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  • Summary: As an ominous power threatens the fabric of reality, a young man chosen by destiny must arise to face a phenomenon never seen before. Enter Kanata, as he awakens from a devastating dream leading him to find his home, erased from existence. Awaken the power of Memory to restore the Lost andAs an ominous power threatens the fabric of reality, a young man chosen by destiny must arise to face a phenomenon never seen before. Enter Kanata, as he awakens from a devastating dream leading him to find his home, erased from existence. Awaken the power of Memory to restore the Lost and rebuild the world! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. 100
    Lost Sphear, as with I Am Setsuna before it, is a beautiful, heartfelt bit of classical Japanese videogame storytelling. It’s not a game that you should be playing for the gameplay in so much as it wraps nostalgia and some more modern ideas together in order to tell something that is both memorable and soulful. It’s a beautiful, emotive game and with it Tokyo RPG Factory has cemented itself as one of my favourite JRPG outfits going around.
  2. Jan 23, 2018
    80
    Lost Sphear is an homage the old-school JRPG genre, while adding strategy mechanics into its easy-to-master gameplay and holds a good rhythm in its narrative. Its world-building is captivating, yet its characters lack originality in design and charisma.
  3. Mar 9, 2018
    80
    Lost Sphear is one of the few JRPGs that retains the Chrono Trigger feeling, but improves many aspects of the gameplay to offer a modern approach to fans of the genre. It's a true classic JRPG featuring a charming art style, nostalgic music and an interesting combat system.
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    70
    Lost Sphear brings back the Japanese RPG from the golden SNES era by taking Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 as an example. That does mean the game is filled with cliches, but you gotta love the nostalgic gameplay.
  5. Feb 1, 2018
    65
    The second game of Tokyo RPG Factory is a nostalgic trip for jrpg-fans, but it also struggles with the same issues as I Am Setsuna. The story is not too great and there are many gameplay systems that you do not really need.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 26, 2018
    60
    Lost Sphear buckles under the weight of its own ambition. [March 2018, p.92]
  7. Jan 28, 2018
    50
    Old school JRPG fans will find much to enjoy here, but the refusal to innovate does more harm than good for the genre’s reputation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 25, 2018
    10
    This is a classic JRPG at its finest. The piano music is simple and effective, the battle system is classic 90s, as is the story;This is a classic JRPG at its finest. The piano music is simple and effective, the battle system is classic 90s, as is the story; straightforward, simple, compelling, and engaging. The characters are written as classic JRPG characters, with that cheesy, predictable sense that just makes one smile upon reading all of its charm. Fans of Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI and VII, and Ni No Kuni will find something in this game to cheer about. A beautiful return to form. I can only pray that more titles and IP come from this new, growing subsection of Square Enix. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2018
    10
    A very good old-school game. Successor spiritual JRPGs and battle system from Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy. Excelent RPG!
  3. Jan 26, 2018
    9
    Any review of Lost Sphere which mentions the word "nostalgia" should be summarily dismissed and discarded as trash. The games industry isAny review of Lost Sphere which mentions the word "nostalgia" should be summarily dismissed and discarded as trash. The games industry is trendy and insularly focused on it's own pop-culture. Lost Sphere exists outside of that... sphere. Like a really good Swing Band that gets it's start in 2018, Lost Sphere has to fight it's way through critics who hate it simply because it dares to exist at a time when what it's trying to do isn't what last years Game Of The Year did.

    But what Lost Sphere DOES do, it does incredibly well. My only complaint is the soundtrack which makes a small-budget game FEEL smaller than it needs to. I BIG sounding soundtrack, ala Chrono Trigger, would make this small-budget game feel much more expansive and substantial than it's critics would like to make it out to be.
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  4. Jan 25, 2018
    8
    Lost Sphear is a spiritual successor to I am Setsuna, so in this game Tokyo RPG Factory also used a similar formula for traditional JRPGs andLost Sphear is a spiritual successor to I am Setsuna, so in this game Tokyo RPG Factory also used a similar formula for traditional JRPGs and battle system from Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy. When I compare these two games, I can say that they have improved certain elements of gameplay, and added some new ones, for example: Vulcosuits Armor and an improved ATB system. Vulcosuits Armor can be used on field and in battle. On field, it helps you remove certain obstacles that prevent you from exploring the map, while in battle it helps you to do more damage to enemy, which can be useful when you are fighting against the boss. The most I like in this game is the battle system. The new ATB system is very interesting because they have added more strategic elements and is more active. The story of this game is good and interesting. Through the story you follow the adventures of Kanata and his friends. In their adventures, they face many challenges and must restore the Lost to save the world. On the basis of this I can conclude that Lost Sphear is a pretty good game, but it is still not perfect to get a perfect score. There is still room for improvement, so I hope Tokyo RPG Factory will continue to improve its game in their new project. Also, I want to add that in the last couple of years there is less and less turn-based RPGs on PlayStation, because an increasing number of developers force an action RPG. For that reason I support the work of Tokyo RPG Factory, because they return traditional JRPGs (turn-based RPGs) on PlayStation, and I hope they will continue in that direction. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2018
    6
    This is an average game with an average story. The character personalities and their individual developments are more than lacking andThis is an average game with an average story. The character personalities and their individual developments are more than lacking and story-telling is at best, average.

    Gameplay is what you can expect from a title like this. It is "OK" and it somewhat delivers on it's overstated goal of being a 90's JRPG. The battle system has been slightly improved from "I am Setsuna" but still leaves quite a bit to be desired. 20+ years has gone by since the 90's... plenty of time to realize that games also need to evolve. With respect to graphics, Lost Sphear does a good job of leaning towards simplicity whilst at the same time adding enough enhancements to make the experience worth watching. The soundtrack and audio in general are enjoyable and somehow leaves an impression.

    If you enjoy 90's-style JRPG with a lot of grinding and can forgive the lack of character development, somewhat stale environment and what I would consider high retail price, then sure, this game may very well be for you.

    Just don't expect too much.

    6/10 - An almost nice enough experience from an average JRPG.
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  6. Feb 5, 2018
    6
    This is a mediocre game, plain and simple. And so not worth 50 bucks.

    I played and loved 'I Am Setsuna' - even with all its flaws - because
    This is a mediocre game, plain and simple. And so not worth 50 bucks.

    I played and loved 'I Am Setsuna' - even with all its flaws - because it was clear to me that there was so much love and soul inside that little independent game. What SquareEnix and Tokyo RPG Factory did with Lost Sphere is an industrial product that works, but nothing beyond that. A simple, traditional RPG that will keep you busy for 20 hours or so.

    The cast is completely forgettable, the story makes absolutely no sense, the graphics are mediocre, the soundtrack is boring and there is a lot of backtracking to compensate for the fact that you have a very limited map to explore. The combat system is the only good thing about the game; there are some nice, fresh ideas there and some place to experiment. But, overall, Lost Sphere is one of the most mediocre and boring games I've played recently.

    I really regret getting it day one at full price. This game is worth 19 bucks at most. 50 is ridiculous.
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  7. Jan 23, 2018
    0
    Low quality game with android phone graphics trying to take advantage of nostalgia from Chrono trigger and other similar titles.
    NOT WORTH
    Low quality game with android phone graphics trying to take advantage of nostalgia from Chrono trigger and other similar titles.
    NOT WORTH 50$ at all. Would pay 19.99 max.
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