Games of the month: LEGO Star Wars, Chrono Cross and Roguebook

At the end of the month, NU.nl reviews the biggest games that have come out. With this month LEGO Star Wars, Chronocross and Roguebook.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a much more entertaining game than it ever should have been. It appears to be a purely commercial catch-all, to sell a few discs with the LEGO and Star Wars branding. But the end product is an extremely elaborate game with a storyline that players young and old will find hilarious.

The game includes all nine Star Wars-… movies. At the start, you choose which trilogy you want to start with, after which you replay the events of the films level by level. It’s actually a great parody, where everything is slightly different from what happens in the movies. For example, a random band pops up to provide music during the most exciting times, or Storm Troopers who are in line fall like dominoes.

The levels are often full of secrets, which you can only discover by playing them several times. By continuing to play, you unlock new characters, which you need to reach certain areas in a level. Between levels you can also explore large open spaces filled with upgrades to make your team even stronger.

All this makes it a game that can last several dozen hours: after eighteen hours, we had finished the story, while we had not yet found all the improvements and all the characters. You have to adapt to a style of play that is sometimes quite simple.

LEGO Star Wars never becomes a truly deep game, so it mostly offers superficial entertainment. Perfect for cooperative play with your child, for example, which can be done with two controllers on the same game console. Or alone, if you Star Wars has a weakness for you.

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Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Japaneses Chronocross was originally released for PlayStation in 1999, but was not initially sold in Europe. The game package Radical dreamers never even appeared outside of his home country of Japan. Remarkable, considering they’re both sequels to Chrono Triggerwhich is still considered one of the best role-playing games of all time.

On Chronocross You play young Serge, who finds himself in an alternate world where he drowned when he was a child and where no one knows him anymore. Gradually, a strange story unfolds, which unexpectedly resembles the previous one. Chrono Trigger the sheds.

Where Chrono Trigger In the sequel to Chrono Trigger, which was all about time travel between different eras, you find out how two worlds differ from each other due to minute differences. The game was already a breath of fresh air in its genre in 1999, which can still be said in 2022. For example, the beginning of the game is not set in a typical fantasy setting, but rather in a kind of Caribbean.

With the remaster, the game was released on all common game consoles and was revamped somewhat. This mainly results in improved character models, which now look a little more rustic. The downside is that the game doesn’t feel very smooth at twenty frames per second.

What’s nice is the ability to speed up the game or have battles happen automatically. This makes the original’s slower moments a little easier to get through than before.

The bundle Radical dreamers originally appeared on the Super Nintendo and is actually an interactive novel. This is a crazy experimental game, many elements of which were later reused in subsequent games. Chronocross. After about three hours, you’re done, making it an enjoyable supplement at best.

Roguebook

  • Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

On Roguebook You are placed in a mysterious book, where by using ink you reveal new parts of the pages and thus progress further and further. During this time, you fight all kinds of monsters by playing special cards. There are cards that give you extra armor to protect you from an attack, or cards that damage the enemy.

As you find new cards, your battle game slowly evolves. That means Roguebook Exploration of the game world remains virtually unchanged as you progress.

It is especially the beautiful designs that Roguebook continue. The game looks like an interactive fairy tale book, which is complemented by a soundtrack that could easily be placed under a Hans Christian Andersen film.

The game has appeared on other platforms before, but it was released for Nintendo Switch this month. We are a little less enthusiastic about the new edition: the game stuttered several times, which is not really the case with the PC edition. This makes the game far from unplayable, but it’s still a shame.

Games of the month: LEGO Star Wars, Chrono Cross and Roguebook – Chatborgne