Excerpt: is another involving RPG from Tri-Ace, the makers of the Star Ocean series, and is set in a vibrant world where humans co-exist with magical creatures like elves and dwarves. Gamers are cast as Jack Russell, an ambitious youth determined to become a knight and follow in his father’s footsteps; however, after a series of disastrous (and humorous) events Jack is forced to leave his knight’s position at the famous Radiata Castle and join Theater Vancoor, Radiata Kingdom’s...
Excerpt: I like to poke around in all the nooks and crannies of a videogame—to wander aimlessly until I find a secret passage or a hidden boss. I love games that I can keep playing even after I finish them, and games with no ending at all are even better. So Radiata Stories , the action role-playing game (action RPG) from tri-Ace, should be my personal heaven: it's got a branching story that the player controls in a pretty big way, a bonus dungeon, and more sidequests than every...
Excerpt: As the title implies, the game is set in the fictional Radiata Kingdom, a world made up of humans and various mythological creatures that are grouped together and known as "fairies." The game starts out with the player being introduced to the naive but lovable hero, Jack Russell, a young boy who just so happens to open his mouth at very inopportune times.
Excerpt: Radiata Stories story revolves around the life of Jack Russell, the main hero in the game. He is your typical naive but determined, strong type of youth that doesn’t think before he acts. It starts with him waking up (how typical can you get?) in the morning as his sister tells him to hurry up and get ready. After all, it’s his day of the entrance test to become a knight.
Excerpt: tri-Ace is a well-known developer for the hardcore RPGFan. Having created the Star Ocean series as well as the vaunted PSOne classic Valkyrie Profile, tri-Ace has established a dynasty with their titles. Radiata Stories is coming straight on the heels of RPGFan's 2004 Game of the Year, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, and has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Excerpt: Konami's Suikoden series gained instant fame with its unique character recruiting system, allowing you to have up to 108 (plus four secret) allies join your side throughout the game. Square-Enix has decided to take it to the next level. Cross-breeding its own Star Ocean: Till the End of Time's instantly engaging story and fast-paced battles with Suikoden's character recruitment system and endless quests, we have the beautiful RPG offspring: Radiata Stories.
Excerpt: I found Radiata Stories incredibly frustrating. Not frustrating in that "Wow, what an extraordinarily crap game" way, either. It was frustrating in the sense that I can easily see the potential of the title, and it does a great many things right, but then ends up falling flat on its face anyway. Call it frustrating, disappointing, or simply a waste of potential.
Excerpt: I have a very strange relationship with Tri-Ace. I'm not a fan, but I can't say I hate them either. Valkyrie Profile is one of my favorite games, yet the Star Ocean series are some of my least liked. So I approached Radiata Stories with caution. Good thing I did because this way I had no high hopes that could be crushed.