Excerpt: Normally when doing a game impression, we try to play the game for at least ten hours before we write one up. I didn't have that much time with Crimson Gem Saga before I had to ship it out to our reviewer in Canada, so I only got about three or four hours in.
Conclusion: Crimson Gem Saga is not a game for everyone. It can best be described as a niche title, designed for those who appreciate a good old, classic-feeling RPG experience. If you like fast-paced, action-intensive RPGs, then you should steer clear of Crimson Gem Saga.
Excerpt: Crimson Gem Saga is the second game in two weeks to show that there's still a lot of life left in 2D, sprite-based visuals. While it doesn't hit all of the same high points as Super Robot Taisen (also an Atlus release), Crimson Gem Saga looks great.
Excerpt: Lately, a number of RPGs have come out that use twists (or sometimes outright contortions) on the traditional formulae to set themselves apart. I've enjoyed a number of these games, but sometimes, it's nice to go back to the roots of the genre, and remember how the traditions got started.
Conclusion: Is this the game of the year? I am not sure about that but I may have found my top game of 2009 on the PSP. Crimson Gem Saga is a role playing game fans dream. This is the kind of RPG we grew up with during the time when role playing games hit their peak.
Excerpt: It can be a bit of a grind and won’t wow players with its originality,but Crimson Gem Saga from IronNos and Atlus is a fine traditional RPG experience that’s easy to play and features an excellent user interface and attractive presentation.