|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Idea Factory/Compile Heart||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: NIS America||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 26, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to the regular battle system, there are also special "dungeon areas" of Cross Edge that allow you to play in a platfoming style, where you can run and jump around expansive levels. However, true to dungeon form, if you die in these levels, you are kicked out and have to start all over again from scratch. I really liked these areas, and the platforming was a lot of fun and a nice diversion from the hard grinding that makes up the rest of the gameplay.
As far as visuals are concerned, I am really on the fence with Cross Edge. The game's look is very retro-inspired, featuring character sprites and stoic backgrounds. Part of me was really happy with the retro-inspired graphics, and I liked how this game resembled the titles upon which it draws its vast roster of characters. However, I was conflicted because this is a PlayStation 3 exclusive, and I was saddened that there were no beautifully-animated cutscenes or lush environments. Still, if you want a title that has a look reminiscent of the games that inspired it, than you'll appreciate the overall visual stylings of the game.
Sound in Cross Edge, however, is something that I can be certain of. The game includes both English and Japanese voice tracks, and both of them sound great. The English voice track does have its share of awkward moments, but when compared with other localized voice tracks, the voiceover in Cross Edge is several notches above the rest. The music in Cross Edge is also very good, and it features beautifully orchestrated background music which accompanies the different level areas.
Although there are plenty of issues that I have with Cross Edge, your enjoyment of this title will ultimately depend on your familiarity with the franchises that are crossed over into it. If you know all about the different characters and have extensive knowledge of the lore behind all these different franchises, then Cross Edge will likely appeal to you. However, I am just disappointed that there is no real story beyond regular fan-fiction fodder for those who were really expecting something great from this title. Cross Edge could have been a great RPG crossover, but it settles for having a poor battle system and an even worse story. Just chalk this one up to a missed opportunity.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor