The North American box art, which portrays Jack Russell (Front) and Ridley Silverlake (Back).
tri-Crescendo (sound work)
|Designer(s)||Yoshinori Yamagishi (game producer),|
Naoki Akiyama (game director),
|Release date||JP January 27, 2005|
NA September 6, 2005
|Rating(s)||ESRB: T (Teen),|
CERO: All ages
|Media||1 × DVD-ROM|
Radiata Stories (ラジアータ ストーリーズ Rajiata Sutorizu) is a role-playing game. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual that creates Video games A developer may specialize in a certain video is a Japanese Video game development company formed in 1995 by former Telenet Japan employees Yoshiharu Gotanda (programmer current tri-Ace tri-Crescendo was founded in February 1999 by Hiroya Hatsushiba, who still heads the company is a Japanese video game and publishing company best known for its Console role-playing game franchises which include the Final Fantasy series the Dragon A "game designer" is a person who designs Video games or one who designs traditional games such as Board games Video Games Designer A video game designer A game producer is the person in charge of overseeing development of a Video game. A game director is a person who is in charge of significant creative aspects of a Video game. A scenario (from Italian, that which is pinned to the scenery) is a synthetic description of an event or series of actions and events Noriyuki Iwadare (岩垂徳行 Iwadare Noriyuki, born on April 28, 1964) is a Japanese Video game music Composer. Video game music is any of the musical pieces or Soundtracks found in Video games History Early video game technology and computer chip music In Computing, a platform describes some sort of Hardware architecture or Software framework (including Application frameworks, that allows For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Events 98 - Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 3114 BC - According to the Proleptic Julian calendar the current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar started Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. See also [[Game classification]] Video games are categorized into Genres based on their Gameplay interaction A console role-playing game is a video game genre that has its origin rooted in Video game consoles and includes game mechanics and frequently settings derived In video gaming, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of Video games into suitability-related groups The Entertainment Software Rating Board ( ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, Advertising guidelines and The ( CERO) is the Organization that rates video games and Computer Software in Japan with levels of rating that informs the customer Digital media (as opposed to analog media) usually refers to Electronic media that work on digital Codes. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is A console role-playing game is a video game genre that has its origin rooted in Video game consoles and includes game mechanics and frequently settings derived It was developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 2. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual that creates Video games A developer may specialize in a certain video is a Japanese Video game development company formed in 1995 by former Telenet Japan employees Yoshiharu Gotanda (programmer current tri-Ace A video game publisher is a company that publishes Video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a Video game developer is a Japanese video game and publishing company best known for its Console role-playing game franchises which include the Final Fantasy series the Dragon It was released on January 27, 2005 in Japan and September 6, 2005 in the United States. Events 98 - Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Events 3114 BC - According to the Proleptic Julian calendar the current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar started Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The game was well-received in Japan but received a more mixed reaction in the United States.  It sold over 413,000 copies worldwide.  Noriyuki Iwadare is the composer of the soundtrack. Noriyuki Iwadare (岩垂徳行 Iwadare Noriyuki, born on April 28, 1964) is a Japanese Video game music Composer.
Radiata Stories places great emphasis on its persistent world and NPCs each with their own lives, lifestyles, jobs, personalities, homes, dialogues and schedules, which are controlled by the game's Day/Night system. A non-player character, often shortened to NPC, is a character that is controlled by the Gamemaster in Role-playing games or one that is not
The game provides the novel ability to kick almost anything. Kicking furniture and other inanimate objects will occasionally turn up items or dagols (the local currency). Fictional currency is Currency in works of Fiction. It is often invented bearing little or no resemblance to any modern or historic currency Kicking NPCs several times will cause them to fight Jack, or summon guards to fight for or with them. Jack gains experience, money, and possibly items when he wins these duels, but will not lose the game if he is defeated. Money is anything that is generally accepted as Payment for Goods and services and repayment of Debts. Jack may only duel each character once each day.
There is no overworld map during fights. Battles takes place on a separate screen in real time, though monsters appear on the field screen. The player has direct control of Jack's movement and actions in all three dimensions, though bringing up menus pauses the action. Jack is the only character the player can ever control directly; all other party members are run by the in-game AI. The player can issue commands to individual party members, and the entire party can be ordered into tactical formations via the "Link System. A tactical formation is the arrangement or deployment of moving military forces such as infantry, cavalry, AFVs, Military aircraft, or "
175 NPC's are recruitable. Some need only to be talked to, some must be placated with fetch quests, some dueled, and some are only recruitable after Jack has reached a certain level. A quest in Role playing games, including Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs is a Task that a player-controlled character After recruitment, they are placed on his "Friends list," at which point the player may include them in Jack's party at almost any time. The Friends List also provides capsule biographies for each character. It is impossible to complete everything during any one time through the game, as a decision mid-way through the game forces Jack to choose between his human and fairy allies.
