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- The Final Fantasy Chronicles set includes new opening and closing cinematic sequences for Chrono Trigger and re-creations of memorable sequences
- New abilities include a "dash" feature, allowing players to move quickly through towns and dungeons
- 2-player mode allows players to participate in battles together
- Improved localization of the original unedited story
- Includes all the original monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not seen in the SNES version
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With all the different names for the original 1991 release of the first title in this compilation (Final Fantasy IV in Japan, Final Fantasy II in the U.S.), role-players new to the game may get confused. Make no mistake, though: Final Fantasy Chronicles marks the first time this pivotal installment of the cherished game series has ever been available on the PlayStation. In Final Fantasy IV, players take on the role of Cecil, a loyal captain who questions the orders of his king, and for it is sent to slay a mysterious beast in a nearby valley.
In Chrono Trigger, Chrono must follow princess Marle's teleportation through time and locate her before an intergalactic parasite arrives to destroy the world. The original game, also on the PlayStation for the first time, was one of the first nonlinear role-playing games. The decisions that players make during the game will point them toward one of more than a dozen possible endings.
These new versions retain the authentic Japanese SNES stories and characters while updating their graphics and adding new full-motion video sequences and other features.
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One of the two games included is Chrono Trigger.
Chrono Trigger remains the greatest console RPG ever made. The version on this new CD compilation is identical in play to the original, but includes several animated cutscenes (done by Bird Studios, producers of Dragonball/DBZ and owned/operated by Akira Toriyama, who did the character designs for Chrono Trigger as well) which are themselves worth the price. (In point of fact, the price itself is interesting; the compilation of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 4 costs less than either of them did separately when first released.)
Chrono Trigger centers around the adventures of Crono (yes, that's the correct spelling), a young man whose only apparent unusual feature is skill with a sword; otherwise, he lives a rather ordinary life, getting his allowance from his mom, taking care of his pet cat, and, as the story begins, looking forward to the Millennial Fair. At the Fair, he meets with a pretty blonde girl, Marle, who wears an interesting pendant, and who as a stranger to his town asks him if he'd be nice enough to show her around a bit.
Things get strange when they visit the exhibit area of one of Crono's friends, Lucca, who's an eccentric inventor. Her invention mysteriously reacts to the presence of Marle's pendant, and Marle vanishes, leaving the glowing pendant behind.Read more ›
However, I think it's important to note some of the issues in porting this cartridge game over to a Playstation disk. Cartridges, like the original one designed for the SNES have very fast data reads. This keeps the pacing of the game brisk and enjoyable. Unfortunately, when porting this game to a playstation disc, they did not take into account the amount of time it takes to seek data off a CD. As a result, the game has a series of small 10 to 15 second delays between various screens, interactions, and other events. This becomes a bit tedious, especially in the early game, when much of the game is developing the story stage. The game is still quite playable and enjoyable, but it does detract from the overall gaming experience.
re-released in this great package with some nice additions. I'll be reviewing the two games.
FINAL FANTASY IV
INTRO: In 1991, FFIV was originally released in America for the SNES under the name, "Final Fantasy II." But the SNES version was pretty flawed. For one thing, they censored the script and and it was horribly translated. Another thing is that they took out a few things, such as the Developer's Room. Also, they toned down the difficulty. Now the game has been re-released for the PS1 with the complete, uncut script, Developer's Room, and a harder difficulty.
GAMEPLAY: This was the first FF game to have more than the number of characters in your party. (you can have up to five characters in your party. Sweet!) The game has lots of secrets, spells, weapons, and summons. It's a really addicting RPG with a great challenge.
GRAPHICS: Meh. It was made in 1991, so of course the graphics look outdated. But they were good for the time.
SOUND: Not much to say about the sound. It's your standard SNES sound.
MUSIC: I love the music in this game. Even 14 years later, the music still packs a punch. I especially love the boss music. It's very catchy.
STORY: This game has a great story. I won't spoil it for you, but the story is very original, filled with plot twists.
ADDED EXTRAS: Besides having the complete, uncut game, not much. Just an FMV scene.
INTRO: Ten years ago, CT was released for the SNES. Even now, it's still one of the most loved and popular RPG's ever. Now it's been re-released with a ton of extras.
GAMEPLAY: CT is an RPG. However, there are things that are special about this game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's kind of hard to rate this one because the slow down in Chrono Trigger is brutal. It's such a great game,though. Read morePublished 7 days ago by setyourpenname
Other a weird shading on the FF IV disc while playing, they're good to go.Published 13 days ago by S.R. Green
The collection is of course bought for mostly chrono trigger and not much else and while the game works and is generally an okay port it suffers from load times and thats pretty... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Yudesh Badal
Loved these games before and happy to get my hands on them again... just wish I could find my first set again.Published 2 months ago by William Evans
I bought this as a gift for my husband who played this game as a child. Personally, I do not care for it much, but he loves it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cinder89
I purchased this game for Chrono Trigger as it is, in my opinion, the best old-school RPG of all time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zabo
Although Chrono Trigger and FFIV are great games, there is no excuse for this collection being those two games instead of FFIII and FFIV. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee Taggart