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  • Summary: An innovative new concept in multiplayer gaming, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time 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 world of the beloved Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series. Echoes of Time offers a gameplay system that allows for a seamless, hassle-free in-game switch from single to multiplayer mode. Play anytime, anywhere, with anyone and experience a new level of connectivity with this latest adventure in the FFCC series. 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. Play anytime, anywhere with anyone Multiplayer connectivity reaches new heights in Echoes of Time, where players can team up or compete with friends and players around the world. The intuitive control scheme introduced in Ring of Fates returns, now adapted to Wii for double the action. 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. Players joining from the Wii can also introduce their Miis to the world of FFCC. 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. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 100
    But it's the seamless transitioning of the single-player to the multiplayer (you can hop in and out from one to the other at any save point) that really seals the deal.
  2. The DS version of Echoes of Time stands on its own pretty well as a single-player experience, but most people are interested in Crystal Chronicles games for the multiplayer.
  3. An action-role-player, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time also contains a great multiplayer mode. Only occasional bugs knock off some of the polish.
  4. 76
    Echoes of Time is the most robust game in the Crystal Chronicles series and has more longevity than many RPGs on the system.
  5. Echoes of Time is what Final Fantasy Crytal Chronicles saga should have been from the very beginning. Fast, funny and at the same time fairly deep. Possibly played with 4 friends, this game reprensent a must-buy for anyone who love RPGs.
  6. If you can get a few friends to play the game with you in a cooperative effort, it's as fun a Crystal Chronicles experience as you'll ever find.
  7. Avoid it. The few glimmers of enjoyable action simply aren't worth the hassle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BrandonS
    Apr 1, 2009
    A really great game... If you have friends to play it with. The AI is fustrating at most points of the games, though the gameplay is fun. Multiplayer is probably the main reason you should want to buy this game, though single player is decent at best because of the AI. Expand
  2. WallidK
    Mar 31, 2009
    Before you buy this game, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION. If not, this game isn't going to be nearly as fun as by yourself. The AI that they assign to you is in my opinion worse than the one in Ring of Fates. However, that's really the only bad thing I have to say about this game. There is a ridiculous amount of customization and the multiplayer almost never gets old. I'm about 8 or so hours in this game, and as of right now, I say that if you liked Ring of Fates, RPGs, or multiplayer games in general, this is a must-buy. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2013
    This is probably one of the best Crystal Chronicles entries. The graphics and mechanics are good, and the story pulls you forward pretty well, even if some points are rather predictable yet unavoidable. The battles are usually pretty balanced, but it's always better to at least have an AI team back you up as soon as you can. My major gripe with the AI is that it will follow who you're playing as at any given moment, making team puzzles difficult as they won't stay in place after you switch characters. It's just unfortunate that you will probably not find any online co-op or help in this game so long after its initial release.
    Art: 9
    Music: 9
    Story: 7
    Gameplay: 7
  4. JasonG
    Apr 27, 2009
    While not perfect, this is a fun, simple action rpg that is great to play with friends online. I think the platforming elements are the weakest, mostly due to the lack of analog control. But all in all, a purchase I'm pleased with. Expand

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