Lost Sphear Reviews

Lost Sphear is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10
Mar 18, 2018

Take a step back though, and it’s easy to come to appreciate the long strides forward that Lost Sphear has made toward compared to the previous game. There are far more daring ideas here in comparison, resulting in a game that has plenty of comprehensive systems at play to delve into, even if the story that it looks to impart isn’t as meaningful. Those looking for a classic role-playing game to sink some time into on Nintendo won’t go far wrong in considering it, but remember that it isn’t without its flaws.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

What I can tell you is that I have definitely enjoyed my time playing Lost Sphear and I'm already thinking if Square Enix is considering a sequel. Even though I feel that Tokyo RPG Factory focuses too much on trying to apply the Chrono Trigger formula to their new game, I still believe that Lost Sphear is a step in the right direction.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 9, 2018

Backed up by modern technology, Lost Sphear offers a thoroughly engaging take on the classic RPG formula.

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7.2 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

Generally, Lost Sphear is exactly what it looks like. A modern game based on good old titles which present nothing new. However, as it benefits from good gameplay and heavy content – 24-hour story gameplay –, Lost Sphear can be an appropriate experience for all fans of role-playing games.

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6 / 10
Mar 6, 2018

Together with the lack of voice acting and other minor flaws, it’s hard to justify the game’s rather high price tag, as its production values just don’t seem to be in line with titles at this price point. There is some fun to be had here if you are fond of classic JRPGs – and I would recommend it for such people – but I would wait for a good sale before considering this one.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

Going to the past, if the use of proven concepts is done in a smart way can definitely a game. But using all these concepts that have been used a lot is like walking on a string, something Lost Sphear hasn't handled well and has preferred  mimicking instead of originality. These days we see so many games like each other, so there really isn't a need for a JRPG with a nostalgic look and feel but a clichéd story and this puts a stop to all the potential Lost Sphear has in it

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Digiato
Shayan Karami
Top Critic
74 / 100
Mar 1, 2018

At the end of the day, Lost Sphear is a game that somehow satisfies our thirst for a turn-based JRPG but falls short to be inspirational due to its lack of innovation in story and a repetitive gameplay.

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David Lovato
Top Critic
7 / 10
Feb 28, 2018

At the end of the day, it's a fun game with pretty visuals, an interesting battle system, enjoyable characters (that are well-acted), and a must-have for fans of classic JRPGs of the SNES era.

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Feb 27, 2018

While it, without a doubt, improves on almost every aspect of its predecessor, it also manages to do a “two steps forward; one step back” shuffle. That particular jig is what makes it difficult to suggest, especially for the asking price ($50USD as of this review). Despite the hefty story and gear progression issues, I think this game would definitely be worth a purchase on a sale. It may even be worth the dive for some at full price, but you should be aware of its shortcomings before making that decision. Ultimately, it is hard to recommend Lost Sphear when there are games like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 near the same price point that arguably offer a much more riveting experience.

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Wait for Sale
Feb 24, 2018

Lost Sphear is an RPG that does its best to remind you of the classic genre titles that have preceded it, titles such as Chrono Trigger and the earlier Final Fantasy entries. Where this is obvious is in the overall tone and direction of the game, borrowing and reviving many old tropes and dusting off some familiar clichés. Where this fails though, is in the execution. When your company and the games it produces are focused on paying homage to the RPG greats of the last century, your new titles tend to lose a little of their own unique identity in service of “Remember this?” mechanics and nostalgic gameplay moments. I’d say if you didn’t have much else to do, Lost Sphear could probably occupy you for a little while, but there are many other titles I’d recommend, especially those classics, before I’d find myself willingly playing this one again.

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60%
Feb 22, 2018

Lost Sphear is a game of two sides, on one hand, it takes us on a trip rife with nostalgia that can bring a smile to our face whilst on the other hand it crams this nostalgia down our throat without giving us a chance to get deeply into any individual element. During my time with the game, I experienced boredom and frustration with some enjoyment thrown in for good measure. It's a game that borrows from our past but loses itself a bit in the process. Is it the best JRPG? No, certainly not but it does deliver glimmers of a great game.

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Unscored
Feb 20, 2018

When you dig below the surface its messy game mechanics and uninteresting characters fail to live up to expectations. Despite the issues, it’s not a terrible game, but it is missing the charm that made the classic games it is trying to emulate so great.

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Feb 19, 2018

When more exciting retro-styled throwbacks like Project Octopath Traveler are on the horizon, Tokyo RPG Factory really need to take a look at what they're going to do with their next game to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 18, 2018

Lost Sphear may be the homage factory it was intended to be, but thanks to mixing elements of yesteryear together in such a smart way, it ends up feeling like its own, unique beast. Inevitably, it falls victim to the age-old argument of "Is it fair to compare this to other games," and because it is designed to imitate those games, it obviously is. Truth be told, while some of it sags, Lost Sphear is one of the best games to come out imitating those highly revered titles, and any fan of those '90s RPGs would be a fool not to give it a chance.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2018

For those that really enjoyed a return to the SNES era of RPGs with I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear will be right up your alley. There aren’t too many things that feel incredibly innovative, but the sense of nostalgia and solid game mechanics make Lost Sphear at least worth checking out once it gets a price drop.

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Feb 13, 2018

Lost Sphear fails to live up to the classic feeling while playing it. They improved some elements but it isn't the game that I expected.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2018

Lost Sphear is a bit of a hard sell to people who are not fans of JRPGS and even though the writing and characters are quite stereotypical, the story has a lot of heart. The battle system and customization options make for a fun game.

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8 / 10
Feb 11, 2018

Lost Sphear is a great deal for fans of old school J-RPGs. Despite its sometimes boring dungeons it has a good story and an interesting combat system.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

Lost Sphear can be enjoyable but struggles with its own pace and game development

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Unscored
Feb 8, 2018

It starts to feel similarly passive-aggressive in the way it does things, too, including a fake ending that plays out countless hours of busywork prior to the real ending. That means we’re dealing with pacing issues in a game that, like its predecessor, still agonizes fruitlessly over how it can best pay homage to Chrono Trigger’s legacy while blatantly ignoring the things that were actually good about that game.

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