I was no big fan of the original Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube, as it became a basic hack-n-slash with a jar to escort and a ludicrous multi-player setup. However, it looks like Diablo 2 compared to it's sequel. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is another basic hack-n-slasher with a famous name brand. You character can jump, slash and cast spells. Over time, you can buy new equipment or make some. If you want cohorts, you can have them. The thing that really sinks this game is the screen. For some reason, the developers decides to show the play area in a box, next to another box for your stats. Around all of this is empty space on your TV screen. Basically, they took the DS game, put the screens side-by-side and released it on the Wii. Apparently they couldn't be bothered to calibrate it for a system, so I could see what I'm playing. Not that there's much to look at. The graphics and sound feel like they were ripped from the DS as well. Most of the dialogue is done in text blocks, which you can barely read anyway. Even though half the screen is used up by your stats, finding important information (like which armor and weapons work best) seem to be nowhere in sight. Just figuring out what's going on or what you're supposed to do next is a chore. So what works? You can jump, slash and cast spells effectively. Then again, almost every game gets that part right. Since this was on the same level as Baroque and I played this less, I have to give it the same score. And as a personal note to Square Enix: please stop making Crystal Chronicle games!
I've played FF games mostly on my DS; this was the first time trying one on my recently purchased Wii.
Beautiful graphics and music (as always); interesting story
Two screen format. There are always two screens up, one with your location, and the other with stats and such. You can change the size of the selected screen some, but there are always two screens side by side. I studied the manual to see if this could be changed, but that's how the game is set up. i have an average-sized tv (not hd or anything special), and the two screens are just too small distracting and annoying to enjoy the game fully. This is my first RPG game to play on the Wii; i hope this isn't the norm! two screens on the ds is different than two screens jammed beside each other on one tv display.
oh well, this is why i like gamefly so much; i didn't have to blow 40 bucks to find this out, lol.
I'm a huge fan of the Final Fantasy Chronicles and was a little upset when I played this game. The graphics were quite rigid and I felt trapped in each area like I couldn't move on. The dialogue and plot were sensible to the game but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up stop playing about 3 hours into it and mailed it back. If you can endure this game I truly give you kudos because I wasn't woMAN enough to do it. ;)