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Chrono Cross PS1

The next installment of the Japanese Chrono JRPG series, in which the creators used the motif of a journey between dimensions to tell an original story.

RPG | jRPG

Sony PlayStation 1
Chrono Cross cover

developer: Square Soft

publisher: Square Soft

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PS1:

18November1999

Prepared by RPG specialists, Squaresoft studio, Chrono series production. As in the Chrono Trigger released a few years earlier, the whole game in Chrono Cross was built around the theme of time and space travel.

Story

The young boy Serge lives in the fishing village of Arni. One day he accidentally finds himself in an alternative reality - in which he died as a child many years ago. The protagonist decides to explain the mystery of his unexpected transfers to another dimension. He embarks on an extraordinary journey during which he meets many companions, discovers the truth about his family and past, and gains a chance to save both worlds.

Mechanics

Chrono Cross has several characteristics that distinguish it from other jRPGs. Players move not only on one map, but on two different versions of the map, each from a different reality. As in Chrono Trigger, the battles here are not random - the skirmishes occur after the hero comes into contact with the enemy during exploration.

The very system of rolling clashes, although it works on turn-based principles known from similar Squaresoftu games, as the Final Fantasy series, is very different from them. Individual heroes, enemies, spells and objects are assigned to one of the six elements. Each of them is particularly effective against one of them, but it works poorly when confronted with another. Players must pay attention to this by observing, among other things, the current dominant element on the board. Team attacks add depth to the system, as well as a strength bar defining the character's capabilities in each turn - the dependence of his state the hero can perform a certain number of attacks. In turn, the number of customs blows affects the ability to use objects, spells and special techniques of each of the heroses - assigned to different levels, depending on their power.

In Chrono Cross combat, the player leads a team of three, made up of previously recruited characters. There are forty-five of them in the game world, a few of which can only be joined if certain decisions are made. In addition, the creators have prepared several endings, which can be unlocked at different stages of the game, depending on the choices made earlier.

Technical issues

Chrono Cross contains elements referring to another title of Masato Kato's director - Radical Dreamers. This production, released in 1996 on Super Nintendo, explained some of the intricacies of Chrono Trigger's story and introduced new characters, such as those appearing in CC Serge and Kid. Squaresoft production is one of the best-rated jRPGs in history. This is influenced by the excellent audiovisual setting, with Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack at the forefront, as well as an interesting plot and refined fun mechanics.

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Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

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