• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: May 26, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. I'm really happy with Crimson Gem Saga. It goes right up there with Jeanne d'Arc as far as PSP RPGs go.
  2. While many Atlus games tend to only appeal to niche audience of hardcore RPG gamers, Crimson Gem Saga is one of those approachable, fun and rewarding games that will appeal to hardcore players and more casual RPG fans alike.
  3. If you are a fan of the classic 16-bit era of RPGs then you should definitely buy Crimson Gem Saga.
  4. 86
    PSP owners who want a solid, fun, long-lasting, no-nonsense, traditional turn-based RPG will be served quite well with Crimson Gem Saga.
  5. While the characters are not always that sympathetic, it is the gameplay that truly shines here. This is an entertaining and challenging portable RPG.
  6. 84
    It doesn't really do anything new, but it's so comfortable in its skin that that doesn't matter. It revels in its simplicity. And so did I.
  7. 84
    This is the RPG that PSP fans have been clamoring for since the system launched.
  8. 80
    Crimson Gem Saga is as classic as modern RPGs come, but it also stands to remind why this genre has been so steadfast throughout the life of gaming.
  9. 80
    Crimson Gem is a classic RPG that shines as brightly as the name implies.
  10. The combat, however, does add a hint of freshness. [Aug 2009, p.79]
  11. If you are looking for portable RPG goodness, both your time and money are well-invested if you choose Crimson Gem Saga.
  12. Crimson Gem Saga probably won’t win any awards for innovation, but it’s an enjoyable game from start to finish, and one I had trouble putting down.
  13. The classic feel of the game does make grinding a little boring, and the story feels contrived at times, but this is a great title for those who crave a more classic approach to their RPG gaming.
  14. The word "original" may not apply, but the level of production and care taken in crafting Crimson Gem Saga is certainly noteworthy, especially in conjunction with the pure, reductive nature of its game design.
  15. 70
    Despite its mostly average base components, Crimson Gem Saga is a surprisingly good game.
  16. Crimson Gem Saga proves just how much better a game can be if it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  17. In short, CGS is a lot like its own hero, Killian - stuck in second place between mediocrity and exceptional.
  18. It can be a bit of a grind and won't wow players with its originality, but Matrix Software's Crimson Gem Saga is a fine traditional RPG experience that's easy to play and features an excellent user interface and attractive presentation.
  19. Crimson Gem Saga's cheery veneer quickly wears away to show a simple, uninspired role-playing game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. jwh
    Jun 12, 2009
    I don't know what crack pipe the Gamespot reviewer and the other low-rating reviewers were smoking, but this game is wonderful. I have I don't know what crack pipe the Gamespot reviewer and the other low-rating reviewers were smoking, but this game is wonderful. I have played just about every RPG and turn-based tactical game out there for not only the PSP but also the DS and this one is fun and excellent. There is a TON of whimsical detail in the game world and the graphics are excellent. They are cartoony - but not in an off putting way and they rival easily any other RPG out there for either handheld platform. The game is challenging at some points but focuses on staying FUN (and I have played Dark Spire, Etrian Odyssey etc. and have beaten them....) and not level-grinding to an extreme degree - which I find nice (variation is always good game to game). I HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun, satisfying RPG experience that has a wide open world to explore (NOT LINEAR - Hooray!!!) and decent voice acting, fun character development (including being able to modify weapons) and a decent enough story. Some of the reviewers are either 1) not RPG people or 2) people who consider only one "type" of RPG to be true RPGs..... Trust me - get this game if you enjoy RPGs/Turn based fighting - you will not be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. ConstantineZ
    May 28, 2009
    Excellent, light RPG. Charming story and visuals. Truly enjoyable, if somewhat easy, experience.
  3. Aug 13, 2014
    I avoided Crimson Gem Saga like the plague as I was picking up
    Growlanser, Yggdra Union, Gungnir, Knights in the Nightmare, and Riviera
    I avoided Crimson Gem Saga like the plague as I was picking up
    Growlanser, Yggdra Union, Gungnir, Knights in the Nightmare, and Riviera
    for 5 dollars each like an addiction during the constant ATLUS sales.
    But I finally picked up this and Hexyz Force and it's really good.
    The story seems decent so far, the combat was good, the characters
    are great, I was pleasantly surprised, it's really cool.
    It's a game where the main character is Kanji and his
    sidekick is Rise Chan. That alone is awesome on levels
    I didn't even know existed.... Ech sure it's kind of mediocre,
    but it's still a solid game with a great voice cast. The battle
    system is fine, I was terrified by VVV This, guy down here
    who was complaining about the music, but honestly the
    game has so much going for it that I don't really give a
    damn about the music. It's certainly not a good high
    quality epic experience like a Persona or something,
    I don't think it's even trying to be, it's just a fun little
    game, with a good cast of characters, and some non-boring
    story elements. For 5 dollars it's crazy good value.
    What do you expect for 5 dollars? Not much, in which
    case it's pretty good. Although I've only played it for
    a few hours so I can't really give an educated opinion
    yet. But I liked it..... Picking up these 7 games for
    35 dollars is not a bad idea at all, my Vita rules now.
    Any one on it's own might be a bit lacking, but the
    sheer volume of content make each of them like
    delving into a chapter of one great book. My favorite
    was Growlanser, but this one is still good, it surprised me.
    Full Review »