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With rumors that a Chrono Cross version was in the pipeline, Square Enix finally announced Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition during the Nintendo Direct. But rather than being remade, it’s actually a modified version that brings a touch of modernity to the PS1 moniker. What allows a new audience to discover this masterpiece in good conditions?

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  • The Adventures of Serge (No Legend, No)
  • More comfortable gaming experience
  • Remastered is lazy in some ways

In the history of Square Enix, the PlayStation 1 was a very important console, especially on the Squaresoft side. By deciding to halt game development at Nintendo with the arrival of 32-bit devices, the Japanese publisher has harnessed the power of PS1 to produce several titles that are now considered cult: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Tactics, Xenogears, Parasite Eve, Vagrant Story… Given Aura All of these titles, we can obviously talk about Squaresoft’s golden age.

Among this deluge of classics, We find a certain Chrono Cross, released in 1999, that takes place in the same universe as the Chrono Trigger, which is another cult title from the publisher. By name and paternity, it is clear that time plays a major role in the adventure. While the game received a warm critical and commercial reception in North America and Japan with 1.5 million copies, Chrono Cross never got its hands on in Europe, much to the chagrin of French J.RPG fans. With The Radical Dreamers Edition, it’s finally time to correct this mistake.

The Adventures of Serge (No Legend, No)

Chrono Cross tells the story of Serge, a teenager who lives in a quiet small fishing village. While looking out at the horizon on the beach with his childhood friend Lina, he suddenly finds himself engrossed in a strange phenomenon before it opens. corn When he wakes up in the same place, no one in his village seems to recognize him, and even worse: in the new world where he landed, Serge died ten years ago.. To try to understand what happened to him, our hero will go on an adventure and explore this dimension that is identical to him in all respects. During the plot, the player is brought to meet a large number of characters who share reflections on the passage of time and on the impact remaining on the world after his death.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

Once the first hours are over, you’ll get the ability to cycle between these parallel worlds, a feature that soon becomes essential to progression. In fact, sometimes you will need an object that is only available in one dimension to open a position in the other. Since then, the player is more free to explore the game world as he pleases.. Great freedom of choice is also felt at the scenario level since the title offers more than ten different endings, as well as about forty characters that can be recruited throughout the adventure. This leaves plenty of room for maneuvering for the player to enjoy the experience he sees fit.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

But the clashes Chrono Cross remains the traditional RPG like Square it was doing at the time, but with special mechanics. Each character has seven stamina points at the start of their turn to perform combat attacks or symbolic spells. The “attack” command allows you to perform three types of strikes that consume between one and three Stamina points depending on their strength. If the first attack causes little damage, it has a high rate of hitting its target, unlike the third which is very effective but can easily miss. However, the more you can hit your opponent, the more accurate your shots will be. Most of the time, we’re happy to start with a weak attack and then continue with increasingly strong attacks to make sure we hit. Finally, the magic system is quite special as there are no MPs (magic points) and spells can only be cast once per fight. Instead, items, the name given to skills, must be equipped for each character based on the size of their network which grows as their level increases.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for? Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

More comfortable gaming experience

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

To rediscover this adventure in good conditions, Radical Dreamers Edition has plenty of convenience options for new and veteran players alike. Of course, the graphics are the aspect that has been the subject of the most attention by the developers. Thus we can better appreciate the brilliant colorful backgrounds of the title in pastel rendering thanks to the anti-aliasing that has been done making it clearer than ever. What is so impressive about this unique artistic direction and especially with its colorful aspect which plays a major role in the appreciation of the game. If this version allows to take advantage of the new artwork of the characters, it will be nostalgic to know that it is possible to find the original graphics from the main menu. Additionally, the music, another great feature of the original experience, has been reworked for an excellent score that does justice to Yasunori Mitsuda’s compositions.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

hand playing, We find most of the features found in other emoticons of Square EnixFinal Fantasy VIII Remastered for example. If it was already possible to speed up or slow down the game in the original version thanks to an object in New Game +, the latter is now available from the beginning of the adventure. Then, players can decide at any time to deactivate random battles, enhance their characters, or even attack automatically. All of these options allow you to adapt the way you play to your liking, by facilitating matches if you need to level up your team or by avoiding all matches if you want to be faster.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

Among all these additions, we can regret that this editor does not allow you to make quick saves, especially when the save points are very far from each other. finally, The great novelty of The Radical Dreamers Edition is above all the content integration Radical Dreamers – Forbidden Treasure –And the An exclusive visual novel for Japan released in 1996, it is only available on Satellaview. Initially, this scripted story was intended to add new elements to the Chrono Trigger plot, but was eventually chosen to serve as the basis for Chrono Cross.

Remastered is lazy in some ways

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

Radical Dreamers Edition lets you discover Chrono Cross in more comfortable conditions thanks to precise graphics and accessibility options that modernize the experience. However, in some aspects, this adapter could have gone further and corrected some of the issues with the original game. Among the biggest criticisms that could be made of the re-release, it’s clear that the frame rate should have been the subject of special attention.. If bubbles are always displayed at a frequency of 60 i / s, the same cannot be said for battle events or even just exploration stages, as well as on the Nintendo Switch, in hand or in dock mode, as on PS4 Pro and even PS5. Oftentimes, the title undergoes brutal slowdowns during clashes depending on camera angles, especially when facing a large number of enemies or a boss. Of course, the rendering is very fluid for closer shots, but as soon as you turn away to get a better view of the battlefield, the frame rate drops suddenly. While updating the graphics, we were right to expect a frame rate correction as well. It is hoped that updates will come to improve this aspect in the future.

Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition: The revamped version that fans of this cult game have been waiting for?

If the goal of this re-release is to introduce Chrono Cross to a new audience, other elements can be added to better support players. It must be remembered that we are dealing with a role-playing game from the end of the PlayStation 1, which means a certain rhythm and a certain working environment that does not necessarily correspond to our current standards. In this case, we wanted this editor not to include a tutorial on the combat system, especially since the latter, as mentioned above, is quite unique. Admittedly this is a game from 1999 and it’s very easy to find guides on the internet, except that it’s not necessarily in French and that anyway, it’s for the purpose of explaining its own rules, not even for a player to find this basic information.

Conclusion

strength point

  • The PlayStation 1 cult game is finally available in Europe
  • Smooth graphics respecting the unique DA
  • Possibility to alternate between new and original visuals
  • New gaming convenience options
  • The redesigned soundtrack is still iconic
  • Radical Dreamers bonus content

Weak points

  • Zigzag frame rate, same as on PlayStation 1
  • There is no tutorial to explain the combat system
  • Menus with perfect ergonomics

If Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition allowed a new audience to discover the PS1 game in good conditions, the latter could have been better. On the other hand, this editor benefits from updated graphics and improved soundtrack but also new access options and exclusive content that makes it interesting for both beginners and those who already know the title. But on the other hand, between the lack of a tutorial, a perfect menu ergonomics, but above all the frame rate is still unstable, this updated update could have given a better view. It remains to be seen if the patches will correct some of their concerns in the future to make the experience more enjoyable.

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