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  • Summary: Desert scavenger Amon soon finds himself in his life's adventure when he crosses paths with a most peculiar creature back home in Zaber. Join Amon and other heroes in this turn-based fantasy RPG, on a journey across the world of Umbra; a mysterious, beautiful but harsh planet that stoppedDesert scavenger Amon soon finds himself in his life's adventure when he crosses paths with a most peculiar creature back home in Zaber. Join Amon and other heroes in this turn-based fantasy RPG, on a journey across the world of Umbra; a mysterious, beautiful but harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. With a unique set of customizable characters, all with their own personalities and journeys of self-discovery, you will scavenge, explore and fight your way from the everlasting day-side and into the darkness of perpetual night. To save Umbra you must unlock its secrets, expose the shadows, and defeat a growing evil. [Snowcastle] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 17, 2016
    80
    Whilst the art style here verges on the cartoonish, the gorgeous sense of colour and texture really brings the world alive.
  2. Sep 5, 2016
    80
    For anyone who has sacrificed hundreds of hours to the altars of Final Fantasy Explorer, Bravely Second: End Layer and worthy titles like Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen,...Earthlock: Festival of Magic is an essential purchase.
  3. Sep 8, 2016
    75
    Looks good, plays well and it's quite fun. It's not unforgettable, but there aren't many games like this on Xbox One, so make sure you have a look at it if you are a Gold subscriber.
  4. Sep 9, 2016
    70
    This homage to the seminal days of RPGs is quite successful at what it set out to do. The strong points include character advancement, the village, and enemy variety, while I was let down by a slow plot and inconvenient save system. The Xbox One isn't exactly a haven for this genre, but in nostalgia value alone it's a welcome treat.
  5. Oct 24, 2016
    65
    Earthlock: Festival of Magic shows that the JRPGs aren’t games of a bygone era. It’s got it’s issues, but it’s still a fun game if you’re a fan of the genre. Hopefully, the developers will have the funds and resources in the future to deliver a more fleshed out experience, but for now, this game is just fine.
  6. Sep 12, 2016
    65
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Sep 14, 2016
    30
    Earthlock is one of the hardest games to critique. Whilst everything works and is at least competent, everything feels very lacklustre and underwhelming with Earthlock only offering the bare minimum of what a turn-based RPG can offer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    10
    Simply a beautiful (J)RPG which will give you hours of throwback goodness. The pairing and a few other gameplay gems were also a pleasantSimply a beautiful (J)RPG which will give you hours of throwback goodness. The pairing and a few other gameplay gems were also a pleasant surprise. Give it a try is my recommendation. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2016
    10
    Como siempre games with gold nos sorprende con un maravillosos juego, tiene de todo. Jugabilidad, historia, gráficos y ambientaciónComo siempre games with gold nos sorprende con un maravillosos juego, tiene de todo. Jugabilidad, historia, gráficos y ambientación simplemente uno de los mejores rpg Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2016
    9
    After playing I Am Setsuna I was pretty sure I was set for the year on RPG's but along came this awesome gem of a game. The growing/craftingAfter playing I Am Setsuna I was pretty sure I was set for the year on RPG's but along came this awesome gem of a game. The growing/crafting system is pretty great and I really like the way your team members team up as pairs adding passive bonuses in combat. I want to remain as spoiler free as possible so I won't comment on the story so far but I dig it. I'm giving it a weak 9 right now as I have a ways to go in the game but the signs so far are strong, especially for it being a $29.99 game (but FREE in sept for Xbox Gold members). UPDATE: Another 10 hours in and this game has really blossomed. To anyone who has only tried the first few hours, pick it up again and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. There are some minor issues where the game has frozen or gets tearing, but nothing game breaking. There is one song that gets old fast which was a bummer since the area it played in was one of the longest areas I've been in so far. Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2016
    8
    Lemme tell you about JRPG's, they're obnoxious. They follow the Final Fantasy to a T and get by on having beautiful women parade around forLemme tell you about JRPG's, they're obnoxious. They follow the Final Fantasy to a T and get by on having beautiful women parade around for eye candy. While I am not about to dismiss a beautiful anime grill, the lack of them in Earthlock: Festival of Magic, greatly upset me.

