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9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

We're dealing with an RPG goliath. Many people dislike Chrono Cross - but I recommend you play it if you have an open mind and a willingness to see the world of Crono and company in a new light.

WARNING - THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS

Chrono Cross is to Chrono Trigger what Majora's Mask was to Ocarina of Time. So similar, yet so different. Cross is a beautiful game. Its stunning. The graphics are heavenly - the music is ensnaring and its all one big explosive masterpiece.

Don't expect instant connections to Trigger. It'll be a long wait before the connections arrive. However, the game feeds you little trickles of Trigger here and there. You'll feel it in the music, through subtle references and the appearance of a certain sword that has a huge role in Cross. Most of Trigger is left in the background until 15 hours into the game, but when the game releases its constriction and reveals all that has happened since Trigger... the fates of the former protagonist, the entity known as FATE, the secret of 2300 AD, and the intent and whereabouts of Lavos - it appears so suddenly and beautifully that it will send chills down your spine. The story instantly shifts, the whole vibe of the game twists. You are reminded that you are, in fact, playing the sequel to Chrono Trigger.

The Music is one of my favorite parts of the game. The game features two parallel worlds - Home World, and Another World. Home World has a theme that feels very Triggerish. Like, the music feels like you're in a mixture of all of the Chrono Timelines, and it has the primary Trigger theme remixed.

Another World's theme is mysterious, beautiful, and sad. It reminds the player that they are in a parellel dimension that is unfamiliar, strange, and tragic.

Both worlds have their ups and downs in terms of fate. In Home World Serge, the main protagonist, is alive and well. Also... the world he lives in feels a ton more tragic and desolate than Another World. In Another World, a few things are messed up, but for the most part all feels more well except for Serges fate - Serge is dead and buried in Another World's timeline... having been drowned by the diabolical Lynx.

Gameplay. This game dishes out. Multiple paths, endings, a cool battle system, and its handled differently than most RPGs. The element system is a masterpiece, and every character has value. When Cross ends, you'll wish it hadn't.

My only gripe is the uneven difficulty. Its hard to get sufficient stats in Cross to do well against its occasional goliath bosses. Its unfortunate because you'll assume you're well leveled until you're facing a boss the can kill a team mate in one hit. This normally wouldn't be bad, but only three revive spells exist in the whole game. Meaning that for the most part you cannot afford to have an ally die at all. Luckily you can run from almost every boss battle and it gives you plenty of opportunites to regroup without rewatching cutscenes. Its great.

This games amazing. The only people who should avoid it are non RPG fans.




Nearly Perfect.

9.5

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

Over 10 years late to the party on this one, I knew I had to get my PS emulator in near-perfect shape after playing Chrono Trigger and reading all of the hype on this Chrono Cross. I thought Chrono Trigger was a little overrated, but I was confident that jumping ahead in console generations would help such as a complex type of game.

Wow, am I glad I did not skip over this one. One of the all-time greats in terms of story, character development, plot, flow, and one of the absolute best soundtracks ever -- movies, games, anything and everything. In fact, the soundtrack was one of the things that got me personally interested in this one.

With such perfection throughout, the final boss and ending downgraded what would've been a 10 score, to a 9.5. Either way, easily one of the top few games that I've encountered within my 20+ years of gaming.




It's ben a wile since i've ben dissapointed by a game. Read on to know why.

5.5

Mediocre
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Total letdown"

Summary

First things first, i'm not a Chrono Trigger fanboy, and with that said i hope i obliterated 60% of your conclusions from seeing my score on this game.

Going into this game, i had pretty high expectations considering its praise and fanbase. I at least hoped it would be on par with Xenogears - which is one of my favorite games ever created. And upon starting this game, it felt that way.. for the first 15 - 20 minutes. For that short period of time, i really liked it. Then i had the quest to leave for Termina, and felt a cold shiver down my spine upon seing its flaw.

The way the character interactions are written, and portrayed. This ruined everything for me, everything i could have hoped for out of this game was shattered into a million pieces. At first i thought to my self "well maybe this flaw is not on a constant stream of suckage" so alas, i continued, trying to at least finish the game. After about 31 hours, i quit.

Now maybe you're asking that i should elaborate on why this is a flaw. Well, let me tell you - Most of the characters that interact with you are portrayed as if they were written by a 5 year old. Some of the characters join with you on your goal as if they have known you for your entire life, with barely (if at all) any sort of a resemblence of a natural dialogue. And no, just because they have a common goal doesn't mean that they should act that way.

That doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is, well for me at least. I can't help but mention Xenogears as a example. There are many characters that will join you on a common goal, but they are much better portrayed here because of a lot of well written interactions with them and because you get to know them before they actually join with you (trough various interesting means), so you'll know that you can trust them. Hell, you'll also know their history. See what i mean? Chrono Cross does not have that. Sure, there are exceptions, but overall, no. NO. And i've tried to ignore this, afterall, i payed 6$ for this damn game. Hell, i've read a good deal of fairy tales with better characters than this game.

Allright, enough with that, you get it now. Now on to what i liked - The story is interesting and more unique than at first glance, the visuals are beautifully rendered (for the PS1) with a very sweet artistic st yle to them, the music is absolutely magnificient, kudos to that.






From the moment you pick up the controller, you are already deeply immersed into a compelling story line.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Masterpiece"

Summary

This sequel does its predecessor justice by including some elements of the first installment, Chrono Trigger, and creating a whole new, rich fighting system and story line that sets itself apart from the original. The battle system is like no other of its genre although it may take a little getting use to. Like Chrono Trigger, this game allows the player to choose his/her own destiny by presenting them with various decisions that affect the story line and the characters they can enlist. With 50 playable characters, a magnificent soundtrack, graphics that are beyond that of its time, an interesting assortment of side-quests, and a variety of endings, players are guaranteed to clock in 70+ hours of exhilarating game play while trying to attain all of the hidden elements. In my book, this game would make a wonderful addition to any RPG gamer's collection.




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8.5

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Disappointing"

Summary

Chrono cross is a good game if you don't compare it to Chrono trigger

-Fun battle system
-Colorful great graphics
-Long game

Negatives
-Shallow story

All in all a good rpg but not as good as most snes classics


Chrono cross is a good game if you don't compare it to Chrono trigger

-Fun battle system
-Colorful great graphics
-Long game

Negatives
-Shallow story

All in all a good rpg but not as good as most snes classics


Chrono cross is a good game if you don't compare it to Chrono trigger

-Fun battle system
-Colorful great graphics
-Long game

Negatives
-Shallow story

All in all a good rpg but not as good as most snes classics


Chrono cross is a good game if you don't compare it to Chrono trigger

-Fun battle system
-Colorful great graphics
-Long game

Negatives
-Shallow story

All in all a good rpg but not as good as most snes classics


Chrono cross is a good game if you don't compare it to Chrono trigger

-Fun battle system
-Colorful great graphics
-Long game

Negatives
-Shallow story

All in all a good rpg but not as good as most snes classics

10.0

Editors' Choice
9.4
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