YMMV / Radiata Stories

  • Character Tiers: With so many characters to collect, they can't all be useful.
  • Complete Monster: Cross Ward is a deplorable man, and in the first scene the player meet him he is instantly recognizable as a racist Jerkass. Cross's depravity really comes to light when he leads his knight brigade to slaughter the dwarves of Earth Valley over a perceived insult (which was really more of a very caustically delivered piece of advice) from the dwarf leader. He continues acting horrible in each of the game's story branches; in the one where Jack stays with humanity and becomes a hero, Cross becomes a bitter glory hound, doing everything he can to establish himself as a great knight, using the war as an excuse to build his own reputation. In the path where Jack abandons humanity and sides with the nonhumans, Cross becomes humanity's trump card instead of Jack. He uses his new influence to commit as many atrocities against the nonhumans as his position will allow. He also kidnaps Jack's sister and tortures her.
  • Critical Research Failure: Meta example. X-Play bashed the game and called it a Zelda rip off. This, even though the game has nothing in common with The Legend of Zelda and considerable darker.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Elwen, the chief of Theater Vancoor, is one of the most popular characters in the game.
  • Fridge Logic: The description for the wooden breastplate details its origins, said to be made from the timber of "a magic tree that can be seen from afar, but disappears like a mirage," when one comes close to it. So how exactly is the wood harvested?
  • Game Breaker: Elwen, whose high strength (highest among all humans) is boosted further in the daytime due to her skill.
  • Moral Event Horizon: "Dwarves are the enemy of humankind! It is time to strike! Show no mercy to the traitors!" Cross, you total, utter bastard.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General reception in North America was that the game was good all around, but it wasn't really impressive which is likely why it became so unheard of.
  • That One Boss: The very first boss fight in the nonhuman path is this. The two-on-one duel at Fort Helencia wouldn't be so difficult if not for Natalie's "First Class Flurry," which can cause an instant kill.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Possibly the reason the game received a mixed reception in North America is due to how its story is more similar to Tales of Symphonia.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Carlos from Theater Vancoor, Clive from the Olacion Order, and Charlie from the Radiata Knights.
  • Too Cool to Live: Dynas.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Cross.
    • Ganz for responding to Jack's joke. Yes, the joke was funny and clever, but you don't praise the joker when the subject is your boss. Who is standing right in front of you.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Yes the game has cartoony graphics, a ton of comedy, and has a generic fantasy world. It also is a story filled with genocide, racism, inequality, and even goes so far as to show that War Is Hell.