The Chrono Cross Information Page
Here's where fans of all shapes and sizes
can learn more about the awesome Squaresoft RPG,
--this section is basically Spoiler Free--
Chrono Cross is the sequel to the Super Nintendo and Super Famicom RPG, Chrono Trigger. The events in Chrono Cross take place 20 years after the close of Chrono Trigger, and there are many storyline crossovers between the two. It is not necessary to have played Chrono Trigger to enjoy the
sequel, though, so don't worry.
The dream our planet once had
Defeated the darkness and brought forth a brighter future.
However, this was also
the dawn of a new nightmare...
The final battle between dragons, humans, and FATE
That will surpass
even space and time is about to begin...
Our planet's dream has not
From Peaceful to Psychotic…
Serge, the story’s main protagonist, is an
energetic young man who has grown up happily in the simple Oceanside
village of Arni. It’s a peaceful hippy town near
coral beaches and exotic tropical forests. It’s also home to a
wizened village chief, a bunch of wacky shanty houses, and
Serge’s mom and semi-girlfriend
Leena. Things are going very well for
Serge. He’s well-liked by the town and the only
really bad thing that’s ever happened occurred way back when he was
a kid—he was attacked by a jungle panther and barely survived. With
that behind him, and now a healthy teen, he spends lazy days with
Leena on the pier. Eventually, Leena asks him to
bring her some of those trendy Komodo dragons scales so she can turn
them into jewelry and he sets off on a simple first quest…
…Little does Serge know that this is the
beginning of the end of his peaceful, ordinary life. As he meets
with Leena on the beach and gives her the scales, something bizarre
happens. The warm coastal ebb, the sea breeze, the rainbow of
coral—everything blends into a stunning CG flashback. A black
panther… the jungle… an explosion… and a deadly tidal wave wash over
him; in his mind…
And suddenly, everything is still. He awakens on the beach.
Leena’s gone and he’s not sure if the wave and
explosion were real or imagined. An old man approaches him from
nearby and asks who he is… An old man who’s a fellow villager and
who should know very well who Serge is. It’s as if
Serge has become a stranger (and even stranger
still are the events that unfold next)….
The storyline itself, no matter which path you end up taking,
concerns several philosophical themes. It asks you, as the player,
to re-evaluate time and space itslef. What IS the real world? What
IF you made a different decision? Is there on special person for
each human on the planet? Serge must face two versions of the
present and past, and through all of it, one thing remains
constant--Kidd. Kidd existed before and after, and she will always
be looking for you... and the result is a game with multiple endings
and a deep storyline.
Chrono Trigger was so intriguing because instead
of jumping on your airship and toodling around a fantasy planet, you
were able to go back and forward in time to different points in the
planet’s history. You experienced how the world’s physical and
social elements changed, and it was pretty damned cool.
Chrono Cross, however, is even better. Instead of
going through time, there are two parallel worlds, lying atop one
another as if they were sheets of cellophane. The worlds are almost
identical, but slightly different things have happened in each of
them. In one, a man might have married a woman and had a family and
lived an ordinary life. In the other, one thing in his life changed
and he ended up a wandering adventurer. There are two versions of
everyone, each living either totally similar lives, or completely
different! Another unsettling and totally cool thing is the fact
that the maps are identical—but slight things are different within
the towns and dungeons and ruins. In Serge’s home
world, The Mansion lies in rubble because the Four
Divas were killed. In "Another" world, the Mansion is huge
and thriving and the Divas are still alive. Most alarming of all,
Serge is DEAD in Another World, having drowned when
he was a little boy… How’s that for meeting your other self?
Since the game itself is built on many layers, and depending on
who you talk to will depend on which versioin of the adventure you
experience, I’ll just lay out some important plot points that are
fascinating and ultra cool. This section may also help you
understand some of the more confusing things that happen. Since I’ve
played the game through well over 4 times now, I’m pretty confident
that my facts are straight. If I’ve left anything out, please email
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