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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 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  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. 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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  3. Jan 31, 2018
    10
    A very good old-school game. Successor spiritual JRPGs and battle system from Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy. Excelent RPG!
  4. 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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  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 9, 2018
    5
    As one of JRPG fans, I have to say this game is a disappointment that slides backward from the spirits of old JRPG's where the game was drivenAs one of JRPG fans, I have to say this game is a disappointment that slides backward from the spirits of old JRPG's where the game was driven by well written plot. Unfortunately the most important element, story, falls short with this game, which is no longer surprising considering Square Enix's involvement. I cannot recommend this game. It simply tarnishes the reputation of old JRPG's such as Chrono Trigger and FF series. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2021
    0
    A charming homage to old school JRPGs that I thoroughly enjoyed. Good soundtrack and fun combat system. It was very satisfying to 'restore'A charming homage to old school JRPGs that I thoroughly enjoyed. Good soundtrack and fun combat system. It was very satisfying to 'restore' places and things. I really liked the recipes idea. Expand

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