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Lost Sphear

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The next evolution in this new golden age of JRPG’s arrives with LOST SPHEAR, bringing a fresh take on classic RPG gameplay! A young man, who suffered a phenomenon that he had never seen, faces an ominous power that threatens the fabric of reality. Awaken the power of Memory to restore what was lost! Muster different Memory and craft the world around you in a journey to save the world. The adventure of LOST SPHEAR begins in a remote town of Elgarthe where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing. KEY FEATURES: Unique and powerfully unforgettable storyline with seamless gameplay Enhanced Battle System with new ATB 2.0 offering more freedom in combat Vulcosuits Armour - equip your characters to gain enhanced abilities in battle or on the field Moonlight Battleground mode – Exciting colosseum to fight previously fought and new bosses
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

If you're expecting a JRPG masterpiece, this game isn't that. Don't compare it to any of those.
If anything, compare to I am Setsuna, cause this game recycled a lot of things from it (battle system, atmosphere, characters are pretty much the same role-wise .. ...).
The story goes on and on, so you get your money's worth, alright. It's not boring. The music is lovely. Some areas (see Mirror Lake) are absolutely beautiful, both during day and night. I played it first time on hard mode and it doesn't seem so hard (or I played too many rpgs) so you might wanna try that for a better experience.
If you want a turn-based, active-time JRPG to enjoy yourself and dive into an epic save-the-world adventure, this game is for you.
If you don't want to waste time with games that aren't ABSOLUTELY worth your time, you can skip this and miss nothing.

Review from Steam

Not really sure why this game got rated so low. It's honestly a solid RPG, the music was fantastic. I actually liked most of the characters you can be. Took me around 48 hours to finish just the main game. I haven't tried out the optional bosses. The combat system was really interesting. If you want a classic JRPG like Final Fantasy, I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat.

Review from Steam

If you like JRPG's from the 90's then you have to buy this one. You can wait for a sale too (Not worth full price).
People destroyed the game, but it's a great improvement over "I am Setstuna". Most of the time people just like to be mean.
Today JRPG's are Lolis and Idols with powers, so it's not suprise people won't like this one.
STORY
The story is good BUT when you reach the half of the game they explain things that should be shocking too fast. Imagine something like "Oh, hey, yeah, you are inmortal, you can't die." And the characters go "Oh, well...let's keep going". That preety much sums it up.
COMBAT
Is good. Turn battle system. Some skills are OP, so much that even on hard it becomes too easy later. Aside from that I enjoyed it.
The most important flaw is that RPG factory isn't trying to stand out. They just try to make a game "like the old ones" and they are doing good, but end up being generic. Their art and designs aren't trying to be the best they could do.

Review from Steam

❤ Audience ❤
☐ Beginner
☑ Casual Gamer
☑ Normal Gamer
☑ Expert
☼ Graphics ☼
☐ Bad
☐ Alright
☐ Good
☑ Beautiful
☐ Fantastic
♬ Music ♬
☐ Bad
☐ Alright
☐ Good
☑ Beautiful
☐ Fantastic
☠ Difficulty ☠
☐ Easy
☑ Average
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☑ Hard
☐ Unfair
§ Bugs §
☐ Bugs destroy the game
☐ Lots of bugs
☐ Few Bugs
☐ You can use them for speedrun
☑ Nothing encountered
☯ Story ☯
☐ There is none
☐ Bad
☑ Alright (but confusing)
☐ Good
☐ Fantastic
⚔ Gameplay ⚔
☐ Frustrating
☐ Sleepy
☐ Boring
☑ Fun
☑ Challenging
۞ Game time / Length ۞
☐ Really short (0 - 3 hours)
☐ Short (4 - 7 hours)
☐ Few hours (8 - 20 hours)
☑ Long (21-50 hours)
☑ Very Long (51-100 hours)
☐ Extremely Long (101+ hours)
$ Price / Quality $
☑ Full price
☑ Wait for Sale
☐ Don't buy
☐ Refund it if you can

