Despite its mostly average base components, Crimson Gem Saga is a surprisingly good game. Mixing some of the more basic, modern gameplay components such as eliminating random encounters with a traditional combat system in the vein of Dragon Quest works extremely well, and Atlus has done a terrific job of providing a high-quality localization. Crimson Gem Saga isn't going to appeal to everyone, but for RPGamers looking for a traditional, handheld RPG experience, it's a great place to start.
+ Beautiful mesh of 2D and 3D artwork.
+ Great humorous localization.
+ Excellent game balance.
- Skills and spells cost too much mana.
- Game doesn't do anything new or different.