While The Council's meager finale is indicative of its inability to meet the lofty expectations it set for itself early on, there's still a lot to like for fans of the genre. Your acceptance and enjoyment of the story's twists and shoddy lore will determine just how much you like it, though.
The Council continues to be unabashedly unpredictable in its twists and turns, but Episode Four's character developments leave much to be desired. Its Social Influence system remains a fun mechanic, but an "overpowered" Louis renders the skill tree mostly moot.
Major plot revelations and tense confrontations highlight what may be the most controversial episode of The Council yet.
DQXI is a fantastically fun romp through a gorgeous world that delivers on its promise of an epic, if conventional, JRPG adventure.
The PC version of Ys: Memories of Celceta polishes the blazing fast combat, rocking music, and fun-to-explore environments of the original to a shine and is a must play for fans of the series.
Fallen Legion has some innovative ideas that shake up the action RPG formula a bit, but the lackluster execution fails to capitalize on its promise.
Seven combines parkour, stealth, and larceny with an intriguing setting to create an incredibly enjoyable isometric RPG experience that's slightly dampened by perpetual glitches.
The best parts of The Council, namely the skill and Social Influence systems, are still strong. The slower pace and mediocre puzzles of Episode Two degrade the experience a bit, though.
A very promising start to a series with an intriguing story, interesting setting, and a unique spin on choice-based narratives.
If you can get your hands on a Super NES Classic, you may be better off playing the original instead.
Episode Five is a step back for the series in multiple ways, leading to a conclusion that feels rushed and minimally fulfilling.
If you still needed a reason to buy a Switch, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is it.
Episode Four improves on its predecessor in most ways and sets the stage for an explosive finale.
A challenging yet accessible dungeon crawler that rewards thoughtful party construction and thorough exploration.
A fantastically grim fantasy experience slightly soured by porting issues.
The midpoint of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy treads water without making any significant improvements to gameplay.
This is not the Persona you're looking for, but battles are a blast.
A slow but solid start to the series that should please fans of the movies.
Under Pressure provides more of the same with plenty of room for improvement.
It's a solid homage to beloved 16-bit RPGs of yore, but it lacks the magic and depth that made them unmissable classics.