This is kind of a smack to the face for all the tactical RPG fans out there. According to the Japanese blog LiveDoor, Mist of Chaos has been deemed the worst PS3 game so far by Famitsu magazine, based on the raw scores given to it. Totalling a massive 16/40, the game was faulted on these fronts:
- System and story are hard to understand
- The graphics are underwhelming
- Everything about the system is unforgiving (think Fire Emblem, but even less friendly as far as character deaths go)
- Sometimes, the text is impossible to read
- It's tough to get into
Sounds like the Famitsu guys have a case of the "I don't get it, I can't beat it"s. Tactical RPGs are difficult. It's true. The stories are generally epic, with tons of characters and a really complex storyline that's nigh impossible to follow unless you've a copy of the script in front of you. Multiple endings don't help either, especially if you get the worst one possible (damn you, Tactics Ogre... I tried so hard). So, does the game deserve such a low score? Absolutely, but not because it's a bad tactical RPG. It's just not a good game for anyone to buy unless they've experience being incredibly frustrated at a game and don't mind retrying a map multiple times, tediously watching every move so that one healer just doesn't get killed by that damn archer that appears on turn 9.