Percentile Rank

Crystar is ranked in the 38th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Aug 8, 2019

FuRyu continues to be the publisher to watch for anyone who likes their games with a bit of genuine artistic credibility.

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Final Weapon
Aug 21, 2019

A truly unique and wonderful experience, Crystar tells a story that will stick with its players through to the end and beyond. Highly recommended.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Aug 16, 2019

Crystar is a great action-RPG with some fascinating twists. Crying is not only a key aspect to boosting your strength in battle, but it enables you to create more powerful gear. Be prepared for mentions of tragic and depressing topics, but remember that they work to enforce the ideas of "showing your emotions as a strength" and the sometimes overlooked issues that others face each day.

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GamePitt
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Despite the combat and gameplay becoming slightly monotonous if going for the platinum (due to a lot of grinding), CRYSTAR is a beautiful game which evokes a lot of emotions through its brilliant narrative and haunting Memoirs. Just when you think the game is over, you realise you’ve barely begun as you get whisked back to the start in order to build upon the experiences you had the first time and pick new paths to uncover a new narrative each time. This brilliant mechanic along with the memorable protagonists, absolutely superb voice acting, mesmerising music, and truly disturbing lost Memoirs of those you execute, all combine into an experience you shouldn’t miss if you love action RPG games with an emotional narrative and fantastical visuals.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2019

CRYSTAR won’t be competing with Devil May Cry in the video game as video game-ass video game department, but as a story it absolutely earned its spot on my shelf.

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GaminGuardian
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2019

Maybe it will not conquer your heart for being the best ARPG in the market, but can do it for its dark and mature narrative, its treatment of complicated issues and the philosophy present here.

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Just Push Start
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2019

It doesn't matter if Crystar is a bit on the simpler side or that the story has some familiar plot beats, it tells a tale that is insightful. It won't take much to want to reunite the sisters and it's an adventure that rings true for some. Toss in gameplay that might not change the world but is a blast to experience and it's a solid adventure that is easy to see the value of experiencing.

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ThisGenGaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

While the combat mechanics weren’t very deep or innovative the dark storyline of Crystar is what you really should be checking this game out for.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 13, 2019

Despite having one of the most interesting and artistically distinct stories amongst modern JRPGs, Crystar is a game severely limited by its simplistic combat that keeps it from reaching the high level that it could've reached.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Crystar offers an interesting, thoughtful story that extends into a couple of the gameplay mechanics and actually makes a bestiary something interesting to read for a change. It looks and sounds good as well, making the time spent with Rei on her quest an entertaining one. However, repetition is bound to set in at some point due to a somewhat shallow combat system and a lack of variety in enemies and environments. If you can overlook the somewhat repetitive nature of the gameplay, Crystar felt like time well spent due to the narrative and characters.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
DualShockers
Cameron Hawkins

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2019

Crystar is a competent Action RPG with a compelling narrative but suffers due to mostly everything else it has to offer.

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Video Chums
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2019

Crystar presents a truly unique and consistent game world with simple and enjoyable action RPG dungeon crawling.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2019

With an insane (but great) storyline, borderline inappropriate dialogue and the fascination with crying aside of course, CRYSTAR is a decent little game. The combat and other things tend to be repetitive, but there's enough different things in here to keep the experience fresh. And after all, even with all of the gameplay flaws, you can still PET THE DAMN DOG.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 27, 2019

Crystar pairs an original and compelling story with fairly average gameplay.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Aug 12, 2019

Unfortunately, with the less than stellar combat mechanics, the lack of enemy variety and the lack of differentiating dungeons, it may not entice players who also want fluid gameplay. However for fans who do like narrative-driven and linear games along with dark themes and gorgeous designs, then this is definitely a title that should be added to your library.

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RPGamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2019

The game tells an engaging story, but repetitiveness and mediocre combat hold it back from being a heavenly experience.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 10, 2019

Crystar is a good story with serious themes and interesting characters, which gets bogged down in a swamp of dull one-button gameplay, monotonous corridors, the same opponents and artificially prolonged gameplay. If the developers reduced the length to 10 hours, corrected the camera and combat mechanics, or simply released a visual novel, thousands of players would be much happier.

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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 20, 2019

What starts as a somewhat entertaining action RPG ends up falling apart and overstaying its welcome.

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RPG Fan
50%
50%
Aug 25, 2019

Ultimately, Crystar is a case of "be careful what you wish for." What at first appears to be an excellent deal — a game with fast-paced action combat, stunning graphics, and a story that takes women and people of varied sexualities seriously — turns out to be deeply disappointing,

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

5 / 10
Nov 27, 2019

Endless grind, very slow progression, and an abysmal battle system, are the major knocks against what would otherwise be an average experience. The story itself is unique, but hardly goes into depth instead relying far more on shock-value of events occurring rather than actual meaning. Unfortunate, really, as the plot serves up a huge potential for some interesting questions, or dialogue - things that are completely missing.

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GameGrin
4 / 10.0
GameGrin
Jessica Robinson

Top Critic

4 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2019

A trigger warning in game form - without any trigger warnings. Had a lot of potential, but unfortunately misses the mark.

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