If you were introducing a non-gaming friend to the delights of Xbox and PlayStation, what games would you suggest? We'd wager that, like us, you'd probably try to ease them in with something both engaging and accessible – a classic puzzler like Tetris or maybe the rhythm-action brilliance of Guitar Hero or Rock Band. But at the other end of the scale there are titles you'd likely avoid. As gamers we can appreciate the elements that raise Call Of Duty 4 and Street Fighter IV above the competition, but to the uninitiated, the nuances of these games remain a mystery. But in terms of newbie appeal, Cross Edge is perhaps the polar opposite to Wii Sports, because, despite being a good game, its niche appeal and complexity would be entirely lost on the fledgling gamer.
As a joint venture between Capcom, Nippon Ichi, Namco Bandai, Gust and Idea Factory, Cross Edge is a crossover RPG that draws upon many rich sources. Included are Lyner and Aurica from Ar Tonelico, Lilly and Raze from Mana Khemia 2, and Meu and Zelos from the even more obscure Spectral Souls and Absolute Blazing Infinity – neither of which have ever seen a UK release. Meanwhile, Capcom, whose portfolio is more lacking in RPG output, has graced Cross Edge with characters from its fondly remember Darkstalkers.