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Radiant Historia – Perfect Chronology | REVIEW

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Jason Nason

The branching timelines in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology makes the game feel like a choose-your-own adventure game, but while you’ll jump back and forth between the timelines the game doesn’t get too confusing. It’s actually a rather interesting mechanic that doesn’t feel like a gimmick and is central to the story and your progression through the game.

The expanded 3DS port of the original Radiant Historia, released six years ago for the Nintendo DS, contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure.

On the continent of Vainqueur about a century ago, a mysterious phenomenon called “desertification” began encroaching from the western side of the continent, turning all land it reaches into sand. Year by year, the remaining habitable land shrinks further. Without a solution to this growing problem, Alistel and Granorg have been forced into bitter conflict over what green land is left, as the future of the world grows dimmer and dimmer.

You’ll once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke, a member of the SI, a special operations unit of the military. Upon being given a mysterious book called the White Chronicle by his commander Heiss, he uncovers that this relic is truly powerful as he gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines. It’s a very neat concept that is thurst into the forefront right at the beginning of the game. Stocke is given a choice to remain with the SI or rejoin his friend with the Alistel army. This event in time splits the game into two storylines, one where he joins his friend Rosch and the other where he doesn’t.

As far as the choose-your-own adventure comparison, there are points in each timeline where you are given two opposing choices. One choice may continue the story along while another may lead to a game over. Though when that does happen Stocke is taken to Historia where he can use the White Chronicle to go back in time to specific points to try and change history. He can also navigate between the timelines to change the flow of history as well.

Those changes ripple through the twin timelines and changed events can affect the other timeline. For example there is a point near the beginning of the game where a key character your team is waiting for doesn’t arrive, which throws your team into chaos.  But using the White Chronicle to switch to the alternate timeline allows you to find this character, save him from danger, thus allowing him to continue on his way and make it to his destination in both timelines. Changing the course of history in one timeline can get you past an obstacle in the other timeline.

There are also instances where you may need a certain ability to advance in one of the timelines which you will learn in the other. While this sounds counter intuitive it really flows nicely and isn’t jarring at all.

There are multiple difficulty settings in the game, with a beginner difficulty which allows you to flow easily through the game. While the core of the game at the regular difficulty contains turn based battles, the lower difficulty lets you skip many of the ‘random’ battles, thus allowing you to enjoy the story at a quicker pace. All of the enemies are visible in the overworld. Striking them in the beginner difficulty will allow you to skip the battle while still earning experience, items, and gold. The difficulty of battles in the beginner difficulty is also dramatically lowered as well, so a gamer can enjoy the game for the story without the challenge of the battles.

Being a JRPG, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology has a very lengthy and engrossing story, nearly all of which is fully voiced with great voice work. The cut-scenes have extensive dialogue and the game can play out like a visual novel at times. You can even put down your Nintendo 3DS and let the story auto-play while you watch along during some of these scenes. If you’re not interested in the finer points of the plot though you can press a button to skip through the dialogue much faster. Also, since you can go back in time and replay segments of the game at any time, when you replay a section you can skip a cut-scene entirely.

There are two main storylines in the original game and this remake adds a third parallel timeline. Stocke will now encounter a mysterious new character named Nemesia who will teach him more about his world’s history and unlock a third timeline to explore the ripple effect of some of his actions with episodic “what-if” scenarios. You can choose to play the game through in the original mode as it was originally released, or play the appended mode with the new content included.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology blends a familiar turn-based battle format with an innovative grid-based strategy system. In each encounter, enemies appear on a 3×3 grid, opening up a multitude of possibilities. You can push, pull, and otherwise force the enemies around the grid, and then smash them all at once on the same square. Another unique feature of this system is the Change command. By using it, you can manipulate the turn order of both allies and enemies to set yourself up for the perfect succession of moves.

A new edition to the 3DS version, your teammates who are not currently participating in battle can jump in and help out with a support skill! While their appearance is random, they will not spend any MP. Each character has their own unique skills that will be used.

