Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1283
posted on 08.06.13 at 08:48 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Conception II awarded high marks.

This week’s Famitsu review scores are in.

  • Conception II (3DS) – 9/9/8/8 [34/40]
  • Conception II (PSV) – 9/9/8/8 [34/40]
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3) – 8/7/7/7 [27/40]
  • Super Robot Wars III OG Saga Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice (PS3) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]
  • Super Robot Wars III OG Saga Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice (PSV) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]

And here are some bonus Dengeki scores:

  • Conception II (PSV) – 90/85/90/85
  • Mind 0 (PSV) – 75/80/80/85

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  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Conception II rated higher than SRW? Now I know the guys over at Famitsu are high. They gave it a 31 no less, lol. Yeah, no… This is why I don’t trust you guys any more =3=

    • fyi1191

      The SRW series is too manly for them.

    • Luna Kazemaru


    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Have you played either to judge?

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Have you?

        Point is, I’m honestly surprised that they would rate a game like Conception II higher than a Super Robot Wars game since Japan is usually more interested in mecha stuff over what Conception II has to offer. I guess it’s just a sign of the times, honestly… SRW hasn’t been doing so well in Japan these past few years it seems.

        I don’t know if it’s simply because the quality of games has declined or the interest just isn’t as high as it used to be, but either way… It’s definitely odd that this got such a bad rating.

        • OverlordZetta

          “A game like Conception”
          That’s a pretty ballsy statement. It’s got a solid team behind it and its perfectly possible that it could be a better game. I don’t think it’s fair to judge when you’ve yet to play either.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Well, due to this being the internet and others being unable to determine the type of tone someone is using in a post, I think it’s safe to assume that you didn’t read my post in the appropriate tone. What I mean is… SRW has been forever and Conception comes out of nowhere, gets a sequel, and suddenly Famitsu is willing to toss aside SRW for this new game? I guess you could say I’m blinded by nostalgia since I’ve been following SRW for years and I feel it deserves better than this, but… I’m really just ultimately quite surprised they have rated a mecha game so low, that’s all.

            I mean, if it was Gundam U.C., that would be one thing. That was a Gundam game by From Software, so the idea was shaky at best, lol. The lower score there could be justified, but something like this, which has been on solid ground for a long time… It seems kind of odd that despite Banpresto/Namco Bandai/etc. taking the appropriate measures to make the games better, they are receiving worse scores as opposed to say SRW Z or Z2.

            Either way, you may think it isn’t fair to judge when I have yet to play either, but you’d be making the same statement if you saw some Barbie game outranking a Kamen Rider game, so don’t even give me that, lol.

            • OverlordZetta

              I… dunno about that one actually – you might wanna make a better analogy, haha!

              mean, I’ll be honest, the reason I’m playing Battride War right now
              isn’t because it’s a stellar Musou game that rivals the likes of Dynasty
              Warriors – it’s because it’s got Kamen Riders in it and it’s incredibly
              show accurate and has fanservice up the wazoo, but it’s not exactly a
              top tier GAME like something Tecmo Koei pumps out without batting an
              eye. To be frank with you, I actually wouldn’t be shocked at all to see a
              Kamen Rider game get outranked by an RPG’s sequel, even if it was a
              ~moe moe~ one, just because – dammit Bamco! – they don’t put enough
              effort into them!

              (Well, the All Rider Generation games are
              pretty good, but even they are just standard sidescrollers, and Climax
              Heroes are fairly simple copy/paste yearly fighters and, as I said,
              Battride War – if not for the fact it had show accurate Kamen Riders as
              the playable characters – was not worth paying well over three times
              what I’m going to be paying for, ironically, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3
              later this afternoon.)

              … Buuuut that’s neither here nor there. I do get what you’re saying, though.

              it perhaps simply be that, as an OG game, it doesn’t appeal as much as a
              “proper” SRW would, with huge crossovers and such?

              And let’s be
              realistic here – it was only a few points that it “lost” by, and it’s
              not like they were directly comparing the games when they made the
              Basically, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s really NOT like it
              “lost” to the other game, you know? They were each reviewed
              individually, and individually, got those scores.

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                Well, I guess they have always been a little more harsh towards OG as opposed to the crossover stuff, haha. Those tend to make better scores.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          So basically you want them to judge a game based on its looks and not its gameplay? Okay bro.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            So you admit it looks better? Okay “bro”. Regardless, you missed my point entirely. Mecha has been huge in Japan for as long as I can remember, so the day when SRW begins falling behind is the day you know something big is happening in Japan and I’m not sure what that is yet…

            • Josephl64

              or…it could just be a mediocre mecha game

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                Er… It pretty much follows the same formula SRW always has. If this one is mediocre, it means the rest are as well, lol. I’m leaning more towards a story related issue. Anyway, it’s all good though. I tend to take Famitsu ratings with a grain of salt these days.

                When I saw this, it just made me go, “Whoa, what?”, haha.

            • FitzpatrickPhillips

              Everything you said is irrelevant to the discussion. They review the “game”, not the following. If they find the game to be a bad game, they will give it a bad score regardless of its a fanservice game, a mecha game, a dating game, etc. Clearly they found Conception II to deserve a higher rating than SRW. I’m not admitting anything or choosing sides, just actually using logic.

