Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is a remaster of the classic Chrono Cross game from the golden age of PlayStation and was named one of the best JRPGs at the time of its release. In particular, this remaster collection also includes an English translation of the extremely classic Radical Dreamers word role-playing game, first released for Super Famicom’s Satellaview peripheral and has never been exported outside of the country. water sunrise so far for many reasons.

Chrono Cross takes players to the character Serge and the journey to save the world with more than 40 playable characters through extremely wobbly choices. Not only that, the game also possesses an extremely attractive narrative, if not excellent writing even in this day and age. The world in the game has the same universe as Chrono Trigger, but this is not the version of the name mentioned above as many people mistakenly believe. You can completely experience the game independently and do not need to care about the plot of the game just mentioned.

The exploration experience in Chrono Cross takes place in real time, without the element of “random clash” like the JRPGs of the time. Instead, enemies run wild and the player can decide to attack or detour, avoiding unnecessary combat. The combat experience in the game is quite innovative when compared to modern JRPGs. It revolves around the fitness system that determines the number of actions the character can perform in each turn. Although the description is simple, it actually requires a very high level of strategy.

At the heart of the combat system in Chrono Cross is the contrasting attribute represented by color. Each character is assigned an attribute color and attack skills also have specific attributes. Not stopping there, the battle environment called Field Effect also has attributes. Every time an attack skill is used, the player or the enemy changes the aforementioned “effect field”, indirectly affecting the damage dealt to each other. Skill selection to alter the three Field Effect classes requires careful tactical calculation.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition game review

A reasonable tactic is to attack the enemy’s attribute weakness and turn the effect field into a certain attribute color. For example, using three red attribute skills in a row will turn the entire Field Effect red. Normally, the red skills deal great damage to the character with the blue attribute, but when the whole effect field changes to an engraved color, it deals even more damage to the opponent. Conversely, enemies can also take advantage of the effect field’s properties to cause nostalgia for certain characters in your party.

Notably, the characters’ attack skills are largely dependent on items that you collect during combat and exploration experience or buy from NPCs. Party characters only have a certain number of skills, and the above items are consumables and can only be used once, requiring you to store large quantities for combat experience. This design makes the battle in Chrono Cross very exciting and unpredictable. In particular, this is also a rare JRPG that allows players to run away from any battle, even when fighting a boss.

Despite being an excellent JRPG at the time of its initial release, Chrono Cross still has many minus points with the old ’90s design. If not the camera angle is not standard, it is also the animation of attack skills. heavy repetition. This can be a bit annoying when you know more than ½ of the gameplay is combat experience. The remaster work in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition also left the writer with a rather mixed feeling, not much has changed in terms of look, but only using the same filter as Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

Worth mentioning, the filter only applies to pre-built background scenes in the discovery experience, while the transition movies are upscaled with clearly poor quality. Also, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition also does not allow switching between the ‘New’ remaster graphics and the ‘Classic’ original like Diablo II: Resurrected. Instead, the player must exit the menu each time they want to change. You also can’t customize the type of beard he has on his chin, such as old graphics with new background music or vice versa like Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.

However, the biggest problem of Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is that the New graphics setting has unstable performance. The frame rate fluctuates wildly on all platforms, while the Classic graphics option has much better performance. This problem is more noticeable when playing on the Switch in dock mode, but other systems also have the same situation. On the other hand, the game has three display options, Normal, Full, Zoomed and all force the player to exit the menu to change. Each setup has its own problems.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition game review

Specifically, Normal displays a 4:3 frame like the original experience on the old classic PlayStation, with two black frames taking up more than 1/3 of the screen. Full then pulls the image close to the edges of the screen, it looks very bad because it is not the correct ratio of the original image. Zoomed is similar, but instead of all four edges, just drag the image along the top and bottom edges. Not only that, even if you choose the Classic setting, the game experience is not original but has many adjustments compared to the original game. It’s not only in the details of some characters’ renderings, but also a lot of dialogue.

Worth mentioning, the above adjustment loses the dialects of characters from many different races in the game experience. What makes the writer feel frustrated is that the developer edits unnecessary details but takes a lot of effort and meticulousness, instead of focusing human resources to solve the more important problem than the performance of the user. Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition when setting New graphics. Even after 2 months of release as of the time of writing, the game still has no new updates to fix performance issues.

Similar to other remaster games, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition also comes with a few automatic and “cheat” features, making the combat experience so easy that players can win without even touching. Even so, the combat experience still requires high tactics, unless you have plenty of time to sit and wait. In particular, the feature to increase and decrease the game speed, which was only unlocked through New Game+ in the original game, is also available from the beginning. These two features are extremely useful in certain puzzle situations and playing mini-games.

In contrast to Chrono Cross, the game Radical Dreamers has not changed much with the New setting other than the font is easier to read. This game has the main characters Serge, Kid, and Magil infiltrating the Lynx mansion to steal the Frozen Flame. The experience is quite similar to a role-playing game, except that instead of interactive exploration and direct combat, players use text options for both of the aforementioned elements. Depending on the player’s decisions, events change, leading to different circumstances and results or consequences.

In fact, Radical Dreamers is a very different game experience from Chrono Cross. The script isn’t great either. This was inevitable when the game was first released in 1996, while the “visual novel” genre has had a very long development over the past 25 years. Not to mention, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition also has no adjustments for this game in terms of looks. The illustrations for the game experience only stop at a slight upscale, in many cases leaving the image quality both blurry and difficult to distinguish the details.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition game review

After all, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition offers a 2-in-1 experience that is quite interesting in terms of nostalgia, but this is also a small minus point because of unnecessary tweaks and loss of originality of the game. original game. However, this is still an extremely worthy name to consider whether you are a new or long-time player of the original game. In fact, if it’s not for the fascinating storyline and gameplay, it’s also thanks to the true soundtracks of the game’s musical masterpiece.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is available now for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION
CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION

Developer:
Square Enix, D4Enterprise Co.,Ltd.

Price:
$19.99

CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION
CHRONO CROSS: THE RADICAL DREAMERS EDITION

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