Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: NIS America
Disclaimer: the code for this PS Vita game was obtained for free, from a source that had obtained it for free from the developer.
Anime Cut scene – check, Antagonist with obvious name and ludicrous hair spouting exposition – check and a group of teenagers with memory loss to save the day – check. From the outset Lost Dimension paints a picture of generic Japanese RPG tropes and clichés that will no doubt take 20+ hours of eye rolling to complete but surprisingly Lost Dimension is a book that most certainly not be judged by its cover.
You play as Sho, an amnesiac hero who is part of a team of elite soldiers known as SEALED (Insert Cloud Strife and SOLDIER comparisons) SEALED have been tasked with stopping the aforementioned fantastically haired villain The End from destroying the world. The End has appeared atop a giant pillar structure that SEALED must scale floor by floor to finally defeat this evil. Following your tutorial mission the main unique hook of the game becomes clear, The End tells the team that there is a traitor in there midsts and SHO's main task will be to identify this traitor before its too late.
Due to this mechanic the gameplay is almost a hybrid of two other popular JRPG's, the combat plays very much like Valkyrie Chronicles with its Turn Based 3rd battle system, with bonuses given to nearby characters and and interesting sanity meter that allows a character to Defer a move to another character at the cost of a little sanity. The other main influence is the paranoia created by the traitor system, very reminiscent of the Daganronpa in this regard, the relationships you create with the other characters will determine how quickly and effectively you can determine the traitor and save the day.
Overall that's really all to be said about Lost Dimension, The game looks great on the PS Vita with crisp 3D models and a solid frame rate, the anime cut scenes are of a real high quality with strong voice acting and the music is catchy but can border on forgettable a lot of the time. I managed to get through the main story in around 14 hours which was certainly long enough without over staying its welcome and the traitor system is an interesting addition to an otherwise generic setting
Verdict: Lost Dimension has all trappings of your average JRPG, its setting does little to inspire and its characters can border on laughably forgettable but underneath all the mediocrity is the Traitor system that keeps you playing and wanting to find out if your suspicions are true. Throw in a very solid art style and battle system and you get a surprisingly great game for your PS Vita or PS3