Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Review
Wii | DS
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time box art
System: DS, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Square Enix 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Square Enix 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Mar. 24, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1; 2-4 online 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

These multiplayer sessions can include going into dungeons with up to three friends online, or playing a number of mini-game side quests. These side quests can involve everything from setting certain enemies on fire with magic to playing “hot potato” with a bomb. Or, if you’re feeling extra competitive, you can challenge your friends to combat-based challenges. Although most of these side quests are designed to take advantage of the aforementioned multiplayer capabilities, some of them can also be played solo, if you don’t want to play online. No matter how you decide to play, these side quests are a great diversion from the main dungeon-crawling gameplay and are a great alternative to grinding if you are trying to level up your character.

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Visuals in this title hit about average, with 3-D characters and environments sporting a good amount of detail. Although I was a little disappointed that some of the environments as well as the cutscenes lacked the polish that was presented in last year’s Ring of Fates. However, this is probably due to compatibility issues with the Wii, so I can understand where the downgrade comes from. Still, the look of the game keeps the cutesy style of the previous games, which is certainly nice for longtime fans.

The music in Echoes of Time is very nice and sounds a lot like the music in other Crystal Chronicles games. The voiceover in Echoes of Time is also fairly good, although it is relegated to cinema scenes, which are very sparse in this title. Still, this title follows Square Enix’s trend of providing gamers with a great soundtrack, and Echoes of Time is definitely a title worth turning the sound up for.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is a great DS game. It follows in the tradition started by its predecessors, and the multiplayer mode in Echoes of Time is definitely what sells it. With plenty of dungeons and quests that you can explore, this is a title that Final Fantasy fans will appreciate spending time with. Although it is also available on the Wii, the DS version feels very familiar for seasoned veterans of the Crystal Chronicles series, and I subscribe to the philosophy “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Not as polished as 2007’s Ring of Fates, but the look of the series remains intact and character models are very cute.
3.9
Control
Although it will take awhile for those unfamiliar with the series to master the touch and button controls on the DS, veterans will feel right at home.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voiceover is sparse but of good quality. Music is exceptional and the score recalls previous Final Fantasy games.
3.9

Play Value
There are plenty of dungeons and side quests here to keep you busy, and playing mini-game style quests with friends adds a good amount of replay value.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play anytime, anywhere, with anyone! Multiplayer connectivity reaches new heights in FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Echoes of Time, where players can team up or compete with friends and players around the world.
  • The intuitive control scheme introduced in FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates returns.
  • Players can switch between single and multiplayer modes at any time while playing, enjoying two great gaming options in one integrated experience.
  • A personalized hero can be generated from a choice of the four familiar races of the series; Clavats, Lilties, Selkies or Yukes.
  • Create and customize materials, armor, and equipment for characters with tailored appearances and abilities — no two heroes will be the same!
  • Players can continue to enjoy the game even after completing the main adventure, as the New Game+ feature provides increased difficulty and better items with every new round.
  • A vast selection of quests delivers hours of fun!


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