The DioField Chronicle Reviews

The DioField Chronicle is ranked in the 44th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
95 / 100
Oct 4, 2022

The DioField Chronicle defied my expectations. It’s a solid strategy RPG that offers lots of depth both in gameplay and in the story. The Blue Foxes experience all the ups and downs and tragedy that come with war. The story does a good job of highlighting your place in the conflict. I really enjoyed the payoff that comes with developing the party through research. The combat encounters are challenging without being frustrating. In short, I loved this game. I’m surprised that I loved it! I’m not very good at real-time strategy games but The DioField Chronicle is accessible and great fun.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2022

Despite feeling like I've been knocking chunks out of The DioField Chronicle in much of my review, I did enjoy my time with the game quite a bit.  My enjoyment mainly came from the fun combat hook. It's the poorly slapped-on exploration or the high fantasy by numbers storyline that lets it down. It feels like an experimental title for Square Enix. Should we get a sequel, if they put more of a budget into the outside of combat sections you'd have pure gold on your hands. Sadly, as it stands you've got poorly rendered PS2 silver dropping through your fingers with this one.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2022

Maybe it's not quite as good as it could possibly be, as The Diofield Chronicle contain more ambitious ideas, but it's still a fun experience and I really hope it gets a sequel that addresses its design flaws and gives us a more interesting story based on what happened at the end of the game. I would recommend buying it when you get a good discount, as with current full price of the game I don't feel it's worth it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2022

The DioField Chronicle is a solid strategic RPG that manages to bring out the nuances of warfare on an island coveted by the ambitions of various individuals. Despite being a bit repetitive in combat design and a few hurried twists, it's a high-quality example of the genre and one that's well worth a try.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2022

The DioField Chronicle has an extremely addictive and well-constructed live-action combat system, as well as a beautiful artwork. However, it suffers from flat characters and an unattractive story.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2022

I look at Triangle Strategy as a game that does everything right that The Diofield Chronicle gets wrong. The story and characters aren’t inherently bad but are ultimately forgettable and uninteresting. The strategy gameplay is engaging and unique but fails to stick the landing. The visuals are pretty but simplistic and lack any sense of real identity. Not to mention the soundtrack and audio obscure good voice acting. At its current price of $59.99 USD, The Diofield Chronicle is difficult to recommend. Personally, I would wait for a sale and lower my expectations. There’s so much about this game that feels unfinished. I was surprised that it was installed from the disc on Xbox Series X and in the time that I played it, not once did the game require an update. To be honest, I think Square Enix simply got the game out and I’d be surprised if it received any improvements in the future.

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Unscored
Oct 3, 2022

Square Enix delivers a fascinating strategic game that will make lovers of the genre strive to find the different ways to achieve their goal. With a battle system that is easy to understand, the depth of the game and its formulas allow the challenge to reach as far as each one wants to go, achieving a personalized and dedicated experience for each player. The gameplay can become addictive due to its speed and the fun of the games, being framed by an interesting story, which although it varies between epic moments and weak moments that can make it irregular, in general it is quite inspired. We add to this an outstanding soundtrack and a characteristic design of the company.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2022

A unique approach to tactical RPG combat makes The DioField Chronicle a solid offering that lacks a worthwhile story and cast of characters to make the most of the game’s strengths.

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IGN
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2022

Real-time tactics meets old-timey politics in The DioField Chronicle, a fast-paced JRPG where quick and fun combat are paired with a generic story and some awkward controls.

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4 / 10
Sep 27, 2022

The semi-real-time battles are fun but a lack of depth soon dulls your enthusiasm for this limp Fire Emblem wannabe, as the rest of the game is taken up by tedious, choice-free conversations and lengthy cut scenes.

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5 / 10
Sep 21, 2022

The Diofield Chronicle is a pedestrian real-time tactics game that suffers from a lack of imagination.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2022

Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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6 / 10
Sep 26, 2022

The DioField Chronicle delivers a unique real-time spin on the usual tactics RPG experience, but it's marred by a boring story, unlikable characters, and inconsistent presentation. While the one saving grace is the addictive and always rewarding combat, missions fail to deliver the evolution or variety that some might expect. Overall, it's an interesting game, but not an altogether great one.

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80 / 100
Sep 23, 2022

The Diofield Chronicle has been a pleasant surprise. Square Enix pulls out of its sleeve a new tactical role-playing IP with deep and challenging real-time combat that brings a touch of freshness to the genre. Despite dragging narrative problems, if you like SRPG and master English, this game can earn a place on your console or PC.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2022

A tactical rpg where tactics is not deep enough. The story and characters are believable and unexpectedly logical, but in a genre where strategy is an integral part of the experience you would expect to be actually strategic to win. This is not the exact case, sadly, but it's still an enjoyable experience, though.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
Sep 27, 2022

Where Octopath was fairly heavily promoted by Nintendo, however, it does feel like Diofield has been tossed into the ocean of the market to sink or swim. It’s the sort of game that probably doesn’t float very easily, either. It’s the sort of product that requires some marketing-shaped buoyancy aids. It was never going to cruise to success - and now I fear it never will. But it’s worth a look – and hopefully its ideas will go forward in other future projects. They’re certainly worth revisiting.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2022

The DioField Chronicle is an epic strategy RPG where you're fully engrossed in its story, and throughout every beautifully constructed battle. It features an in-depth battle structure and upgrading system, where you're constantly mixing up strategies on the fly.

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Unscored
Sep 22, 2022

Its stunning real-time battles with tactical pause are packed with drama and visual flourishes, but The DioField Chronicle's convoluted story and deeply questionable cast hold it back from true greatness.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2022

Sure enough with its relatively simplistic challenge, brisk battles and unspectacular presentation, The DioField Chronicle will likely struggle to find an audience among the burgeoning throng of armchair generals looking for their next tactical fix. For everyone else however who would like to a dip a toe or two in those genre waters, The DioField Chronicle is the sort of easily accessible, dip-in/dip-out tactical RPG that you need in your life right now.

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6 / 10
Sep 26, 2022

All in all, The DioField Chronicle is a decent strategy RPG. Its characters certainly won't live long in the memory, and it can be a an unnecessary grind, but it's well crafted and fairly engaging on the battlefield.

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