Lost Sphear is an RPG released by Square Enix on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and PC in the U. S. on January 23, 2018. It was originally released in Japan at the end of 2017. This is a spoiler-free review of the game up to the end of the second boss.
Upon first impression, I knew I had to purchase the Lost Sphear. The trailer for it is incredible. You can reach that and any other details here. The game’s premise is that you control several party members in an open-world setting on your search for the retrieval of lost memories to preserve the rest of the world and its people.
The protagonists’ goal is to wipe away the white smoke from the world. This white smoke causes some people in it to lose their memories and others to completely vanish within. The protagonists must collect memories and then manipulate the white smoke.
Lost Sphear brings a unique gameplay aspect forward. During battle, you can control your party members’ positions manually. With that, you’ll view each character’s attack area in which you can attack or activate a skill. Skills have a cooldown rate so watch out for that in your characters’ stats.
The primary reasons I purchased this game were for the soundtrack, artwork, and the story. The game lives up to its promises in all three aspects thus far. After playing the game, I fell in love with the gameplay and how much strategy plays into battle.
The soundtrack won me over because it does remind me of forgotten memories as the game represents. The artwork also represents that. And, the story is told in such a genuine and humorous fashion, every time I play it, I feel like I’m retrieving my own memories. That is to say, the characters themselves have a realistic vibe to them.
At the time of writing, I’ve only beaten the second boss. The most I’ve had to heal myself with in combat was two S Potions which restore 100 HP. I hope the game increases in difficulty as it progresses.
There are some other things to note about the game. For example, it introduces fishing where you can fish for continuously fish for food. Whenever you enter the open world map, items you’ve already retrieved will reappear in the same place. Finally, a critique on the game, sometimes the music will randomly cut out and then start up again a few seconds later. This is disappointing since it’s such a nicely polished game otherwise.
Lost Sphear is beautiful, as far as I have played. I am looking forward to more of it and I highly recommend it to any gamer looking for a modern JRPG that handles all the elements a JRPG should, exceptionally well.Tweet