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Cross Edge (PS3)

by NIS America
PlayStation 3
 Ages 12 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0027VSI6I
  • Item Weight: 27 g
  • Release Date: 25 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,370 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Cross Edge is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between five major Japanese game publishers. Nippon Ichi Software, Capcom, Namco Bandai, Gust, and Idea Factory have joined forces to create a Strategy RPG unlike any other and exclusive to PlayStation 3.

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Disgea costumes used in 'Cross Edge'
Costume system that increases character potency.
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Combat with against a dragon in 'Cross Edge'
Combo driven attack system.
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RPG leveling/stat screen in 'Cross Edge'
Classic RPG level and stats.
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Cross Edge features characters and storylines from popular franchises including: Darkstalkers, Disgaea, Mana Khemia, and Spectral Souls. Cross Edge is action-packed with memorable characters, amazing items, and over-the-top battles to deliver an once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience.

Story
The story of Cross Edge follows the adventures of hero and heroine York Neely and Miki Aiba. Awaking in a strange world, they are soon sought out by a little girl named May. She tells them that the world around them was created from souls gathered from other worlds and that if this stealing of souls from other places does not stop, sooner or later those other places--that is reality--will disappear forever. To stop this from happening they will have to defeat this new world's evil master by releasing all the souls now confined to his nightmare world. To do this they will need all the special abilities that they possess, as well as the help they will gain from others that they meet on their travels.

Gameplay
Cross Edge is a traditional Japanese role-playing game complete with world map, random battles, level grinding, item combining/creation using alchemy, etc. It also features heroes and villains from game franchises published by Gust, Capcom, Nippon Ichi, Namco Bandai and Idea Factory. As players set about freeing the trapped souls supporting the nightmare world that they are stuck in, they engage in turn-based team battles. This is where the characters from previous games come in. Players must enlist them to join in party-based battles. Success in these battles is based on the ability to string together specific moves into chain attack sequences, which in turn unlock even stronger combinations when successful. Players can also increase their characters' stats and abilities by acquiring additional costumes called 'forms' and redressing their characters in them. Female characters physical appearances can also be changed based on the form they're wearing.

The goal of the game is to release souls. You can find and collect souls by searching around area maps. Exposure to souls can grant players items or unlock events. Along with soul related events, maps will also point players to other helpful locations such as event points, points at which other events may occur, and save points, where you can save your game as well as buy, sell and trade items.

Key Features

  • Cross Edge combines classic RPG combat with a grid-based Strategy RPG combat to create a hybrid battle system. In combat, a square grid will appear beneath the units. Some units are better at close combat and others at a distance, so players must strategically move their units to battle enemies.
  • In combat, some units can toss up enemies and chain combo various moves for extra damage, like in a fighting game.
  • By using characters from Gust titles, players can use alchemy to craft weapons.
  • Change costumes to increase character’s stats and abilities, and in some cases revealing cut scenes.
  • Explore dungeons to run, jump and attack.
  • Cross Edge is bilingual. Players have the option to choose between English or Japanese voiceovers.
  • Add to your PlayStation trophy collection as you play through the game.

Product Description

Cross Edge features characters and storylines from popular franchises including: Darkstalkers, Disgaea, Mana Khemia, and Spectral Souls. Cross Edge is action-packed with memorable characters, amazing items, and over-the-top battles to deliver an once-in-a-lifetime gaming experience.

Story
The story of Cross Edge follows the adventures of hero and heroine York Neely and Miki Aiba. Awaking in a strange world, they are soon sought out by a little girl named May. She tells them that the world around them was created from souls gathered from other worlds and that if this stealing of souls from other places does not stop, sooner or later those other places--that is reality--will disappear forever. To stop this from happening they will have to defeat this new world's evil master by releasing all the souls now confined to his nightmare world. To do this they will need all the special abilities that they possess, as well as the help they will gain from others that they meet on their travels.

Gameplay
Cross Edge is a traditional Japanese role-playing game complete with world map, random battles, level grinding, item combining/creation using alchemy, etc. It also features heroes and villains from game franchises published by Gust, Capcom, Nippon Ichi, Namco Bandai and Idea Factory. As players set about freeing the trapped souls supporting the nightmare world that they are stuck in, they engage in turn-based team battles. This is where the characters from previous games come in. Players must enlist them to join in party-based battles. Success in these battles is based on the ability to string together specific moves into chain attack sequences, which in turn unlock even stronger combinations when successful. Players can also increase their characters' stats and abilities by acquiring additional costumes called 'forms' and redressing their characters in them. Female characters physical a


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay over graphics 22 Oct 2009
By Will
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Cross Edge does exactly what you'd expect. It delivers a host of interesting characters, a good 100+ hour storyline and an excellent battle system. If you're a fan of RPGs that put more emphasis on gameplay than graphics then Cross Edge is definitely a must have item!

