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Backloggery: Chrono Trigger

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It was with a great deal of determination and time that I set out to complete Chrono Trigger. I had reached the end many times before, but I had never taken the final step. I had never defeated the tyrant Lavos. If you were to look at it from the perspective of multiple dimensions, I've left countless worlds to die at his hands. With that in mind, I skipped on down to Best Buy and picked up a copy of Chrono Trigger DS for $20. At my hands, Lavos would die.

For the past two days I have done nothing but shower, feed myself, and play Chrono Trigger. It has been years since I've had this strong an urge to play and complete a game, but it was there all the same. On day one I fought cut my way through the trials and tribulations in my path and defeated the tyrant wizard Magus, only to be whisked into 65,000,000 BC and assisted by Ayla. On day two I fought all the way to Lavos himself. Today, I killed him.

Chrono Trigger is a game hailed for its excellence in overall design. It features beautiful sprite work, a masterful narrative, interesting and developing characters, and enjoyable combat. While I agree whole heartedly with every sentiment expressed by the masses, I believe that Chrono Triggers greatest strength lies in the details. Every tiny change and every small character serves to give the world an organic, real feel.



The more I played Chrono Trigger, the more I could sense my actions in the game world having ripples. The seed I had given the Elder of Trann Dome? It had made its way to Bangor Dome across the ruins. It's a small detail, yes, but it's a powerful one. It's a detail that serves no purpose other than to empower the player, to remind the player the massive stake their actions have on the future of their world.

On another note, the updated translation featured in Chrono Trigger DS is sublime. NPC's speak with language more suited to their eras, points are conveyed more clearly, and some of the more adult themed material that was censored in the original release is rediscovered. It's a fantastically done translation, and anyone who has played Chrono Trigger previously on the SNES should give the DS version a go just to experience it.



If you take a gander at my sidebar, you'll notice that Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross firmly hold the top position as my favorite games of all time. Depending on when you're reading this, you might also notice that they're the only games on my list. I can't decide what else deserves to populate it, only that the Chrono series cannot be shaken from its top spot.

This is a relatively brief blog- as I don't have much to say about the excellence of Chrono Trigger that hasn't already been said. I suggest that if you enjoy role playing games, and possibly even if you don't, that you give it a shot. It's unlikely that it will disappoint. Unless you're Clyde.

I'll leave you off with this fantastic rendition of Corridors of Time.

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About Krowone of us since 6:05 PM on 08.15.2008



Favorite games:
Breath of Fire III
Breath of Fire IV
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Final Fantasy series
Gradius III
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Mega Man series
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Mega Man X series
No More Heroes
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Paper Mario
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Persona 3
Persona 4
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star IV
Pikmin II
Pokemon Gold
R-Type III
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
An assortment of other games I'm forgetting

I'm an aspiring writer, musician, and artist. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm very talented in any of those fields, but that won't stop me from throwing the titles around. I'm presently a high school graduate who has no idea what he wants to do with his life.

Contact me. I'm bored.

AIM: clumsybigfoot
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(Last Updated Saturday October 2nd, 2010)
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