NPC party members can strengthen their single passive skill, but do not learn new active abilities or learn new ones, and cannot be given new weapons, armors and accessories, so skills and equipment are a significant criteria in choosing one's teammates. There is also no "magic" stat, forcing the player to constantly recruit new party members as magic spells do not increase in power.
Radiata is at the center of the map and the city where the majority of humans live. It has explorable sewers and four gates to the outside areas. Each guild occupies a certain area and the Knights reside in the Castle at the center or Radiata. Fairy creatures live in outlying towns and settlements with each species occupying its own area. There are also some human villages scattered around the world like Solieu Village, where Jack grew up.
Humans and nonhumans have a tense coexistence exacerbated by periods when a disease called Algandars is spreading. Algandars is a disease that causes its human victims to become violent, strong and irrational. The disease originated from a dead Light Elf king who fell in love and mated with a human woman, violating the natural order, called Tottaus. When it infects light elves, it results in the elf being enveloped in a cocoon and dying permanently, instead of being reincarnated through transpritation after death. Death is the termination of the biological functions that define living Organisms It refers both to a specific
The three main characters of Radiata Stories are Jack Russell, an insubordinate and happy-go-lucky brunette; Ridley Silverlake, a composed Knight who was trained to be a warrior since birth and feels the pressure of expectations from others; and Ganz Rothschild, a polite and gentle Captain of their brigade who is prone to becoming overexcited. Prominent supporting characters include the Prime Minister Larks; the cunning Knight Cross Ward; Lord Jasne, Ridley's overprotective father and the Lord Chamberlain of Radiata Castle; Lucian, Lord Jasne's advisor and human form of Aphelion the Silver Dragon; and Gawain Rothschild, Ganz's father and presumed murderer of Cairn, Jack's father.
The 300 characters and 177 recruitable NPCs of Radiata Stories were all given unique personalities and backstories. It is impossible to recruit every NPC during the first playthrough, and the game must be played at least twice to unlock all characters. Every time a character is unlocked, he or she shows up on the player's friends list, which also provides a summary of their history or personality.
Radiata is home to Radiata Castle, its Knights of the realm and four Guilds, (Theater Vancoor mercenary Warrior Guild, the Bandits' Void Community, the religious Olacion Order, and the Vareth Institute of Mages). A guild is an association of craftsmen in a particular trade The earliest guilds were formed as confraternities of workers A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by According to the Random House Dictionary, the term warrior has two meanings This is about the film bandits as a general term refers to thieves. The Magi (singular Magus, from Latin via Greek μάγος; Old English: Mage; from Persian maguš and Kurdish Fairy species include Light Elves, Dark Elves, Blood Orcs, Green Orcs, Dwarves, Green Goblins and Black Goblins.
The game begins with Jack, the protagonist, joining the Knights of Radiata under the command of Capt. Ganz Rothschild. Also in his brigade is a woman named Ridley Silverlake. One day, while trying to broker a trade agreement with the elves, Jack’s brigade is attacked by orcs. The knights slay the orcs, but Ridley is seriously wounded during the battle. Her life is saved when she merges her spirit with that of an elf who was killed by an orc. After Ridley’s father finds out what happened, Jack and Capt. Ganz are expelled from the knights.
Jack goes on to join another group of mercenaries from Theatre Vancoor. Ridley is promoted to captain, but guilt over the expulsion of Jack and Capt. Ganz slowly builds in her. She ultimately rebels. Ganz is unable to find a place with other knights, so he joins the bandit guild.
As the game progresses, tension builds between the humans and the nonhumans. One day, the Radiata knights are sent to persuade the dwarves to continue trade with the humans. Trade is the willing exchange of goods, services, or both Trade is also called Commerce. During negotiations, however, Cross Ward, leader of the squadron of knights, disobeys his orders and has the knights attack the dwarves. Those dwarves that are not killed in the battle are enslaved. This starts a war between the humans and the nonhumans.
Days later, Jack is visited by Ridley, who tells him that she is going to visit the elf capitol city. At this point, the player must choose to either follow Ridley, or attend a meeting with Larks, the lord of Radiata Castle.
