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El Nastio
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
Well here it is. What I consider to be the greatest game of all time. A classic that stands through the test of time.....


Title: Chrono Trigger
System: Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Genre: Epic Roleplaying Game
Requires: 1 Controller.
Players: 1
Sequal: Chrono Cross (PSone).
Price: The SNES version of Chrono Trigger is considered a collectors item. The big Microplay store in Ottawa used to have a waiting list of seven people long, each willing to spend well over 100 dollars Canadian for the game.....used. Take that for what it's worth.

Overview: After the wildly popular and criticlly acclaimed Final Fantasy Three (six in japan), Squaresoft decided to make another RPG, this one even better than FF3. To make this possible, Square had to go out and get a crew that could pull such a feat. They came up with;

Hironobu Sakaguchi of the Final Fantasy series.
Yuiji Horii of the Dragon Warrior series, one of the RPG series who could give Final Fantasy a run for it's money.
Akira Toriyama, character designer of Dragon Ball Z.
And music composers Yasunori Mitsuda, plus Nobuo Uematsu, the man who composed the Final Fantasy series to that point..

Together they became known as the "Dream Team", and for good reason. Expectations were high given the caliber and talent involved. And they delivered far beyond any of us expected.



Chrono Trigger is about a boy named Crono (you can rename all characters when you first aquire them, but I'll be using the default names). Crono wakes up and goes to the Millenial Fair, which is held to celebrate the defeat of the wizard Magus. On his way to the fair, Crono runs into a girl named Marle. After some hijinx, the two visit Crono's friend Lucca, who is displaying her latest invention, a teleporter! The spectators seem to doubt if the invention will work, based on Lucca's track record. Crono tries it out, and to the astonishment of all, it works fine. But when Marle tries it, there's a reaction to her pendant and she disappears through some portal! Crono proceeds to pick up the pendant that Marle dropped, and try to find her, thus begining the epic quest.


Graphics: At the time, Final Fantasy 3 set a high standard for graphics. Chrono Trigger surpassed those, in large part to the designs of Toriyama. The charatcers are crisp and you can clearly see their expressions. The backgrounds are incredible, and really help set the mood for the game. The techs and spells look excellent. Overall, one of the more visionally impressive games ever to be made for the SNES. 5/5

Sound: In a word, incredible. Magnificant. Excellent. All of the above. The score is by far, the best I've heard in a video game. Each character had their own theme, and it fit them exactly. The deep forbidden tones at the start of Magus', to the futuristic jazz tune of Robo the Robot, to the heroic and inspiring music of Frog the Frog (more on him later). The background music sets the tone for the surroundings, and could not have been done better. I still get the chills when I go trhough Magus' castle. The sound effects for the attacks, spells, and techs are all fantastic, and even misc/etc sounds like Frog's croaking during his speaking and Robo's machiene noises when talking are excellent. 5/5, hands down. The sound job in this game remained unparrelled to the point where only the sequal could touch it. Only recently with Factor 5's work on the Rogue Leader has it been matched.

Control: Chrono Trigger uses the active time battle system. Tried and true, there's really not much leway there. However when it comes to the techs, where you can combine two people's moves so they attack at the same time, is done effortlessly. The battles are simple to control and navigate, amd you'll be glad once you start facing the tougher bosses. Control along the outermaps is sound, as is during the times wher eyou do things outside of the norm in an RPG (like the soda drinking contest or the simon says game). Chrono Trigger also originated the "you don't have to fight random battles once every three seconds" system. Basiclly, you only fought enemies you saw, which meant if you weren't prepared, you could sneak your way around people (although a lot of battles are unavoidable). Also, one minor thing; there's a run button, to help get around faster. For straying away from random battles, plus the easy to use combo system amoung other reasons, 5/5.


Fun level: I can't describe how much fun I had with this game. I strove to get as many endings as I could I liked it that much. Oh wait, did I forget to mention there are several different endings depending on when and how you beat the game? That's what we call REPLAY value my friends. The plot is thick and the character development is fantastic. You truely feel for the characters and their plights (like Frog being turned into a Frog....and if you chose a certain path, you see his redmeption). The game is time consuming, but you won't even notice the time pasing by. 5/5.

