Review by outbreakorn
"Square's new game is actually two old ones"
Final Fantasy Chronicles is another one of Square's repackaging of old RPGs from the Super Nintendo, and port them to the Playstation. FFC consist of Final Fantasy IV (hardtype) and Chrono Trigger. I played CT before, but this was my first time with FF4.
Final Fantasy 4 is one of the pioneering RPGs of its time. It was innovating, and had a great story. It's a classic Final Fantasy RPG. You level up by gaining experience points from enemies you defeat along the way of your epic journey. A party can consist up to five characters, and all have different strength and weakness. Final Fantasy 4 is the hardtype version. Way back when Final Fantasy 2 came out (FF4 in Japan, it was the second FF to come to US soil, so they called it FF2) they dumbed it down, taking out key elements of the story, and making the game easier for us Americans. Well they restored the original story, and fixed the translation in the game. (Yes You Spoony Bard stays)
Chrono Trigger is one of the best RPG of all time. You level up using exp. points, and learn new tech skill by tech points; both are gained from winning battles with enemies. You're in a party of three, and all characters are different in their own way. It's a standard RPG format. Great story and a unique time traveling system help set this apart from other standard RPG.
The graphics for Final fantasy 4 is pretty standard. While being decent for 10 years ago, they show the age on the Playstation. Chrono Trigger on the other hand has excellent graphics, and are good as some 1st generation PSX titles.
Both games have both excellent sound effects and music. Square has always excelled at its sound, and recently its CGs. We come to expect nothing less from Square, and they don't disappoint.
The Final Fantasy in the title alone tells you that the story is going to be good. The story for FF4 goes like this: Cecil, a Dark Knight, has been debunked from commander of the Red Wings, and has been sent on an evil mission. Right away the story gets good and enticing.
In Chrono Trigger, a young boy, Crono, is at the millennium fair, and meets a hottie named Marle. Marle hangs out with Crono until she disappears into thin air. Crono and Lucca, Crono's friend, then go after her, and that's where the story starts.
Final Fantasy 4 has little replay value since you can do everything on your first trip through. Chrono Trigger has multiple endings, and a load of different things to, so you probably want to play again. You also get to continue with the same game in New Game+.
If you liked any Final Fantasy, or Chrono Cross, and/or like traditional RPG's this game is for you. If you played both of these games before, than it's not really necessary to shell out $40 for this game.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 07/15/01, Updated 07/15/01
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