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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.
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"
Top customer reviews
For the game I received it was brand new: box, booklet and scratch less disc which I must say left me quite happy and satisfied as it was my main reason to purchase the game. It went for 9.99 dollars which is a steal for such a game and brand new! Thanks Amazon for that!! One must have for any Square Enix fan and PS fan to have on its library to remember.
Now the question: Should I play this game with everything coming out on the new console? In all honesty it is worth it, the true reason is there is no HD Remake on the horizon or a new entry to the saga on any near time (That can change, we have Final Fantasy VII Remake on the way). But for now it is a good example of how prime RPG used to be and what should they strive to achieve now days. A Game to play, enjoy and just have that nostalgia fed a bit! A Must buy and Must Play if you have the console. I hope this is of use for any future buyers
However, if you've never played this game before and are expecting this to be a sequel to Chrono Trigger, you WILL be disappointed. So if you take anything away from this review, let it be this:
If you go into this game thinking of it as a spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger that is set in the same world, you will have much easier time enjoying this game.
One other thing to note is that the combat system has a steep learning curve, but it's easy to figure out a good strategy without fully understanding the combat system. If you're cool with PS-era graphics and love JRPGs, give this game a shot.
Played the first disc to about the end till i found there was a deep scratch in it to glitch the game up and not let me go anyfurther.
This is why o had to cone to amazon and but it again.