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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: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 95
    With a great, intriguing story aimed at adults (but not inappropriate for kids) and a fantastic stable of characters and jobs, Fell Seal is the sort of game that lets you dive in and play around with its systems in any way you like. Clearly crafted with love for the genre, and with almost intimidating longevity, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is the heir apparent to the tactics-RPG throne.
  2. 90
    It's the perfect blend of a classical, nostalgic love letter to the genesis of the tactics RPG, while at the same time offering just enough to subvert expectations so that even genre veterans will have trouble putting this one down.
  3. May 25, 2019
    86
    As a fan of retro turn-based strategy RPGs, I'm very impressed with Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark as it really hits the nail on the head while also offering plenty of cool innovations to the classic genre. If you enjoy these kinds of games, you definitely need to play this epic SRPG.
  4. 85
    One of the staples of an awesome game is the fact that it leaves you jonesing for more. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark accomplishes this with a style and grace of a bygone era of game design. Here’s to hoping there is more content on the way, because I can’t wait for my next dose of tactical action.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    85
    Even with a somewhat steep learning curve and a frustrating final sequence, I enjoyed Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. Solid design and wonderful storytelling more than made up for the annoyance and grind.
  6. May 13, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. May 20, 2019
    80
    Gorgeous hand-drawn art fits perfectly the game. The colors are vibrant and the sprites are extremely expressive and detailed. However, the animation and battle effects look really stiff and rough. The worst are the spells effects, as they look more like animated stickers playing over the target than real devastating magical effects. But this is just a small nitpick and doesn’t affect the overall experience. Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark may lack polish and grace but it remarkably pulled off a rewarding gameplay loop that will keep you coming back to it for hours. Pick it up if you’d like to experience a well-made tactical RPG reminiscent of the golden age of the genre.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 16, 2019
    10
    Amazing old school feel if you loved Final fantasy tactics Stop reading and go buy this game you won’t be disappointed
  2. Dec 13, 2020
    10
    I am absolutely astonished at the quality of this game while simultaneously hearing nothing about this game. FF tactics is one of my favoriteI am absolutely astonished at the quality of this game while simultaneously hearing nothing about this game. FF tactics is one of my favorite games. It is clear that this game takes inspiration from that game. What I didn't anticipate was that this game would be a more refined version of what I love.

    Thank you developers, awesome job!
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  3. Jun 4, 2019
    10
    This game is one of the best tactical RPGS I've played in recent years. The story and the Gameplay are excellent. I hope there will be a sequel.
  4. Dec 2, 2020
    9
    This might be my first video game review, but since this is a lesser known game from an indie developer, I feel compelled to spread the wordThis might be my first video game review, but since this is a lesser known game from an indie developer, I feel compelled to spread the word about this is an AWESOME game that far surpassed my expectations. I'm a big tactical RPG fan and this game not only scratches that itch -- it's a great example of the genre. This is similar to Shining Force and Final Fantasy Tactics (and to a slightly lesser extent Disgaea and to a lesser extent Divinity Original Sin) but has certainly learned what works and what doesn't since those original game came out decades ago. Honestly, it's the best TRPG I've played on the PS4 (and maybe PS3, I can't remember) other than Divinity OS I & II (and I'm not sure I'd consider XCOM a TRPG).

    The gameplay is pretty top notch. Most importantly, the game requires/rewards great strategy during it's complex and challenging fights, and complex and very diverse character creation system (plus great item/equipment selection and satisfying crafting). Sure, this game isn't as modern and revolutionary and enormous as Witcher 3 or even Divinity: Original Sin, but it completely nails what the amazing gameplay that is essential to a great tactical RPG.

    To my surprise, despite the lack of cinematic cutscenes, voice acting, and epic scope, the story is very good. There are twists and turns and several layers of story that peel back as you progress. I was actually interested in what was going to happen next. Additionally, the dialogue is surprisingly (for me) good.

    The graphics aren't anything to write home about, in my opinion, but they are charming and more than do the job. My biggest gripe, which isn't even big, is that it would've been nicer to incorporate better VFX/animations for some of the spells/special skills. Regardless, the graphics work very well for the game and I enjoyed how they brought me back to some of those old school games like Shining Force and FF Tactics.

    In all, I wasn't expecting much from a tiny studio I'd never heard of with no track record I knew of and for the $15 I spent, but this was a reallllly great game, and it's certainly a must buy for all fans of TRPGs. I will 100% buy their next RPG game and really look forward to whatever it is. Bravo!
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  5. May 31, 2019
    9
    If you loved Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, this game is for you; the developers do little to hide their admiration for thoseIf you loved Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, this game is for you; the developers do little to hide their admiration for those classics as there are several easter eggs in the game referencing them.
    I would put this game as better than FFT (too easy and plot was scrambled) but not quite as good as Tactics Ogre LUCT. The game has an adjustable difficulty which is great and all that is keeping it from being a 10 is the fact that its not Tactics Ogre and TO is a 10 and it would have been very nice if they let you take another 2 people into battle as the party size is too small for all the characters you can build. Solid 9-9.5/10 really. I'm not sure where the mega negative reviews came from...would love to know their reasoning...trolls?...and not the kind that live under a bridge and are weak against fire.
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  6. Sep 28, 2020
    8
    One of the best turn based strategy games of the last few years, the strategy is deep and well balanced. It's the type of game that reallyOne of the best turn based strategy games of the last few years, the strategy is deep and well balanced. It's the type of game that really makes you think hard before every move but never relies on luck or too much grinding to succeed. Clever map design, interesting boss battles, side quests and secrets stop things getting repetitive. The plot won't win any awards but the characters are likeable enough. As with a lot of tbs games ther's a lot to take in at the start and it can be a bit overwhelming, especially for tbs newcomers but overall a must play for tbs fans and a great first effort for a small independent game company like 6-eyes studio. Expand
  7. Jun 13, 2020
    2
    I don't want to be a contrarian here, but in all honesty what I thought would be a fun romp that would echo the heady days of Final FantasyI don't want to be a contrarian here, but in all honesty what I thought would be a fun romp that would echo the heady days of Final Fantasy Tactics ended up being a nightmare journey of PTSD-inducing outdated game balance. Please imagine my dismay when I remembered that I had opted to play the game on the hardest difficulty. About midway through the story, I decided that I would do the opposite for the rest of the game simply in order to finish the game. THIS DID NOT IMPROVE THE GAME.

    Let me explain: like FFT, the game chooses to keep small arenas and extremely simple A.I. Therefore the game feels shockingly simple after 25 years of evolution in the strategy genre. When I turned the difficulty down from Very Hard to Very Easy, it simply laid bare the repetitiveness of the game.

    I can only praise that this game almost perfectly replicates FFT, but unfortunately unless you have that very specific desire this will feel decidedly dated.
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