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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time - Nintendo DS

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  • Extended play options through the New Game+ feature which provides increased difficulty and better items with every new round.
  • Multiplayer support for 2-4 players that includes cross connectivity between the DS and Wii versions of the game.
  • Seamless switching between single and multiplayer modes that provides for two great gaming options in one integrated experience.
  • A personalized hero can be generated from a choice of the four familiar races of the series; Clavats, Lilties, Selkies or Yukes.
  • Customizable character materials, armor, equipment and abilities means that no two heroes will be the same.

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Platform: Nintendo DS

Product Description

A triumphant return from a monster-infested forest marks the completion of the 16-year-old hero's coming-of-age ceremony. However, the hero's joy is short-lived as a young village girl is found to be afflicted by a mysterious illness known as "crystal sickness." Determined to obtain the cure, the hero steps out of the secluded village for the first time, only to discover a world in which crystals are merely artifacts of the past and no longer exist?

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More than just the latest chapter in the Final Fantasy saga, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is an innovative new concept in multiplayer gaming that enables Wii and DS users to play side by side for the first time. This breakthrough in gaming connectivity allows players on both Nintendo platforms to journey together in the fantastical action RPG flavored world of the beloved Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (DS)

Players:
Offline: 1-4; Online 1-4

Wireless options:
Cross compatible with Wii version via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.
Utilizing the new Square Enix Pollux cross-platform game system, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time offers gameplay designed from the ground up to provide seamless, hassle-free in-game switching between single to multiplayer modes. Play anytime, anywhere, over your Nintendo Wi-Fi connection with anyone and experience a new level of connectivity previously unheard of.

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A triumphant return from a monster-infested forest marks the completion of the 16-year-old hero’s coming-of-age ceremony. However, the hero’s joy is short-lived as a young village girl is found to be afflicted by a mysterious illness known as "crystal sickness." Determined to obtain the cure, the hero steps out of the secluded village for the first time, only to discover a world in which crystals are merely artifacts of the past and no longer exist...

Key Game Features:

  • Play anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. Multiplayer connectivity reaches new heights in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, where players can team up or compete with friends and players around the world.
  • Players can switch between single and multiplayer modes at any time while playing, enjoying two great gaming options in one integrated experience.
  • A personalized hero can be generated from a choice of the four familiar races of the series; Clavats, Lilties, Selkies or Yukes.
  • Create and customize materials, armor and equipment for characters with tailored appearances and abilities — no two heroes will be the same.
  • Players can continue to enjoy the game even after completing the main adventure, as the New Game+ feature provides increased difficulty and better items with every new round.
  • A vast selection of quests delivers hours of fun.
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Product Information

Platform:Nintendo DS
ASIN B001NJRR7G
Release date March 24, 2009
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4.3 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,634 in videogames
#246 in Video Games > Nintendo DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 5.7 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Jason M. Hoy on April 4, 2009
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I bought this game when I finally realized it wasn't turn based as are the Final Fantasy games I had played previously. I didn't know how I would like it, but decided to gamble. I hate multiplayer games, so this review is only for the single player experience. I really like this game, and have spent many hours playing through it. The controls are a bit tough, but I got used to how to control the game pretty quickly. What I liked most about the game is that it is similar to zelda where you go into a dungeon (or temple, ruins, etc.) and fight monsters and solve puzzles to move from room to room, with a big boss fight at the end. The story line in my opinion was fun, though I guess not the best ever. I didn't think it was quite as horrible as some people are saying. This is actually one of my favorite games I have for my DS, and I am now going to buy the first crystal chronicles game for the DS, ring of fates.
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I've have been looking for a cooperative multiplayer game that is family-friendly for quite a while. My kids are all in elementary school, so an E rating is much preferred. Cooperative is also a must because there is enough sibling rivalry without a chosen form of entertainment making it worse. Plus I have a soft spot for role-playing games. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is the latest game in our search.

