Summary: The reviews for Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers

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Apart from LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagaanother big release this week is Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.

In case you didn’t know, it’s a remaster of the 1999 PlayStation JRPG. More and more reviews of the game are popping up online now, so we’ve rounded up a few of them.

Of course be sure to check out our own review, we said it was a ‘fair haven’ giving it six stars out of ten.


Siliconera praised the game and awarded 10/10:

“CHRONO CROSS is an RPG that transcends time and space, unfolding across two interconnected parallel worlds. With over 40 party members to meet, people and dimensions will intertwine in this epic drama about the planet itself. Chrono Cross has always been a must-have JRPG, and this remaster of The Radical Dreamers Edition makes it even more important.”

Destructoid said it was “okay” and gave it a six out of ten:

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

RPG site gave it 7/10:

“Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is a beautiful remaster marred by an unoptimized switch port. While it could be argued that they could have gone further in some places, such as giving players the ability to further customize which parts of the experience they wanted to be presented with old or new graphics, it feels good, that one of my favorite JRPGs from the PS1 era has received so much love. I wholeheartedly adore both games in this collection and am glad they are more accessible than I hope the Switch version can be an easier recommendation going forward, especially since the only way to physically own them is on this platform seems.”

Our friends at Push Square gave the PlayStation version a 4 out of 10 rating:

“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 terribly bad remaster. Crippled by frame-rate issues, it’s hard to believe a 1999 title could perform so poorly on modern hardware. Unless you’re desperate for nostalgia, we strongly recommend waiting to see if Square Enix releases a patch for the Enhance Pack on PS4 and PS5 before purchasing.”

Wccftech gave 4.5/10:

The crippling frame rates, which consistently stay at 15-20 FPS in fights, are only made worse by giving players the ability to slow down and fast forward gameplay without having to exit the game first. In a different time, in a different place, perhaps Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition would be more critically revered this second time around, but I can hardly find any reason to recommend this particular bundle over the PlayStation 1 release, which is based solely on the core game based.

And Nintendo gave him 8.5/10:

“Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is the perfect way to enjoy a classic game loved by the JRPG community. Working through its story and entertaining mechanics is as engaging and entertaining as it was then. It also looks really good thanks to this remake.”

Will you be giving this game a try on the Nintendo Switch when it releases later this week? Tell us in the comments.

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