If the player chooses to attend the meeting, Jack is reinstated as a Radiata knight. He learns that the nonhuman people are protected by four dragons, based on the four elements. One was killed by Jack’s father many years ago, and another was killed by Cross Ward when he enslaved the dwarves. Jack is ordered to accompany Cross and General Dynas to kill the remaining two.
After the dragons are slain, Ridley visits Jack and informs him that she is going south to meet her destiny. After a final battle with the nonhumans, the king’s advisor turns into the Silver Dragon, one of the dragons that is to bring about the end of the world. The dragon flies south, in the same direction that Ridley when, so Jack follows.
At the castle, Jack finds that the Gold Dragon, the other apocalyptic dragon, plans to use Ridley as a vessel to destroy the world. The Silver Dragon kills Ridley to prevent this. Enraged by Ridley’s death, Jack kills the Silver Dragon. He then leaves Radiata.
If the player follows Ridley to the elf city, Jack joins the elves in the war against the humans. The story plays out largely the same way, with a few differences. Cross kills the dragons instead of Jack, who attempts to defend the dragons. Jack is also able to prevent Ridley’s death by the Silver Dragon. After the death of the Gold and Silver dragons, Jack returns to Radiata with Ridley.
After completing the game, a dungeon called the Dragon Lair Cave is opened up. It contains all the elemental dragons and a new boss called Radian. It also leads to the Distortion Corridor where you can fight Cairn Russel, Lenneth Valkyrie, Lezard Valeth, Gabriel Celeste, and the Ethereal Queen.
When the Ethereal Queen is defeated, the Dragon Lair Cave and Distortion Corridor are reset, allowing the player to re-explore these areas. The player is able to fight all of the bosses again and get many duplicate items. However, the second time through the Distortion Corridor, Valkyrie has been replaced by Quasar, the Gold Dragon. This allows the player to actually fight against every dragon mentioned in Radiata Stories (otherwise, there is no way to fight against the Gold Dragon).
Upon starting a new game, weapon skills, the friends list, links, money, a Training Device and a Feather Earring (if you had one) from the finished game carry over.
Tri-Ace incorporated characters and references to their other games in Radiata. Ganz wears Star Ocean 2's Claude C. Kenni's clothes when he is part of the Bandit Guild. is the second game in the Star Ocean series It takes place twenty years after the original game Star Ocean Fantastic Space Odyssey, which has never Jack can obtain Fayt Armor, which changes his appearance to that of Fayt Leingod from Star Ocean 3. is the third main game in the Star Ocean Video game series The game was developed by Tri-Ace and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Four bonus bosses are from other games: Lenneth Valkyrie and Lezard Valeth from Valkyrie Profile; and Gabriel Celeste and the Ethereal Queen, who are tri-Ace staples. is a Console role-playing game (RPG developed by Tri-Ace and published by Enix (now Square Enix) for the PlayStation Of these, only Valkyrie is recruitable. 
The soundtrack was composed by Noriyuki Iwadare. Noriyuki Iwadare (岩垂徳行 Iwadare Noriyuki, born on April 28, 1964) is a Japanese Video game music Composer. Prior to this all Tri-Ace music was composed by Motoi Sakuraba. Motoi Sakuraba (桜庭 統 Sakuraba Motoi, born August 5, 1965) has composed music for various Japanese Video games Anime  However, keeping in line with their tradition to refer to past games, three of Sakuraba's original compositions were rearranged by Iwadare. These are "Mission to Deep Space" (also in Star Ocean 2, Valkyrie Profile, and Star Ocean 3), "An Incarnation of Devil "(Star Ocean 2, Valkyrie Profile, and Star Ocean 3), and "Highbrow" (also in Star Ocean 3). Tri-Crescendo, which has a strong affiliation with Sakuraba, was credited with "Sound Direction" for the game. tri-Crescendo was founded in February 1999 by Hiroya Hatsushiba, who still heads the company  Furthermore, the soundtrack was released under the TEAM Entertainment label which is the primary promoter and distributor of Sakuraba. TEAM entertainment is a musical hobby group that publishes music that is licensed to them 
The Sacramento Bee said the music was "peppy and cheerful, if unmemorable" but that the sound effects were "largely recycled from the developer's previous games, all the way back to 1999's "Star Ocean: The Second Story. The Sacramento Bee is a daily newspaper published in Sacramento California, in the United States. " Gamespot remarked that "None of the music will get stuck in your head, but you won't want to mute it either. " Game Informer said the soundtrack was a "masterpiece". However, the game does not support Dolby Surround sound. 
