Chrono Cross

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 462 Ratings

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  • Summary: Featuring a storyline developed by the creator of Chrono Trigger and Xenogears, Chrono Cross has been christened the "Best RPG Creation" by its development team. With multiple scenarios cast along a single story thread, and many different endings, each replay can result in anFeaturing a storyline developed by the creator of Chrono Trigger and Xenogears, Chrono Cross has been christened the "Best RPG Creation" by its development team. With multiple scenarios cast along a single story thread, and many different endings, each replay can result in an entirely new adventure. In addition, a brand new battle system makes combat smooth and innovative by introducing an element field system and combo system that gives the player unparalleled flexibility in their fighting options. The elimination of random battles also quickens the pace of the game, and places the choice of where to battle in the player's hands. With character designs by a famed Japanese illustrator and music by the original Chrono Trigger composer, Chrono Cross features visuals and sounds that bring its magic to life. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Simply, one of the best RPG's ever made, and one of the finest games for the PlayStation console.
  2. 100
    Graphically, "Chrono Cross" is nothing short of stunning.
  3. GMR Magazine
    100
    It wasn't quite the "Chrono Trigger" sequel most people expected, but it's a magnificent game by its own right. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  4. 97
    A truly epic role-playing game experience that has cemented its place in the annals of RPG history.
  5. Game Fan
    92
    With its refreshing design, cool music and engaging storyline, this game has to be one of the greatest RPGs that has ever exited the Squaresoft building.
  6. CheckOut
    90
    A beautifully crafted and fresh take on stale RPG gameplay, delivering an experience that rivals "Final Fantasy."
  7. Daily Radar
    75
    While paling in comparison to its celebrated predecessor, "Chrono Cross's" great character design and intriguing combat system ensure that the game is anything but the misfire it could so easily have been.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 129
  1. Sep 2, 2011
    10
    Amazing music, great story and wonderful dialogue. I feel those that sleight the story didn't quite understand it. It relates to anyone andAmazing music, great story and wonderful dialogue. I feel those that sleight the story didn't quite understand it. It relates to anyone and everyone in such a beautiful way. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, what we really want will always be out of reach. It's good to see a game promoting realism and the unfair nature of life, while still maintaining being an enjoyable experience. Far too many games (especially for its time) analyze endings without any repercussions whatsoever. An outstanding game and sequel. Expand
  2. AcA.
    Mar 9, 2007
    10
    It rocks! It keeps you guessing and there's a story every corner...I'm kinda lost right now, though, can't find the green dragon.
  3. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    Muy buena jugabilidad, diferentes finales, es rejugable, muy buena historia, tiene un diseño de escenarios parecido a las obras de Vincent van Gogh.
  4. Mar 28, 2016
    10
    Nothing short of an amazing experience. A true spiritual successor to the wonderful Chrono Trigger. Not only does it pay homage to its youngerNothing short of an amazing experience. A true spiritual successor to the wonderful Chrono Trigger. Not only does it pay homage to its younger counterpart, but it does an amazing job at creating a whole new story with remarkable characters you cannot ever forget. For those of you that don't know this game is based off the Satellaview SNES game Radical Dreamers which was supposed to be the sequel to Chrono Trigger on the SNES but was never officially released as Satellaview failed. With a great combat engine and a story that blows your mind at every corner this is a must buy on the Playstation 1.

    Pros:
    +Wonderful Music
    +Amazing Story
    +Engaging Characters
    +Challenging Boss battles
    +Balanced gameplay
    +No grinding (thank god)
    +Wonderful magic spells that push Playstation expectations
    +PLENTY of characters to choose to join your side

    Cons:
    +No dual/tri techniques that Chrono Trigger had, except for 1 or 2 out of the 40+ characters
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  5. Sep 4, 2019
    9
    un juego interesante y que posee buenas ideas pero otras desafortunadas que le impiden ser igual de buena que su precuela.
    no hablare de la
    un juego interesante y que posee buenas ideas pero otras desafortunadas que le impiden ser igual de buena que su precuela.
    no hablare de la música ni de los gráficos, los dos son excelente pero no importan para los fines de esta reseña.
    comencemos con el sistema de combate, muy bueno y con un factor estratégico interesante ya que las magia y habilidades se ocupan de una forma inusual, lo que obliga a ser precavido con el uso de las mismas. sin mencionar la GRAN cantidad de personajes que podemos usar a lo largo de la aventura, hay muchas posibilidades y combinaciones lo que lo vuelve un juego muy flexible.
    los jefes y monstruos aleatorios son muy buenos, hay de todos los gustos. se agradece la variedad pero lo que mas se disfruta son los jefes que son un punto muy fuerte y que por si fuera poco hay una gran cantidad de peleas con jefes, sin mencionar que están estrechamente relacionado con el progreso de los personajes
    la historia es un poco compleja, recomiendo mucho hablar con todos los personajes secundarios para entender un poco mas lo que pasa. pero en si es muy entretenida y fascinante, con momentos épicos y de muchas revelaciones, sin duda una historia que le gusta sorprender.
    pero hay detalle que tal vez arruina la historia y que es a la vez una virtud en el combate, estoy hablando de la gran cantidad de personajes. no alcanzas a terminar de conocer a uno cuando ya llega el siguiente, no logro empatizar con ninguno y no es porque sean malos personajes sino que por problemas de tiempo y espacio en la historia.
    solo me encariñe con kid y con dos mas. el problema es que no alcanzas a quererlos o entenderlos por la excesiva cantidad de personajes en la historia. triste porque los 44 personajes que puedes usar parecían carismáticos.
    y lo peor es que te olvidas de algunos porque dejan de serte útiles en combate. me hubiera gustado un grupo de 7 o 8 personajes, para un desarrollo personal adecuado, se que se pierde un punto fuerte del juego pero es que repito te olvidas de la mayoría a lo largo del juego, y mas cuando piensas que ya no te sirven como combatientes, yo tuve como 30 personaje al final del juego pero siempre use los mismos 6 en el combate, el resto quedaron olvidados no por su debilidad sino porque no iban con mi estilo de juego.
    otro error fue hacer un protagonista mudo y peor en este caso que tenia mucho potencial para explotar, triste.
    recomiendo este juego ??? por supuesto que si, tiene muchas virtudes y es un clásico de la play 1, pero personalmente siento que pudo haber sido mejor si no hubieran ido por el camino de la cantidad y si por el de la calidad, pero eso es una impresión propia que cada uno lo juegue y de su propio juicio.
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  6. Oct 16, 2011
    9
    Very fun and magical. I can't give it a perfect score though. The new way you level up is akin to monster hunter, you have to upgrade yourVery fun and magical. I can't give it a perfect score though. The new way you level up is akin to monster hunter, you have to upgrade your equipment to really get an edge. Your level is maxed depending on where you are in the game, so killing random encounters becomes pointless once you get the items you need. However, it's nice to constantly be challenged, than to just bulldoze through bosses. However, you miss the feeling of achievement spending a long time playing the game, since your levels are usually a measure of that. There's some funny lines and lively characters though, but there's so many characters you can play as (and can only choose 2 optional characters at a time) their personalities get lost in the clutter. The game has the same type of beautiful pre-rendered backgrounds as FF7,8, and 9. Expand
  7. ShaneW.
    Mar 18, 2003
    0
    This game is a disgrace. The graphics are completely off and the gameplay as no limits. You don't even have a solid story line to This game is a disgrace. The graphics are completely off and the gameplay as no limits. You don't even have a solid story line to follow. And even if you did it wouldn't make any sense. If any of you own this game, you waisted your money on a pile of bull sh**. Expand

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