Final Score: 20/20

Final Note; This is the only game I will ever give 20/20 probably, because it to me, defines what a video game is all about. Great graphics, superb sound, tight control, which is essential for any game. A thick and deep plot, character development, which is needed for an epic RPG. And it's all wrapped up in a tidy package. The Dream team lived up to it's hype with this title, and rest assured that it has it's place in history. So much so, that North Americian gamers DEMANDED that Square bring over their Chrono Trigger remake that they made in Japan (for the PSone). Square relented. and packaged it with Final Fantasy 4 and called it "Final Fantasy Chronicles". You get the original SNES game, along with extra bonuses for getting all the endings (like a sound test, treasure maps, descriptions of monsters, a tech list). Also, they added several animated cut scenes within the game (personal favorite, Frog yielding the Masamune in front of the cave). The bonuses more than made up for the small lag that happened with it being on a CD. Those lag times are NOTHING, after awhile you won't even notice them. Simply put;


THIS game is why you should own a SNES.
THIS game is why you should own a PSone.
THIS game is why emulators and ROMS are downloaded (I know I have it on my computer as a backup incase my Chronicles CD gets busted).



And THIS game is the best ever IMHO. Period.



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Scott Summets
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#2 Posted on
Also remeber, besides the multiple endings in the first game, you can replay the game with your buily up characters, challenge the last boss at any time (try it with just Chrono and Marle) and get 16ish or so new endings. And all the cool triple team attacks and double team attacks your characters do..... great game!



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This is, by far, the most impressive game ever made for a 2nd or 3rd gen console. Still one of my favorite games, and I really need to get Chronicles one of these days.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
You're right Scott, I forgot to mention the carry over of stats after you beat the game. Robo starts off as the slowest character, but after you beat the game a couple of times you actually get more than just one of a certian item which increases his speed by default, so soon e's at the same speed as Crono. Also, beat the game with just Marle and Crono? Try to beat the game with just Crono. You one weird ending there.

James, what are you waiting for man? It's actually fairly cheap to pick up these days. Plus you get Final Fantasy IV and all those bonuses on both games.

Side note; I'll be reviewing Chrono Chross soon enough as well. Probably will be the next game come to think of it.



Habs: 3-0-0-0. Defeated the Bruins (YES!) 5-4
Renegades: 3-9-0-1: Last place in the CFL East (Rematch vs Stamps soon)
Man of the Week: TBA.
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~EL NASTIO!
Scott Summets
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#5 Posted on
El Nastio, just wondering (also for the rest of you out there) does anyone else besides me think Frog, Ayla, and Marle is the best group all around, Frog and Ayla together have the strongest double, and Marle can heal with both of them....... great doubles plus magic.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.33
Scott, that's a good team overall yes, but I didn't use Ayla in boss battles unless I had to or unless I NEEDED to steal something from them really badly. her lack of elemental magic really bothered me in a lot of mattles. Crono, Frog, and Marle I think are the top three, especially later in the game.

Crono: Has great speed, attacking power and magic. Plus he has the Life spell. Ideally you want him attacking all the time.

Marle: Pure magic. 'nuff said.

Frog: Probably the best all around character in the game (and my personal favorite). Good attacker, good magic, can heal, decent stats. With Marle, you have a combo of healers. With Crono you have two attackers. the guy can do it all. Frog I often used as a transition guy. Attacking, but helping heal the party if needed. Their triple tech (Arc Impulse) is very effective. if you cokplete the sidesquests Frog is argueably on the same level as Crono if not higher (something which crops up in Chrono Cross, which will be explained in THAT review).

When I need three different elements, I go Crono, Lucca, Frog. When I need to steal stuff I go Crono, Frog, Ayla. And if I feel like being a punk , there's another trio I use, but I won't say it because that'll spoil the game for some.


Strongest double though? You'd be hardpressed to come across a more lethal double than Lucca and Frog's 'Frog Flare" which does a INANE amount of damage. The most lethal Triple tech I've seen requires you to beat a sidequest and equip the gold rock on Frog. "Grand Dream" it's called, and it works the same as the Frog Squash but does way more damage. Dark Eternal (Black rock required) is deadly as well.



Habs: 3-0-0-0. Defeated the Bruins (YES!) 5-4
Renegades: 3-9-0-1: Last place in the CFL East (Rematch vs Stamps soon)
Man of the Week: TBA.
Goat of the Week: Richard Zednik for finally showing up to camp but not doing anything.

~EL NASTIO!
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This thread has inspired me to play Chrono Trigger again, on my SNES, while at work next week (while doing off karaoke cds), which happens to be the same place where I, and by I I mean my parents, bought my, which means me and my brothers, first SNES (which is now my sisters) and paid 6.88 for my copy of Chrono Trigger last year. Today I watched Wrestlemania 3, it was rad.

I think I tended to use Chrono, Lucca and Robo (Or Chrono, Lucca, Ayla or Chrono, Ayla, Robo, or even... Lucca, Ayla, Robo).

But I only finished it once. Never tried to get any of the multiple endings, must do that now, yay!

(edited by Fuzzy Logic on 26.9.02 0357)



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