About two weeks ago I got Cross Edge for the PS3, still hasn’t been released in PAL territory so this is the American version (yeah I’m naughty). Didn’t pay to much attention to it at first, was to busy shooting zombies/ganados on Resi 5 😛 but now I’m playing it with full attention. This game is targeted at a very specific audience and its not those that are all for JRPGs because some of these JRPG fans will not enjoy this game, I see it almost like a Gundam game which is target specifically at Gundam fans, so this is targeted at those that like titles like Disgaea. You won’t see great graphics here because this looks like a PS2 title and the price itself does not lie, its 10 to 20€/$ cheaper than your average game, the story is a bit weird but the amount of known characters and the conversations between them are hilarious at some points. The menus are complex, the fights can be a bit hard but if you play it on easy its really a “walk in the park”. The strongest point in the game for me is definitely the soundtrack, I’m a sucker for soundtracks like this ^_^ , the anime designs are amazing, and again the characters from Darkstalkers interacting with the ones from nippon ichi Disgaea is funny (search for the scene when Etna meets Morrigan). Again be very careful when you purchase this game, unless you are a fan of turn base SRPGs stay away from this.
And of course this game presents us with the original voices in Japanese which is amazing, listening to Etna arguing with Prinny is a must. As I mentioned in the past I normally can identify pretty quickly known Japanese voice actors and so I managed to pinpoint Rina Satou on the character Mikoto Aiba (original character), she’s known for her role of Haruka on the Minami-ke series and of course Etna wouldn’t be possible without Tomoe Hanba.
The opening is not as “animeish” like Atelier Iris, Ar tonelico, Persona and other known games, but the music stays on your mind.
So far this is my favorite theme from the game, the battle theme.
One funny thing about this game is that the developers were kind enough to put costumes on it so that we can dress the characters in various forms, its not only fan service but these costumes give nice attributes (not on appealing physical ones), these are not the only costumes, there are way way more because of the “buttload” of characters, unfortunately thats one of the points I don’t like on these sort of games, loads of characters to develop and train.