The fundamentals of Echoes of Time's gameplay make it an enjoyable experience. Wired much prefers slashing their way through an RPG with real-time action - it's an addictive combination, and one that you don't see very often these days. The expanded multiplayer is a bonus, but they don't think Square Enix had to cut back the solo game to do it.
WIRED Classic action RPG formula, sweet graphics (on DS), great music
TIRED Single-player game is thin and repetitive, online multiplayer can be janky, few changes to last year's game