A.V. Club writes: "Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi founded the game studio Mistwalker in 2004. He’s still trying to figure out what gamers want from him. Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is his third pass on a universe he co-created with Dragonball Z artist Akira Toriyama—it’s a world crawling with monsters, embedded with ancient secrets, and populated by young heroes eager to deal with the latter two. While Sakaguchi has stuck to his guns with regards to character and setting, he’s been experimenting with the form of the RPG—desperately searching for a way to play that connects with contemporary gamers."