Coming from co-developers Goals Uncorporated and SYCK, Cris Tales presents a whimsical story and weaves in an unconventional method to a high-fantasy journey by giving gamers the flexibility to change time at will. Earlier this yr, we bought an opportunity to take a look at an extensive look on the sport. It wears its respect for the classics on its sleeve, but it nonetheless presents a number of cool concepts of its personal.
On this GameSpot unique, the builders of Cris Tales have shared an in-depth have a look at how Cris Tales’ method to time journey provides a brand new dimension to exploration, storytelling, and the sport’s turn-based fight. The story of Cris Tales focuses on the journey of Crisbell, a younger adventurer who can alter the move of time, permitting her to journey between three completely different time intervals at will. Along with exploring cities and interacting with characters throughout time, she will be able to additionally use these talents throughout battles to amplify her and her allies’ assaults and even weaken monsters by shifting the move of time.
“We name [Cris Tales] our love letter to the basic JRPGs of the previous,” mentioned sport producer Derek Neal within the walkthrough video. “And by that, we imply that this sport takes quite a lot of inspiration from classics like Chrono Set off, Secret of Mana, Remaining Fantasy IV and VI, Tremendous Mario RPG, and extra. But it surely additionally has quite a lot of its personal model, character and allure. Quite than simply copying these video games, we have finished our greatest to construct upon these parts that make them nice.”
Whereas most different video games use time journey as a narrative mechanic, Cris Tales presents a extra hands-on method. When enjoying as Crisbell, you’ll be able to view three completely different timelines at once–the previous, current, and future. As you’ll anticipate in each time-travel story, decisions made up to now will influence future occasions. With a continuing view of the previous and the longer term, you’ll be able to see alternatives round your surroundings, leading to new occasions enjoying out within the continuing intervals. Along with following the throughline of the principle plot, it’s also possible to discover different aspect encounters with residents on the town. As you look into the longer term, it’s possible you’ll discover a character down on their luck. If you view that very same character up to now, it is potential to alter their destiny for the higher by providing them assist once they want it. Doing so will change not solely their circumstances sooner or later, however may also open up alternatives within the current and future.
The mechanics of time journey are additionally at work in fight. Taking cues from turn-based JRPGs like Chrono Set off, battles can have you prime up your assault and prepared it to be used in opposition to your foes. Together with Crisbell are different get together members who’ve their very own distinctive expertise to enhance the protagonist’s talents. This ingredient comes into play by shifting intervals throughout battle. Throughout a boss battle proven within the video, you should utilize your time powers to age up enemies to make them slower and weaker and even speed up the effectiveness of standing results, akin to fireplace injury. With Crisbell organising the enemies, her allies can swoop in to deal extra important injury. This added layer of altering time provides an excellent larger stage of technique, which may make for some participating battles together with your allies.
Initially, Cris Tales was set for launch this yr, however has since been pushed again to 2021. We have had a while with Cris Tales earlier than, and we have been impressed with how nicely the time-travel mechanics have been woven into this RPG. Together with that, the sport’s visuals do rather a lot to convey whimsical journey that exhibits nice optimism however may also present some stunning emotion from its core solid of characters. Cris Tales at the moment does not have a launch date, however it’s set to launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Collection X|S, and Stadia someday in 2021.
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