For the dawn of the new millennium, Square took it upon themselves to re-release their biggest PS1 games complete with special edition packaging and tons of goodies. Fittingly, these titles were released under the banner “Square Millennium Collection”.
All of Square’s prestige titles got the deluxe treatment (with the exception of Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX). Such now classic-titles as Xenogears, Parasite Eve II, Final Fantasy Tactics and Legend of Mana all got repackaged in big boxes, packed with extras such as perfume bottles and music boxes and released at a discounted price.
These beautiful releases never made it outside of Japan, instead we got shafted with ugly green-edged “Greatest Hits” editions and nothing else.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Chrono series (and by series I mean ‘three games’). I recently managed to pick up a copy of the Square Millennium Collection edition of Chrono Cross for a really fantastic price.
Each Millennium Collection game came with it’s own unique set of extras. The Millennium Chrono Cross comes with the game itself on two discs adorned with edition-exclusive artwork, as well as a stand up flip-calendar and a mini figurine.
The calendar has 31 plastic-coated cards and is not month specific, making it infinitely reusable. Each day has a unique piece of artwork, mostly of the characters you can recruit throughout the game.The reusable calendar concept itself is brilliant, given the time-travel centric plot of Chrono Cross. The inclusion of a time related goodie goes to show that the designers put some actual thought into what went into this special edition. The clear-plastic case of the calendar itself is actually quite heavy, and it’s stand and rings are stainless steel. The overall quality is quite surprising, and the smallest details, such as the water-like appearance of the clear plastic, serve to magnify the attention to detail that this Millennium Collection received.
Also included is a mini-figurine of a recruitable character named Starky. One thing I will never understand is exactly why Square chose Starky to include as the figure, as he (it?) is pretty minor character in the game. I personally would have perferred a Kid or Serge figure, but I have really grown quite fond of having this little guy in my Chrono Trigger display case. The Starky figure even comes with a little rubber stand (visible in the above photo) that you can use for display purposes.
All in all I was quite impressed with the bonuses included, and would highly recommend the Millennium Collection version of Chrono Cross to any hardcore Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross fans. The only real drawback is that this is one of the more uncommon Millennium Collection sets and doesn’t show up on English speaking auction sites all too often, and when it does it usually sells in the $150-$200 range. The price is well worth it for any Chrono super fan, given the series’ obscene lack of merchandise.