Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Review
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers box art
System: 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: Dec. 26, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The controls also contribute to the game's combat issues. The game goes to great length to use the Wii's motion controls, and the main control mechanic involves using the Wii's IR pointer as an on-screen cursor. A swing of the Wii-mote will then send whatever the cursor has selected flying into the air, or rolling around, based on the way in which the Wii-mote is swung. Unfortunately, this mechanic is not very satisfying, and when you are trying to use the crystal powers cursor to navigate through puzzle-like dungeons, the experience can be frustrating.

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However, even though the control and battle mechanics don't live up to the Final Fantasy standard, the technical aspects of the game certainly do. The soundtrack is particularly impressive, with a widely varied soundtrack that includes Western-style themes as well as more traditional orchestral fare. The voiceover is a little less impressive than the soundtrack, but the game definitely gets points for having a full English dub, rather than silence and subtitles.

The visuals here, while not on par with the best that I've ever seen on the Wii, are certainly serviceable. The pre-rendered cutscenes feature sharp animation, and the game's engine does a great job of rendering large and detailed objects. There is also virtually no load time when traveling between areas in the game's world (sometimes there will be a second or two of lag) which is very impressive. My only complaints about the visuals involve some tearing and pop-in which occur when there is a little too much on screen. Still, considering the Wii's graphical limitations, this is a good looking game overall.

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As the Crystal Chronicles spin-off series grows, I am starting to get the impression that Square Enix is using the series as a testing ground for features that may be implemented in future games. They experimented with multiplayer in the first game, console cross-compatibility in Echoes of Time, and with Crystal Bearers, a single character story and a focus on exploration rather than combat. While the story portion of the game works very well, the shift to an action-adventure style of gameplay rather than traditional RPG feels a little weird. It wouldn't be so bad if the combat was at least more satisfying than just waving the Wii-mote around to push things into one another. As it is, The Crystal Bearers has a lot of things going for it - it's just too bad the combat isn't one of them.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
The game looks good, and the expansive world renders very quickly. However, occasional pop-in and seaming mar the view.
2.9
Control
Running around with the Nunchuk is easy enough, but using the Wii-mote as a cursor to point and click your way through magic attacks feels awkward and is not precise enough.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is great, and voiceover is satisfactory.
3.3

Play Value
Play this game for the story and you'll be happy. Play it for the combat and you'll be sorely disappointed.

3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Enjoy a new chapter of the series that takes place a thousand years after the events of the original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, where technology has advanced to its peak and magic is considered taboo.
  • Encounter the first Final Fantasy vgame developed exclusively for Wii, complete with motion-driven gameplay and intuitive controls accessible for gamers of all levels. Enjoy a variety of actions including flying and third-person shooter style gameplay.
  • Step into the hero's shoes and experience the action first-hand! Control Layle's crystal bearer powers to battle adversaries, navigate through obstacles, and move objects at will in a highly interactive environment.


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