• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Feb 13, 2018
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. Feb 12, 2018
    92
    At the end of the day, whether you’re taking a nostalgia trip back in time to revisit this classic or if you find yourself in Historia for the first time, it’s definitely worth playing.
  2. Mar 1, 2018
    91
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a great example of time travel RPG done right. Figuring out the puzzle like systems and how to most efficiently eliminate enemies makes the battle system unique and enjoyable. On top of that, finding the correct path to get to the end of the game can make for a lot of exploration. If you are a fan of RPGs, puzzles and a good story, check this one out!
  3. May 21, 2018
    90
    Battle system aside, Radiant Historia is such an amazing masterpiece of a game, one that is made even more masterful by a remake that almost invalidates the original, that it becomes easy to overlook a busted battle system that, in all honesty, should have been replaced in a remake so well done as this one. If your Nintendo 3DS is collecting dust, it is time to bust out the Swiffer, clean the old girl off and buckle up for one of the greatest adventures ever to appear on a portable system.
  4. Apr 16, 2018
    90
    The additional content may not be substantial enough to entice seasoned players, but it adds to the complete lore, so hardcore fans may find it still worthwhile. Not to mention that the game adds at least 10 hours to an existing 40-60 hour playtime. Newcomers and veterans who want to relive the excellent story, time-travel mechanics, and combat system will find Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology to be worth their… time.
  5. Feb 28, 2018
    90
    To those unfamiliar with this hidden gem, Perfect Chronology represents a new chapter in your very own White Chronicle where you can return to the past with all your new experiences and finally learn that Radiant Historia is one the best JRPGs you’ve never played.
  6. Feb 21, 2018
    90
    One of the greatest portable RPGs is back. The bonuses and extras of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology are pretty good, making a must have to everyone that love this genre.
  7. Feb 20, 2018
    90
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a great porting, respectful of the original production. A game that any J-RPG lover should not miss for any reasons.
  8. 90
    This is an intense, clever, thoughtful and intellectually challenging JRPG that should remind people that when it comes to this genre, visual presentation and even the gameplay itself aren’t the drawcard. It’s that story that counts, and Radiant Historia manages to achieve something truly remarkable in giving players a time travelling plot that is genuinely interesting and worthwhile.
  9. Feb 16, 2018
    90
    It feels like the second coming of the 16- and 32-bit RPG, and I couldn’t be happier to jump back in.
  10. 90
    Perfect Chronology’s additions are substantial enough that those who are craving a return to Radiant Historia will be more than satisfied, thanks to the Sub-History timeline’s exploration of entertaining what-if scenarios and the expansion of the game’s lore. JRPG enthusiasts who never played the original Radiant Historia owe it to themselves to check this one out, and even those who already enjoyed the original should strongly consider a return to Vanqueur.
  11. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Whether or not Radiant Historia needed a re-release, and even if the new story content is a bit superfluous, the core of the game is as wonderful as it was before. Several quality-of-life tweaks simply make a good game better, and whether you're playing for the first time or just want to revisit a favorite, Perfect Chronology is worth picking up.
  12. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is one of the finest games on the 3DS, one of the finest RPGs in its genre, and one of the finest remakes of all time. The lack of modification done to the sprites will surely sour some, but it's arguably for the best, as it preserves the aesthetic identity of an already great looking adventure. The amazing combat system is thankfully left untouched, the new scenario offers more than its weight in gameplay, and the optional nature of most of the new content means anyone uninterested in the changes can simply find comfort in an amazing base experience. Radiant Historia was good enough where it didn't need a remake, but it's wonderful it got anyway.
  13. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Everything in the game works so cohesively to create a masterful package. The wonderful story flows evenly with the memorable characters that battle it out in a strategic twist on turn-based combat.
  14. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    The updates in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology are phenomenal.
