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So I don't make one of those in a while, but I'm back now XP, after giving console gaming a break I'll now be playing another JRPG and be making the usual threads about it, this one with the first impressions and after I beat it the one with my final impressions in a review-like model and with a figurative score.

Again, this is the first thread, I've just started the game, there will be another when I finish it, so please, no spoilers until then.

Before we get to it I would like to thank everyone that answered a thread I made recently about which game to pick, I decided to go with Chrono Cross for now, so I'm sorry if I didn't picked the one you wanted, but I'll eventually play those that I listed there, and some more, so keep an eye to it.

Ok, now to the game!

Boy oh boy, Chrono Cross is a beautiful looking game, it was a game that released really close to my beloved LoD, so it's an end cycle gen game to the PS1, and it does make it stand about it, it looks beautiful and it's also a very colorful game, which makes it even more of an eye candy.

The music also already start good, it's firstly calm but already got some faster paced tracks after my first "errand". Seems like it's going to be a strong point in the game.

The battle system is a bit unusual, it's not anything that stands too much as a good point to me, at least until now, but I can deal with it, it tries to go with a very simple combo system plus an elemental system, that actually resembles a little the Additions and Spirit Points to Dragoon Transform on LoD, but into a smaller degree, it also have a stamina system that reminds me of how the ATB worked into FF13 with high level attacks/magic would consume more "space" of the ATB until it's filled and everything is done and then start again, not the same thing, but it does reminds me that.
We have apparently 5 spaces to equip per char (weapon, clothes, and 3 acessories), and seems like we can only find and forge weapons, that's because of the first shop in the first town, didn't had a buy option, just forge.
It also doesn't seem to have common level system, I don't know if it's random or not, but sometimes after a battle I get a boost on some stats like HP or STR, and after boss fights I get a star that gives my party a good boost on those stats and unlock a new space to allocate my elements to use in battle. Which is also how I use items in battle it seems.

Each char have an elemental affinity (dunno if they'll get more or be able to change it later), and using the elements creates a field effect into battles from 1 to 3 tiers. Elements also works as opposities which affect each other, just like in LoD. There seems to be a ton of playable characters into this game as I saw when into the shop a huge space to fill with chars there when equipping something, seems like it has something like 30 or so chars. And I don't know how to feel about it, having too many people will certainly make some shine and some get into the shadows, it won't be easy to manage as well, I hope it's handled well. And as I've gotten already spoiled, seems like we'll miss some chars during the game as we have to make choices... It may make the game replay ability good but not being able to get everyone in a single game (I guess, for what was told me) isn't a good thing.

There is no point even trying to guess the difficulty right now, as it just begun, it's easy anyway.

The story just begun as well, so I dunno about it, it already started messing with time, something that I'm not that fond about, it usually feels cheap and too convenient to give things explanations, also fairly easy to get messed with, so let's see how it goes

So until now my impressions are really good, great about the graphics and the music, and a little doubtful about the story and the evolution of the chars and battles as well, but only time (not pun intended) will tell.



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Chrono Cross is a good game that gets too much hate, though I will agree that Chrono Trigger is better! Hope you enjoy it in any case.



                
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AZWification said:

Chrono Cross is a good game that gets too much hate, though I will agree that Chrono Trigger is better! Hope you enjoy it in any case.


I don't like Trigger near as much as most people, though.

It was a nice start, the game seems to have a great atmosphere, just hope it does keep the quality with the story/chars and battles.

And thank you.



AZWification said:

Chrono Cross is a good game that gets too much hate, though I will agree that Chrono Trigger is better! Hope you enjoy it in any case.


I think the Chrono part is what got the game hate. But if you take Chrono Cross as a standalone title, it is still up there with the much better RPGs. I think there was just too much expectation on it being much better than Chrono Trigger, which not many games are ever going to be able to pull off.



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The music is probably the one element that stands out the most to me in this game. It has a fantastic soundtrack, just like Chrono Trigger. But Cross has more orchestral music thanks to CD technology.

Surprised you didn't like the time traveling concept, or Chrono Trigger as much as most people.
What parts of CT did you feel had cheap or too convenient explanations due to time traveling?



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Hiku said:
The music is probably the one element that stands out the most to me in this game. It has a fantastic soundtrack, just like Chrono Trigger. But Cross has more orchestral music thanks to CD technology.


Chrono Trigger's soundtrack is very orchestral, made all the more impressive from the fact that it is being generated by a chip. You can clearly tell a lot of the instrumentation though. I think the only other 16 bit title to get such an orchestral sound was Super CastleVania IV.



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Chrono Cross doesn't include time travelling in it's storyline... it's all about parallel dimensions. The story is a bit of a mess but that's true in any other JRPG.

You only level up after bosses, and I think the only good thing it does is expanding the element chart. You don't even need to grind!

You get a lot of characters in the game btw and each one of them has 2 or 3 special skills. It's pretty cool actually but you can't get everyone in the first playthrough.



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MikeRox said:
Hiku said:
The music is probably the one element that stands out the most to me in this game. It has a fantastic soundtrack, just like Chrono Trigger. But Cross has more orchestral music thanks to CD technology.


Chrono Trigger's soundtrack is very orchestral, made all the more impressive from the fact that it is being generated by a chip. You can clearly tell a lot of the instrumentation though. I think the only other 16 bit title to get such an orchestral sound was Super CastleVania IV.

Yeah, It's a great soundtrack partially due to that. What I mean is that Chrono Cross is able to convey the sound in a better way, so they seemed to take more advantage of orchestral music in the game. So while the Main Theme of CT sounds very orchestral, the battle theme did not. But the battle theme does sound orchestral in CC. And they could do things like add vocals to orchestral music, which often compliment each other nicely. Like in the song Radical Dreamers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBE3c9X0BoA (BraLoD, you shouldn't listen to this song yet.)



Anfebious said:

Chrono Cross doesn't include time travelling in it's storyline...

Telling people what's not in a game can be a spoiler as well, as it changes your expectations of the story. In particular if it's something they may be expecting. I didn't mention this particular thing in my post because of that, just in case, even though he said that he didn't like the time traveling aspect.



Chrono Cross does get unfairly compared to Chrono Trigger quite often which in most cases will not end well but it's a good game! I hope you enjoy it like I did the first time, some odd 15 years ago!