With the proper people, equipment, and time to play and fully utilize Guilt Battle Arena, the game is relatively fun pioneering on a simplistic and straightforward idea. However, it is easy to see how simplicity can easily fall into mediocrity, especially when that's all it has going for it.
With a combat mechanic that doesn't execute very well and an unfortunate AI, the repetitive hacking & slashing at times becomes a drag until you hit the next flashy move or even cutscene. Above all, just make sure you don't play this in front of grandma or grandpa.
Even with the new additional content in this "Game of the Year" like instalment, it would have been more ideal for the new content to be a DLC package for Deception IV: Blood Ties instead of part of this re-released version. The new content is far from bad – it's actually great and well worth to experience, but you're still getting the same game with the same gameplay mechanics, just with a bit more goodies.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is largely a visual novel experience full of anime tropes leaning towards the harem genre. While there are interesting turn-based battles to experience, there isn't any depth to them and merely gives you a 'feels good, looks great' experience without any challenge whatsoever. It's a streamlined experience that you should sit back and mindlessly enjoy, but nothing more.
While it may be too simplistic for some, Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale is meant to be a light-hearted and mellow adventure.
All in all, Samurai Warriors 4-II holds up extremely well on its own; however, when compared to Samurai Warriors 4, it might not be as extraordinary especially money wise. Nonetheless, even if you have played though Samurai Warriors 4, there are still great things for you to experience like the story mode, survival mode, and revamped upgrade system.
Atelier Firis is a light-hearted and enjoyable JRPG where you can put your alchemy skills to the test.