PS5

MONARK

21 critics
6.50
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Score Distribution

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Chris ShiveFeb 16, 2022
Monark weaves an engaging story even though it may rely on tropes and archetypes to do so. While characters and certain themes may feel familiar from playing similar games there ego centric method of character development helps carve a unique identity for Monark. The puzzles and exploration aren’t very difficult but occur in a way that feels organic within the story. The tactical turn based battles do offer a challenge but nothing that can’t be overcome through learning the system and properly strategizing. Level grinding can become tedious quickly and can disrupt the overall pacing. In spite this, Monark is a very enjoyable RPG that offers satisfying combat along with a compelling story.
Shubhankar ParijatMar 03, 2022
Monark has a lot of good ideas, but almost all of them are let down by a repetitive structure, grindy combat, and baffling design decisions.
7.00
Izzy ParsonsFeb 16, 2022
Monark isn’t a great game. I am not even sure I would call it a good one, but if it weren’t for the transphobia and atrocious pacing, I would likely be enthusiastically recommending it to the right sort of player. There is an earnest quality to its themes, characters and stories paired with an inventiveness to its combat. These qualities build a solid foundation a follow-up title could improve into something truly special.
John Cal McCormickFeb 16, 2022
There's an interesting story here and the horror-JRPG vibe is much appreciated, but whatever enjoyment they could bring you is utterly annihilated by the outrageous, egregious amount of grinding you'll need to do to see the game through. Monark is gaming reduced to a thick, treacly sludge to wade through, no cutscene or story beat or reward ever feeling like it was worth the struggle. Just play Shin Megami Tensei while listening to Nine Inch Nails and you'll have a better time.
6.00
Cameron HawkinsFeb 19, 2022
Monark has a lot of interesting ideas that could have come together into a great tactical JRPG, but what’s here feels more like a prototype. Its Madness mechanic adds interesting choices to its fights, but is mostly irrelevant and annoying outside of combat. And while its well-voiced party members eventually grow on you, I wish I had more time to directly interact with them so I cared about their wellbeing when it came to major moments in the plot. The real drag, though, is the repetition in the mission structures, which is the same sequence of events and dull puzzles over and over again with very little variety.
Scott WhiteFeb 16, 2022
I’d love to get more of this combat, and if they can get the character models to look more like the drawings - even better. If we do get a sequel, I will definitely be approaching it with far less excitement than I went into this first Monark game with. Get yourself the free demo and when it’s over, ask yourself if you would have fun doing that same stuff over and over and over. If you think you would, then maybe you will have a better time with Monark than I did.
Eric Van AllenFeb 22, 2022
There are some novel ideas here, and if you’re looking for something outside the RPG status quo and with a darker vibe, Monark could fit the bill. Just go in knowing that it can get arduous, and you’ll need to overlook those faults to find what Monark does that’s really different.
Christian EvansMar 24, 2022
The narrative and themes are largely compelling and engaging, yet structurally it meanders, stalling the flow. It no doubt has value and worth in what it offers, but suffers from profligacy where an effective streamlining would maybe have offered a tighter, more wholesome experience. As such it’s almost impossible to recommend to non-genre fans, and even for genre-fans any recommendation would have attached caveats.
Hayes MadsenFeb 16, 2022
Monark is a game filled with great ideas and themes, and it manages to deliver on some of those in spades. Unfortunately, Monark is also its own worst enemy, and many of the gameplay elements simply get in the way of making it something truly exceptional. Still, if you can manage to get through the slog of repetitiveness, there’s a fascinating and thematically engaging story underneath.
Garri BagdasarovFeb 16, 2022
Monark has many great ideas, and some of them are executed well, but the game falters when it requires you to grind for hours just to stand a chance against the next story battle. The exploration and puzzle-solving keep things exciting, and the use of the Seven Deadly Sins for character personalities is a unique way to develop your characters. All in all, though, Monark may have been a better adventure or visual novel game than an RPG.
7.00
Ramón VarelaFeb 17, 2022
