Chrono Cross

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The front of Chrono Cross for Playstation 1

The Good: There are so many characters in this game it is mind-boggling. This is a good thing because if there is a character that annoys you or one that is not your fighting style, doesn’t matter, there is lots more to choose from. To be exact there is 45 playable characters to choose from. That is enormous for any game, much less an RPG. The story for this game is pretty good. It is very clear in the beginning where the story is going and why you must go to certain places, but later on it becomes unclear. Now, in order to redeem the story, it is very interesting to learn how the main character, Serge, and the ultimate evil, Lynx, are connected. Now to clarify, There are a couple main characters, but for battle sake there are 45 characters. The main characters are Serge and Kid, who for the record are great characters.

The main character, Serge

The second main character, Kid

The ultimate evil, Lynx

You are not required to get the all of the characters, which is another positive to this because this raises the replay value, a ton. The battle system for this game is probably one you have never seen before. There a percentage beside each physical attack you can choose from, and the stronger the attack the lower the percentage you will connect with the hit. You get several swings per turn, but the percentages change for each swing getting progressively better for each connected.The graphics are solid especially during cutscenes. This is a Playstation 1 game, so the graphics are not amazing, but they are solid, even during battle and actual gameplay.

The Bad: The bad in this game is that finding what you need or what to do can be very irritating. There are 2 worlds, that are identical physically, but follow a different timeline. This means that if you need to find something you have 2 worlds to look through. Also since there are so many characters there are a lot of people you may have to talk to before you figure out the path that you need to take. There are no random battles. All enemies can be seen, and most can be avoided if you really want to. A bad aspect is the armor and equipment mechanism. It is complicated and not very helpful. Picking a weapon and sticking with it will save you some time and not hurt you at all.

The Overview: This is a game made by the same people who make Final Fantasy and it absolutely lives up to the legacy that Final Fantasy has set down. It has an interesting story, good characters, amazing replay value (seriously you can never play this game the same way twice), and the graphics are solid. You will enjoy this game to the fullest if you are willing to explore, and really let this world live up to its’ potential. Oh, also it has a great villain, Lynx, who is very good at what he does.

Gameplay (Battle system): 8/10

A typical view of a battle

Controls: 8/10

Characters: 7.5/10

All 45 playable characters

Graphics: 8.5/10

Screenshot from a cutscene

Replay Value: 10/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Hours to complete: 20+

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