A great game that craps in the hearts of Chrono Trigger fans.
Let me just say right now that, in terms of gameplay and presentation, Chrono Cross is absolutely amazing.
Great gameplay with novel concepts, graphics that push the Playstation to its limit, and an absolutely incredible
soundtrack. (Seriously, this game's soundtrack is just as good, if not better
than Chrono Trigger's. Given that Chrono Trigger is often said to have one of the best video game soundtracks ever,
that is saying something.
And then there's the story... Hoo boy, where do we even begin?
First off, the game's storyline is convoluted enough to make the entire Kingdom Hearts series envious. You're caught in a mess involving parallel timelines, an ancient artifact called the Frozen Flame, a villain name Lynx who you swap bodies with, an advanced, time-displaced society called Chronopolis, the powerful supercomputer FATE, the Dragon God, Schala merging with Lavos to become the Time Devourer and oh my God I've gone cross-eyed.
The biggest problem with the story, however, is not in its ludicrous complexity. The problem is that it goes out of its way to slap fans of Chrono Trigger in the face. The latter parts of the game emphasize that everything
bad that's happened happened because the characters of Chrono Trigger defeated Lavos. Chrono Trigger's story was a story of hope, about the characters openly defying the end of the world, and taking fate into their own hands. It was a story about how you shouldn't be afraid to create a better future, even if it means challenging a seemingly unavoidable destiny.
But no, instead we get Chrono Chross telling us that everything that the characters of Chrono Trigger did was wrong.
And then we see the game brutally destroy every single one of the characters we'd grown to love in Chrono Trigger. The kingdom of Guardia has fallen, and Crono and Marle are presumed dead. Lucca is killed by the main villain of the game, Lynx. This is despite the fact that they killed a monster capable of single-handedly ending the world
, and yet they somehow
couldn't defend themselves. And then there's Robo, who dies only moments
after he's re-introduced.
The only consolation is that the events of the game are erased from history in the end, but we don't get to see what the consequences of that are.