти тех людей, на призраки которых мы охотимся.
    - Отдельно отмечу английскую озвучку, выполненную на удивление высоком уровне.
    Недостатки
    - Геймплей, то, что заставило оценки с метакритика остановиться на слабенькой семерке. Однообразный и репитативный игровой процесс с перекрашенными модельками однотипных противников разных цветов заставляет в последней трети игры просто пробегать их насквозь в поисках следующей порции сюжета или освежающей битвы с боссом.
    - Из четырех игровых персонажей нормально работают только два.
    - В сюжете можно заметить пару сюжетных дыр при вдумчивом взгляде, особенно в эпилоге.
    - Сумбурная и довольно дурацкая концовка, серьезно ломающая одну из ключевых сюжетных линий.
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  5. Sep 7, 2019
    9
    Fun action JRPG with a unique story. Character models and levels are really detailed and colorful. Feels like you're playing an anime. All inFun action JRPG with a unique story. Character models and levels are really detailed and colorful. Feels like you're playing an anime. All in all a fun game. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Sep 22, 2019
    5
    No Spoilers Here

    This game is strange, that's about as informative as I can be about my experience off the bat. I'm not a fan of visual
    No Spoilers Here

    This game is strange, that's about as informative as I can be about my experience off the bat.

    I'm not a fan of visual novel games & this sort of has one which is why this needs a patch for auto text so I don't have to press X every time someone finishes a sentence, I'd just like to sit back & enjoy the cutscene.

    So the game has a strange mix of Action RPG, Visual Novel, Hack & Slash elements & crafting & does them alright it's just the combat is extremely repetitive &... kinda kills the game for me despite the good writing.

    I stuck with the game for Seven/Eight hours & only played with the first two playable characters the combat is different depending on character, which is good because the art-style makes the game look incredibly cheap & the cutscenes are either playable models of the characters or still images of what looks like a child's drawing, I don't like it but the playable ones are okay mostly because of the voice acting, which is pretty good. With some exceptions.

    The main character Rei Hatada is the best character to use for combat she has more variety with combos & magic attacks making her the most balances & interesting to use.
    The second (Because I don't want to spoil) character is a pretty great as a character in terms of story & writing but she's awful in combat, slow but heavy hits make combat a chore & is one of the reasons why I didn't finish the game I have would liked to but It's just not for me.

    Oh, I forgot the Soundtrack... Well, it's okay but it does it's job well in the background but let's just say I really love the song "Room" It's great.

    Game with great potential but held back by grind & repetition, not a bad game just average.
    But that's probably the worst part.
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