Review from Steam

A few thoughts:
1. Feels like a combination of Chrono Trigger & Dragon Quest 7. Not sure it holds to their lustre however. We'll see.
2. Music is very good. Graphics are not exactly next-gen, but they have charm.
3. Why is the voice acting only in Japanese? Not that you need it in any way, but... (see point 5)
4. There is absolutely no problem on my end with the menus/controls. Whoever said they couldn't get past the Config window seemingly doesn't know how to press Enter on a keyboard or A on a controller... Having said that: why do I need to press ESC to quit the game? Why is it not a menu feature? Could you do a better port please (see point 5)?
5. Why is this game so expensive? There is no way they invested resources on par with, say, Witcher 3 to make this.
6. Overall, to me, it feels superior to RPG Factory's first title, Setsuna. Not that Setsuna was inherently bad, just so monotonous.
7. The combat system is very interesting. Moving characters around creates a whole new level of dynamics normally not seen in JRPGs, such as area effects and line of fire.
I will recommend, but to be honest the sticker shock is very real.

Review from Steam

This game is meh overall.
Let me start by saying that I bought the game on sale, primarily due to seeing a couple reviews.
Now I'll start my review based on the price.
It is entirely too long for the content it has packed. I played through I Am Setsuna and was content with the pace and length of the game given the content it had. This game just drags on and on unfortunately and the story doesn't build up to make it exciting. There are a few memorable moments, but elsewhere it was lackluster.
I did enjoy some of the music on the game. The music is good for the game that it is, and there are a few scores that I really liked and will likely listen to as background music in the future.
The battle system is ok for what it is. The battle system was very frustrating with the way boss battles played out. It made me so mad sometimes. Some bosses literally attack 3 times before I even had a moment to react. Nothing like the frustration of having a cheap Game Over. I did not really enjoy the mech system much. For most of the game, I avoided even using it unless I needed a turn of events in battle.
The story is very bland. There are moments that seem like they should have had an emotional impact, but it failed miserably. I literally fell asleep in my chair a number of times reading the boring dialog so that kind of adds to my game time...
I enjoyed playing some parts of the game, and it was agonizing to get through some other parts. I would recommend the game for someone looking to just playing an old school jrpg. But I would tell them to not set their standards high. Just enjoy it for what it is and dont expect much too exciting.
I can at least say that playing it on PC, I did not have any problems with glitches or controls. Everything works perfectly throughout my entire gameplay.
I'm going to recommend the game on the sole basis that it is an actual complete game that doesn't require any DLC content to complete it, no bugs or glitches, and it is at least playable to completion without too much difficulty.

Review from Steam

These are some of my thoughts on Lost Sphear:
First of all, the music is BEAUTIFUL (Lost Sphear OST is one of the best I've listened to IMO). However, the music can be repetitive and annoying in some areas. Mainly Imperial City Watt, Inns and Blacksmith & Magic Consortium shops.
The combat is unique compared to other RPGs, especially the option to move characters around. But it can be confusing once you obtain the Vulcosuits and using Spritnite Abilities.
The story is confusing to understand at the beginning, but it will make more sense the further you get in the game. There are also some interesting twists.
Figuring out what to do next might require some critical thinking but checking the Party Chat is reliable enough to get by.
I kinda wish there was an option for English dialogue when the characters spoke during combat. It's fine in Japanese, but it would've been nice to have the option.
There can be some difficulty spikes on some of the bosses but it isn't that bad. I highly recommend playing this game on EASY your first playthrough so you can get a feel for the game. If you feel the need to increase it, you can do it in the Config.
RNG can sometimes be a pain to deal with, especially on the mini bosses & bosses.
The game doesn't explain very well how to change spritnite abilities, armor and weapons. Unless there's something I missed. I had to figure it out by myself (it isn't hard but still lol)
The fact that have you to hit ESC to close the game is annoying. There isn't an option in game to quit to the desktop.
This game IS NOT worth $50. What are you thinking Square Enix?
My final thoughts: This isn't a bad game by any means. Even though there are stuff they can improve on, I'm having fun playing this game. I don't know if I can see myself playing this game again once I fully beat it (unless it has NG+ or maybe trying it on hard difficulty). I recommend trying the free demo, but the problem is, the demo puts you in an area that is later in the game and doesn't explain anything at all about basic combat OMEGALUL. Do I recommend it? Yes, but wait until it goes on sale. I would not pay full price.

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