Citizens of Earth Review
PS4 | PC
Citizens of Earth Box Art
System: PS4, PC*
Dev: Eden Industries
Pub: Atlus
Release: January 20, 2015
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence, Tobacco Reference, Simulated Gambling

There are tons of characters to recruit, a lot like the Suikoden series, or Chrono Cross. Each character has their own recruitment quest to go on, some as simple as finding an item or beating an enemy, others as complicated as solving complicated puzzles and quizzes.

While each of these characters are different in battle, the real reason to recruit everyone you can is for character talents. Talents are out of battle abilities that aid you in some way, and they level up as each character does. For example, your Brother can order items via FedUPS. The baker can bake restorative items. The conspiracy theorist keeps records on enemies. Your mother gives you hints and tips. So on so forth.

Citizens of Earth Screenshot

The real gem of this game is using talents together to pretty much break the game. For example, the teacher can keep a party member out of battle for a certain amount of time in order to level them up outside of battle. The scientist, has a time machine which alters time immediately. Thus, if you use both of their talents together, you can insta-level up a party member!

Children of Earth loves to play around with JRPG conventions. You can’t search through the garbage for items, as much as you are tempted to do so, that is, unless you recruit the homeless man. You also gain XP for doing, just about anything. If you read a sign, you’ll get XP. If you talk to someone important, you’ll get XP. This brings the battle and exploration portions of the game a bit closer together.

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If I were to think hard and long about the bad parts of Citizens of Earth, I’d probably cite the game’s stability. The game crashed several times, many times while saving. Maybe the game is more stable on mobile platforms, but the PC version has a lot of backend programming problems. Heck, sometimes quests would just complete without me actually taking the steps to complete them which… was nice… but was still weird. That being said you can save anywhere so as long as you are vigilant, this won’t affect you much.

I have to say, I really enjoyed Citizens of Earth. While I wouldn’t call it a must own title, I would say it’s a game worth playing, if only to see what can be done to revive this old and beloved genre. I’d say it’s probably even a bit better on mobile platforms, as it’s the type of game where you can have a million quests to do which you slowly wrap up over the course of a bus ride. If you liked old JRPGs and want to see what might be in store for the genre’s future, give Citizens of Earth a try.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: January 26, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
To be honest the graphics of the game are mediocre at best and kind of feel like they were cobbled together in flash.
3.9
Control
The controls work really well, whether touch based, mouse based, or controller based. The only problem is that you can mis-click if you rush through battle too quick.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music can get kind of repetitive, especially when you spend a lot of time in one place. But otherwise it’s decently composed and feels like it comes from a Mother title.
5.0
Play Value
The best thing this game has going for it is its fun factor. It his all the JRPG notes that a good JRPG should, and if you ignore the rest of its downfalls, you will really enjoy it.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Innovative battle and party management system.
  • Tons of characters to recruit, each with their own special talent.
  • Quirky plot involving aliens, dreams, and coffee.

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