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Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

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Total Reviews: 44
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Critics Consensus: Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers is not without its issues, and this remaster leaves a lot to be desired, but updated visuals elevate the entire experience.
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Critic Reviews: 44
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# Reviews: 44

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers is not without its issues, and this remaster leaves a lot to be desired, but updated visuals elevate the entire experience.

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Edwin Evans-Thirlwell (Eurogamer)

Cross often feels like a visitor from a parallel dimension itself – sequel to an acclaimed RPG that’s in practice more of a companion piece, reminiscent of the PS1 Final Fantasies but a very different beast on the battlefield. It’s an engrossing epic, mixing sadness, whimsy and a touch of cosmic dread without, somehow, disintegrating into farce, and if the battle system can be a touch infuriating, coming to terms with it is part of the adventure. The remaster isn’t a dazzling effort, but the game’s revival in any form is something to celebrate.

April 5, 2022 |

Parts of Chrono Cross really haven’t aged well, but it’s still a charming, characterful JRPG that evokes feelings of the genre’s golden age on PS1. It’s a game that deserves better than The Radical Dreamers Edition, which, at least at launch, is a dreadfully poor remaster.

April 5, 2022 |
4/10
Robert Ramsey (Push Square)
7/10
Jason Faulkner (PlayStation LifeStyle)

Since there’s no way to get Chrono Cross legally on any platform introduced in the last decade other than The Radical Dreamers Edition, you’ve just got to deal with it. I played it on PS5, and I imagine it’s a similar experience on PS4 and PS4 Pro. However, as much as I love PlayStation, I would buy it for PC. We’ll likely see mods on that platform that will fix the issues with the backgrounds and FMVs. I really hope the poor quality of this remake isn’t indicative of what we can expect from Square Enix in the future.

April 5, 2022 |

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell (Eurogamer)

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Cross often feels like a visitor from a parallel dimension itself – sequel to an acclaimed RPG that’s in practice more of a companion piece, reminiscent of the PS1 Final Fantasies but a very different beast on the battlefield. It’s an engrossing epic, mixing sadness, whimsy and a touch of cosmic dread without, somehow, disintegrating into farce, and if the battle system can be a touch infuriating, coming to terms with it is part of the adventure. The remaster isn’t a dazzling effort, but the game’s revival in any form is something to celebrate.

Robert Ramsey (Push Square)

4/10 - (Read Review)

Parts of Chrono Cross really haven’t aged well, but it’s still a charming, characterful JRPG that evokes feelings of the genre’s golden age on PS1. It’s a game that deserves better than The Radical Dreamers Edition, which, at least at launch, is a dreadfully poor remaster.

Jason Faulkner (PlayStation LifeStyle)

7/10 - (Read Review)

Since there’s no way to get Chrono Cross legally on any platform introduced in the last decade other than The Radical Dreamers Edition, you’ve just got to deal with it. I played it on PS5, and I imagine it’s a similar experience on PS4 and PS4 Pro. However, as much as I love PlayStation, I would buy it for PC. We’ll likely see mods on that platform that will fix the issues with the backgrounds and FMVs. I really hope the poor quality of this remake isn’t indicative of what we can expect from Square Enix in the future.

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Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is a remaster of Chrono Cross which includes Radical Dreamers, which was previously only released for the Satellaview in Japan.

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