Chrono Trigger is the first game I really remember playing. Itís weird. I can ever remember the first time I saw it being played. My mom came into the basement and was worried that it was too violent for me. So my brother lied through his teeth that it wasnít violent at all. Looking back, it was pretty ridiculous. I mean, of all the games to be worried about, Chrono Trigger was the one my mom asked about? And thus began my life of having my views repressed through my parents. More on that later.
Since it was such a huge part of my childhood, I picked up Chrono Trigger for the DS as soon as I could. For those of you who arenít aware, itís essentially the same game. They messed with the translation a little and added a new dungeon that opens up towards the end of the game, but itís still the same plot and progression. They even used the same music from the original, which is why Iím here today.
I enjoy music. Iím not one of those people claiming music is my life, but it plays a big role. Iím distracted fairly easily, and music helps keep me focused. It entertains me when I have nothing to do, provides background music, and is hella fun to sing along with wherever I am. The music of Chrono Trigger, however, does something more. I usually donít feel anything substantial when I listen to music, unless that specific song has any certain meaning to me (and I can count those on one hand). But every song in Chrono Trigger triggers (only time Iíll use that joke, I promise) emotions in me so easily, itís surprising.
I have to start with Frogís theme. He was my favourite character in the game, and I love his theme song. Itís been redone by the band The Red Wings into a kickass rock tune, which makes it that much more amazing. It just makes me feel epic when I listen to it. Sort of like, if I could have one song to go out to while fighting off a giant zombie horde, this would be it. You canít deny that this song is the epitome of heroics. While recently playing through Chrono Trigger, I misted up a little when Frog accepts the Masamune and joins your team. That has always, and will always, be my favourite moment in video gaming.
Robo is most definitely my second favourite character. Every good JRPG needs someone who doesnít understand social norms and, in general, is just awkward. Robo is that character. Iím not sure why I enjoy him so much. Maybe itís because, on some weird level, I connect with the big tin giant. On the other hand, thatís a load of crap. Robo is hilarious, and nothing beats his touching conversations with Lucca. When I was a kid, I always thought that Lucca and Robo would fall in love and live happily ever after. In a way, I still kinda think they should.
But the music is what Iím here to talk about. I have a soft spot for electronic music, and this is a great example. Itís upbeat and uplifting, and brings to mind happy visions of puppies and rainbows. Of course, the puppies are badass robo-puppies with chain guns and the rainbow is the reflection off their metallic hides as they slaughter millions of innocents. But hey, thatís just what I see.
Great bass lines are my one true weakness. And this has one. Iíve had this song memorized since before I played Final Fantasy VII and memorized THAT battle music. I enjoy having good music while I fight whatever demented creature the Japanese have thrown at me this time, and this is just, well, groovy. The Final Fantasy end battle song may go down is history as the most popular fight song ever in video gaming, but I believe that title belongs to Chrono Triggerís song. Itís 2-3 minutes long before it loops over, and by then most random encounters are done, meaning you wonít get bored with the same three bars on constant repeat.
This music scared me when I was younger. Donít ask me why. It just did. Maybe it was because one of the first bosses is Yakra, who terrified me. I could never beat Yakra Ė I always got my brother to do it. I suppose the music just became associated with that terror. Now, I just feel panicky. Iím even typing this paragraph faster while I listen to the song in the background. I love that about this song. It helps me think faster in boss fights, something always handy, and just creates the right kind of atmosphere for an important battle.
Because you canít talk about Chrono Trigger without talking about Gato. This guy is hilarious. I love singing along whenever I fight him. The translationís lyrics are a bit more difficult to get into, but still awesome. Thatís all. I just felt like this needed to be said.
Honestly, I could talk about Chrono Trigger forever. The music, the gameplay, the graphics, the monsters, the character, the blah blah blah why are you still reading this. It is will forever be my favourite game for all those reasons and more. This article barely even scratches the surface of the amazing music this game brought to life. I decided to stop here because I want to hear some other opinions about the music. Obviously, I left a lot of stuff out. So whatís your favourite Chrono Trigger song? And if you havenít played it, well, damn, youíre a few years behind. Go pick up the DS version or get an emulator. Itís really not that difficult.
Your ears will thank you.