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  • Summary: In the midst of an unending war for dominance between two super-powers, Special Intelligence Agent Stocke is assigned to a routine escort mission that goes horribly awry.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
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  1. Mar 30, 2011
    100
    An almost flawless game, Radiant Historia is everything I hope for in a modern-day portable RPG. Atlus and Index Corporation have potentially created a rival for Chrono Trigger in terms of story telling and quality.
  2. Feb 23, 2011
    91
    And since I've already given this review some special treatment, rather than end with a flowery or poetic conclusion, I'll simply reiterate that Radiant Historia is one of the best Japanese RPGs I've played in years. Atlus has given us a winner.
  3. May 18, 2011
    90
    Radiant Historia is a Japanese-style role-playing game developed by Atlus. The excellent graphics, the gripping soundtrack and exciting history make it one of the last must-have titles for the Nintendo DS.
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    85
    It's not often that we see a DS RPG with this level of creativity and polish in the story and gameplay departments, and the fantastic music and art only accentuate that. Even if you think you've done the time-travel RPG before, you should still definitely play Radiant Historia.
  5. Feb 26, 2011
    85
    Overall, however, Radiant Historia is an excellent game. [March 2011, p.88]
  6. Apr 23, 2011
    82
    Fun story and great combat. [Apr 2011, p.73]
  7. Mar 1, 2011
    75
    While JRPGs continue to flounder on the home consoles, games like this one prove that the genre is alive and well on handhelds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. Mar 20, 2011
    10
    "If Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Tactics had a baby, Radiant Historia would be it."

    I can't remember what critic wrote that, but It's
    "If Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy Tactics had a baby, Radiant Historia would be it."

    I can't remember what critic wrote that, but It's pretty spot-on. Radiant Historia is a fantastic game.
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  2. May 5, 2015
    10
    Awesome characters, gameplay, history and musics, this is one of my favorite RPG ever, if you like the genre, you have to play it.

    It could
    Awesome characters, gameplay, history and musics, this is one of my favorite RPG ever, if you like the genre, you have to play it.

    It could have a more difficult campaign, but it is still awesome.
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  3. Jun 27, 2011
    10
    When i first saw this game on the shelf, i thought, "why not give it a shot, it looks like my kind of game." After i got home, I WAS HOOKED!When i first saw this game on the shelf, i thought, "why not give it a shot, it looks like my kind of game." After i got home, I WAS HOOKED! The storyline grabbed me, the combat was genius, and even though there is one flaw in the "time-line crossing", just ignore it and you continue to love it. P.S.: the flaw is that if you save a man in one timeline, that would mean in order to be safe in the other timeline, he would have to cross timelines. He does however say "haven't i seen you before?" That kind of makes up for it, but in reality, it doesn't matter. Hope you love it!!!! Expand
  4. Feb 26, 2011
    9
    The game has beautiful character art, good music, and writing that makes me feel like I'm playing a classic SNES/PS1 era JRPG. Combat can beThe game has beautiful character art, good music, and writing that makes me feel like I'm playing a classic SNES/PS1 era JRPG. Combat can be approached like a puzzle game and greatly rewards damage output for creative thinking. The down side is that even the easy battles require a significant time and MP investment, which left me constantly feeling starved of power and frequently desperate feeling. The time travel aspect is well used in the story, as there is constant tension and mystery. Overall the game has a lot of strong points and they work well together resulting in what I feel is one of the best Japanese RPG games to come out in quite some time. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2011
    9
    This game is unique and fun!

    Reminds me of Chrono Trigger in terms of polished quality RPG I am still in the middle of it atm but for sure,
    This game is unique and fun!

    Reminds me of Chrono Trigger in terms of polished quality RPG

    I am still in the middle of it atm but for sure, the gameplay is far better than Dragon Age 2

    This is a beautiful game, and the developers took care in the characters, and it shows
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  6. Dec 31, 2011
    9
    This game is fun and easy to pick up. It doesn't fall into the trap that other RPGs have done where they made either the story pretentiouslyThis game is fun and easy to pick up. It doesn't fall into the trap that other RPGs have done where they made either the story pretentiously over-the-top nonsense or made the battle mechanics ridiculously complex that half of the elements and characters are pointless. Radiant Historia however has a well-rounded story that's willing to make fun of itself at times. The battle mechanics is set up so that strategy DO make a difference in how successful you are and all the characters have a purpose so you're willing to put the time in leveling EVERYONE up. This is a breath of fresh air in RPGs. I recommend it. Expand
  7. Feb 26, 2014
    7
    Radiant Historia created a fresh battle system that I really enjoyed and would love to see another game pick up and improve on what was there.Radiant Historia created a fresh battle system that I really enjoyed and would love to see another game pick up and improve on what was there. The beauty of this game comes in the simplicity of the battle system and menu scrolling.

    Considering you spend a lot of time going into historia you need a clean and easy to use system to travel throughout the story and it delivers. They could have added lots of fancy mechanics to it but I am glad they didn't.

    The battle system while simple to use and understand still manages to become a challenge as you try to shuffle the turn order to maximise your attack and minimise the damage you take.

    Presentation is where this game is let down. The graphics are nothing special and the environments are pretty boring with no real chance for exploration. While the character designs are good I don't feel their characters developed as much as they could of done, only Stocke I felt got this. This music is nothing memorable as well, which is a shame.

    Overall Radiant Historia is substance over style but well worth a playthrough. My playthrough took 45+ hours.
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