Tokyo Mirage Sessions was originally announced as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. That gave people a lot of ideas concerning what kind of game it would be. Would it be a strategy RPG? Would it be a traditional JRPG where you control Chrom, Ike and Marth?
Well, the game we got was neither of those things. Don’t worry though, what we did get is an addictive JRPG in the vein of Atlus’ Persona games. You balance trawling through dungeons for loot and working for a talent agency in Tokyo Mirage Sessions and exploring the life of a JPOP star who casts spells is pretty refreshing.
Battles move along at a super addictive and rewarding pace.
The Fire Emblem elements come into play mostly as style choices, but the game flips the script to make it something special. The game is pretty lighthearted as well. While it does have its dark moments, there is a tongue in cheek sense of humor that keeps things from getting too heavy.
You learn new abilities by dapping up your mirages. Wuddup Chrom!
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In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that I absolutely love the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean III: Til the End of Time is one of my top 10 favorite games ever, so I originally had no intention of being objective with this review. Other media had panned this game severely and I felt like it was up to me to defend it and big up its good qualities.
But then I actually played the game.
After the first five minutes, I didn’t feel that immediate engagement factor. Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness just kinda starts and before too long you’re off adventuring trying to save your hometown from bandits or something. While that may be refreshing for some JRPG players who are sick of games in the the genre taking upwards of 15 hours to get to the good part, that quickened pace comes at the sacrifice of the story’s length. You can complete the main game in a little over 20 hours, so if you were looking for a sprawling space epic, this is the wrong place.
Runnin’ through these pretty towns with my woes
The game does have good qualities about it though, and mainstream critics have been way too harsh. Battles are fun, the English voice acting is really good, and it’s beautiful to look at. However, this isn’t the triumphant return of a much beloved series. Not even a little. I outlined the good parts of the game in my video review above so definitely check that out for more in depth analysis on what Star Ocean V does and doesn’t do.
The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.
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Platinum Games is known for dropping hits so, after hearing that they were picking up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, there was cause for celebration. Following on the heels of the excellent Transformers: Devastation (reviewed here) the game seemed poised for success.
Early footage made it look like it was going to mimic Transformers in a lot of ways. Something about how the characters moved and the way combos linked made it seem like the only difference was that the turtles didn’t transform. Luckily, that isn’t the case and this game has a unique style of its own. Action is fluid and fun, but there are points where you can tell Platinum Games was just working on too much stuff at once.
You ever ran up on a helicopter before?
The usual Platinum Games polish is missing from this title and at times it was reminiscent of the studio’s notably lackluster Legend of Korra game. It’s easy to point the finger and say they didn’t try that hard since it’s just a quick cash-grab licensed title, but with how well their other licensed games have turned out, that would be wrong. Mutants in Manhattan definitely has a lot going for it so the initial negative reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel.
You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.
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