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Chrono Cross - PlayStation

by Square Enix
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews) 94 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00004TC6E
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 1 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 16, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,386 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Chrono Cross, the sequel to the Super Nintendo classic Chrono Trigger, turns out to be well worth the wait. Taking off 20 years after the first game, Chrono Cross follows a boy named Serge across parallel worlds--both the world in which he lives and one in which he drowned 10 years earlier.

Chrono Cross will wow players with beautiful prerendered graphics and a unique battle system. Elements replace magic and items in battle, and using the same element three times in a row will ultimately increase your power. In addition to using elements, the accuracy of physical attacks is determined by probability, with easier-to-land weak attacks setting up fierce blows.

The plot, while a bit slow to develop, is full of interesting characters. Players will need to travel between the two worlds to advance the plot. While many of these areas will initially appear to look similar, you'll find them to be quite different upon closer examination of the details. For instance, a plant that is extinct in one world thrives in the other.

My only qualm with Chrono Cross is that, despite the complexities of the battle system, veterans will have an easy time with early battles. Still, there's much to like about this SquareSoft epic. --Robb Guido


  • Lavish, vibrantly colored graphics
  • Unique battle system involving elements and casting away role-playing clichés like experience and magic points
  • Easy battles due to powerful offensive and cure elements
  • For hours, players will be saying, "Get to the time travel stuff"

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While it's officially a sequel to the immensely popular Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross is completely its own role-playing game with over 40 characters, a branching story line, and multiple endings. Like its predecessor, the game is about crossing through time and setting things right. This story focuses on Serge's quest for the Frozen Flame, which will give the beholder the power to bend space and time. Serge wants the power to save himself from dying in a parallel universe but, as you can guess, nefarious forces are also vying for the Frozen Flame to suit their own purposes.

