Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky Review

We’re halfway through the Holiday game season, but under the radar titles have yet to make a stand in the gaming ecosystem. However, with Persona 5 being delayed, it’s fair to say nearly anybody has a shot now. Now, JRPG developers Tri-Ace has aligned their new game in the same time space, but would it have shined in another season, or have failed to make a sound elsewhere? Let’s see.

Gameplay:

While it’s common to see JRPG’s have creativity, Exist Archive is more notable because of it’s use of color. This is seen most in the game’s platforming sections, in which you can choose your next tasks. It’s similar to the hub world in games like Rayman Legends, showing how the games influences may not have fallen from the same tree.

The other gameplay aspect present is of course, battles. While impressions of enemies wear off quick, the game supplements it with an intriguing combat system and good controls. In these directions there isn’t a fumble, and the strategy to completing each fight is definitely there.

Story & Design:

Exist Archive’s premise is interesting at first, but if players do become tired of it, there’s options to tone this down in the dialogue department. This doesn’t come in handy when the game gives you a choice of several endings, but I suppose this was added to appease consumers with a pick up and play mentality. Other narrative traits are executed accordingly, and the story is gripping enough to provide good motivation for the game.

Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:

While I did comment on how beautiful Exist Archive looked, this strength lessens when in combat. Character models just don’t look as clear, and to someone striving for exceptional graphics, this could be a deal-breaker. The game also contains a fair share of glitches (big and small), but the Playstation 4 version seems to have it less egregiously.

Conclusion:

Exist Archive is a nice little JRPG, that will likely refresh those disappointed by Tri-Ace’s previous ventures. While it doesn’t excel in every respect, it does a good enough job in other places, keeping it’s essential focus. And to genre fans, it’s a whole new comeback.

Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky gets a 8/10 (Very Good)

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