|System: PC*, PS4|
|Dev: Eden Industries|
|Release: January 20, 2015|
|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.
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.
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.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: January 26, 2015