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Scheduled release date:

May 19, 2009

Publisher:

NIS America

Developer:

Compile Heart

Number Of Players:

1 Player

Genre:

RPG

You know what we don’t have enough of in this generation? C’mon, anyone who knows me is going to know the answer… It’s JRPGs, of course! Thus far, fans have been forced to turn to either the PS2 or PSP to get their Japanese role-playing fix, and there are several reasons for this: 1. companies like Atlus and Nippon Ichi aren’t always so quick to leap into a new generation; they have been content with producing new titles for the PS2. 2. in some circles, such projects aren’t considered “cutting edge” anymore, and the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 generation is supposed to be all about cutting edge technicals and pushing the envelope. Even so, the genre in question has a very loyal following – and not just over in Japan – and when games like Cross Edge finally arrive for the PS3, that niche fan base stands up and takes notice. Heck, most even applaud. On top of which, as this title features a collaboration that involves many Japanese companies and characters from popular JRPG/strategy franchises, it becomes even more appealing to the targeted audience.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of Cross Edge is the fact that it may not boast a fully realized, intricate storyline that we often find in JRPGs; as it’s more of an assembly of old character favorites, it’s more like fanservice. …and we don’t have any problem with that whatsoever. All sorts of Japanese developers, ranging from Gust to Capcom to Idea Factory, have contributed characters to this 2D sprite-oriented JRPG battle extravaganza. IGN went hands-on with the game when NIS America held their press event last week (when they announced another new PS3 exclusive RPG, Last Rebellion), and some of the familiar faces included Raze from Mana Khemia 2, Etna from the acclaimed Disgaea series, Misha from Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia and Zelos from Spectral Souls. As for the gameplay, you can probably guess: very colorful, very hectic, over-the-top in terms of dazzling and very artistic special effects, and a complex battle mechanic. It’s difficult to categorize the combat as “turn-based,” but it’s probably accurate to call it “turn/action-oriented.” Or, uh, something to that effect.

You will indeed utilize all four face buttons during any encounter, and you can string together awesome chain attacks if you’ve got the power and skill. Each character will have unique skills and abilities, plus a pool of AP (Action Points) to use as you will. We just mentioned snazzy special effects, and this can happen with strategic punching of those face buttons; the accompanying animations are gonna be pretty eye-opening for a 2D title. Now, while your allies will be on the right side of the battle screen and the enemies will inhabit the left, you may think you’re looking at a straight-up turn-based system. But that’s not entirely true, because there’s a timer involved: as it counts down, you can assign any actions you wish, but once the timer is over, it’s the enemy’s chance to dash across and wreak some havoc. Now, you’ll be able to switch between the different characters in your party during your turn, and this is where your big ol’ chain combos will come from. This won’t be a challenge in terms of reflexes or dexterity (this isn’t Devil May Cry, but strategically or tactically speaking, it could take a good deal of effort to construct.

As for the rest of the game, we’re quite interested in what the developers are calling “an extensive synthesizing system.” We don’t have many details on this (although we could fly over to Japan and just buy the game; it hit store shelves over there late last year), but we assume it will be similar to systems we’ve seen in titles like Atelier Iris. Creating/inventing items and equipment is always a fairly complex and time-consuming process in most any game, so in addition to many battles, you can probably expect to spend a good chunk of time “synthesizing.” Really, though, Cross Edge is best for those who have played and enjoyed many JRPGs in the past few years. Chances are, you’re going to find many familiar faces in this game – which is exactly the point, of course – and the fans will very much like the idea of combining characters from different games. The hardcore are all out there right now saying things like, “oooh, I wonder what kind of combos I can form between Aurica (Ar Tonelico) and Morgan (Darkstalkers)…?” NIS is well aware that this collaboration won’t appeal to those new to the genre.

But for the avid followers, Cross Edge is just the ticket. Its release is right around the corner, too: it’s scheduled to launch in North America on May 19, so for all you JRPG fanatics out there, this one ought to top your wish list for this month. We’ll also try to find as much information as we can for Last Rebellion, too, so stay tuned for that.

5/9/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Highlander
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 12:36:33 AM
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Cross Edge was already at the top of my JRP purchase list (mostly because I knew it was coming soon). However the combination of anime style, sort-of turn based action in a solidly JRPG style of game appeals greatly to me. Adding in characters from many other games of the genre just adds to the appeal. I know that a lot of people have a hard (no pun intended) time with anime, fan service, and all that goes with that. However in this day and age, if a bit of predictable fan service is the worst aspect of a game, then there's really no criticism to answer.

From the sounds of the preview, this will be a fun romp, and even for folks not so entrenched in JRPG games or anime styled characters, it sounds like it should be enjoyable.

Really, in all seriousness, who can find fault with this kind of game? It may not be your cup of tea, it may not be cutting edge, but it's stil a heck of a lot of fun.

