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Radiant Historia - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
- Restore the True History: With the power of the White Chronicle, the crossroads of time is yours to traverse. Jump back and forth across various turning points in history in order to save your world from destruction.
- Your Choices Matter: Difficult decisions face you at every turn. Who will you side with? Who will you choose to help? Your choices progress the story and bring you to drastically different ends.
- Push your foes around!: Use the turn order and your special ability to manipulate the positions of enemies on the field to set up combination attacks and gain the upper hand.
- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Channeling the heart and soul of fan favorite 16‐bit RPG classics, Radiant Historia combines a unique position‐based battle system, intricate hand‐drawn details, and one of the best soundtracks in recent memory as it takes gamers on a steampunk adventure back and forth through time.
Radiant Historia is a single player turn-based RPG for play on Nintendo DS and DSi. Channeling the heart and soul of fan favorite 16-bit RPG classics, Radiant Historia combines a unique position-based three-party battle system, unique time travel abilities, intricate hand-drawn details and one of the best soundtracks in recent memory as it takes gamers on a steampunk adventure back and forth through time.
The kingdoms of Alistel and Granorg are at war. As a result, terrible things have happened and will continue to happen - things that may even threaten the fabric of the overarching world of world of Vainguer. This war must be won, ended, or both and Stocke is the one chosen to make it so. Stocke is an agent in the Special Intelligence division in the kingdom of Alistel. Beyond his skill with a blade, he is entrusted with a miraculous tool, the White Chronicle. This amazing book allows him to see beyond the present into other times. Combined with the help of two unforeseen allies, the White Chronicles eventually allows Stocke to actually travel through time to change things that should never have been and channel history into the path that it was meant to unfold.
Radiant Historia is a single player, turn-based RPG with action that revolves around a 3-party battle system and time travel abilities. Battles occur whenever enemies are encountered and play out over a three square grid system. The closer an enemy is to a player controlled character(s) the more damage that is possible in an attack(s). Beyond simply overwhelming enemies one by one, players can also manipulate individual enemy positions so that multiple enemies occupy the same space and can thus be attacked at the same time by party members. Successful combo attacks of this nature can net your party bonus gold and experience points. With a sufficient power build up each party member can also unleash special Mana Burst attacks which offer unique benefits in battle. Objectives that can not be achieved through battle may be available through the game's time travel functionality and the accessibility of parallel universes. By going back and forth in time and visiting other universes players can change events and historical choices that may alter conditions in the present and or future. The result of this can be multiple possible parallel game endings and maximum replay value.
Key Game Features
- Restore the True History - With the power of the White Chronicle, the crossroads of time is yours to traverse. Jump back and forth across various turning points in history in order to save your world from destruction.
- Your Choices Matter - Difficult decisions face you at every turn. Who will you side with? Who will you choose to help? Your choices progress the story and bring you to drastically different ends. Return to previous choices to initiate changes whose effects ripple throughout the timelines.
- Classic Turn-Based Combat - Take your party of three warriors into combat, battling enemies within range of your 3x3 grid.
- Push Your Foes Around - Use the turn order and your special ability to manipulate the positions of enemies on the field to set up combination attacks and gain the upper hand.
- Flexibility in Combat - Change allied character's positions on the board when it best suits the situation to level the most damage possible against enemies.
Explore the lands of Vainguer.
Travel through time.
Position-based battle system.
Talk to fellow travelers.
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Top Customer Reviews
Early in the game the player is given the White Chronicle, which records all the events in the game as they happen. Soon afterwards it is revealed that you can teleport back and forth in time with bookmarks at major events. With more than 200 nodes and two fairly distinct but intimately connected timelines, the game allows for much more meddling in the time stream than you might expect (much more than in Chrono Trigger).
Radiant Historia is a surprisingly ambitious and original title that takes the whole concept of time travel in video games to new heights. The plot does get a tad convoluted with all the branching paths, and suffers the pitfalls of repetition, but makes up for that with its incredibly detailed and generally well written story. With its combination of sprite-based characters and 3D settings, and a fantastic soundtrack, the overall presentation doesn't disappoint. Uncovering all the secrets should yield a solid 40 hours of game play in what can be considered one of the top-tier RPGs on the Nintendo DS.
Incredibly detailed, non-linear story
Excellent graphics and music
Fun, strategic battle system
35+ hours of game play
Came with a bonus soundtrack CD
Time travel results in repetition
Branching plot can get convoluted
Some party members don't get much use
One of the best features of Radiant Historia is its multiple endings. I'm not talking about the ending of the game--I'm talking about the endings peppered throughout time, the endings that you stumble upon by making this or that decision as you guide Stocke forward. The game lets you feel that every decision you make has the potential to be the wrong one, no matter how well-intentioned you are, and that leads to an engaging experience difficult to find in other modern RPGs.
Radiant Historia is the only handheld RPG that has driven me to achieve 100% since the original Golden Sun games on GBA. This game is utterly wonderful and if you're even remotely interested in playing it, pick it up now. With it already difficult to find only a year after its release and with no further production plans in place, Radiant Historia is on its way to becoming impossible to find--and you're going to wish you owned it.
Although the only customization changes to your party of characters (which fluctuates as the story progresses) is through their weapons and armor you can locate scrolls throughout the game which allow you to teach them hidden skills and feel more involved in their development. Battle is initially easy and becomes increasingly strategic, expecting you to optimize your party for each area in order to make it through alive. Often times boss battles require patience but reward you well in the end and characters gain experience regardless of if you placed them in your immediate party.
I found myself unable to put the game down, thinking carefully about the situations which I was stuck in and how to solve them. The ending is worth the game time and if all the side quests are completed it becomes more involved and rewarding. A small counter in the story layout area of the game allows you to keep track of how many events you've discovered and completed throughout the story. If you like rpgs this game is a must. It's well worth the money and time.
The battle system is a clever field mechanic that adds a mild strategy element to combat but it is one that can be done quickly and readily on the fly, instead of bogging down the battle experience it kept me involved enough that I can still enjoy the mundane battles.
It is an experience I would recommend to any RPG lover.
Most recent customer reviews
Great game, good time playing it until now. Sounds really great. Graphics areok for a ds game. Great addition for any ds games library.Published 21 months ago by Pier-Luc Fortin
That is a good little RPG. It's kind of confusing when you need to travel through time, but you get the hang of it pretty quickly.Published on June 19 2013 by Vicky Poliquin
Amazing game mechanics! Interesting story and character development. Modern twist on classic style of RPGs like chrono trigger. Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by Pen Name
It's an awesome game, to put it simple. The graphics are sprite-based and really detailed, but with a touch of 3D in the environments, kind of like Mode 7 in the SNES. Read morePublished on May 29 2013 by Rodrigo Maximo
I really liked the complex story with time traveling and I liked the battle system with the grid you can push your enemies around and stack them up to hit them all at once. Read morePublished on May 28 2013 by chibi-anne