Chrono Cross features the stylish character designs and wondrous cut scenes that gamers have come to expect from SquareSoft, but the game also has a number of gameplay innovations. Though the battle engine is essentially turn-based, characters don't have to wait their turn to cast a spell or make an attack; battles are moderated by stamina. Also, the repetitive battles with lesser monsters that make so many RPGs sag can be easily avoided because all monsters can be seen on the screen.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLay this game. Now. August 22, 2000
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First, I must admit that I am not an avid video gamer, though I have seen others play plenty. I have played very few RPGs and even fewer held my interest. However, when I played Chrono Trigger on an SNES emulator, I was enthralled, finishing it within a week. When I discovered its semi-sequel was coming out, I could hardly wait the ten months for it to be released in the US. I ordered it in advance in April, received it the Wednesday it came out, and played it nearly straight through to finish by Friday evening. 60 hours of gameplay and about 15 hours of sleep. To say the least--it was all worth it.
First, gameplay-- It is one of the best battle systems that I have seen. It may seem complicated to begin with, but one becomes quickly accostumed to the strategies and nuances of the idea. In a game of chess, the rules are simple but the possibilities are endless. The same goes for Chrono Cross' element system. In addition, being able to see your enemies on screen allows you to fight when and where you want. This is a big advantage if you want to avoid them (if you don't want to fight piddling monsters) or find them (to retrieve extra spells and items). Cross pulls this off even better than its predecessor, Chrono Trigger.
Leveling-- I considered this such an important aspect of the game that I gave it its own category! The reason: you can advance through the entire game avoiding nearly all monsters and still beat the game. Not only is the focus on strategy (the types of spells, colors, and balance between physical attacks) in order to defeat bosses, but you only gain stat bonuses during about five fights between each boss. Continuing to fight others can help with items and extra spells, but does no good to "level up" your characters.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel September 2, 2000
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Chrono Cross, like its preddecessor Chrono Trigger, is a very original RPG that excels in almost every aspect; it's not nearly as cinema-intensive as Final Fantasy VIII, but in my oppinion, it's definately a better game. The game has overall better graphics then FFVIII; the soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard; the story, while somewhat convoluted, is very well done (needless to say, it has some great plot twists); and, finally, the game has an incredible amount of replay (you can play through it three or four times and still not discover everything). Oh yeah, the translation is excellent too. This is one of those rare games where I can't really think of anything derogatory to say about it; everything is pretty much perfect. One word of caution though: while the game is great, if you're a more mainstream gamer looking for a more traditional type of RPG, you may not like this, as it eschews not only the usual styles of battle and experience, but also the usual style of storyline deliverance. But all in all, if this doesn't bother you, you should really enjoy this game.
Excellent, original battle system
No random battles!
Challenging, but balanced
The best graphics on PS
Great soundtrack
44 [cool] characters!
9 endings
The most non-linear RPG I've ever played
Incredible replay value
Great story
[great] translation
Tons of sub quests
You can run instantly from any fight (bosses included)
The hero's name kinda sucks (but you can change it, so who cares?)
The last boss music is lame (you'll understand once you get to it)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The RPG you've been waiting for is here. December 5, 2000
Several years ago when Super Nintendo was king, there was released a game. This game featured superb graphics, sound, and storyline. This game was Chrono Trigger. Now 5 years later, we are treated to the release of the next in the series. This time around, it is Chrono Cross that is prepared to blow gamers away.
The facts:
* From the team that brought you Chrono Trigger * 2 CDs * 40+ playable characters * Excellent music * 11 possible endings
Very good. The battle system used in this RPG is unique from any other. Each character has a grid, in which he places his elements. There are several different types of elements. Some are attacking, some healing, some defensive, some that make the other elements more powerful or weak. These elements can generally be used by any party member; you get to switch them around between battles. Each of these elements used is one of six colors, and each color is opposite another. Red is opposite Blue, Green opposite Yellow, and Black opposite White. Each character is one of these six colors. Take Serge, the main character, for example. His innate color is White, so therefore he can use the white elements more effectively than other colored elements. If he was fighting a boss who's innate color is Black, Serge's white attacks will work well against the boss, since Black is opposite of White. Conversely, though, the boss' Black attacks will also be very effective against White Serge.
Each character also has up to three special moves, specialized to that character. It may not seem like that many per character, but keep in mind that there are more than 40 playable characters, so that totals over 120 unique elements. Then toss in 9 double techs and 2 triple techs for a whopping total of around 150 (!) unique techs. Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I first played this game in my early 20's. I loved it. The graphics arent all that great compared to the newer game systems but its worth the sacrifice. The story is really good. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars This game looks great!
I haven't gotten this game in the mail just yet, but when I do I'll be so happy. At first it seemed liked a generic JRPG, which I'm ok with sometimes because I love RPGs, even the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by scifihorrorgamer
1.0 out of 5 stars couldnt save game
the game graphics were pretty old school but I didn't like it cause I couldn't save.so I thought maybe it was my memorycard.so I bought a new mc.and still couldn't save. Read more
Published 1 month ago by crystal green
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sequel to Chrono Trigger
Basically, this game takes place 20 years after the events of Chrono Trigger, and you can travel between alternate worlds, as opposed to time in its predecessor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Classic GameFan1991
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I had the game before years ago but needed a new one. When I recived this game, I was amazed at how well it worked and the case was not even skuffed during shipping.
Published 2 months ago by Cathrine
1.0 out of 5 stars Why?
I hate this game both on its own merits, and because of its undeserved and entirely misleading use of the Chrono franchise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Travis R. Schau
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrono Cross - PlayStation
A great classic game that is a must for any good gaming collection! I highly recommend it! You will have hours of fun and reminiscing!
Published 3 months ago by Alin Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best!
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It's all good. Graphics, music and gameplay are all unique and of the highest quality for it's time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by somedude
5.0 out of 5 stars SO AWESOME
i only played about an hour and man the story is so interesting and the music is really awesome as well i catch my self singing along to it

anyone looking for a good rpg... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars thank
enjoyed the game as kid and get to enjoy it all over again thanks. i made it when the sipping said it would
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