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Chrono Trigger - December 1, 2002 by KieferSkunk
Game:Chrono TriggerCompany:Squaresoft
Type:AdventurePlayers:1

Wow, I was just reading back on my old reviews and noticed that I'd promised to write a review for Chrono Trigger, but it appears I never did. Then when JoseQ decided to shut down EmuViews, I thought that would be the end of it. Now that his site is back, there's no reason why I shouldn't write a review, and I can't think of a finer game to present. =)
Chrono Trigger is one of the best-known console RPGs ever released. Brought to you by the same people who brought you the Final Fantasy series (and some people consider this game to be part of the FF series, albeit unofficially), this game is one of the finest games ever to be released for the Super Nintendo. It is reportedly a very difficult game to find in cartridge format, and I made do with playing it in ZSNES, but if you can find it in a cartridge, it's well worth the price, whatever you pay. It has also been re-released for the PlayStation.
Your adventure begins like most. It is the day of the Millenial Fair, and you (Crono) head out to meet your friend Lucca, the eccentric inventor-whiz girl "next door". She has some new device she's going to be showing off there. While you're there, you run into a girl (literally) who introduces herself as Marle, and you spend some time hanging out with her. When the big moment comes for Lucca to show off her new device, a quick demonstration prompts Marle to try it out herself. She steps into the device, and somehow she gets zapped away and disappears! You bravely follow her, and in the process you begin a quest to save the world. The story unfolds bit by bit as you explore many strange areas in a wide variety of time periods.
Chrono Trigger is a very long-playing game - expect to spend as much as a hundred hours on your quest, especially if you decide to go on any of the more than a dozen side-quests that will each improve your characters and change the story in small but significant ways. The game is chock full of beautiful, highly detailed graphics and brilliant music, good sound effects, good control handling, and plenty of challenges punctuated by sometimes very long and elaborate storytelling. You'll find there's hardly anything to complain about in this game. Even if you're not a fan of the Final Fantasies, I think you'll find that this game offers a little bit for everyone.
Since I wrote my review for [b]StarFox[/b] two years ago, computer technology has evolved significantly, and so have emulators. ZSNES now features perfect emulation of Chrono Trigger - it used to be one of my "benchmark" games to see how well a SNES emulator was working, since it did so many things that most other games didn't - and any current system should be able to run it at full speed. I doubt you'll have any problems playing this game, so get ready to play through one heck of a story!
Graphics
10
10
Sound
Play Control
8
9
Challenge
Replay Value
10
10
Performance

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2002 EmuViews