    That said, this is a great JRPG. Walking around the world is a little under whelming in terms of "stuff to do", but it's charming. Grinding enemies can be a bit of that, a grind, but there's workarounds and special things to do to make sure you're not spending to much time collecting a big mob of dudes to kill.

    Speaking of combat, it's very satisfying. The standard "Tank/DPS/Healer" archetype is instantly recognizable, but that's forced to change into something else when "events" happen in-game. Combat as a whole has a good punch to it and the enemies are varied in design, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. You'll see synergies between your allies, and there's one boss in particular that culminates your talents up to that point. When you beat him, it'll make you feel all maple-syrupey inside.

    Story's not that interesting, characters need depth other than "HE IS ADVENTUROUS" or "THIS FURRY GUY DISLIKES DIRT" and even the illustrious "I AM THE GENERALS DAUGHTER; LOOK AT MY BLONDE HAIR AS IT CASCADES OVER MY REBELLIOUS CHILD MILITARY JACKET".

    Crafting is quick, easy, and accessible. No need to buy obnoxious amounts of ammo at a town, all you gotta do is grow your own bullets. I remember when I could grow my own bullets, but now my state has a law against that. Ah well. Also when you go to craft ammo, you're near the best character in the game, Frogboy.

    Frogboy is king.

    It's free right now so the game's a 10/10. Probably one of the better new offerings I've had on Games with Gold. However, the quality of the game overs around a 7 or 8. It's good, but there's nothing too spectacular other than the hellafun combat. And Frogboy. Hail Frogboy.
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  5. Dec 8, 2016
    6
    For each interesting innovation, there are 3 or 4 areas that are, at best, uninspired and, at worst, frustrating mis-steps. It's obvious thisFor each interesting innovation, there are 3 or 4 areas that are, at best, uninspired and, at worst, frustrating mis-steps. It's obvious this game is mostly aiming at (J)RPG veterans, which may be it's biggest mistake as that crowd has seen this done much better elsewhere. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2016
    6
    Truth be told I would rate this game a 5.5, but as that isn't an option, given that it is the first jRPG that I haven't absolutely hated inTruth be told I would rate this game a 5.5, but as that isn't an option, given that it is the first jRPG that I haven't absolutely hated in the last 6 years, I rounded up :)

    Even though not made by a Japanese dev, this is typical jRPG fare...turn-based combat, linear world, cartoonish graphics and simple story.....while the genre was cutting edge 15 years ago it has not innovated past that very basic, almost childish style. The true turn-based growth have come from game like Divinity:OS and Wasteland 2....shame.

    That said, this game:

    Pros
    Serviceable story...not good but not bad.
    Pairing system was an interesting twist that I really enjoyed.
    Abilities Board was reasonably well done.
    Almost charming

    Cons
    Within 10 minutes I had to turn the music down to 1.....god-awful horrible without let-up.
    Combat is too easy without any need for strategy.
    None of the characters are fleshed out....never felt vested in any of them
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  7. Jan 1, 2017
    0
    Les daubes qu'ils vous refilent avec le Gold et faudrait dire "merci" ? mais on paye un abonnement bordel ! et ce genre de petite saloperieLes daubes qu'ils vous refilent avec le Gold et faudrait dire "merci" ? mais on paye un abonnement bordel ! et ce genre de petite saloperie n'est rien moins qu'une insulte ou à défaut un foutage de gueule éhonté. Oui, ça revient moins cher quand on pense que ce "Earthlock" est affiché sans remords au prix théorique de... 30 boules (excusez du peu) mais tout de même, un peu de décence !...

    Graphismes 256 couleurs en 1080pet, direction non-artistique japoniaise, niaiserie dégoulinante comme un sirop de grenadine que le gamin myopathe épileptique vient de renverser sur le tapis... on dirait Final Fientasy 7 en HD (prononcez "hacheday") avec l'interface pourravenaze, la musique Bontempi, les bulles de dialogues (en anglais uniquement) au dessus de la tête des **** personnages débilos, l'univers en papier mâché générico-niaiso-japoniais... sauf que les Japonais n'y sont pour rien (pour une fois) !

    En effet, ce truc a été démoulé par des Norvégiens aux neurones surgelés depuis 1997 et programmé avec des raquettes. Un affligeant festival de nullité indé... de plus.
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