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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: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    I just platinumed this game, and purchased it off amazon for $40 earlier this month. I put in approximately 60 hours into the game, then cameI just platinumed this game, and purchased it off amazon for $40 earlier this month. I put in approximately 60 hours into the game, then came on here and I was disappointed to see a lower than expected rating. Sure, ratings don't always matter, since people can have such wrong or bias opinions. But some of these negative reviews are comical.

    People are comparing it to Chrono Trigger, of course it may not be as classic or nostalgic like it, because the game is newer and a fresh take on what JRPG fans have been looking for in their games. It has pretty much all the elements to make up that JRPG you miss playing.

    For what it is, it is really well done. It doesn't make sense to knock it for its graphics either, because it's a niche genre and this is the style its fans are looking for. If it didn't have the backing of Square Enix, it would almost be an indie game as well, since it's made from a smaller company as well.

    So I can never understand how people can praise a game like UnderTale, with its even lower graphics and subpar story and silliness, but give low praise to a well done and beautiful game like this one. This is where bias comes in, especially towards JRPGs it seems, from Americans and those outside of Japan. Their standards are way too high or most people tend to look down on the JRPG genre.

    Other than that. This game has a beautiful and amazing score. An interesting array of characters from various walks of life. A compelling and deep story, with a post game tying up the true ending of the story. Then there's side stuff to do if you want to dive in some more into the game. The battle system is a lot of fun as well.
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  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 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
  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. Mar 20, 2019
    7
    For once, the reviews on this one were correct. Is it better than I am Setsuna? Yes.. However, it is nowhere near as good as the game it’sFor once, the reviews on this one were correct. Is it better than I am Setsuna? Yes.. However, it is nowhere near as good as the game it’s trying to pay homage too (Chrono Trigger). The story in CT was captivating and brought out emotion in the characters and myself. This one, meh. There are times I was glad they added a speeding up option for dialogue, let’s just say that. Graphics are beautiful and the sound is exceptional. I don’t know if it was the translation, or the person responsible for the story, but I had almost no attachment to any of the characters. Still a solid attempt by Tokyo Factory though. Sadly, because of a lack of commercial success for this one and their previous attempt, I think this may be a wrap for them with these types of games by this developer. Kudos for SquareEnix for allowing this company to try and do something special. It was good, but not great. I give this one a 7/10, but only because of the amount of extra side quests you can do before and after completing the game, otherwise it would be a hard 6. Some of my gripes are; there are times the story got too convoluted, and dragged on. Some dungeons felt uninspired. The spitinite systems were difficult to get into, and you end up not using a lot of them. Unfair bosses early on, some were difficult, and the only way to beat them was with turning the game on easy. There wasn’t enough room for you to implement all artifacts from memories that you obtained, so you sometimes have to make new ones over old ones. I don’t know, it just seemed like in certain parts of the game, different people were responsible for different areas. Some felt rushed, while others were really cool. These were the negatives, but here are the positives; Very cool character designs. Beautiful music, I’m so glad they didn’t go the same direction as IAS. The graphics are beautiful as well. Length of the game was decent, especially if you choose to do the extra stuff needed for the platinum. Nostalgia feel, many times I got vibes of Chrono trigger, Final Fantasy 2(4), Final Fantasy 3(6), and Soulblazer. Decent challenge, although at times early on it was borderline unfair. So in closing, I would never discourage anyone from buying this game. If you’re looking for a throwback JRPG to fill your time then this would be the game for you. I ordered my version from the PAL region so I could have a true physical copy. I think you just need to know that this is not Chrono Trigger, and I don’t think anything ever will be. If you go into this game looking for that type of game, you’ll end up disappointed. The game is it’s own thing, so enjoy it for what it is. You’ll know what I mean after you finish the game. The way you’ll feel will explain my review perfectly. Expand
  6. 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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  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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