Tell you what, for all those nay-sayers out there who can't stomach fan service and want to put people who enjoy anime or JRPGs down because of the fan service involved, go watch all 10 episodes of Hand Maid May. That should cure you.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 1:21:35 AM

you changed your avatar :)

Also I haven't been able to decide on buying this. A lot of RPG's are, hate saying this, not completely worth the 60$ price yet. So it's kind of hard for me to waste cash for one unless I know for sure it'll be good.

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Highlander
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 1:55:51 AM

New avatar = Hand Maid May.... ;-)

KOS-MOS will be back.

Last edited by Highlander on 5/10/2009 1:57:18 AM

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Byakko2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 4:54:21 AM

Actually, I should point out that Cross-Edge has an MSRP of $49.99(gamestop.com). After Valkyria Chronicles, this RPG is tops on my list. Also, I think fan service is a great thing. This is a niche title that probably won't score high with most critics, but the fans will love it. I'm going to play this to tide me over until E3, where I hope Sony announces Demon's Souls, if not I'll import the HK version. But yeah I know at least one company that could benefit from a little fan service. *cough* Square-enix *cough*

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kreate
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 8:35:20 AM

is that one of ur favorite anime?
i did see it and it was hilarious.

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Highlander
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 12:48:36 PM

@Kreate

Depends on my mood. I used to enjoy the more action oriented anime more, but over the years the more whimsical things like Hand Maid May have taken their place. I think that as I get older, I want more sentimentality and humor than I do action.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 9:00:59 PM

you should watch....er...crap forgot the title XD hold on let me go find it...Corrector Yui :D i enjoy it, lol only got first 2 dvd's tho :(

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souljah92
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 1:24:39 AM

there was an awesome anime called vampire knight, i loved it

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Arvis
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 3:08:19 PM

Have you checked out The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya yet, Highlander? I think it is exactly what you're looking for...

-Arvis

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 12:21:10 AM

Kos-Mos is back.

I shall check out The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya...


Hmmm... Onegai Teacher might be more up my street. ;-)


...although Melancholy might be worth a glance.

Last edited by Highlander on 5/12/2009 12:23:29 AM

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InfiniteNine
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 1:37:39 AM
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I'm going to pre-order this tomorrow to encourage future JRPGs to be released in the west.

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Kevadu
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 2:17:43 AM
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I've been aware of this game for a while but I'm on the fence about it.

At first glance, a real JRPG that borrows characters from a number of different games sounds like an interesting idea. However, let's face it, most of the characters they are using are not exactly from tier 1 games.

Even though I like JRPGs I passed on most of these titles the first time around because of mediocre reviews. So will this game be able to stand on its own? Will I be able to enjoy it without catching all the references? I'm just not sure...

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godsman
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 8:25:45 AM

same here, i'm on the fence. Most of the games i have not played, but I'm watching closely. May not be day one purchase, but i'll get it when it comes down to 30 bucks.

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DiminishedAngel
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 2:27:53 AM
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Great article Ben. Though FYI, it's Morrigan from Darkstalkers, not Morgan. She's named after the war goddess from Celtic mythology.

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kreate
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 8:42:13 AM
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@Ben

just a thought, but how bout we get some info on trophies? such as does the game have trophies? are the trophies hard to get? do u unlock trophies at a good rate as u progress through the game?

it probably isnt much of importance, but trophies do seem to be a deciding factor on a purchase for some people.

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shadowpal2
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 8:52:55 AM
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By the time when there are a good amount of JRPGs for the PS3...I think I'll make the transition from the PS2 generation. Even though the PS2 generation has some of the best JRPGs available. Also PSP has some pretty good ones as well...even though most of them are just remakes/ports.

But god can't wait for this game.

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Deleted User
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 12:32:31 PM
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I'll keep an eye on this game. I could use another RPG after finishing Fallout 3, Eternal Sonata and Valkyria Chronicles. I'm not familiar with these franchises and characters, though, so I'll need some more feedback first.

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shindelion
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 1:59:40 PM
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Ben, I'm sure you know already that this meal has an pre-order on my plate already. I have been starving for some JRPG. on a side not NIS America got trophies in Disgaea 3 in Jap, there are even trophies that goes in Home, did you hear about that? sorry to get off topic but to let some of these guys who wanted trophies in Disgaea 3.

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NightHawk17
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 5:01:53 PM
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I already have this pre-ordered, gotta support ps3 rpg devs:)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 10, 2009 @ 9:15:59 PM
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I'm glad to see so many people are big JRPG fans like me. :)

As for Trophies, I'll look into it...

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souljah92
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 1:25:35 AM

aah man i havent been into a good old rpg since the ps1 days with suikoden and guardian crusade, yeah lol.. i liked the small time ones too =p

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Highlander
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 10:04:02 AM

Oh yes, I have Breath of Fire III in my PSP right now...JRPGs rule.

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