Chrono Trigger DS

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  1. Killermech

    Killermech Cookie Monster

    Mar 5, 2004
    <!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Chrono Trigger DS Review</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

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    When you had the SNES game Chrono Trigger, you were instantly considered as a person of higher
    status. Everytime I mentioned this game at school, you always heard the obligatory 'OOooooo!'
    no matter where or when. Considering I was apparently the only one at my school that imported
    this game (to Sweden), I suddenly found myself having my own personal bunch of followers.
    Everyday I went to school, I had to tell them as to how my progress in the game was going. No
    matter what kind of bullcrap I came up with, they always ended my sentences with 'OOOoooo', it
    was awesome. Every weekend I invited one of my friends home and believe me. This was considered
    to be the highest honor ever and that kid would be like 'It's as awesome as they say it is!'
    and all the other kids went, yea you guessed it 'OOooo'.

    So how does it stand up to todays standards? Is it still as epic as it was when it first was
    released 1995? Will I still be able to get my own personal group of followers?
    Read on and find out.

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Graphics:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    Well graphics. Hm, I guess I need to throw in the obligatory 'Graphics don't make the game'
    before proceeding since rather than being perfectly adapted to the small DS screen, there is no
    improvements whatsoever as from the previous versions. Luminaire still look as crap as it did
    before (the swoosh sound remains intact so it evens it out though) as well as for the other
    attacks. They served their purpose before and they do now as well. But a little improvement
    wouldn't have hurt.

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    <i>Would've been better in 3D?</i>

    Does this mean the graphics are crap? No, they are still as epic as they were before and I'm
    glad they didn't give this a 3D makeover. It would just not be the same you know.
    Enemies, enviroment, characters.. are all well made and beautiful sprited (is that a word?)
    So there isn't any real complain from me here. It worked before and it works now.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>9/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Sound:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    Did I mention the awesome swoosh noise from the luminaire?
    Sound does what it has to do, sword clashes, special attack sounds.. they're all there. But
    what really shines in the game is the music. Everytime I hear the music again, I'm reminded as
    to why most of them became an instant classic. You have the sad tune and you have the 'Let's
    get ready to face this awesome looking boss' pumping music. They even included a Music player,
    so you can hear them over and over again till your ears fall off.
    So any complains? None whatsoever. Maybe it would've sounded better with some adjustments or
    maybe not. Do we care? Not really, it's just as good as it is.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>9.5/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Story:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    Well everything has its downsides right? I mean, let's be honest here. The story isn't really all
    that impressive and it's a classical 'save the world from unknown super boss' story.
    Some stuff won't even make sense either and is never explained. Although, I do admire
    Square-Enix doing an attempt to somewhat tie this to Chrono Cross correctly, so once again
    we're getting the random speculations all over the place whetever a certain person is really
    that person (yea, thanks alot!)...

    But anyways, It is however the events that occur during the story which really lifts the
    overall story up. You will alot of the times get the 'Oh, so that's how it was!' face
    expression along with laughter and sadness moments. It's all there, wrapped up really nice and
    most of the time you will want to play more just to get to the next set of events.
    They nicely tied up the game's storyline to the events so overall there isn't much to complain
    about really. I enjoyed it and most likely you will too.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>8.5/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Gameplay:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    Let's start with the DS adaption features they added. You can if you wish, now control your
    character or select the certain menus with your stylus. How did that work out? Horrible. Using
    the stylus for combat is somewhat ok, but overall just skip using the stylus all together.
    Other than that, the controls are just fine. Now being able to view the full gameplay screen in
    all its glory by selecting 'DS Mode' during battles is a big plus.

    So you have this storyline which will occupy many hours of your time, along with new added
    extra content (More on that soon) so is there really anything to complain about?
    Some bosses may be hard, but it's nothing that will literally have you ripping out your hair in
    frustation kind of hard. So naturally as in most RPG games, you can just grind some enemies and
    return a bit later to beat him up if you failed the first couple of times.

    The story is somewhat linear, even though you're somewhat tricked to believe that it is 'free
    roam' since you can walk around anywhere and most of the time find some mini events to do. It
    is still very linear, walk from this point to there and do that to proceed with the story.
    At least till you get to a later point. Where you will suddenly be overwhelmed with all these
    new places and you'll have a hard time deciding what to do next. The newly unlocked areas at the end
    are around a third of the size of the main story which will give you alot of things to do. Whetever
    you decide to beat the game at this point or do the extra content and beat the game with super
    strong characters, is all up to you. Not to mention all the multiple ending you can acquire.
    The only bad thing is, that once you've done everything you'll want more. But sadly, there
    isn't anything more.

