We were hoping that Digital Foundry would take a look at Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition because, as we explained in our damning review of the new PlayStation 4 remaster, the performance issues that plague this re-release are simply not acceptable.
In its latest video analysis, Digital Foundry echoes what we found during the review process mentioned above. The game’s frame rate is generally pretty punchy – it dynamically dives all over the place both during exploration and in combat. Chrono Cross is still a really good PS1 JRPG, but the fact that it somehow works worse which in 1999 is a shame, unable to even hit 30fps most of the time.
Digital Foundry’s Tom Morgan goes so far as to call it “one of the worst performing games I’ve ever seen on PS4”, which is amazing considering the fact that it’s essentially an emulated PS1 title.
To make matters worse, there is a fair amount of stuttering that takes place on top of the already pitiful frame rate. These stutters tend to show up during battle, and again, as mentioned in our review, can lead to noticeable input lag.
So yes, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is just Really poorly optimized, and it’s the same story on both Nintendo Switch and PC. We’re hopeful that Square Enix will fix these issues, at least to some extent, but the complete lack of communication on the matter isn’t exactly reassuring. It’s also worth noting that the remaster also didn’t get any kind of day one update.