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There’s a mystery to be solved and adventure to be had, sure, but that’s standard operating procedure for fantasy games like this. Where Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE stands out is in its approach to modernity.
It's humble and it has heart. It tries too hard and it even stumbles from time to time, but what it stumbles onto is something good. It deserves fair criticism because it actually makes an honest effort.
Effortlessly, it’s the best game that has been released on the Wii U, and, given the games to come, discounting Zelda as an NX launch title, it will be the best game that will ever be released on the Wii U.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE isn’t just a side note in the Persona series; it is an evolution of it by taking many of the systems that people are familiar with, but enhancing them and making them more fun to use and develop. It is a master class in JRPG making, and one of the best games in the genre that I have play in a long time. Well, probably since Persona 4 Golden!
A resplendent addition to the Atlus catalogue, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE draws from two acclaimed series and outshines them both with an innovative combat system, radiant in-game world and charming cast of characters.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE effortlessly delivers a performance of a lifetime, arriving as a near swansong for Wii U. It never misses a beat, packed with vibrancy not only in the kaleidoscopic palette but the soaring soundtrack that energises the entire experience.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is one of the best turn-based RPGs to be released in recent years and the best of its genre in the Wii U catalogue. While it does not reach a perfect balance between the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series and it certainly could have a more inspiring plot, its length, the fun and deep moments of combat and dungeon exploration are more than enough to genuinely attract any RPG fan to this title.
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE's first few hours can be frustrating as you wait for the game to open up. Once it does, though, it's a delight — this is an excellent new take on Shin Megami Tensei's combat, combined with a fresh narrative and lovable characters that infectiously idealize Japan's music industry.
There are very few RPGs that I wanted to see 100% completed, but darn, I am glad that it is this one. The game is nuts, lives in its own little world and doesn't take no for an answer. And you know what? That is why I will be playing it again and again in the years to come.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is not only the best JRPG to come out for the Wii U, it’s likely the best JRPG we have seen in this generation, period. Atlus is going to have their work cut out for them if they are going to one-up themselves with Persona 5.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is hours and hours of fun in itself. Combined with some great world-building dialogue and character development, and bolstered by a great soundtrack, this is one of the better games for the Wii U, hands down. Despite its niche audience, the appeal to fans of both series should be readily apparent and will more than suffice for fans who seek a good dungeon exploring RPG.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE exceeded my expectations from when I first saw the E3 trailer, and this is coming from someone who’s never played a Shin Megami Tensei game before. While the story is okay and the graphics are pretty nice, it’s the battle system that keeps me coming back. While the game is only six chapters, there is a lot of story and Idolosphere exploring to add a lot of hours to the game that make it feel worthwhile.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE steals the spotlight with gorgeous visuals, memorable characters, and fast-paced, slightly over the top combat. While the gameplay won't exactly feel familiar to long time Fire Emblem fans, the characters and the relationships that they share will feel comfortingly familiar. While the developers could have gone a little further to stay true to the original inspiration for the game, there's still a lot to love about the brilliant and colourful idol-centric setting. Ultimately, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE delivers an encore worthy performance.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE takes a lot from the Shin Megami Tensei series and mixes in some Fire Emblem-flavored icing, and the results were fantastic. It's a superb RPG with a lot to offer, and is a must-have game for Wii U owners.
For its beautiful style, and exciting battles, I give Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE a 9/10. While it probably won't convince you to buy one, it is a must play for any JRPG fan who currently owns a Wii U.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a mash-up made in JRPG heaven. While combat and gameplay will feel by-the-numbers for Persona fans, the style, soundtrack, characters and overall levity of this game is endearing, and makes for one of the most engaging, fun RPGs in recent memory.
If you do happen to fall into the specific niche that this game seems to be geared toward, then you certainly have an amazing time ahead of you. It's fun, stylish, fast-paced and extremely well-designed.
With gameplay mechanics that are so riveting, it is a shame that the game’s title and localization will leave it forever left out of the mainstream. However, those that decide to pick up the latest Shin Megami Tensei title will be pleasantly delighted by its gameplay and dungeon deisgn. With a near barren summer release schedule this year, Tokyo Mirage Session is the perfect game to sink hours and hours into.
If you embrace the cheesiness of the whole thing you'll find that this wonderful idol trash makes for an excellent original JRPG. Like its cast of wannabe singers and actors, Tokyo Mirage Sessions never aspires to do anything more than entertain, but it does that very well.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has proved to be a surprising game. The gameplay is definitetly the most interesting part of it, because it's frantic and really fun. We particularly recommend it to all of JRPG players in general, especially to fans of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series.
