Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition has been out for a week now, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot. Some have complained about the framerate issues, which were there in the original game (though a Digital Foundry inspection found the “new” version to be slightly worse at it). Though not without flaws, the game is Square at its creative peak: a wholly beautiful and engrossing world, memorable characters and hard-hitting twists that make it impossible to put the controller down. Then there’s the soundtrack, which has never been bested by anyone.
Square’s controversial classic is finally back from the past! Chrono Cross, which originally released in Japan in 1999 for the original Playstation, has been cleaned up and restored for modern-day gamers. If you missed it the first time, don’t make the same mistake twice!
Late last year, it leaked out that Square Enix was working on a remastered version of the Playstation 1 classic Chrono Cross. It being December, the only possible venue to make such an announcement that month was the Game Awards, and we wasted our time with that entire mess waiting for the official reveal — and got nothing. We wanted to kick Jeff’s arse so hard, he’d kiss the moons! (We did it anyway, but for an unrelated reason.)
VGC.com reports they’ve received multiple confirmations that Square Enix has been working on a remastered edition of the Playstation classic Chrono Cross, and will be offering it digitally for consoles and PC very soon…as soon as next month, possibly.
As I’ve said every previous time Square’s PS1 RPG Chrono Cross has been brought up, this game has the best soundtrack of any video game ever made. I’m not alone in that sentiment either. So when Wayo Records announced they were thinking about producing a 20th anniversary album of piano covers — but only if it could receive proper Kickstarter funding — the masses responded with a bullhorn.
Chrono Cross (which is celebrating its 20th birthday in Japan) has the greatest musical score of any video game that exists or will ever exist, and if you disagree you are wrong. It’s one thing to cover a popular game, but another entirely to base an album on the Chrono Cross soundtrack. How can you improve on perfection?
Say what you will about Chrono Cross, it’s still one of the finest games the original Playstation ever produced, even if it’s not a satisfying Chrono Trigger sequel. And it’s almost ((deep inhale gasp)) two decades old. Which likely makes you even older.
The musical scores for Chrono Trigger and its pseudo-sequel Chrono Cross happen to be the greatest video game soundtracks of all time. If you doubt it or you’ve somehow never heard them, they’re always on YouTube so you can play and judge for yourself. But there’s little room for debate in my book. They sound…..so…..good.
Chrono Trigger just arrived on the PSN and it seems like a bevy of other fantastic RPGs are also on their way for Square Enix’s Winter of RPGs.(more…)