I Am Setsuna

Rating Summary

Based on 107 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

Based on 107 critic reviews
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Recommended
Jul 19, 2016

Not just a loving tribute to the JRPGs of the 90s, I Am Setsuna tells a memorable tale, with a few bright design jewels of its own.

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70 / 100
Jul 19, 2016

A beautiful JRPG that captures the spirit of the genre's early hits while playing things a tad too safely.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2016

A lack of balance robs the combat of much of its fun and renders many of the more interesting gameplay systems moot, but it didn’t dampen the emotional impact of I Am Setsuna’s heartfelt message for me. Few story-driven RPGs are so thematically focused or so gleefully disinterested with being “entertaining” or “fun.” To say it attempts to stand on the backs of giants is disingenuous really. I Am Setsuna isn’t a “Chrono Trigger-like;” it’s just a game that might easily have existed in the same time, if a creator with different storytelling sensibilities had been around. Its strength comes not from the ways in which it emulates the conventions of the classics, but the ways in which it defies them.

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Mar 1, 2017

I Am Setsuna aims to invoke the spirit of classic 16-Bit JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, but its obtuse combat and monotonous pacing keep it from reaching those lofty heights.

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7 / 10
Jul 20, 2016

A well-crafted homage to Chrono Trigger, which isn’t scared to add its own ideas – ensuring this is far more than just a nostalgic novelty.

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Aug 8, 2016
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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 18, 2016

It may be bland, but the experience doesn’t make any unforgiveable missteps. The combat has occasional moments of brilliance that recall the glory days of ‘90s RPGs

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7 / 10
Jul 18, 2016

I Am Setsuna is an unapologetic homage to beloved Japanese RPGs that plays well but takes few risks. Tokyo RPG Factory has accomplished their implied mission statement: to make Japanese RPGs the way many of us remember them back in the day. As a result, I Am Setsuna walks in the footsteps of giants, and is thus dwarfed by the memories of games that inspired it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2016

I Am Setsuna is a somber yet joyful nostalgia trip

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Unscored
Jul 19, 2016

Oddball design decisions aside, I Am Setsuna is a lovely little tale and a game that’s well worth your time. At ~20 hours, it never feels dull or grindy, and in fact it felt like a perfect length for what the game wants to achieve.

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