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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay over graphics
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...
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Will

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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
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...
Published on 18 Jan 2010 by Gunny


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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
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Cross Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
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.

Overall It's a great game with a lot to offer, but Cross Edge is definitely not for everyone. If you have played games like Disgaea before that rely on a 2D sprite system then Cross Edge will provide you with endless hours of entertainment. If you are a raving Final Fantasy X fan looking for the next emotional saga then this is definitely not for you. There's nothing wrong with the storyline in Cross Edge, but it's a lot more light-hearted than the last few Final Fantasy games.
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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
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Cross Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
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. After they've finished retaliating, you get AP points restored that let you unleash even more hell and it goes on until you or your opponant(s) die. Each character also has special abilities that do BIG damage, but to use them, they both need a lot of AP AND a bar in the top right corner needs to be filled through attacking and being attacked during the fight.

Lets make this clear, you will be battling A LOT. Battles are not random - you will know when there is one coming up. A coloured blob on the world map will gradually change colour as you walk, and when it reaches red, you'd better have your weapons ready! Whilst on the world map, you are required to hunt around for Souls (part of the story, but to you and me, that means treasure!) and Events. Events could be a quirky and often hillarious cut scene, or sometimes lead to an epic boss battle.

Other than that, there are also dungeons to explore that link each area to one another. Dungeons turn the game on its head into a basic, yet cutesy 2D platforming game. Battles still apply in the same fashion as on the World Map, it's just a bit more fun going about it.

The cut scenes are short and sweet, usually of great humour, and give you breaks in the sheer number of battles you'll need to be doing. Unfortunately, leveling up in this game is fairly slow, so you'll be pleased to know that all your characters gain EXP even when they don't participate (there are so many characters it's untrue! Many of them arrive in the first couple of hours!). EXP gained does improve as you progress, but bosses are still extremely tough. I am playing Hard mode right now though, and wouldn't be able to assess how much easier they were on Normal or Easy mode, but basically, they hurt. A problem with these boss fights is that many of them don't require you to beat the boss, but instead withstand a set number of turns without dying. This to me is both annoying and frustrating in equal measure, especially if you want to go for an 'Overkill' (Overkill, as the name suggests is where you've already killed an enemy but keep attacking it after. If you manage to refill the health bar of the enemy fully after defeating them, you can get rare items. Even if you don't refill it, they're dead so don't worry!)

This game both contains fun and tedious grinding in equal measure. I would love to rate it higher than I have, but feel I must be strict and fair. There is no question that the battle system is enjoyable, clever and requires you to think on your feet (there is a timer during your turn that you have to beat otherwise your combos stop) - the issue is that there is so much battling against similar monsters that it really makes you inclined to flee even when you're after the experience.

The difficulty scope is pretty high i'd say, which means plenty of replayability, but also lots of frustration. Battles are generally (even at the very beginning of the game) long, so it is advisable to go onto the Playstation Store and get the free downloads to make the first few hours of the game a little less strainuous and help you get used to the battle system.

I would recommend this game to all fans of strategy RPGs and those who want something retro to go on their PS3 (there won't be many of them about, i'm sure). It's going to be hit and miss whether you'll enjoy the game after you've worked out all the fundamentals, but as they say, 'if the price is right...'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gameplay, 27 July 2010
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This review is from: Cross Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
I was really looking forward to this game.
Cross Edge has gotten some pretty bad reviews and some extremely positive reviews.

My suggestion to you is to look up some details on various websites about gameplay before you decide to buy it.
The battle system is awesome, not too difficult even though some reviews suggest it however some extra hints could be welcome here and there.
I'm not halfway into this game yet and I love it however since it's an rpg you gotta love battling the same monsters over and over to gain exp and the needed items for synthesis.
Throughout the game you'll unlock some stuff if you do things right. Costumes can change the appearance for the girls which is nice as well.

You'll be doing some walking around to find the required 'locations' (to not put spoilers in here). If you use a guide it's easy but I only recommend using a guide for the true end trophy so you know what to do when and in which order.

I would rate this game 5* instead of the 4*, but they could have done more with the grahics.
Ok, it's this kinda game I know. The battles look awesome enough and the map's not too bad but they could've made it just a little smoother. It doesn't bother me though and it shouldn't if you're into this kinda game.

Sound 7/10
Graphics 6/10
Gameplay 8/10
Story 7/10

So, recap, if you're interested.... search the net and who knows. You might be up for a great surprise should you get this game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging, 3 Nov 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Cross Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
X-Edge is a great game with some very clever design but will not be suitable for everyone. If you enjoy learning new leveling & customisation systems, a bit of grinding & power-leveling you could get a lot out of this, if you're a fan of emo by-the-numbers traditional rpgs that are all flashy gfx, floury story lines & shallow gameplay you'd do better to skip this one. I wasn't too sure about the real-time linking of attacks for increased effect but a few hours in I was convinced - it's great stuff and can get very involved if that's how you want to play it. Basically, it's the kind of game 95% of average game reviewers are going to hate because of the things it's not - it's not simple, it's not something they can understand in 1 hour of play-testing, it's something they'd have to sit up straight & give a bit of thought to... and most of them are incapable of that to a large degree, hence the poor ratings... but then this game wasn't made for the likes of them.
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3 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Game, 1 Oct 2009
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= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Cross Edge (PS3) (Video Game)
This is the worse game that I have personally ever played and I feel that I must review it so that other people are aware of the more complex or difficulty in accessing the gameplay.

The graphics seem unusually weak for a PS3 game and in the dungeons it becomes 2D styling. The storyline seems quite weak, and conversations are primarily by way of people popping up and talking rather than within the gameplay itself.

I found the gameplay frustrating beyond belief, as the manual failed to explain the details of fighting clearly for me and the in-game instruction did not improve my understanding. I found myself unable to figure out what I was supposed to be doing and spent half the time within the menu button-bashing. I died endlessly whilst I tried to figure out what I was supposed to be doing, and why some characters suddenly became useless.

If you are happy to spend a lot of time trying to figure out "how to play the game" and aren't into the fancy graphics of Final Fantasy and the like, then this game may be for yourself. But if like me, you prefer a game to give you a bigger hint as to how to play it and like some decent graphics and story, then you may be best looking at an alternative game.
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