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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 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
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.Read more ›
I think one of the big downfalls of this game is that it is a sequel to such a phenomenal old SNES game, and everyone wanted it to be as good or better, which would have been a hard thing to achieve. In it's own right, this is an amazing game, regardless of it being a sequel or not.
It is a true sequel, and the story does tie in directly to the events in Chrono Trigger, however, that's about it...the story. If you want to see the characters or environments of Chrono Trigger, you're out of luck, as this game has all different characters and takes place in the El Nido archipelago, in the same world as Chrono Trigger but never explored in that game.
The other thing this game has in relation to Chrono Trigger is just the over all feel of the game...you can tell the same people made it.
The graphics of the game are incredibly beautiful, and though already quite dated, they still stand up well (they are comparable to say...Final Fantasy IX). The environments range from beautiful tropical regions to complex castles and dungeons, and all areas are very well thought out, fun to explore, and interesting. I'm glad they kept the overland map the same as in Chrono Trigger, making it fast and easy to get around. The music is wonderful as well, and while I would have liked to have heard a few more Chrono Trigger classics, I really can't complain...the music is beautiful and very well done.Read more ›
Excellent, original battle system
No random battles!
Challenging, but balanced
The best graphics on PS
44 [cool] characters!
The most non-linear RPG I've ever played
Incredible replay value
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chrono Cross is the best game ever made! I probably beat it over 10 times. And I still find something new every time. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was my wife's favorite game from her young adult life. Finding it still wrapped brand new made her day. She's still playing it right now. Amazing find.Published 24 days ago by Rob
It has excellent story, dialogue, graphics, sound, characters, and gameplay...every thing about it is great and it is a world you'll want to get lost in again and again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher M.
Tried the New Game +. Game literally gets tougher. I can't even.Published 2 months ago by John Whitfield
Even though I still haven't even opened the game up yet, I still love this game and i'm so happy to have bought it bran new. Can't wait to find the time to play it.Published 3 months ago by Trinity Ingram
The only bad part about the game is that their was a crack un the case.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer