Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chrono Trigger by Chad D.


This is it.  This is the classic Japanese RPG (Role Playing Game) that has captured the hearts of thousands of video game fanatics, including me.  Chrono Trigger was developed and published by Square Enix in 1995 for the Nintendo SNES, but a remake of the game was released in 2009, creating the opportunity for a new generation to play and fall in love with it.

Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the best game I’ve ever played, and based on my history with video games, such a statement is saying a lot.  For me, the most important aspects of a game are story and gameplay, and Chrono Trigger delivers both in spades.  The basic premise of the game is that a group of friends accidentally fall into a time portal, and after various escapades in the medieval era wind up in 2300 A.D., and witness the world in ruins, with the few remaining human survivors holed up in a ruined bunker constantly under attack by robots.  The group decides to find out what sort of things led up to the destruction of the Earth, and thus the time-travelling adventure begins...

One of the major story aspects that Chrono Trigger delivers full force in is its characters.  Whether you prefer the silent protagonist Crono, his genius friend Lucca, the future princess Marle, the knight-turned-frog Frog, the practically indestructible robot Robo, the insanely powerful matriarch of the cavemen Ayla, or the mysterious mage named Magus, Chrono Trigger will provide you with many options for outfitting such characters, and raising them to be powerful enough to take down Lavos and his minions.

Because this game revolves heavily around time travel, one might think that the game would run into problems with the plot, but Chrono Trigger avoids such problems, and uses its time-travelling system in a very interesting way.  For example, there is a part in the game where the player has to decide how to recover a stolen item from a greedy man.  While confronting the man directly is impossible, going back in time and convincing the man’s mother to teach her children to be generous will allow the group to retrieve the stolen item when they return to the previous time period.  Little features such as the one previously described make for a very interesting game, as the player is forced to make critical decisions that affect the plot of the story.  If you decide to pick up this game, I will warn you that your character will be put on trial at some point, and your actions in the era of the trial will determine your life or death (yes, characters can die permanently).  Finally, all of these choices will ultimately result in the player receiving one of thirteen different endings- a technical feat never before seen in RPGs.

All in all, if I had to give Chrono Trigger a rating, it would get a perfect score from me.  I highly recommend picking it up, as I can say for certain that this game can be enjoyed by anyone.  Finally, I should mention that this game has anti-piracy mechanisms built into this game, so if one is so inclined to pirate it, it can be safely said that one won’t get very far!

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