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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky

Aksys Games, tri-Ace
Oct 18, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 5
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

God is a Geek
7.5 / 10
GamingTrend
65 / 100
Push Square
5 / 10
ZTGD
7.5 / 10
PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10
Wccftech
7.5 / 10
Slant Magazine
2.5 / 5
Twinfinite
3 / 5
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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky - Teaser Gameplay Trailer - PS4, PS Vita [Japan]

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Critic Reviews for Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky

The Valkyrie Profile successor you always wanted in both the good and the bad ways.

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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky is a test as much as a game, with some interesting new ideas being applied to a pretty standard JRPG. There are some highs and some lows, but the overall product is lacking in severe ways that are amplified by the generally promising new concepts. However, a strong story and some exploration options make this a game to consider.

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Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky is an advertisement for the mantra that less is more. There's an enjoyable ten hour game here, but it's buried in a repetitive and frustrating forty hour experience in which the majority of the content not only feels superfluous, but actually detrimental to the whole. The story it tells might be good enough to justify grinding through the uninspired battles and platforming sections were the game dramatically shorter, but as it is the sporadic narrative can't save what is a largely tedious affair.

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ZTGD

7.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Exist Archive is a title elevated by its superb combat that remained enjoyable even after a thousand encounters. However, it doesn’t have much more to offer outside of the combat, as there’s a serious lack of variety in the overall gameplay. The repetitive nature of exploring one dungeon after another, punctuated by the odd event here and there played against my patience. Even though I can safely say that I enjoyed my initial playthrough, I can’t say the same about the prospect of playing through it once more to get an alternative ending.

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There’s a lot to be had here, but the PS Vita version of Exist Archive could have used some more attention. Still, in the proper hands, there’s plenty of JRPG goodness to get lost in.

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While it may not be the timeless classic that the original Valkyrie Profile strived to be so many years ago, Exist Archive takes that inspirational gameplay and infuses it with more modern tropes.

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Exist Archive is bound to end up as a footnote, perpetually overshadowed by the titles that it so earnestly emulates.

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I can’t say that this is a game that will appeal to everyone however, as the grinding it requires can easily turn you off of the experience. So much of the game feels like superfluous padding that oftentimes gets in the way of enjoying the story and aesthetic.

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