Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. 70
    An excellent multi-player romp, but in single player, it’s merely a diluted example of the other games in the series. [JPN Import]
  2. While obviously lacking in the story department, neither the single nor multiplayer modes really capture the Final Fantasy zeitgeist, instead having more in common with action-adventure titles like Gauntlet or Zelda. [Import]
  3. Square have tried to give us a chance to tell our own stories through this game, but their rules and prerequisites are often too restricting and the rewards not always enough.
  4. Although many of its elements tie into the greater Final Fantasy universe, this is but a faint echo of what you hve come to know and love...There's little here that truly excites. [Feb 2004, p.104]
  5. 70
    The good things about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles are REALLY good, and the things that are bad really hurt.
  6. The graphics are outstanding, the teamwork aspects are unique and enjoyable, and even in single player there's fun to be had. On the other hand, using the Game Boy Advance can be a hassle from time to time.
  7. It’s not the worst game I’ve ever played in my life; in fact, it’s fairly decent, but it’s just so disappointing. Like all Nintendo gamers, I had high hopes for this game and we got a totally half-assed game.
  8. The bland single player holds it back, but things get much better when you play with friends.
  9. It offers one of the most beautiful worlds ever created on a console, heavy with atmosphere and wonder, laden with the treasures of the Final Fantasy heritage. However, it asks too much expense and hassle and it inflicts too many setbacks, frustrations and restrictions to come close to being a fair exchange.
  10. games(TM)
    60
    Unfortunately, though the multiplayer game is certainly better than the experience offered by playing alone, it has its own flaws that turn what could have been great fun into something lacklustre. Perhaps if Square Enix had tried something a bit more traditional rather than being blinded by Nintendo's claim that connectivity is the way forward, this wouldn't have been the case. [Mar 2004, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

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#9 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
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#9 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 101
  2. Negative: 6 out of 101
  1. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a different approach to the famous RPG series of final fantasy. Letting the player decide your attributesFinal Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a different approach to the famous RPG series of final fantasy. Letting the player decide your attributes and slowly build up your strengths throughout the game. Keeping the player constantly on their toes, fighting new, giant creatures and bosses. Hinting you about up coming things through several other crystal caravans. Full Review »
  2. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    This game is amazing and underrated. Probably one of the best in the whole entire series. I got this game about 4 years ago and I played it aThis game is amazing and underrated. Probably one of the best in the whole entire series. I got this game about 4 years ago and I played it a day ago and it is SUPER ENJOYABLE! Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2016
    10
    Guys, I get really emotional about this game.
    This game came out when I was about 7 or 8. I'm now 18 and this is still one of my most
    Guys, I get really emotional about this game.
    This game came out when I was about 7 or 8. I'm now 18 and this is still one of my most cherished games to this day. The spectacular soundtrack, great visuals (for the time, still holds up today though) and fast yet tactical gameplay make this a must-play, even if the singleplayer is a bit nerfed and multiplayer is harder than ever to set up nowadays. I played this game for hours on end as a kid, purely singleplayer. Call it nostalgia blindness, but this game is as spectacular today as it is when I picked it up over a decade ago.
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