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I just want to start by saying that I’ve been waiting at least 5 years for this game. I had already been well into the Fire Emblem series when I first played Persona 3 and Persona 4. It was shortly after playing those, and loving them, that a friend informed me of a rumor of a crossover of the series. Back then, it had only been a rumor with no details to when or how it would come to life. So I imagined and dreamed up scenarios for how the two separate style of games would merge. These imaginations of mine looked nothing like Tokyo Mirage, but this game is everything I never knew I wanted.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions is the kind of wonderful surprise that you find in your stockings during Christmas morning. It’s quirky for sure and has its rough spots but its mix of stellar production values and solid take on classic turn-based JRPG combat makes it a must have for fans of the genre. Add much welcome nods to Shin Megami Tensei, Persona and Fire Emblem and you’ve got one of the best gaming surprises of the year so far.
All in all, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is not only one of the best Wii U games I have played in years, but also one of the best JRPGs I put my hands on in a while. If you own a Wii U, Tokyo Mirage is a must-have in your library. Whether you are a die-hard Shin Megami Tensei or Persona fan, this game will scratch that itch. Despite some half-baked and unnecessary localization, the game is a unique spin on a tried-and-true formula, and one of the best JRPGs to ever grace a Nintendo console this decade.
A Solid and deep JRPG, with an exceptional attention to detail. Unfortunately, it suffers for a swinging rhythm and a certain redundancy narrative.
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is control under the illusion of chaos. The alliance between two divergent properties seems tenuous, but when was the last time a Fire Emblem or MegaTen game didn't exceed expectations? Why wouldn't a late-term Wii U game gleefully erupt inside of its doomed platform? Sacrificed (somewhere) were elements of surprise and spontaneity, locking Tokyo Mirage Sessions to a rigid course, but its overall performance leaves little doubt of its capability; Nintendo and Atlus saved one of the best for last.
A truly solid JRPG that combines deep combat, intricate strategy and customization with cute and funny story-telling and characters. It doesn't offering anything particularly new to the genre, but it's still a perfectly enjoyable experience.
While this game has already released in Japan, it fizzled out for reasons I don’t understand. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE seems to be mostly faithful to both wildly popular games from which it draws inspiration. Hopefully it will find a second wind and catch on in NA and EU, as I’ve stumbled upon quite the treat with Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has a little bit of Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei for flavor, but honestly the title stands out as its own thing. Fans of Shin Megami Tensei spinoff Persona will find a lot to love: great characters, a heavy dose of Japanese entertainment, and a solid battle system. And if you're a Wii U owner, this is a great RPG to close out the system's lifespan.
Almost like a diet Persona of sorts, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE doesn't feel like Atlus took any half-measures, but by that same token, it doesn't do anything spectacular either or expand upon its previous work. While folks probably won't be rushing out to buy a Wii U for it anytime soon, the famed publisher has once again proved that it is at the top of the food chain when it comes to JRPGs.
All in all, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is an RPG that's roughly 85% Shin Megami Tensei, 15% Fire Emblem, and somehow ends up feeling like something completely separate from either of the two. It strikes a middle ground that's rooted in the format of many modern role playing titles, boasting an energetic and dynamic combat system all wrapped up in a setting that takes J-Pop cheesiness to astral heights. While it's so extremely niche that we doubt it'll convert any nonbelievers in the slightest, there's a remarkably lengthy and enjoyable experience to be found here for anyone that doesn't already have stage-fright. Even if the idea of pop-star superheroes is an immediate turn off, a slew of rewarding mechanics might just be enough to pull you back in. Whether you ignore the silliness or embrace it, we'd dare say that any title featuring a rocket-powered cyborg pegasus is worth investigating.
In a lot of ways, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a lot like the industry it’s poking fun at: it’s colorful, loud, shallow, and entertaining. Even when it threatened to bore or frustrate me into quitting with pointless loading screens and weak puzzle solving, it always drew me back in with its dazzling combat and catchy music. The story and characters may not have a lot of depth or sophistication, but it has style and charm, and I’m a big fan of that.
There are plot holes that could sink ships and enemies that are little more than 1 dimensional characters. That’s not even touching upon the massive amount of changes this game dealt with in localization, but I really didn’t want to get into that in this review. If you’re looking for more information on that I’ll place several links in the disclosure.
The callbacks to both Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei are both extremely subtle, but they work and it would be tough to fault anybody for calling Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE a worthy entry in the Persona series and it’s another fantastic addition to any struggling Wii U library.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is too much of a traditional JRPG to bring new players to Wii U, but it’s a solid exclusive that Shin Megami Tensei or Persona fans will adore.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a good JRPG that sadly falls short of greatness due to missteps that you wouldn’t expect to see in a modern game. In all likelihood this will be amongst the final major releases for the Wii U, and in many ways Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE’s moments of pure joy sandwiched between poorly thought out elements mirror the lifecycle of its host console.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE promises spectacle, and boy does it deliver—but all the flashy scenes, Fire Emblem cameos, and J-Pop in the world can’t cover up cramped world design and loads and loads of loading.
While Tokyo Mirage Sessions is only going to appeal to a niche audience, it's a solid enough JRPG in its own right that it's worth checking out even if you're not a fan of either SMT or FE. However if you're in it for the story, you're likely to be disappointed.