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Chrono Cross part 8: Battle of the Bands

(This is part of my journey going playing through Chrono Cross. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.)

Both back when I first played Chrono Cross and today, I really started to resent being shoved into the body of Lynx for so long. You get invested in a character and a party, and then this game strips both away from you for a good long while. It also starts to be eye-rolling how much everyone easily accepts that the body swap happened, like this sort of thing takes place regularly.

Ah don’t mind me… I’m probably getting to that point in a playthrough where I’m a little weary of the game and ready for it to be over and done with. I still have a ways to go, so I need to suck it up!

In any case, Evil Serge arrives with Kid to stomp on all of the heroes. Would be a great time for a boss battle, but no, we have to have a Miraculous Escape (via pirates). It’s at this point that the game lays out the big mission: to get six relics from dragons scattered across both worlds AND find the dragon tear to change Lynx back into Good Serge. Harle — fan favorite even so — starts to make a break from the group. That’s a shame, but oh well, I have like 97 other playable characters including an alien.

We took a detour to finish up the side quest to free Marbule from the spirits and whatnot. This meant a concert from the ship — and one of those JRPG specials, Super-Long Unskippable Cutscenes. Seriously, the bit with Nikki just goes on and on and on and on and on. I was checking news, responding to emails, raising a fifth child, the works.

And when all of that was done, it still wasn’t finished. Our party had to defeat nine groups of mobs and then a fairly tough grumpy dragon who’s no doubt rusty from being armor clad and sitting in a puddle for years on end.

Special note: So here I am going to bring my playthrough of Chrono Cross to an end. I have a standing agreement with myself that if I start to get too bored or frustrated with these older games, I can call it quits even though I haven’t finished. And at this point, I don’t feel like I’m going to get much more out of CC. I’m just playing it out of a sense of duty to this series than for fun, so that’s a good sign that it’s time to part ways. Thanks for reading through this!

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