Radiant Historia DS

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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. Nintendo Power
    Feb 26, 2011
    85
    Overall, however, Radiant Historia is an excellent game. [March 2011, p.88]
  6. Nintendo Gamer
    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: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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. Apr 12, 2011
    10
    When I first noticed Radiant Historia I was already a fan because of its time traveling theme, something that I never fail to enjoy even if itWhen I first noticed Radiant Historia I was already a fan because of its time traveling theme, something that I never fail to enjoy even if it has been abused in countless novels and games. Having Atlus as the developer of course helped, since I have always loved their great SMT series.

    The actual game, however, was even better than I hoped: not only was the plot extremely well crafted and mature (as its main characters), but the time traveling was the best I have ever seen in any game, easily stripping the master of the genre, Chrono Trigger, of its crown. The two timelines system with multiple sub events and countless optional scenes really made me play like I never did on Ds, and at the end the great closure didn't erase my need for a sequel with similar gameplay. The soundtrack was another great selling point, even if I would have liked a bit more variety.

    Handhelds really are providing the best jrpgs of this generation, with games such as this, Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky and Infinite Space to show gamers that the genre is still alive and kicking,
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  3. Aug 22, 2011
    10
    Radiant Historia is the best RPG I've played in ages. Being a huge fan of PS1 and SNES RPGs, this game is a true embodiment of what an RPGRadiant Historia is the best RPG I've played in ages. Being a huge fan of PS1 and SNES RPGs, this game is a true embodiment of what an RPG should have: engrossing story, complex characters, fun battle system and a gripping ambiance. The story involves some familiar elements, such as time traveling to save the world, but it does a lot to stand on its own. You not only have to travel time to prevent the end of the world, you have to balance two alternate timelines (due to the meddling of an evil third party) because events in one impact the other. Each choice you make could lead to a sudden end, in which case you have to go back to a key point and figure out the correct path. Don't worry, it's not at all confusing or tedious because you're given a detailed record of events and you can skip nearly any event or cut-scene to avoid repetition. To bring it all together, a varied and complex cast provides unique personalities and nuances to the story. The grid based combat, which allows you to move enemies around and combine them into slots to build combos and damage multiple enemies at once, provides a simple, fast, deep and incredibly fun battle system. The visuals are very vibrant and artistically marvelous, though the character animations are a bit limited. The music is simply amazing. It's probably one of the most beautiful soundtracks ever (listen to "Memories of the World", "Blue Radiance", and "And Earnest Desire of Grey" on YouTube). I've played all the great RPGs of the past decade... the Final Fantasies, Mass Effects, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Kingdom Hearts. But sometimes I don't care about the latest technological advancements facial animations, complex decision making systems that can change the whole universe, finding dirty water in demolished buildings, exploring huge lands or Disney/Square-Enix fan service. Sometimes, I just want a simple, absorbing RPG and that is what Radiant Historia is. Atlus deserves a standing ovation for not only taking a risk, but also for creating one of the best RPGs of all time. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2015
    9
    A well-written, heartstring-tuggin' turn-based RPG that is, perhaps, the best on the DS. Still holds up well today, and has one of the bestA well-written, heartstring-tuggin' turn-based RPG that is, perhaps, the best on the DS. Still holds up well today, and has one of the best storylines in JRPG history. Main story takes roughly 35-40 hours to complete, but you're looking at over 80 if you complete every timeline "node". Well worth the money. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Aug 28, 2015
    9
    It's George R R Martin's Chrono Trigger...sort of.

    Radiant Historia, despite being on a handheld, puts even most console JRPG to shame. It
    It's George R R Martin's Chrono Trigger...sort of.

    Radiant Historia, despite being on a handheld, puts even most console JRPG to shame. It has it's slow moments, but those are quickly forgotten amongst the clever time-traveling mechanic, and several additions to the standard JRPG gameplay make for an incredibly engaging experience. Add on a politically-driven war story filled with complex characters, backed up by a score from Yoko Shimomura of Kingdom Hearts and Mario & Luigi fame, Radiant Historia is both a loving throwback to JRPGS of the 16-bit era, while also bringing a lot of new innovations to the table.

    And no colored weddings!

    THE GOOD
    + An fantastic political war story with no clear right or wrong side.
    + The time-travel mechanic is tons of fun to traverse.
    + Combination of grid-based and classical-turn based combat makes every battle require strategy.
    + Yoko Shimamura is at her absolute best when it comes to the music.

    THE BAD
    - The story has the occasional slow points.
    - Gameplay and story progression are rather linear.
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  7. May 27, 2011
    7
    While far deeper and better done than what I've come to expect of Atlus, this game reminds me more of Xenogears or Chrono Cross than CTriggerWhile far deeper and better done than what I've come to expect of Atlus, this game reminds me more of Xenogears or Chrono Cross than CTrigger or FFTactics.. It lacks a true polished feel from moving around, and the combat system, while gimmicky (admittedly par for the course nowadays) is at least playable and as the game progresses, increasingly enjoyable. The story is extremely slow to get started, and I found my palm on my face more than a few times wondering why I should bother to try to save this game world once it did. The characters, while strange-looking, generally lack the two dimensional quality I've been forced to endure all too often as of late in the genre, even though it takes a very long time for some of them to be fleshed out. Learning when to back off, move forward or backward in time or change story lines can be frustrating, and while sometimes you have a few leads, there were several times where I simply got lost. The ability to skip through long-winded exposition is definitely a saving grace, given the inherently repetitive nature of some parts. It's not the best ever made, but it's definitely above mediocre, and should be on the purchase list of fans of the genre. Just be patient when you're getting started. Expand

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#2 Most Shared DS Game of 2011