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  • Summary: CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION is a remaster of "CHRONO CROSS". The 3D models have been upgraded to HD, new illustrations have added, and all kinds of new features are now included. Additionally, the game that formed the bedrock of the story, "RADICAL DREAMERS - Le TrésorCHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION is a remaster of "CHRONO CROSS". The 3D models have been upgraded to HD, new illustrations have added, and all kinds of new features are now included. Additionally, the game that formed the bedrock of the story, "RADICAL DREAMERS - Le Trésor Interdit -", is included in this edition. CHRONO CROSS is an RPG that transcends time and space, unfolding across two interlinked parallel worlds. With over 40 party members to meet, people and dimensions will intertwine in this epic drama about the planet itself.

    New Features in the Remastered Edition
    ・3D models converted to HD
    ・Refined character illustrations
    ・Higher-quality background music
    ・Switch enemy encounters on or off
    ・Background filter feature
    ・Battle enhancement features to make combat easier
    ・Auto-battle function
    ・Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font
    ・Change screen resolution
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Apr 5, 2022
    100
    When Chrono Cross first came out in ’99, it proved divisive for not simply following in the footsteps of Chrono Trigger. In retrsospect, it cuts closer to its predecessor than it got credit for back then, not necessarily in style or game design, but in the way it pushed the boundaries of the genre and the stories that videogames can tell. That it still feels unique and even subversive, more than 20 years on from its first release, is proof its timelessness. And for a large part of the world for whom The Radical Dreamers Edition will be the first chance to (officially) play Chrono Cross? Well, they’re in for one hell of a ride.
  2. Apr 5, 2022
    90
    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition has become one of my favorite JRPGs, and I regret not playing it sooner. This is a must-play game for any JRPG fan. From its remarkably well-written narrative that will stay with you for years, to the approachable yet still involved combat mechanics coupled with an endearing presentation, I fell in love with this title far more than I thought I would.
  3. 80
    The rating takes into account the absolute and undeniable value of Chrono Cross, an excellent role-playing game that everyone should experience. Unfortunately the operation of "rebirth" is not entirely successful due to some questionable choices, but the inclusion of the elusive Radical Dreamers contributes to a package that – especially at this price – must be a part of the cultural baggage of any fan of JRPG worthy of the name.
  4. Apr 6, 2022
    77
    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition brought back a lot of lovely memories and thankfully, Chrono Cross is still a great RPG all of these years later. The fact that you get an officially translated Radical Dreamers is rather peachy, too.
  5. 75
    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition brings a beloved classic to the PlayStation 4, complete with its old pros and cons. Some of the limitations of the first game get washed away with the enhancements and features that come with this release, but they also create a couple of their own. Like a true classic, this edition is not without its issues, but classics have a way of outlasting their criticisms through the eyes of those who experience them.
  6. Apr 29, 2022
    70
    Chrono Cross is a strange, wonderful game that was not afraid to take big risks. The port doesn’t exactly cover it in glory but considering the game has been languishing in purgatory for so long it’s nice that it sees the light of day at all. There is little here for people who aren’t already fans of the genre to recommend. But for JRPG fans this is a fascinating time capsule, especially for PAL gamers who didn’t get to experience it first time round.
  7. Apr 5, 2022
    40
    Parts of Chrono Cross really haven't aged well, but it's still a charming, characterful JRPG that evokes feelings of the genre's golden age on PS1. It's a game that deserves better than The Radical Dreamers Edition, which, at least at launch, is a dreadfully poor remaster. Crippled by frame rate issues, it beggars belief that a title from 1999 could run this badly on modern hardware. Unless you're desperate for the nostalgia, we strongly recommend waiting to see whether Square Enix releases a patch to improve the package on PS4 and PS5 before buying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21
  1. Apr 9, 2022
    10
    My personal best RPG of all time. Not without flaws, this remaster does a MUCH better job at cleaning and re-doing the backgrounds andMy personal best RPG of all time. Not without flaws, this remaster does a MUCH better job at cleaning and re-doing the backgrounds and characters than what they did with FF VII, VIII y IX for ps4. We can only hope that they use AI upscaling for the backgrounds in the future. THE MUSIC!, is the best OST of all time, again, for me. The game is a must play even in 2022 if a great story and memorable characters are your thing! A trip full of joy, comedy, nostalgia and sadness through time awaits! Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2022
    10
    A classic game that no RPG lover should miss.

