Being a huge fan of Final Fantasy Tactics, Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark was always going to be a game that I was interested in. This is a very mature themed kind of game and the storytelling and characters are most certainly written and portrayed with a lot of depth. Add to this a fantastic battle system and it is easy to see why so many people are going nuts about this.
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Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark Review
Let me start with the story, when I say “mature” I do not mean it is full of sex, drugs and rock and roll! More so that it is just very well written and it shows a lot of respect to the intelligence of the player.
The story is very in-depth and you are Kyrie, Kyrie is an arbiter in a world that has a few “immortals” that are supposed to look out for people. A nefarious plot is uncovered which lead Kyrie on an adventure to truly bring peace and truth to the land. If you love a strong story to go with your game you will love this. As you have probably figured out, the story is full of twists and turns as well as some fantastic characters.
Which brings me to my next point the way your characters are in the game. You have a lot of customization options to make your troops just the way you want them which I thought was really cool. You have lots of things to play with here and I found myself spending quite a bit of time messing around with this.
The class system is on one hand very impressive, but also a little daunting. There are over 30 classes for you to choose from and literally hundreds of abilities that you can make use of as you progress through the game. This allows you to create a character that you get truly invested in as you can really make them exactly the way you want.
The combat I felt was very reminiscent of games like Final Fantasy Tactics. I say that in the most positive way too. There is a lot of strategy in battles, but I think that they did not go too over the top with this. There are different elevations that you will have to take into account as well as the kind of enemy you are going up against.
You will learn a little something new from each battle. After a few hours in, you will have developed all kinds of tricks and strategies for taking on all manner of opponents. While I love this style of gameplay. I must say that if tactical RPG’s have never done anything for you in the past, I do not see Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark changing your mind.
One last thing I have to give special attention to is the artwork. This game features a ton of hand-drawn art and it really is amazing. The different levels, in particular, have clearly had a lot of time and effort put into them. I love the way the game has that very old school RPG vibe, but at the same time features some of the best hand-drawn sprites I have seen in a very long time.
I will say that Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is not a game that is for everyone. What I will say is that if you like games such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre you will fall in love with this game. It has a great story, a ton of ways that you can tinker with your main character and troops and it looks fantastic too.
- Some fantastic hand-drawn artwork
- Lots of story missions for you to do
- A very well written and interesting story
- The combat is in depth, but also a lot of fun
- Tons of classes and abilities to play with
- It does have a steep learning curve for new players
- While the game looks great, a few more animations would have been nice