Lost Shear continues its studios philosophy of creating new role-playing experiences inspired by thee classic control trigger. It has great moments and suddenly offers a great deal of responsibility. To its credit lost Sphear has a unique vibe to it in a good way.
The main character is Kanata a young man who realizes he has the ability to restore people and places in the world that are faded because people have forgotten them. Its all very mystical and calls to mind Japanese classical philosophies such as the beauty that all things contain a living spirit.Kanata’s mission mostly involves using the flexible battle modes to kill monsters, completing predictable side quest, collecting items from dead monsters and outsmarting other powerful cosmic forces.
Kanata is joined in this quest by characters you will ever see bend together in an RPG. They run the game from demons, to kings and kids. But after a while Lost Sphear lives the impression that Tokyo RPG factories’ tactic for recovering the spirit of classic RPG basically amounts of throwing the elements of every classic RPG at the wall in a hope that something sticks. It bugs itself down with a ridiculous amount of mechanics that undermine the that make it great.
There are things that are simply taken from other classic RPG’s without putting any unique spin on them to put them apart from their source material, for example, there’s a ship wreck graveyard taken straight from Final Fantacy V.
In the background Lost Sphear contains enough behind the scenes systems to power a 100-hour open world game.But its all compressed into a linear quest that you can potentially complete in 20 hours.
A highly customisable magic system, a gear system doesn’t, dozens upon dozens of food recipes for which you have to supply hundreds of different ingredients and more. But non of these have the space to properly stretch their legs, Lost Sphear’s inner workings seem fast and crowded.
Some of this is a double standard intact if this were say a mature fan game, Lost Sphear attempts to recover the exposure of vintage console RPGs might impress.S
Still, even if you fell short of the lofty goals its created to for, Lost Sphear captures the moment to moment vibe in classic world playing games.
Lost Sphear tries to recover the glory of its classic peers all at once but fires too close to the sun and plunges into a quagmire of over complicated systems.
It does manage to package up the feel of the games that it emulates and it may grow on you overtime even if it never quite jails it a modern classic, No, but its kind of classic and that’s OK too.