All of RGG's best aspects (stellar writing and performances), mixed with a surprisingly fun and engaging JRPG system.
Ichiban is one of the best video game protags of this era, and I have never been more excited for a new direction for a franchise in my life.
There's a lot more to say here; like how the game's writing handles issues of social inequality and corruption better than almost any other mainstream game out there. Or it's handling of it's legacy characters ascends from mere fanservice to something more. But it would extend this review out into a full-on essay.
Play Like A Dragon. Seriously.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023