Editorial: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles

Yes, it is true, I really did weep when Shawn decided it was time to trade in this game– SPs and Gamecube and all. I imagine our dear Lusipurr curses the day he ever bought this game for us to play together.

I think one of the things that drew me to this game was the cooperative play. I love games where I can sit on the couch with my friends and kill the same baddies together. Sadly, there aren’t many good games out there (at least in my experience) that accomplish this. 

It doesn't get much cuter than this.
It doesn't get much cuter than this.

Admittedly, the fact that one member of the team is stuck carrying an urn at all times is a little daunting (and certainly annoying). However, I think the game more than makes up for this in other areas. The game itself is very pretty, with rich environments and characters. The fact that I can use my SP as a controller is also quite charming– my own, personal screen with all my items, my map, and whatever else I might need. Crystal Chronicles is a light-hearted, fun game. Until someone can introduce me to something that is equal parts cute, cooperative, and entertaining, I will weep if anyone so much as tries to take it away. 

There is just something about cooperative gameplay that makes me warm and fuzzy inside. It is not the sort of feeling I get when I am online playing with my friends, it is just so much more fulfilling to be sitting next to them, playing the same game.

So, readers, what are some of your favorite cooperative games?


  1. I’ve been playing a lot of PixelJunk Eden with my friends lately, and I must say it is one of the best co-op games I’ve ever played. Almost nothing is more satisfying than noticing that your friend is about to fall down the level and swinging out like Tarzan to catch them in midair. I mean, the level design is nothing short of incredible, but I would not get nearly the same enjoyment out of it were I playing alone.

    I agree, there really is something warm and fuzzy about local cooperative multiplayer. It’s one of the few times I feel like my friends actually enjoy my company… Whoa, was that out loud?

  2. @Silicon: I’m a little wary about the new one. :/ I hope eventually to pick it up, but when I got the first one for DS I was terribly disappointed…

  3. When I was a much younger me, I really loved playing Secret of Mana with my friends, or should I say friend…
    I never owned a multi-tap for my snes, so we had to rock it 2-player style. It was still loads of fun though!
    Did any of you guys take advantage of that old-school, action RPG goodness?
    Was it similar to Crystal Chronicles? Too bad its on the gamecube, it sounds like its a blast…

  4. Reading this article made me realize that I don’t really play co-op games! I DID play Gears and Resistance (the first one), and enjoyed them well enough. But the most recent co-op game I’ve play is actually….Super Mario Galaxy. And that, as we all know, BARELY QUALIFIES as co-op

  5. @Thea- According to cat fancy the new crystal chronicles is what the first game should have been, completely designed around co-op with only the thinnest semblance of a rubbish story tacked on. Personally not my cup of tea, but if you like co-op it might be worth checking out.

  6. I do rather like Resistance 2 co-op. Rather than going through the main campaign, Resistance 2 has groups of eight tackling special co-op only missions involving waves of enemies. You’re not going to get far without a medic or two, and maybe some Special Ops to keep people from running out of ammo. It’s chaos at its finest, and when you’re knee-deep in Chimera, well, that’s when you know who your friends are.