Radiant Historia is a JRPG for the Nintendo DS developed and published by Atlus Software. The programmers behind it have good “credentials” having worked on some of the Megami Tensei games, Etrian Odyssey and the truly excellent Sony Playstation 2 JRPG “Radiata Stories.” Having played a number of these previous titles I can see some elements from them all in Radiant Historia and they work well. The game was released in Japan in 2010 and North America 2011, but no European release, not that this matters too much as Nintendo DS games aren’t “region locked.”
The game is set upon a world ravaged by war between the nations of Alistel and Granorg. The main character you play with, Stocke is an agent for special intelligence (no not James Bond! The setting is “medieval” meets “steampunk”) in Alistel and in the beginning is given a mission to “lift” a spy from the enemy back to Alistel; the spy having vital military intelligence to make a big difference to the war in Alistel’s favour. Stocke is assigned two subordinates: Raynie and Marco to help in his mission and a mysterious book called the “White Chronicle.” The White Chronicle allows Stocke to travel in time between pivotal moments (moments like the “turn left” episode of Doctor Who?) Can’t say too much more (spoilers!)
For a Nintendo DS game the music is excellent, and whilst my initial thought on loading the game and seeing the graphics was “meh” they work quite well as it happens and aren’t so bad. The actual “combat” is turn based with the enemies on 3×3 grid (like a smaller version of the enemy grid in Enchanted Arms if you’ve played that), so whilst my initial thought was “oh God not a damn boxes and grids RPG” it’s still turn based and actually very good. The time travel element of the game is reminiscent of Chrono Trigger meets Ocarina Of Time where different paths are taken at different times and things changed in the past where necessary and so on.
The whole game is refreshingly different RPG wise and brings some great dimensions to the genre, I really enjoyed playing it, it’s strongly recommended and like I said above, whilst there’s no European release the US version works just fine on a European Nintendo DS as DS games aren’t “region locked.” You can’t go too far wrong with this game, it’s excellent.