  15. 90
    The core game here is already so strong and so engrossing that more content is good no matter how necessary it might be. I’m thrilled Radiant Historia is back on a modern system, especially since the new release is now the best, definitive way to experience a masterful RPG.
  16. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a top-shelf JRPG, with an engaging time-travel hook, brilliantly fun, puzzle-like combat, and a genuinely likeable cast of characters. While it’s far from the first adventure to draw on parallel timelines, it smartly integrates its world-hopping into both gameplay and narrative, and the result is a unique, beautifully-paced experience that’s a joy to play. This 3DS release doesn’t feel drastically different from the DS original, but the new additions - especially a third ‘what-if’ timeline - make excellent replay incentive.
  17. Feb 5, 2018
    90
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a brilliant title that calls back to the classics while being able to stand alone with its own endearing twists and making it a memorable entry that every RPG lover should try.
  18. Feb 19, 2018
    88
    Perfect Chronology offers a tactical and accurate battle system that will require the use of all your neurons on more than one occasion.
  19. Feb 7, 2018
    88
    The ultimate version of one of the most unique JRPGs in recent memory, finally edited in Europe. If language is not a barrier, and you like (or feel attracted to) the genre, then Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a must have. A true gem.
  20. Apr 10, 2018
    87
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is that kind of games that shows us that Nintendo 3DS is still alive and receiving great titles. Its long duration and a great work in all its aspects makes it an essential in the last years of the console, especially if you are a big fan of the RPG genre.
  21. Mar 1, 2018
    87
    This is a beautifully crafted timetravel adventure that is content rich every which way you turn and tactical battle with tremendous depth.
  22. Feb 22, 2018
    86
    A great RPG that not only has a very interesting story and a solid combat system, but also makes the most of time travelling.
  23. Mar 17, 2018
    85
    Many remakes and remasters fall short of reaching the success of their predecessors, but Perfect Chronology is not one of those. While the new content is mostly optional and the aesthetics virtually identical, the experience of the first Radiant Historia is preserved the way it should be, with the gameplay tweaks benefiting the overall experience.
  24. Mar 17, 2018
    85
    Remastering a great title by making some subtle changes and adding fully voice acted story, can't be a bad thing, now can it? Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, though not in many ways better than the original, remains a masterful JRPG experience no one should miss.
  25. Mar 12, 2018
    85
    Despite its issues, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a strong addition to the 3DS and a fitting swan song for a handheld that's beginning its descent into the annals of gaming history.
  26. Feb 20, 2018
    85
    This brand new version makes that hidden gem slightly better than the original; a perfect opportunity to meet one of the best handheld RPG of the last decade packaged with more content and improved ways to play it.
  27. Feb 18, 2018
    85
    We cannot recommend Perfect Chronology enough, to both newcomers, who will find an enjoyable and brilliant role playing game, and old fans of the franchise, who will find enough unreleased content to justify a second purchase. let's hope to see a sequel in a not too far away future.
  28. Feb 8, 2018
    85
    This new edition of Radiant Historia is more of an enhanced one than a proper remake. But it comes with significant additions that bring about a perfect opportunity to rescue a game that clearly deserved more attention.
  29. Feb 5, 2018
    85
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a great package for people who never played the original and are looking for a great RPG but it doesn’t offer enough good new content for people who played the original on the DS.
  30. Feb 18, 2018
    82
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a massive RPG for a handheld console with a serious and involving story that'll keep you hooked as you travel back and forth in time to unlock each new event only to finally reach the plot's satisfying climax.
  31. Feb 6, 2018
    82
    Time is such a fascinating concept. Ever since its conception, it has been a fundamental aspect of our lives. But because of this, we also experience its crippling effects. How often are we shackled by the past? How often do we fear the uncertainty of the future? Maybe that's even why Atlus opted for a more definite ending. Despite my seemingly endless list of complaints, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a better manifestation than the original of humanity's ultimate wish — a wish for more time.