In November 2004, it was announced that all Japanese preorders of Radiata would come with a bonus audio disc, "Tri-Ace Battle Sound Collection. " The disc contained 2 battle themed tracks from Star Ocean, Star Ocean 2, Star Ocean 3, Valkyrie Profile, and Radiata Stories, respectively. 
The theme song to the Japanese version of the game, "Fortune", was sung by Japanese Pop star Nami Tamaki, who became known for her debut single "Believe", the third opening theme of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. It refers to Japanese popular musicians and was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese musicians from foreign musicians is a Japanese pop singer known for her young age and her powerful dancing shortened to Gundam SEED, is an Anime television series and a Manga series by Sunrise. She also played a recruitable party character of the same name in the game. The character Nami was modeled after Tamaki's likeness and her lines were voiced by the singer.  It was her first single of 2005and her 16th single overall.  A music video with scenes from Radiata and her dressed in her character's clothing was released in January 2005.  The Japanese television advertisement for Radiata featured the song in the background. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Advertising is a form of Communication that typically attempts to persuade potential Customers to Purchase or to consume more of a particular Brand  This song is found in her second album Make Progress, which also includes 'Reason', the first ending theme for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. is the second Anime television series set in the Cosmic Era universe of Gundam by Sunrise.
The character's name was changed to Rachel for the English version and "Fortune" was cut from the game.
Radiata Stories was highly anticipated in Japan receiving the "Game Awards Future" by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association in 2004 which is awarded to games that are "expected to be major hits". Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association ( CESA) is a Japanese organization that was established in 1996 to "promote the computer entertainment industry  It was the 12th most pre-ordered game the week of November 17, 2004.  According to Famitsu, it was the 20th most wanted game in early October but had jumped up to the 3rd most wanted the week before its release. 
A Japanese reviewer noted that the game had humorous dialogue but a simple battle system which made it suitable for beginners.  The game sold well in Japan where it debuted as the top-selling game for two weeks, selling 152,000 copies, 54% of the ordered shipment, the day it debuted.  It was the 11th best selling game the first half of 2005 and the 37th best-selling game in Japan in 2005 overall selling 10,000 more copies than Devil May Cry 3 and selling about 294,000 copies overall in Japan. Devil May Cry 3 Dante's Awakening, released in Japan as Devil May Cry 3, is an Action game that was developed by Capcom Production 
During an interview, Roppyaku Tsurumi of SCEJ said most Japanese RPG character designs were cookie-cutter and indistinct noting "Even when I look at the characters in Radiata Stories, it just looks like the other games" but he had no problems distinguishing manga characters. is a Japanese game producer and designer known for the localization of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. ( SCEI) is a Japanese Video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry mostly in Video game consoles and is a full 
The US reaction to Radiata was lukewarm. GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game websites and provides online video game-related Radiata was the top rental on GameFly the week of its debut. GameFly is an American online Video game Rental subscription service that specializes in providing games for game consoles and Handheld  and debuted at the 20 most profitable game for September.  Overall, it sold about 163,000 copies outside of Japan total for the month of September.  Mainstream reviewers enjoyed the game overall stating that, while not ground-breaking, the game was simple, whimsical and entertaining. 
Radiata Stories was awarded "Game of the Month" in Game Informer in October 2005. Game Informer (often abbreviated to GI) is an American -based monthly magazine featuring articles news strategy and reviews of  Jack Russell placed #6 on Game Informer's "Top 10 Heroes of 2005" list and Radiata Stories was in "The Top 50 Games of 2005" in the January 2006 issue of Game Informer and in "The Top 12 Games of 2005" by Games Radar. GamesRadar is a multi-format Video game website featuring previews reviews features videos cheats forums and breaking news  It was nominated for "Role Playing Game of the Year" during the 9th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards held by The The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS has been hosting the Interactive Achievement Awards for Video game publication annually since 1998. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences ( AIAS) founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization that promotes Computer and video  It was also nominated for Best Role Playing Game of 2005 by 1UP.com. 1UPcom is a video-game site owned and operated by Ziff Davis Media, publisher of the popular video game magazine EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly. 
Two 5-issue manga series were released based on Radiata Stories: The Epic of JACK and the The Song of RIDLEY. ˈmɑŋgə is the Japanese word for Comics (sometimes called komikku コミック and print Cartoons In their modern form manga date from shortly  Both were 5 issues published between 2005 and 2007.
A limited run of a boxed set of 6 figurines from Radiata Stories and Star Ocean included Jack and Ridley.