Friday, January 11, 2002

Chrono Trigger

Genre: Role Playing Game
Platform: SNES, Sony Playstation
(Remake as part of the FF Chronicles in US and FF Anthology in Japan)
Credits: 1999-2001 Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. Screenshots and images courtesy of RPGFan.

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Skysenshi's Description:
No, it's not Dragon Ball Z. It's Chrono Trigger, the classic RPG played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Trust Squaresoft to release something that would be deemed a legend someday. Here you are Chrono, the time-warrior. You bring along different party members with you from various points in time to save history. Explore the pre-historic ages and the far off future to solve the puzzle that fate has assigned you to unravel.

NOTE: Above screenshots are from the remake of Chrono Trigger, released on the PlayStation in 2001.

Innovative, long and fun like no other>>> by Kenryoku Maxis
First off, my ratings are based from other SNES games so don't go comparing them to any PS2 or Gamecube game and complain that I gave it too good of a score compared to these later more powerful systems. That aside, here's the review.

Hey, it's the SNES. You remember, the old system that brought you Yoshi, F-Zero, and most importantly, opened the American market to RPG's. To many, Chrono Trigger has been called the best RPG on the SNES. Now, I won't say that is my personal opinion, but this game definitely is one of the best RPG's and one of the best games the SNES had to offer. Great characters, great graphics and great gameplay were all put into this game. But it didn't just come out of the blue.

Many workers from different parts of the Squaresoft company came to work, both experienced and not, on this new and innovative new RPG. A whole new group was formed to head this project, many who would continue to stay in the group to later make such games as Xenogears and Chrono Cross, the sequel to Chrono Trigger. But along with this new group came some famous people in Square as well. I don't quite remember all who came to help, but one of the Key players was the creator of Final Fantasy himself who oversaw the project and became a producer of the game.

But how was the game itself? To sum it up, it was one of the best RPG's ever made. Yes, this was a game where everything was noticed and details were made. A long game full of interaction and of course lots of fighting was melded with a powerful in depth story and some very good characters. But how can I describe it without praising it too much.

The plot was extremely character centered and still managed to fill its role. Of course, with a name like Chrono Trigger, it had to do with time, but just how much of the game was centered on time and how well was the use of this concept done. I would say beyond what I would have thought possible in a SNES game.

The characters were very fun to use and between the fighting had some great dialogue. This added with the wide variety of different characters in the story and the extreme fun that came from using any of the seven playable characters gave this game fun that didn't stop once the battles were over.

But as much as the characters were original, the technical design of not just the battle system but also the whole game was innovation at it's best. From the way you interacted with enemies to the entire system of the world through 6 different periods of time gave the impression that the game designers and creators spent a long time on this game. And then there's the battle system. I don't know if I have had so much fun with any other RPG's battle system as I have with Chrono Trigger. Your use of environment determining which moves can be done and the ability to attack multiple enemies due to where they stand was amazing to me. And when you add the moves that I must say are just spectacular from execution to graphics, the battle system is one of the best ever made.

But of course, Chrono Trigger has some of the best graphics on the SNES. And not only are they beautiful in appearance compared to other games but so true to anime that I would say it is one of the best anime looking type games out there. The reason for the anime look? It's very simple really since the person who designed these characters also did the design for other RPG's like Dragon Warrior and even had entire anime based on his manga such as Dragonball and DragonballZ.

But of course, it was a SNES game so having the characters talk was out of the question. So what was the sound like? Very very good. Some amazing music came from this game, music that I still listen to today. The same music writer who did the music for not only Chrono Cross but also Xenogears and its sequel Xenosaga did the music for Chrono Trigger.

This game is amazing and definitely a must play for anyone who says they are a major RPG fan. In my opinion, this game is by far on the top 5 for best Squaresoft game ever and one of my favorite RPG's.

COMPLETION TIME: 30-50 hours
RATINGS: Gameplay 10; Battle 10; Story 8; Visuals 9; Characters 10; Sounds 9; Replay Value 8

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