Review: Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition - Destructoid

Zoey Handley: "And really, that’s all you need to know: it’s a PlayStation-era Square RPG. Can you still stand to play Final Fantasy IX and Parasite Eve? Then Chrono Cross is worth your time, and here’s an okay way to play it. Is that era too antiquated for you? Then this remaster has no chance of changing your mind. Regardless of what you think of the game or genre, it’s not a very loving or respectful port, and Chrono Cross deserves better."

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MadLad746d ago

A lackluster remaster of a good game is a lackluster remaster of a good game.
I'm seeing a lot of low reviews for this, and I feel it's warranted.

CrimsonWing69746d ago (Edited 746d ago )

That doesn’t make sense to me. The game is good and it has remastered features that improve quality of life. What, are we just scoring solely based on remaster features now?

Keep in mind this is still the game it was back then with new features that hopefully open it up to a new generation.

MadLad746d ago (Edited 746d ago )

Imagine playing a game in 2022, with fps dropping below 20 at times, with visuals just slightly better than a game from before the year 2000 and calling it a "remaster".

It makes sense to me, honestly.

VersusDMC745d ago

There are reports of frame rate issues during battle. Adding frame issues to a ps1 remaster is pissing in peoples faces. Especially since FF8 and 9 remasters run great.

Teflon02745d ago

Cruz, couldn't they just review the PlayStation version or PC version then... I hate the idea of playing the worse version and rating a game based on the worse version. That's like what happened to Yooka Laylee, The PS and PC versions worked better than the Xbox version by far and they played without the day one update, just for the sake of releasing the fastest review as opposed to making sure they can properly review a game. This is why I actually prefer DF reviews, they give you the info you need

CrimsonWing69746d ago (Edited 746d ago )

Ok so franerate dropping to below 20 makes this a 6/10?

Redesigned assets, new music, and a plethora of battle features to improve enjoyment doesn’t count for anything?


Again, the game is the same great game with remastered features and quality of life improvements. So, no, I definitely don’t agree that the low scores make sense.

Knightofelemia746d ago (Edited 746d ago )

I'll grab this but I still say throwing Chrono Trigger into this mix would have been a good idea.

ZeekQuattro745d ago

Saving my money and putting it towards Live A Live. I don't know what it is with Square and the Chrono property but they can't seem to do it right these days. They bungled the initial release of Chrono Trigger on steam and now this. Its like they don't care. This should of been slam dunk. Instead its another black eye.


Square Enix TGS 2023 Switch eShop sale - lowest prices ever for Chrono Cross, Romancing SaGa 3, more

Square Enix Switch sale for 2023 Tokyo Game Show includes lowest prices ever for Chrono Cross, Romancing SaGa 3, and more.

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Why Are So Many Remasters Sub-Par At Launch?

Remasters are fantastic, but they're also a little bit weird. They give us the chance to revisit some of our favourite games from our childhood, give new players the opportunity to share in our experiences, and sometimes they represent the first time a game is getting an international release. But why are they so inconsistent.

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blackblades398d ago (Edited 398d ago )

Lazyness money grabbing sums it up. Definetly when the game gets remastered for the 2nd time like symphonia. SR3 remaster they went in and touched it up more then a supposedly remaster would. Lately there been remakes insteadve remasters and Namco shouldve remade symphonia after tales of arise success insteadve a 2nd remaster. I'll be damn of they released a 3rd insteadve a remake. With the lasted they should had done a touch up like SR3 did and fix the issues amongst others problems or a remake like RE


Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition - Patch Notes March 2023

Square Enix: "We have released a patch that adjusts the game's balance and improves its performance. We hope this allows you to have an even better time playing Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition."

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Brazz399d ago

They fixed pip!! lol' better late than never!