Someone Tell This Guy How Good Chrono Cross Is

In today's Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter SecretMoblin openly admits to never having played the PlayStation classic Chrono Cross, and wonders if it's even worth playing. It's education time!

So I know I'm really, really late to the party on this one, but I just started Chrono Cross yesterday having never played it when it first came out.

Chrono Trigger is my absolute favorite RPG ever for all time (I mean it), and after playing the English translation of Radical Dreamers I just didn't want to be disappointed with Chrono Cross. Fan reaction to the game tends to vary wildly, with some considering it heresy and others thinking it's a brilliant sequel. I know the story is supposedly only tenuously related to Trigger. After ~20 minutes, I'm still not entirely used to the battle system. The music and the graphics, however, are gorgeous.

So, have any of you actually played through it? Did I set myself up to be disappointed? Is there a hidden ATB system? Is that why enemies attack a character before I've used up all of their stamina? Is there any way to increase the size of the element grid, or is that unique to every character?

The game isn't available on PSN and nothing I've seen suggests it will be available any time soon. It was cheap ($5!!), in near-new condition, and so I said "meh, ok" and got the game.

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