Un JRPG entretenido con una propuesta interesante en sus batallas y mundo, pero no sabe explotar sus virtudes por ciertas limitaciones y una repetitividad demasiado acusada.
Aaron RodriguezMar 17, 2022
En líneas generales, Monark resulta ser un juego que apenas logra destacar por si mismo, menos si cabe al compararlo con otras experiencias del género. Si bien tiene aspectos atractivos como su sistema de combate que ofrece enfrentamientos interesantes con un cierto toque de estrategia, un árbol de habilidades con diferentes estilos y opciones y un apartado musical con algunas pistas pegadizas, en el resto del conjunto el juego no llega a sobresalir ni a destacar.
José David MuñozFeb 17, 2022
Monark es un RPG lento y frustrante durante varias horas de juego. Su sistema de Ego es su punto más interesante, junto con sus acertijos, aunque todo se diluye con unos personajes poco interesantes y una forma de jugar que se llega a estancar. De primeras parece "más de lo mismo", pero tras un tiempo resulta agradable de jugar.
MidnailahFeb 16, 2022
Malgré tout, Monark sait s'imposer comme une expérience à vivre pour tout amateur de J-RPG à la recherche de rixes stratégiques qui lui opposent une certaine résistance. Mais le joueur doit impérativement être en mesure de faire l'impasse sur les défauts de réalisation pour apprécier Monark, défauts qui représentent d'autant plus un frein pour celui qui aurait uniquement arpenté Persona 5 Royal, l'opus qui a démocratisé la série dans nos contrées.
Gianluca ArenaFeb 16, 2022
Il sistema di combattimento non convince fino in fondo, l'esplorazione dei dungeon è castrata da insensate meccaniche a tempo, il bilanciamento della difficoltà è da rivedere e il sistema di crescita dei personaggi si accontenta del minimo sindacale, e queste sono solamente alcune delle problematiche più gravi della produzione. Alla luce della quantità e della qualità della concorrenza tanto su Nintendo Switch quanto sulle due console Sony, faremmo davvero fatica a dirvi di tuffarvi su Monark, a meno che non abbiate già portato a termine tutti i congeneri disponibili.
Antonello "Kirito" BelloFeb 16, 2022
A sette anni di distanza dal lancio di Lost Dimension, FuRyu e lo studio Lancarse sono tornati sulla scena per impressionare gli appassionati di JRPG con un tattico dalle tinte oscure. Nonostante sul piano narrativo sia evidente l’influenza di Shin Megami Tensei e di Persona 5 in particolare, MONARK ci ha conquistati con una storia drammatica, folle e talvolta brutale, nonché in grado di far riflettere sui desideri più reconditi e primitivi del genere umano. Mettete dunque da parte qualsiasi scetticismo legato al nome pressoché sconosciuto dello sviluppatore nipponico e lasciatevi travolgere dall’ottimo sistema di combattimento a turni di MONARK: ne andrete matti!
Gian Filippo SabaFeb 16, 2022
In parte, la non piena riuscita di Monark potrebbe essere facilmente imputabile a un team di sviluppo scarno, che è senza dubbio riuscito a creare un interessante gioco di ruolo a turni con meccaniche relativamente complesse e interessanti. Con il suo sistema di Follia e Risveglio, Monark offre davvero tantissime ore di interessante gameplay, specie per i fan degli anime e dei JRPG, ma fallisce sfortunatamente a raggiungere il proprio potenziale per via di un reparto tecnico che non riesce a tenere il passo con i tempi e diventa spesso motivo di frustrazione.
Marco PerriFeb 16, 2022
Monark è un titolo per giocatori JRPG di vecchia data, con una lista già bella lunga di altri esponenti simili alle spalle, che cercano un determinato tipo di esperienza di forte matrice orientale e allo stesso tempo vogliono andare oltre alcuni stilemi tipici. Non vi nascondiamo che il lato tecnico, per quanto non si preannunciasse incredibile, in alcuni momenti ci ha davvero lasciati scottati per la sua approssimazione e pochezza, ma se saprete mettere insieme i pezzi e focalizzarvi sulla somma delle parti, potreste trovare in Monark un'esperienza assolutamente peculiare per il genere e quindi molto consigliata ai suoi fan più accaniti.
6.90
Alessandro DigioiaFeb 16, 2022
Un JRPG maturo, longevo e a tratti ispirato, tenuto a freno da un comparto tecnico obsoleto, personaggi dimenticabili e seri problemi di ripetitività.
前朝刘沛公Oct 14, 2021
总体游玩下来,《罪恶王权》带给我的既有惊喜也有失望,本作在剧情的深度、玩法的结合以及细节方面的处理都称得上是特色独具,可用于填充内容的战斗玩法,又显得味同嚼蜡。正所谓“差之毫厘,谬以千里”,它本应该成为一款既有乐趣又耐人寻味的优秀游戏。
محمد زمانیFeb 24, 2022
بازی Monark ایده‌های خوبی دارد که به خاطر آن‌ها نمی‌توان پرونده‌اش را مختوم کرد و هنوز پتانسیل‌هایی برای آن وجود دارد اما در بازی به‌جای آنکه تمرکز روی این ایده‌ها و پیاده‌سازی بهتر و دقیق‌تر آن‌ها انجام شود، بعضی از تصمیم‌های اشتباه در طراحی بازی وجود دارد که منجر به گرایند کردن فراوان شده است و بخشی از این ایده‌ها را ضایع کرده است. با این وجود، اگر قرار باشد که این سری در آینده ادامه داشته باشد، پیاده‌سازی این ایده‌های خوب می‌تواند کاملاً امکان‌پذیر باشد.