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  • CrossCode - think Chrono Trigger on meth

    Well, the forum upgrades ate the top half of this review, but i just wanted to reiterate how flawed a masterpiece i consider this game to be. It's a total chaotic mess, IMO, but it's also a lot of fun and not quite like anything else i've played. Highly recommended.



    (EDIT: i changed the video as the game's official trailer makes it looks like it's hectic combat 24/7. Sure, combat is pretty hectic, but it's not combat 24/7.)

    Melee combat is pretty fun, though at the same time pretty disorganised. I’m not the biggest fan of the ranged combat however, and the control style. I do like that diving into the quick-menu to use items or buffs pauses the game though, it takes the pressure right off. The game also seems to have weird difficultly spikes. From four easy steps in a quest to a fifth completely impossible one at current stats, for example. There are difficulty sliders, but they don't always seem to help. These are hard walls, but you have to grind up against them to make sure.

    Everything seems to level out a bit, or just level up, in time though. I’ve found myself sticking with it, coming back for more, and there’s definitely a lot of good points about the game. Those can be seen in the video; in that regard the game does what it says on the tin

    The one burr that tickles my craw is the control system, and the fact you cannot rebind your controller. The game needs twin sticks , which I personally hate, and a d-pad all at the same time. Or a mouse and keyboard, which I also hate for indie games. I play while chilling in front of the TV, using an arcade stick, and now I have to have a wireless mouse handy for ranged combat - switching between melee and aiming is a bit frustrating. You can rebind the keyboard controls, but that’s no help to me. If anyone knows how to hide a controller's inputs from a particular program, please let me know.

    There’s a free demo if you want to give the game a go - http://www.cross-code.com/en/home
    Last edited by buttersoft; 3 June 2020, 02:13 PM.

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    Bump - updated the video because the official trailer for the game is absurd.

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    • #3
      I never finished Chrono Trigger. I'll add this one to the list too
      Thanks for sharing.

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      • #4
        Hahaha, the forum update ate the first half of the review. Probably not worth restoring it, the video can speak for itself.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by buttersoft View Post
          Hahaha, the forum update ate the first half of the review. Probably not worth restoring it, the video can speak for itself.
          I can't find it on the test forum.

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          • #6
            Arcade King - Nope, I think it's newer than the test forum capture. Might have happened when you ported things for real? I can't recall seeing any of these posts intact on the new forum as it is now, and then being corrupted during small add-ons or updates or whatever.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by buttersoft View Post
              Arcade King - Nope, I think it's newer than the test forum capture. Might have happened when you ported things for real? I can't recall seeing any of these posts intact on the new forum as it is now, and then being corrupted during small add-ons or updates or whatever.
              Nope I found the issue, you'll notice the missing text is back in your first post. 100% my fault.
              I changed the language character set to UTF-8 from ISO-8859-1 while I was looking at another matter not long after the upgrade. In the description text it says the default is UTF-8 which is pretty much the standard now.
              I didn't take into account the age of the database which at the time (15 years ago) latin-1 was the standard character set.
              It's something I'll have to look into in the near future. A script needs to be run to convert the database from latin-1 to UTF-8 first to bring the database up to date.

              Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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              • #8
                Updated the OP, cos it looks like the old text ain't coming back.

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