Formula: Characters some people have heard of + Characters 0.1% of people have heard of = A tactics game for the hardest of hardcore JRPG fans
Take Namco X Capcom, add the properties of Nippon Ichi (most famous for Disgaea), Gust Corporation (Atelier), and Idea Factory (Blazing Souls), and kick the already-off-the-charts obscurity factor to a million. What you’ll get is Cross Edge, a turn-based tactics RPG that, through some niche-market miracle, made it to our PS3s in 2009 courtesy of Koei. Truth be told, the only characters from this game that we could actually name were the Darkstalkers like Morrigan and Lilith, Disgaea’s Prinny, and Tekken’s training dummy Mokujin.
With PS2-grade 2D graphics and dialogue cutscenes galore, Cross Edge will only appeal to an infinitesimally small percentage of gamers – but for the diehard JRPG fans, this game offers hours upon hours of grid-based, anime-style warfare. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that one of the game’s main selling points is the fact that you can dress the female party members up in a variety of costumes.