Welcome again, boys and especially girls, to my very own RPG review section, 3B. For those confused by the name... join the club! I came up with it when I was in, umm... not exactly the most sensible frame of mind. Okay, so I was a little drunk. Anyway, here's the deal - with apologies to Joe Bob Briggs of Drive-In Movie review fame, I rate RPGs on the three essential 'B's. Beasts (monsters, moron), Blood (can you figure this one out?) and Breasts (my personal fave - unfortunately, for pretty much all the games it's not literal).
Got all that? Great. I rate on a scale of one to ten, with tenths of a point because I felt like it. If you don't like it, click the link back to the Inquisitor and stop whining to me!
This time at 3B I'm gonna review another new game - one that's pretty much hot off the presses. So strap yourselves in and get ready, because Chrono Cross gets the 3B treatment next!
The quality of graphics displayed by these beasts is second to none, but we're talking more about what they do and how they're designed. As it turns out, CC is no slouch in either respect. The boss monsters animate the hell out of anything else I've seen, and they show some wild and cool-looking concepts that a lot of other games would do well to imitate. Even the RPG staple dragons are handled great, with a good half of them not looking like traditional dragons at all and all of them very cool.
YES! Actual blood! YES! OK, not much of it, but any is better than none, so CC picks up points here just for being one of the few RPGs where people do any bleeding at all. No spoilers, but lets just say that there's plenty of death and other violence to tide you over between the replayings of the FMV where someone actually bleeds. We're still a long way from Resident Evil here, though.
Depending on how much weight you give sheer volume, CC could rate either higher or lower. Although there's quite a few nice-looking babes in this game, there's a lot less shown of them, and the way they're rendered leaves something to be desired, too. Falling squarely around the middle, we don't even get to see enough of most of these chicks to get an idea of how much we might want to see, but at least there's a mermaid who, for what its worth, is basically plain with nothing on her.