Game Critics writes: "Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) used to be one of my favorite genres, but I rarely play them now. I just don't care for them anymore since the genre has essentially remained unchanged for several generations. The graphics get better and there's always a new battle system coming down the pike, but if you've played one, then you've played nearly all. Even worse, they just take too damn long to finish. Extremely resistant to the "less is more" philosophy, any standard title can take upwards of forty hours to complete, annihilating several weeks' worth of game time with level-grinding and random battles. With so little innovation going on in this category, it hardly seems worth the investment."