So, 92 hours into this game, I rolled credits. There is a post-game – and it’s apparently 15+ hours depending just how crazy you wanna get – but I’ll wait on that, even though it has a story.
This is a fantastic game and you should play it.
It’s a modern 3D JRPG that, nonetheless, retains its classic roots. It uses the 3D graphics to give a very anime feel, but the gameplay is solidly based on old school, turn-based fights. It has little quality of life improvements that help – there are ways to automate battles if you need to, there is a skill point system to let you build your characters, and there are a lot of cool abilities and spells to learn. And, if you want (on Switch, at least), you can swap to 2D graphics and play an expansive and new game in 2D (and without some of the jankiness of those RPGs that are trying way too hard to just be Chrono Trigger/FF6/etc again).
The story is excellent. Yes, you have your silent protagonist, and your characters that basically have character classes. But, they use some really top notch voice acting to make characters come to life, with a plot that’s fun but not super convoluted. The guy who did the designs for Chrono Trigger did the art here, and it shows. It’s hard to not love the characters, including some well thought out NPCs; there’s local NPCs I thoroughly enjoyed, and a couple of villains really stood out.
If you got a Switch, pick this thing up. You’ll probably like it.