    My save data was corrupted back in 2001 so this was the best time ro give it another chance. I
    A classic game that no RPG lover should miss.

    My save data was corrupted back in 2001 so this was the best time ro give it another chance.

    I loved it! The backgrounds could be betyer but the gameplay, story and music is as good as always
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  3. Apr 10, 2022
    8
    I feel the need to post a review for this as I don't think other user scores represent this game fairly.

    For the base game itself, I don't
    I feel the need to post a review for this as I don't think other user scores represent this game fairly.

    For the base game itself, I don't think it was worthy of a 10 back when it was originally released, but it was definitely in the 8-9 score range for me, closer to 9. I didn't realize that until about 5-10 years ago when I finally fully experienced this game. The music is wonderful, I love the colors of the game, and I love the concept of the parallel worlds. Not a new concept, but it was done well. People expecting a direct sequel to Chrono Trigger were disappointed. Admittedly, Chrono Trigger was perfection, and outside of producing basically the same game again, people were not going to be happy. I like that Squaresoft (now Square Enix) wanted to do something different for this game. The personality for this game was similar to Chrono Trigger, yet distinctly different. I do think that the element grid system is cumbersome (thank god for auto-allocate, but still, what a drag), and there are too many characters to really have significant character development for any of them. I think Radius probably had the most interesting story.

    Remaster:
    As for the remaster, I do agree partially with other reviewers commenting on the frame rate. For the bit of the little bit of the remaster that I tried, I wouldn't say the frame rate was worse than the PS1 game. It's about the same. The original game did not have a great frame rate. Don't believe me? Go and boot it up and you will see. I think there's an opportunity for this game to really wow people with a remaster by fixing that. Is it broken? No, absolutely not. The character models are better, it just needs an improved frame rate to give the game a polish to it. Now as for the soundtrack and sound in general, the quality to me is noticeably improved. That was the first thing I noticed was the sound quality. And to ease any fears, those remixed tracks are not used in the game itself, it's the original soundtrack with the sound quality improved.

    For those of you that enjoyed this game before, you will enjoy revisiting it, now with trophies as an incentive to experience this game in full. An easy recommendation to buy. For those of you that are determined to hate this game with all of your being, you will undoubtedly continue to do so. I'm someone that was disappointed with the game initially, revisited it about 10 years ago and changed my mind. I definitely recommend the game to those that are already familiar with it and enjoyed the game in any way.
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  4. May 10, 2022
    1
    Deprimente o que fizeram com esse jogo...
    Seria melhor deixá-lo na nostalgia mesmo.
  5. May 18, 2022
    0
    The frame rate in the game itself is just horrible. It's absolutely horrendous. When you battle, it take 10 clicks just to get one action toThe frame rate in the game itself is just horrible. It's absolutely horrendous. When you battle, it take 10 clicks just to get one action to work. I have sat that and mashed a button 20 times just to get a button to work. The game itself is just as bad. Please Square, fix this. I'm begging. Expand
  6. Apr 12, 2022
    0
    I don't think I can call that a remaster. It's just a bad emulation with filters and **** framerate.
    I have a old PC with 256MB RAM and a
    I don't think I can call that a remaster. It's just a bad emulation with filters and **** framerate.
    I have a old PC with 256MB RAM and a Pentium 4 and I can run an emulator with way better performance if compared with that **** show. How can the game not run on modern hardware?
    That's why I'm not buying anything from Square Enix.
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  7. Apr 10, 2022
    0
    Original game is great, the remaster is a piece of **** garbage cashgrab. The game actually runs worse on my PS5 than the original on PS1,Original game is great, the remaster is a piece of **** garbage cashgrab. The game actually runs worse on my PS5 than the original on PS1, with the framerate dropping to less than 30 almost the entire time. I’m not even asking for 60fps, the game can’t even run properly at 30fps. Not only that, the game freezes ocasionally. Auto save should solve that problem, right? The game auto saves ONLY WHEN YOU ARE IN A SAVE SPOT, MAKING IT USELESS. Square made the remaster even worse than the original and I regret buying this game. Real shame because the game itself is very good. Expand

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