  32. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    80
    If you missed playing its DS version back in 2011, take this as an opportunity to change your own timeline and experience it now! [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 68]
  33. Mar 20, 2018
    80
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology offers a staggering amount of content for the price — there are nearly 300 different events to see, and the campaign can finish with dozens of possible endings. Patient RPG fans looking for intriguing story hooks and puzzle-like battle mechanics would do well to try it. Those looking to simply enjoy the narrative without being punished can also dip into Friendly mode and enjoy the experience as well.
  34. Feb 28, 2018
    80
    Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a great excuse to brush up on your 3DS, both for its original storyline, and for its strategic combat system. Recommended for all JRPG fans.
  35. Feb 22, 2018
    80
    Highly acclaimed when it came out in early 2011, Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology is definitely one of a kind. Its full-narrative structure, the well-developed background, the intuitive combat system and the welcome additions of this 3DS version make it a game every JRPG fan should own.
  36. Feb 17, 2018
    80
    Radiant Historia is still an excellent RPG and Perfect Chronology adds new content, voiceovers and a debatable Friendly Mode, among other things, although it didn't age very well visually speaking.
  37. Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Plenty of experimental RPGs failed miserably in the attempt, but Radiant Historia is one of the success stories. It held my interest just as well now as when I played it on the DS, and experiencing the new content was quite enjoyable. Hopefully the audience it didn't quite find in its initial release learns about it now, particularly the many outside North America who can now experience it without importing, and I give Atlus kudos for another top-notch title brought out of Japan.
  38. 80
    The updates and alterations to Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology are inconsistently worthwhile, but the game as a whole is as memorable and elegantly designed as ever.
  39. Feb 11, 2018
    80
    With its upgrades and considerable bonuses--particularly the Sub-History--even those who think they got their fill by beating the original game should check out this definitive edition.
  40. Feb 5, 2018
    80
    From the fluid storyline down to its tactical combat, I was absolutely hooked.
  41. Feb 5, 2018
    80
    With Chronology, Atlus has finally made good on the promise inherent in the original Historia.
  42. Feb 13, 2018
    75
    Smoothing out the wrinkles, Perfect Chronology evens out to an experience of roughly the same calibre as the well-worn original.
  43. Feb 5, 2018
    75
    Perfect Chronology is easy to recommend if you didn't play the original but it doesn't do nearly enough to make the argument for a return trip to Vainqueur.
  44. Feb 6, 2018
    60
    The new difficulty options, bonus dungeon, voice acting, and new character portraits feel peripheral to a game that remains largely intact.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 83
  2. Negative: 7 out of 83
  1. Feb 15, 2018
    10
    Absolutely a MUST BUY for 3DS owners! This game is stunning- the story is breathtaking and it reminds me of Chrono Trigger with amazing storyAbsolutely a MUST BUY for 3DS owners! This game is stunning- the story is breathtaking and it reminds me of Chrono Trigger with amazing story and cast of characters. if you like Time-Travel and if you like Chrono Trigger and old RPG classic stuff this is not to be missed. If you haven't played the original then definitely pick this up because what you are getting is absolutely worth the price! If you enjoy Fire Emblem or RPG games this is just amazing!

    There is only one drawback on this game - no 3D.. So if you love playing games in 3D this game is unable to do that.

    Atlus has done it again! With the SMT, Persona, Demon Souls, Dragon Crown and now this! Atlus is the new Square Enix! Enjoy the story and adventure because this is definitely 9.5 -10!! .
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  2. Mar 5, 2018
    10
    One of the best classic JRPG's I've ever played. A must get for the 3DS library.
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    8
    God I love Atlus, they do a remake so well, this is beautiful, it holds the mystique and ambiance of the first version, and blows you awayGod I love Atlus, they do a remake so well, this is beautiful, it holds the mystique and ambiance of the first version, and blows you away with that new Atlus charm. A must get for the 3ds library Full Review »