Tales of the Abyss review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Tales of the Abyss for Nintendo 3DS. A good JRPG is a balancing act. You need the right amount of pre-battle planning to contrast with in-battle tactics and action, you need dungeons just the right length, and you need a story that starts out accessible but runs deep. Tales of the Abyss nails a couple of those points, but then some jerk named Leon storms in, throws a hissy fit, knocks over everything you've tried to build, and stomps off like a child. It's tough to enjoy a game when you want to reach through the screen and slap the protagonist. Over and over again. And it's in 3D, which would make his pain even more beautiful. This video review features video gameplay footage of Tales of the Abyss for 3DS and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's TJ.
Beyond The Beyond review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Beyond The Beyond for Sony Playstation. Games can sometimes be panned for not being innovative enough, while others do too much at once. How about a game that only changes a few things about a well-known and easy to pick up formula, without over stepping its bounds? That's what Camelot (The same company that brought us awesome games like Golden Sun and even Shining Force) produced in 1996 with Beyond The Beyond. While the graphics in the game look SNES era, the music is kind of unforgettable, and the random encounters are many, Beyond The Beyond did make a few small changes to a simple battle system and made a very underrated video game. It's a JRPG, so expect the normal stuff like breaking an annoying curse, saving your home kingdom from certain doom, and witness the deaths of the main characters friends. While a little cliché and made to be a very safe and comfy experience, Beyond The Beyond is a game that fans of Dragon Quest, Phantasy Star, and similar games will enjoy. This video review features video gameplay footage of Beyond The Beyond on the Sony Playstation, and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's Jonathan.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 for PlayStation 2. I'm breaking this review in half, because if any game deserves it, it's this 100-hour mustard-tinged monstrosity. A sleepy mountain town is rocked by serial homicides, and it's up to one detective... yeah, right. This is a JRPG. It's up to the detective's NEPHEW and a team of high-school students to jump into televisions, slaughter shadows, and confront their inner conflicts made manifest in tarot-centric turn-based combat. Eat absurdly hot tofu ramen to improve your courage! Play with a cat to enhance understanding and compassion! Use these traits to get a hot date! If only high school were this interesting. (Well, without the "fog killing people" part.) This video review features video gameplay footage of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 for PS2 and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's TJ.
Custom Robo Review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRUndertow review of Custom Robo, developed by NOISE and published by Nintendo for the Gamecube. As a bounty hunter with the Steel Hearts, your job is to commandeer battle mechas called Robos and customize them to your heart's content, with over 125 customizable guns, bombs, pods, and legs. A decent combination of JRPG story elements and high-intensity combat inside the Holosseum will leave you hooked. This video review features video gameplay footage of Custom Robo and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's Eric.
Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow video game review of Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, developed by Monolith Soft and published by Namco for the PlayStation 2 (PS2). This title is a must- have for fans of anime and Japanese RPGs, with an excellent cast of characters and a spacey 41st century sci-fi setting, full of psychological twists and turns and cultural references. Defend humankind against the alien Gnosis attack with Shion Uzuki, a young female chief of development and research, and her cyborg project, KOS-MOS, along with a slew of supporting characters worthy of any JRPG. This CGRundertow video game review features video gameplay footage of Xenosaga Part I: Der Wille zur Macht, on the PS2, and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's Eric.
Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Odin Sphere for the PlayStation 2 (PS2). Five heroes -- a valkyrie, a rabbit prince, a dark knight, a fairy princess, and an enigmatic witch -- come together in this strange hybrid of side-scrolling beat-'em-up and esoteric JRPG, where sheep really do grow on trees and your hit points have their own experience points. Developed by Vanillaware and published by Atlus. This video game review features video gameplay footage of Odin Sphere and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's T.J.
Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow video game review of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, developed by Gust and published by Nippon Ichi for the PlayStation 2 and PSP. In this Japanese RPG (JRPG) from 2007, an eerily Harry Potter-like band of students from a school for Alchemic studies get into adventures, hauntings, and study halls in pursuit of whatever their professors tell them to fetch, but they find much more than they bargained for. Isn't that what always happens? This CGRundertow video game review features video gameplay footage of Mana Khemia for the PS2 and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's TJ.
Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Hyperdimension Neptunia from Idea Factory, Compile Heart and NIS America for the PlayStation 3. Hyperdimension Neptunia is a bizarre video game even for bizarre video games. The combat is convoluted, the story is ridiculous and the innuendo is a little overbearing, but unlike other bizarre JRPGs, Hyperdimension Neptunia is aware of it. The game has a terrific sense of humor that has fun with its audience, its industry and even itself. Things get started with a battle between four goddesses, a war that has evidently been raging for many years. You play as the goddess Neptune, but in the middle of the battle, your fellow goddesses decide to team up and get rid of you. They are Black Heart, who watches over the industrial realm of Lastation; White Heart, who rules over the ivory realm of Lowee; and Green Heart, the voluptuous goddess of Leanbox. This video review features video gameplay footage of Hyperdimension Neptunia for the PlayStation 3 and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's Derek.
Radiant Historia review. Classic Game Room presents a CGRundertow review of Radiant Historia (developed by Index, published by Atlus) for Nintendo DS. The JRPG isn't dead. Not by any means. And as long as I have games like Radiant Historia to play while keeping a vigil for Bravely Default, I'll be fine. I haven't had this much fun destroying any semblance of chronological order since Chrono Trigger. The only bad side is... the game's a royal bear to put one's hands on these days, and it makes me want to go back and play Radiata Stories (just 'cuz the name's so similar). And that'll make me want to play Star Ocean 2. And then I won't stop. This video review features video gameplay footage of Radiant Historia for Nintendo DS and audio commentary from Classic Game Room's TJ.
Suikoden Tactics review. *******www.ClassicGameRoom**** Shop CGR shirts & mugs! *******www.CGRstore**** Classic Game Room reviews SUIKODEN TACTICS for PlayStation 2 from Konami released in 2005, a tactical turn-based strategy game with lots of characters and a heavy emphasis on elemental powers. Kyril and friends are out to stop Rune Cannons and fight the fish people in this massive, lengthy and complex turn-based JRPG with strategic gameplay similar to Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vandal Hearts and Front Mission. CGR Suikoden Tactics video review features PS2 gameplay of Suikoden Tactics.
Tales of Vesperia review. *******www.ClassicGameRoom**** Shop CGR shirts & hats! *******www.CGRstore**** Classic Game Room reviews TALES OF VESPERIA for Xbox 360 from Namco Bandi released in 2008, a massive, high production value JRPG with likeable characters and loads of fighting!
It's our penultimate episode of The Destructoid Show, and we've got some exciting things to talk about! Sony announced a new PS Vita Slim AND the Vita TV in Japan this week, Ubisoft is developing a fairy tale JRPG and a game about World War I, and Call of Duty: Ghosts has ASTRONAUTS with GUNS! What more could you possibly want?!
Xenosaga: Episode 1 review. *******www.ClassicGameRoom**** Classic Game Room reviews XENOSAGA EPISODE 1 for PlayStation 2 from 2003! Giant Zohars, androids and Gnosis oh my! It's the first Xenosaga game in the PlayStation 2 JRPG series. Run around well rendered, albeit contained environments, battle enemies with turn-based combat and watch hours of well directed cut-scenes. It's XENOSAGA!!
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