Cross Edge has been the subject of a lot of mixed reviews (especially from the press). I thought I'd address one or two of the issues that have been raised.

One common complaint about Cross Edge is that there are too many characters and it's difficult to get to grips with them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, there are a lot of different characters. However they are broken to you in a way that assumes that you won't recognise them. This means you really don't have to have played any of the games Cross Edge draws upon in order to enjoy it.

Graphically it's not a particularly pretty game, but If you know anything about the companies that made it that won't surprise you. I can't believe anyone even bothers to raise this complaint to be honest. For RPGs graphics are definitely the least important thing. The graphics are good enough that the moves are still cool, and you can tell what's going on. Do you really need more than that? (on a side note I should probably say that the character portraits are really good and are probably the biggest graphical achievement)

It can be a difficult game (especially at the beginning), but whoever wanted an easy game? If it wasn't difficult there would be nothing to learn or engage with. I think complaining about the difficulty of Cross Edge is to miss the point of it entirely. It is a complex game with different systems to learn, but that is why it is rewarding.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By H. Holt
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
[This review is for the NTSC version, which is identical to the PAL version]

At the time of writing Cross Edge has an average critical review score of 47/100, making it one of the twenty worst RPGs of the post-NES era. It also has an average user rating of 8.0 on GameFAQs (only 0.2 points behind Final Fantasy XII), with almost 50% of the votes being 9/10 or above and almost 80% of the votes being 8/10 or above, making it the fourth best RPG of this generation so far. I'm not sure of the exact significance of these numbers, but they're definitely telling me something...

Speaking of numbers, Cross Edge is a numbers game. Levels go up to 999, HP maxes out at 999,999 and the damage cap is well into the billions. There are hundreds upon hundreds of weapons, items, accessories and pieces of armour, almost all of which have to be synthesized from rare items (the only things you can buy are those which have previously been synthesized). Before ten hours have passed you'll be dealing with more than a dozen party members, each one of whom can learn up to ten unique skills. Each skill can be combined with a number of other skills to form a combo, which can then be combined with another sequence of skills to form another combo, and so on.

What's immediately clear, therefore, is that while Gust, Namco Bandai and Capcom may have their name on the box, this is a game by Nippon Ichi and Idea Factory. Both NIS and IF are known for making TRPGs (tactical role-playing games) rather than JRPGs (console role-playing games), and it shows. There are no NPCs to talk to, no towns to explore, no long-winded cutscenes and certainly no pseudo-philosophical overtones. 99.9% of your time in this game will be spent either fighting or tweaking your party to make them better at fighting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirkiness Wrapped up in a Box 18 Jan 2010
By Gunny
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is my first real venture into this kind of RPG. I would definately call myself a 'Square fan-boy', but after watching a few video reviews I thought i'd give it a punt.

To begin with, the appearance of this game is wonderful. The colours are vibrant, the artwork is clean and clear - great. The characters and scenes are generally 2D, giving it a real retro feel, which feels really nice after playing all these high-graphics games. Some of the enemies do appear in 3D, which really feels odd, but kinda cool at the same time.

Now, I won't lie, I really like to get my teeth into a good story when it comes to RPGs - this doesn't exactly get there. The characters, as far as i'm aware, are from a miss-mash of other anime RPGs so on that basis, I couldn't really expect the story to blow me away.. okay, I can forgive the weak story then.

The gameplay is very confusing initially, but the opening tutorials do give a good insight into how the battle system works (which is far more than can be said for the awful instructions manual! You expect me to see those pictures!? Let alone read the text in them!!). Basically, each person in your party (which consists of up to 4 members) has a limited number of AP (Action Points) to distribute during your turn. You have abilities assigned to different buttons, and can unleash hell so long as you have enough AP to spend on the move you want. Inputting moves in a set order can lead to a combo being available with someone else in your party, thus giving a really experimental feel to the battles. Good so far. When you run out of AP, or when you want to end your turn you can manually do so, and the enemy may strike back.
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