YMMV / Radiata Stories

  • Character Tiers: With so many characters to collect, they can't all be useful. For the Human side, the leaders of the Guilds are the, generally speaking, best units to use save for Nyx. Elwen, Kain, and Curtis are very strong units, with Elwen in particular being one of the strongest units period. For the Non-Human side, Galvados, JJ, and Gil are seen as very strong and capable units with good roles to fill. Typically most of the other units fall into middle-tier save for some like units like Clive, Charlie, and all the Green Goblins being low tier characters.
  • 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 from the dwarf leader.note  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 non-humans, Cross becomes humanity's trump card instead of Jack. He uses his new influence to commit as many atrocities against the non-humans 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, even though the game has nothing in common with The Legend of Zelda and is considerably 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, which is 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.
  • Player Punch: Most of the game is spent adventuring across the land, meeting people, helping with problems through numerous sidequests and even potentially recruiting many, many denizens of Radiata. Siding with Ridley for the non-human story route results in almost all of them attacking you on sight, and being forced to defeat and even kill former allies and associates; the entire race besides Jack and Ridley is wiped off the map by the end.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general reception in North America was that while the game was good all around, it wasn't really impressive.
  • That One Boss: The very first boss fight in the non-human 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 as his actions are responsible for the events that transpire in the game.
    • 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.