Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 26, 2022
    88
    If you are a fan of JRPGs, then playing Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is a no-brainer. The new monster-catching mechanic is very addictive. And the Yoko Taro story twists alone are worth the price of admission. Fans of the Voice of Cards series will find The Beasts of Burden to be darker, more episodic, and more streamlined. None of those are bad things, they just differentiate The Beasts of Burden from the other games in the series, and keep things fresh enough, without changing the core game mechanics too much. I loved this game, and if you’re a fan of old-school JRPGs, you probably will too.
  2. Sep 27, 2022
    86
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden continues to get this new franchise on the right track. Although sometimes it feels more of the same gameplay and narrative mechanics.
  3. Sep 21, 2022
    85
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden hits with just enough originality to distinguish itself from the other games in the Voice of Cards series. This game is all about story and mechanics over presentation, though what is there will feel familiar and welcoming to long-time JRPG fans. With a great narrative, The Beasts of Burden is a great place to jump into this series and learn it’s not-too-complicated ropes.
  4. Oct 3, 2022
    84
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is another great dose from the series, delivering its best gameplay and best story so far, with a game much more focused in its execution. Some old issues are still present, but it is a great JRPG for fans of the genre with little time available, but willing to test unique and fun games.
  5. Sep 28, 2022
    82
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is a creatively unique gaming experience from both a storytelling and presentation viewpoint. I don’t think the presentation is necessarily for everyone, but those who it does appeal to will most certainly find something enjoyably insightful about the overall experience. This is a game that is both realistic and hopeful in equal measure, tragic and tender all at once. I cared about the four main characters as they continued their quest, and I enjoyed diving into the story with a fantastic narrator to guide me. Based on the reviews of the first two games in the series — The Isle Dragon Roars and The Forsaken Maiden, respectively — by my fellow RPGFan reviewers, it seems as if each Voice of Cards title gets slightly stronger than the one that precedes it. Given how much I came to appreciate The Beasts of Burden, I’m curious to see what the future holds for this clever series.
  6. Oct 3, 2022
    80
    The already third installment in the Voice of Cards series is another excellent title. The story is even more dark and along with a good atmosphere you get totally immersed in it. The advanced levels and combat make it a joy to play, but the fact is that the menus are still not conveniently laid out and the random encounters can be a bit annoying at times. No reason for ignoring the game though, considering that as a total package it is a must have especially for players of the previous two parts.
  7. 80
    By maintaining its easily accessible JRPG mechanics, gorgeous tabletop aesthetic and engrossing narration, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden manages to elevate itself above its Voice of Cards brethren thanks to a neat, Pokémon style monster collection mechanic. Much more than just a token inclusion, this new monster collecting mechanic not only expands the player's arsenal in battle, but provides ample additional incentive to explore The Beasts of Burden's painterly, card-flipped lands far and wide in search of rare monsters to recruit.
  8. Sep 20, 2022
    80
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden doesn’t stray far from what made its predecessors successful. The addition of capturing monsters to use in battle brings a fresh element to the gameplay. but otherwise plays just like the previous Voice of Cards titles. How many more times this formula can be successfully replicated is up for debate, but The Beasts of Burden is possibly the best Voice of Cards games to date. Compared to most JRPGs, it’s simple game in regards to its mechanics and difficulty. For many games this would sound like a condemnation, but these factors don’t work against Voice of Cards. Challenging it is not, but the gameplay is still enjoyable largely due to the story and accompanying soundtrack. Difficult games will always be fun, but for the times when a more relaxing game is in order, Voice of Cards is perfect for such an occasion.
  9. Sep 18, 2022
    80
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden maintains the same basics of the first games and improved in other aspects. Obviously, it's still a game focused on story and narrative, and that female narrator's voice is a touch that fits the game's setting. The combat is somewhat repetitive. If you liked the first two games or are a fan of RPGs in general, you can give it a try.
  10. Sep 16, 2022
    80
    If you enjoyed The Isle Dragon Roars or The Forsaken Maiden, you’ll undoubtedly love Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden just as much. If not more. The narrative on offer here got its hooks in us right off the bat, and following our interesting protagonist on her journey has been a joy. The presentation, narration and visual design is just as beautiful as ever, too. It may simply be more of the same, but we’re so glad the Voice of Cards series continues to exist – and to shine.
  11. Sep 28, 2022
    78
    Voice of Cards has such a unique concept that it still feels entertaining after three episodes, but this series surely needs to find something fresh for the sake of its own future.
  12. Sep 30, 2022
    77
    The third chapter of the series brings a breath of fresh air to a formula that risks to bore, without twisting its essence.
  13. Sep 18, 2022
    76
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is the best entry in the series so far with its satisfying monster card collecting progression system. With that in mind, it doesn't really do much else to break out of the mould that its predecessors were forged in.
  14. Oct 4, 2022
    70
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is an irregular game. The combat system is very addictive and fun, and the history is attractive due the characters and plot twists. However, there are a lot of rough corners. The exploration is boring and tedious, while the random fights are very annoying. And there are no innovations. If you can ignore the flaws, you'll find a classic and charming JRPG. Otherwise, turn around and look for a more ambitious game.
  15. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is the same basic game as the last two, only with a different story. It really doesn't do anything to break the mold except be incredibly dark and depressing. If you found yourself enjoying the last two games, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this one, but if any of the previous game's flaws dragged down things, then you probably won't change your mind here. It's a nice, low-budget JRPG with some interesting story beats, but the consistent flaws between games have started to wear out their welcome.
  16. Sep 21, 2022
    65
    Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden recycles aesthetics and ideas from the two predecessors, and a bite-free storyline risks failing to involve players in the story of the warrior and her companions. They don't help overly abused clichés and an interesting, but underdeveloped combat system. The Beasts of Burden underestimates the players and could well be a good entry point for those not accustomed to the world of JRPG, but we would like to recommend it only to fans of Yoko Taro and the DrakeNier universe, who will be able to grasp references in the narration and in the settings of a title that, for the rest, is easily forgotten.
  17. Sep 27, 2022
    60
    Overall, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is a similar experience to previous titles. The great artwork and music offer strong groundwork and there are signs of revision taking place, with new mechanics doing some work to differentiate the experience, but they are under-baked and the straightforward gameplay doesn’t offer much excitement. Ultimately, the game works best taken as a chill switching-off experience, but doesn’t do enough to stick long in the memory.
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  1. Sep 29, 2022
    A good game with good ideas but with flaws within the franchise from the first game that are still here.
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  1. Sep 19, 2022
    9
    Great story with short narrative, characters you can relate to and a nice touch to battle via monster cards