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                You… Really don’t know how Famitsu rates their games these days (or most reviewers for that matter), do you? Logic states most review companies these days simply pander to what’s “hot”, per se. The ugly side of it is that some of these have to meet a certain quota, usually every month, and they give games high ratings while letting others drop usually by either being paid by X company or by knowing what’s popular.

    • Pyrofrost

      Well firstly, there isn’t a vast difference in a 34 and a 31; it’s about the same difference a 9 and an 8, or an 8 and a 7; it’s nothing to complain about.

      Secondly, notice the consistency of the Famitsu and Dengeki scores for Conception II. Maybe, Conception surpassed their exceptions somehow and and SRW fell slightly short in some way, it’s possible.

      Lastly, and something I found really funny, both Masou Kishin: The Lord of Elemental and Masou Kishin II: Revelation of Evil God received 31/40 as well. All three games got the same exact score xD

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Well, I never claimed the difference was VAST. It was just surprising, that’s all. I’m not saying that Conception II itself is a bad game. I’m well aware of who is behind it, but it just made me do a double take and question why it was rated higher than a SRW title since I thought Japan would be more interested in that instead. I’d be interested to see the specific comments of the reviewers behind why they gave the new SRW a 31 though.

        Either way, I’m not sure what to believe these days in terms of ratings, honestly. I just read something earlier that stated Killer is Dead is selling horribly in Japan and some Disney game is outselling it at #1 for this big retailer (Tatsuya or something like that?) and it’s even beating the newest Ace Attorney too. I call bullshit, lol.

        • Pyrofrost

          I guess we can look into the sales more once Sal posts the latest Media Create statistics; but, I will say, never doubt the potential of anything concerning Disney and sales. People LOVE Disney, otherwise SE wouldn’t be making their Disney X Final Fantasy series :p

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Kingdom Hearts is one thing, but this game was called “Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life” for 3DS. Come on… Lol.

            Also, here’s the article I was referring to:


            Seems the retailer was named ‘Tsutaya’.

            • Pyrofrost

              I see what you mean about the Disney, lol. Regardless of how silly it may seem to us though, there are always buyers waiting on more Disney stuff. :p

              I will definitely look forward to seeing the Media Create stats then, and comparing it with other Suda games.
              I know his other games haven’t really kicked down doors in Japan. They generally perform better in Western regions.
              I am interested in the actual numbers though.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      too much GAR for them.
      Well, I for one don’t care for Famitsu scores since everything can get a 30 and nearly 40 today and when the game really sucks they give it a 20. so don’t bother.
      I can’t say anything about Conception being good or bad since the only thing that I liked from the franchise was the OP song of the first game and I didn’t played it at all

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Yes, they are quite easy to mistrust these days. I’m more interested in what each reviewer has to say about their rating as opposed to the rating itself. That generally gives me a better idea as to why it got such a good or bad rating.

        In any case, I’m still hyped for my copy of the new SRW to arrive in less than a month :P. I know I’ll have fun with it, regardless of what the rating is, heh.

  • Pyrofrost

    Thank you so much for featuring Dengeki scores Sal.

    What pleases me most is seeing the consistency of Mind 0’s scores between Famitsu and Dengeki. :p

  • OverlordZetta

    Pity about MIND=0, though Conception doing well is nice. Might import that one after all.

    • Pyrofrost

      In my experience in importing, I’ve been safe with anything scoring a 25 or higher.

      So in relation to Mind 0, I have a couple of friends currently playing it, and they say it is a ‘good’ game. So if you’re interested, I would say snag it.

      • OverlordZetta

        Thanks! I’m still (perhaps foolishly) holding out hope it gets localized, but I just might down the road.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Can I be added to the group that says it’s a good game too? ;w;

        Well, it’s good so far anyway, haha.

        • Pyrofrost

          Sure thing :p

          Btw, I don’t have you on PSN yet, add meh~
          My PSN is ShinkuTachi

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari


      • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

        My copy of Mind 0 arrived today. :) I’m not expecting it to be crazily amazing but I think it’s something I’ll enjoy.

    • zeopower6

      It’s not really a pity honestly… from what I’ve seen, it IS a good game, but not ‘great’ which is why it got very average scores (basically the equivalent of a C grade on an A-F scale). It’s got good voice actors and nice-ish art/story. The battle system/dungeon crawling is where things get a bit murky though…. one guy who was pretty excited about it was sad that the battle system seemed the same as the bad one in Toki no Gakuen with recycled sounds from the Totomono series.

      Basically, if you go into it knowing what to expect (first person dungeon crawling, not really like Persona, kinda meh battles/bad battle SFX, big name voice actors, etc.), you will probably like it. However, if you think you are going to get Persona… eh…

  • Josephl64

    I knew I had a bad feeling about D&D and just stuck with Dragon’s Crown. From what I’ve heard it definitely seems like the better choice. Also Conception II is doing surprisingly well, I might have to try it

  • shogunknight

    Love to see the numbers tomorrow, good games we have here. I hope they sell some units

  • PrinceHeir

    Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara 27/40 O__O

    wtf happened? frame rate issues? or anything or was the game too hard for them!?!?!

    • zeopower6

      Too old school? Who knows. :/ Anyone got a summary of reviews for that title?