Whether you play the game for the brute challenge of the harder difficulty settings or play thru more casually on the lower difficulty, the storyline of the game is intriguing, the characters are colourful, and the unfolding plot is twisted and engaging to watch.


Atlus Reveals New Details About Person 5’s Steelbox Launch Edition

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Persona 5 is now in the hands of Japanese gamers and fans in the west have to wait almost half a year – five whole months – before getting the game. With that being said news from official sources, namely Atlus USA, is probably going to be drip fed to us until closer to the February launch date.

Atlus sent out a press release this afternoon detailing the special Steelbook Launch Edition for the game. They revealed that the inside of the case is clear plastic – allowing owners to see the underside of the cover art. It’s pretty rare for games to get reversible art and those that do are usually special editions, as is the case here, but still pretty cool news even if it isn’t earth shattering. The outside of the Steelbook Launch Edition features a stylish black, whit and red group shot of Persona 5’s main cast.

Here’s the official assets Atlus revealed for the Steelbook Launch Edition:


Persona 5 was originally revealed all the way back in the Fall of 2013 and was originally set for release in the Winter of 2014 before being delayed more than two years for quality and story revisions. In Persona 5 players take on the role of a high school student (as in previous games) although this go around the player has an entire year to complete the games. As with other titles Persona 5 sees the return of the day/night cycle popularized by Persona 3, allowing the protagonist to form social bonds with classmates during the day and take on challenging dungeons at night.

Persona 5 will be released on February 14th 2017 in Western regions for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Gets Pre-Order/ 1st Print Bonuses

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

RPG fans looking for their fix from the Shin Megami Tensei series will get their next chance to check out a new entry in the long running franchise with the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse on the Nintendo 3DS this summer.

Today in a press release Atlus USA announced that players who pre-order the game or pick up a 1st print copy on launch will get a little extra bonus with their physical copy of the game – a set of 3 metal pins inspired by the game.


Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse’s story overlaps with the events of 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei IV but players will not have had to played the original game to understand the events in Apocalypse, however returning players will see some familiar faces.

In their press release Atlus USA highlighted several key gameplay features. They are as follows:

  • Divine Intrigue– Choose between peace or anarchy while being a pawn in the gods’ chess game.
  • Combat Partners– Hunting demons is dangerous, so count on some backup! Alongside the standard three demons, players will be able to rely on one of seven partners to help win battles.
  • Oodles of Demons– Be on your guard because Tokyo is infested with a series record 450+ demons to fight, fuse, or recruit.
  • Revamped Demon Fusion– Demons will have affinities for certain skills, so players can better plan the outcome of fusions.
  • Classic SMT Combat– Prospective Hunters will exploit weaknesses, boost attributes, and unlock skill bonuses with the returning Press Turn and Smirking systems.

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Atlus-O-Ween 2015 Cosplay Contest Voting Now Open

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Atlus USA has opened up the voting period for their Atlus-o-Ween 2015 cosplay contest on their official Facebook page.  Now that they’ve finished collecting all of the entries it is time for the fans to cast their votes by liking their favorite pictures in the Atlus-oWeen 2015 Facebook Album.  Voting ends on 11/11/2015 at 9 AM PT with winners being announced the following Friday, November 13th.

So what’s up for grabs? Here’s a quick look at some of the prizes:

  • Best Overall Costume: A copy of Persona 4: Dancing All Night Premium Crazy Box, A Japane Exclusive PS Vita with a copy of Dancing All Night and a physical copy of the game’s soundtrack.
  • Best Persona 4: Dancing All Night Costume – 1 copy of Persona 4: Dancing All Night Crazy Value Pack.
  • Best of Atlus Us – Persona Q 3DS XL (Japanese) console signed by Shigenori Soejima as well as a copy of Persona Q.
  • Persona Q Prize Pack – Officially licensed Persona 4 tumbler cup and hat.
  • Persona Q T-Shirt – A medium sized Persona Q licensed shirt.

Sounds like there is lots of stuff up for grabs, some of it is exclusive to contest entrants who dressed up and submitted pictures and a few of them (like the shirts) will be given out to random Atlus Facebook Fans.

Head on over to their official contest site for all of the details and regulations.


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