The FF:CC series has made strides in this category but is far from perfect. The first game (on Gamecube) was fun but required so much investment in gameboys and connection cords that assembling a decent party was expensive and rare. Plus, everyone had to stay on screen and trying to have a preschool daughter understand that concept only resulted in her frequent death and tears.

FF:CC Ring of Fates was an improvement. It was expensive despite waiting for the costs to decrease enough to outfit the entire family. The portability on Nintendo DS was a big help for those long car trips. And the ability to pick up players was essential for getting my daughter through the difficult jumps and problematic camera angle. However, magic wielding was a hassle and solo adventuring ho-hum.

That brings us to FF:CC Echoes of Time. It is a notable improvement on Ring of Fates for both single and multiplayer formats. However, there are definite pros and cons to this game. Having shelled out for a copy of both the Wii and DS versions, I would 100% recommend the Nintendo DS over the Wii unless you just don't have access to one. The graphics and the juggling of screens on the Wii is irritating.
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This game could have been really great, but I have to be honest... it isn't anywhere near as fun as it should be. The hype promised Diablo-like multi-player dungeon crawling, and to a certain extent, that is true, but the overall implementation is lacking, especially the controls. For each good thing going for this game, it seems to have at least one equally bad feature that actively impedes my enjoyment.

FIRST THE GOOD STUFF:
+++ GRAPHICS: Fully 3-d graphics with a bright and lush color palette. One of the best graphical showcases on the DS.
+++ SOUND: Quite good, which isn't a surprise since Square-Enix take pride in the music in their games.
+++ MULTI-PLAYER: The multi-player options are solid and connecting to friends is easily done either through local wire-less access or through Wi-Fi internet connections, allowing up to four players to play at once. In this respect, the game is a winner in ways most DS games completely fail. You can invite other players to your game, jumping fairly seamlessly from one-player to multi-player in seconds. More games should do this. I can't emphasize enough how awesome this is. Oh, and you can play with players who own the game on the Wii... a very nice touch but not one that I will likely use. A lot of thought went into the multi-player, and it shows.
+++ LEVELS: Lots of levels and dungeons to explore with a variety of environmental puzzles. None of it is mind-shatteringly amazing, but the level designs are still quite good.

AND THE PROBLEMS...
--- THE CONTROLS: If there is one thing that ruins a game quickly, it is poor controls. The controls in this game are stiff, unresponsive, and unnecessarily complicated. Aiming magical attacks is slow and kind of sloppy.
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I love anything that lends me to have more friends on my quest to play. To the damn point for me is the enjoyment of collecting stuff that I can use in my quest as well as be able to interact with all the other players. I manage to assemble a 4 player LAN game with three DS and 1 Wii. A friend came over with their own cart as I only have two to share and MAN!!! I love this way of gaming! I never had something like it since Secret Of Mana. The only unfortunate part is that layout of the game quest where you go on the map to go to that specific area. It's okay for casuals, but since I'm hungering for a Secret of Mana story quest that reveals the places automatically and subtle surprise way - this game falls a bit short from that structure to ease it up a bit.

Otherwise from one minor thing, which isn't that important, it's very good!

Now graphics wise, I like it although I do wish it had a different art style. At certain points it becomes too bland for my liking. The UI is fairly bland but accessible. It could be because it tries on making it as distinctive as it can but sadly for me is boring.

The combo with the music, that also attributes the boring feeling in the menus. When going to the dungeons, it's too mellow for my liking. It's soooo Mellow, that I bought the soundtrack just to chill me out and sleep. There are a few up beats moments, but still way to slow for action and adventure! I still love it though but it doesn't match this game and it brings down the overall feeling to it.

A side note - now this game and Four swords are the reason why I never bought a Wii U. My reason behind that is because the promise of a MORE accessible 4 player multi-screen LAN game like this isn't possible on Nintendo's new platform.
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