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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In what has to be the craziest plot twist in a minute, Final Fantasy XV ACTUALLY has a release date. The folks announced that the long awaited JRPG which has been in development since 2006 will be gracing our consoles on Septembber 30th 2016. While this is more of a second impression, since I played the Episode Duscae demo they put out a while ago, I feel this should still be a part of this series because it gives you a very different look at what the game has to offer.
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Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U is a gigantic JRPG that’s gonna take days of your life from you if you choose to fully commit. The first Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was an excellent breath of fresh air and this game aims to succeed it in every way.
The environments are impressive and full of breath taking visuals and exhilarating combat. Monolithsoft has jammed an impressive amount of content onto the Wii U game disk. Just when you think you’ve found the coolest gear, you’ll stumble across a piece of armor so cool that you just HAVE to complete the set. The grind is addictive in this one.
Check out the YouTube video above for the full review!