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Cross Edge - Playstation 3
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- Change costumes to increase character's stats and abilities, and in some cases "revealing" cut scenes.
- Features characters and storylines from popular franchises including: Darkstalkers, Disgaea, Mana Khemia, and Spectral Souls.
- Combines classic RPG combat with a grid-based Strategy RPG combat to create a hybrid battle system.
- In combat, some units can toss up enemies and chain combo various moves for extra damage, like in a fighting game.
- Cross Edge is bilingual. Players have the option to choose between English or Japanese voiceovers.
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To say Cross Edge, from Nippon Ichi Software (best known for the Disgaea series), appears to be a niche title is an understatement. Not only does it meet 100% of the qualifications of the infamous JRPG formula, but its premise is based on a mashing together of settings and characters from the other titles in the NIS software lineup. In other words, it's a JRPG made up of JRPGs. Confused yet? Good. Oddly, that's part of the appeal here. You could think of the Cross Edge running as the Kingdom Hearts series of NIS. The only notable pitfall with this is that sales are a magnitude of 10 lower than the titles that comprise Square-Enix's set.
You'll be starting your adventure in the usual unknown land with mysterious creatures. In no time flat, you're sucking in new characters to your lineup. A lot of characters, actually. To be precise there are 32 voice actors listed for characters in the end credits, if you'd like some warning as to what's in store. Whether you known the characters in advance or not, you'll find them to all have their quirks.Read more ›
Now, you're probably wondering why I would give the game 4 stars after all that rambling. Simple, really. Because I actually like doing all of that. It's been a while since I play an RPG that actually makes me work for the victory. The game does have simple graphics, reminiscent of the SNES era, with static images for the cut scenes. You do get to choose between Japanese or English voice overs. The music, as the graphics, is simple, and repetitive. Don't know why I thought of the old Mega Man games when I first heard the background music...
The game does have a steep learning curve. If you decide to take the plunge, you'll be scratching your head for the first few hours trying to figure out the many nuances of the game and possibly checking game forums for help. But in the end, the game is truly something different and enjoyable.
If you like standard RPG fare, like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, don't bother with the game. However, if you felt like I did and wanted to experience something new, something that makes you remember why you liked this genre in the first place, then by all means pop in the disc and start playing. You just have to be a little open minded and have a little patience.
The depth in this game is amazing! I have been yearning for a good classic style RPG on the PS3 for a long time now and this satisfies my every need.
As far as the "clunky" menu, I have no idea what the above reviewer is doing who supposedly is some kind of expert playing RPG's (pshhh). The menus are SIMPLE and pretty straight-forward after 10 minutes of gameplay. There are functions later on that become more useful, but I really cannot say the menus are bad.
You CANNOT play a game of this depth for THREE hours and then review it. There's 100's of hours of gameplay, tons of weapons and armor, hidden items, hidden characters, and you're going to write a review after THREE FREAKING HOURS?
I did not give this game 5 stars because it does not make use of the PS3's next-gen system in terms of graphics and audio. However, this game absolutely proves that a solid gameplay system, incredible depth and wonderful characters make a game, not the visuals. My only gripe is I wish I could skip the movies because should I choose to replay it, they take forever (press start button to auto-forward)
To add to this review, even more hours into it, I understand why some people may not like it, but some reviews sound more like sour grapes and attacks rather than objective reviews. There are drawbacks to it which a lot of reviews have harped on already.
To give more detail though, as far as why I enjoy the game:
1. Battle System - Wonderfully implemented in my opinion. I hate, hate, hate the new style of "action" rpg's where it's basically Tomb Raider with RPG elements, ala Phantasy Star for the PSP.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and long game that combines multiple games into one for a good JRPG.Published 9 months ago by Geff
only for the hardcore and patience gamers of this kindPublished 11 months ago by Juan Manuel Pena R
lvling is a lil to much for me and combat is really confussing that only reason its getting a 3Published 14 months ago by Robert
Awesome game if you like the characters and the story. Gameplay can be tedious and demands long hours to evolve your characters to a decent level. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roger Domingues
Five major Japanese video game developing companies, Nippon Ichi Software, Capcom, Namco Bandai, Gust, and Idea Factory, have come together to create Cross Edge; a strategy RPG... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Literary Cat
It's something fun and different, with a fun assorted cast from other games you might know and love. I recommend any rpg lover try it out.Published 23 months ago by Dustin W.