Reviews by Josh Torres

Little Town Hero Review
Little Town Hero Review

Game Freak's newest project is an adorable game that's marred by severe optimization and gameplay balance issues.

review by Josh Torres on 16 October, 2019

Indivisible Review
Indivisible Review

Lab Zero's crowdfunded Valkyrie Profile-inspired RPG has finally released and the result is a brilliant game filled with personality and heart.

review by Josh Torres on 07 October, 2019

Astral Chain Review
Astral Chain Review

The latest hit from PlatinumGames is an ambitious action adventure game that largely succeeds in many ways, though it's juggling so many aspects that some fall through the cracks.

review by Josh Torres on 29 August, 2019

Oninaki Review
Oninaki Review

Tokyo RPG Factory's newest game has a lot of great ideas on paper, but never manages to fully realize them.

review by Josh Torres on 21 August, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

It's been a hot minute since the Kickstarter for Koji Igarashi's new game wrapped up and Castlevania fans have a good reason to celebrate on how this turned out.

review by Josh Torres on 03 July, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Review
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Review

Image & Form's latest SteamWorld entry dips its toes into the realm of RPGs as it delightfully integrates a deck-building card game into a turn-based RPG.

review by Josh Torres on 23 April, 2019

Fate/Extella Link Review
Fate/Extella Link Review

Despite a shorter campaign, Fate/Extella Link feels considerably better to play than Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star with some great gameplay improvements and smart quality-of-life features.

review by Josh Torres on 19 March, 2019

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Review

This return to the world of Alrest is an excellent supplement to an already incredible game that shines a light on the remaining mysteries in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

review by Josh Torres on 14 September, 2018

428: Shibuya Scramble Review
428: Shibuya Scramble Review

Inventive, thrilling and brilliantly executed, 428: Shibuya Scramble is a masterpiece of the visual novel genre.

review by Josh Torres on 03 September, 2018

Death's Gambit Review
Death's Gambit Review

For all of its striking visuals and sophisticated animation work, Death's Gambit suffers a bit of an identity crisis among fundamental control flaws.

review by Josh Torres on 27 August, 2018

Octopath Traveler Review
Octopath Traveler Review

Octopath Traveler is an excellent game, but the elasticity of its structure proves to be the one unassailable hurdle between it and becoming a classic in its own right.

review by Josh Torres on 12 July, 2018

New Gundam Breaker Review
New Gundam Breaker Review

The weird need to reinvent itself onto a competitive format has damaged this newest Gundam game every step of the way.

review by Josh Torres on 25 June, 2018

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review

Riddled with extremely tedious design decisions and frustrating technical hiccups, not even a believing heart can save this trainwreck.

review by Josh Torres on 02 June, 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Review
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Review

Discarding its RPG systems along the way, NT proves to be a formidable fighting game though some of its crucial pillars make it crumble a bit.

review by Josh Torres on 09 February, 2018

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review

An excellent tale accompanied by incredible cutscenes, a charming cast, a thrilling battle system, and an exceptional soundtrack make this a worthy successor to the first Xenoblade Chronicles.

review by Josh Torres on 30 November, 2017

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Review
.hack//G.U. Last Recode Review

An excellent remastered collection that fixes many shortcomings of the original three PS2 RPGs.

review by Josh Torres on 05 November, 2017

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review

Frustratingly repetitive gameplay makes this a disappointing follow-up to last year's action RPG by Gust.

review by Josh Torres on 24 October, 2017

Tokyo Dark Review
Tokyo Dark Review

Cherrymochi's S.P.I.N on the adventure genre makes for a flawed, but compelling psychological thriller.

review by Josh Torres on 19 October, 2017

Absolver Review
Absolver Review

Absolver has some light RPG elements despite its focus on PvP, but the real star is its complex battle system.

review by Josh Torres on 19 September, 2017

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review

The Ys series is back and its newest installment is simply remarkable.

review by Josh Torres on 30 August, 2017

Valkyria Revolution Review
Valkyria Revolution Review

Frustrating shortcomings in its abundant cutscenes and gameplay make this the weakest entry in the Valkyria series yet.

review by Josh Torres on 31 July, 2017

Dragon Quest Heroes II Review
Dragon Quest Heroes II Review

Massive enhancements to gameplay make this a wonderful action RPG to play, but its disappointing story holds it back from greatness.

review by Josh Torres on 20 May, 2017

Kamiko Review
Kamiko Review

A short hack n' slash that's disappointingly average at best despite glimpses of a better game underneath it.

review by Josh Torres on 07 May, 2017

Persona 5 Review
Persona 5 Review

Stylish, fun, and utterly relentless in its vision, Persona 5 delivers one of the best Japanese RPG experiences in years.

review by Alex Donaldson and Josh Torres on 29 March, 2017

Nier: Automata Review
Nier: Automata Review

Meticulously weaving gameplay and narrative together, Nier: Automata is Yoko Taro's magnum opus - succeeding brilliantly in expressing his vision.

review by Josh Torres on 06 March, 2017

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