    Plenty of stuff to do (as it should be in an RPG game), extra content, lots of places to visit,
    tons of replay value.. this will keep you entertained from start to finish and more.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>9.5/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Extra Content</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    So they decided to give us extra dungeons, items, arena, a new end boss and a new ending.
    Well, first I have to say that I decided to rate the extra content on its own. As the original
    game is the original game and the extra content does more or less contribute to it.
    So let's start with the new dungeons. First we have a place that is called 'Lost Sanctum'.
    It won't take long before you realise that this place is pretty small, but the quests have
    strategically been made so you have to travel between two time eras and connect them together
    in several ways. Basically, it's just a big fetch party. Go here and get me that and return
    here for your reward.

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    <i>Like extra contents? Like climbing mountains?
    Then have no worries, as you will have to climb this mountain
    more times than you'll want to</i>

    That pretty much sums it up 'Lost Sanctum'. Which is somewhat enjoyable
    and acceptable untill you unlock the mountain part. Somehow they thought that creating a
    mountain that you have to climb over and over again is fun. I can assure you it is not. It's so
    much fun that I even made a video out of that mountain, expressing my feelings towards it on
    how much I enjoyed climbing it so many times. That is however a whole other story.

    Then we have the Dimensional Vortex, without revealing too much. It is better made than Lost
    Sanctum, but still not on par with the regular dungeons.
    So wait, that's two new dungeons and not five? Well, Lost Sanctum are as I mentioned, in two
    time eras. As for the Dimensional Vortex, you can find it in three different eras. So yea, it's
    basically the same places just divided into different times. At least the Dimensional Vortex is
    not too similar to its brothers, but to go as far as to call it five extra dungeons is too

    So we have the extra dungeons, what else? We have extra menus where you can view game art,
    listen to the game's soundtrack, item list, dungeon maps and so on. Most importantly, there is
    an extra mode called 'Arena'. Where you basically raise a monster, train him and have him fight
    other monsters in pokemon kind of style. While it is pretty fun at start, it tends to get
    tedious pretty quickly. Just watching your monster slowly defeating his opponent is just not as
    fun after the first 40 times. The rewards you can get in here are however extreme. You can get
    equipment for your party early on that would otherwise require you to play at least another 5
    hours in story mode. Making it the real excuse as to why you will spend so much time in the

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    <i>My Fat Dino prepares himself for yet another
    exercise session in the future.. wait what?</i>

    So the final extra content we have is a new end boss and a new ending. Connecting it somewhat
    more properly to Chrono Cross (PSX Sequal).
    So how does the extra content stand up? Pretty badly to be honest, but hey. It's extra stuff to
    do right? Sure, for the better or worse. Some of the extra content manages to actually ruin the
    great Chrono Trigger atmosphere to some extent. But it's not all that bad.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>6/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <u><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>Overall:</b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>
    So to answer my first question on how it stands up to todays standards. Pretty damn good. Still
    as epic as when it first was released. Questionable extra content in which some might've been
    better off with without. Great soundtrack.. It's all there.
    So if you haven't played this endless classic, then do it right away.
    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:red--><span style="color:red"><!--/coloro--><b>9.5/10</b><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

  2. Noitora

    Noitora ::

    Aug 9, 2007
    I'd give the story a 9.5/10.
  3. Killermech

    Killermech Cookie Monster

    Mar 5, 2004
    All to its own, right? [​IMG]
    I still find the story in for example FFVI better than Chrono Trigger.
    8.5 Is not a low score though, as I tend to be very picky when it comes to rating stuff.
  4. Dark

    Dark GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 6, 2008
    United States
    This game is so overrated [​IMG]
  5. zhuzhuchina

    zhuzhuchina GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 17, 2008
    i played long time ago the snes version,
    this for ds is similar or very different storyline or playability ?
  6. Xta Large

    Xta Large GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 2, 2008
    United States
    Lancaster, PA
    Alright, I could understand this score being accurate for someone who's never played Chrono Trigger before and will end up playing it for the first time on the DS, but is there anything that really makes this purchase worthwhile for those of us who have already beaten the game? I mean, it's just looking like every other Squaremake, which I don't like because Squaremake = low effort port + Square Tax (typically $10-$15 more expensive than any other game on the system).
  7. Translucentbill

    Translucentbill GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 4, 2008
    United States
    New York
    Well, i liked the game back on the snes

    But now, i find it too damn boring =|
  8. spiritos

    spiritos Advanced Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Actually the story is quite adorable, I've been playing this game for several hours now and just had to stop cause my screen protector died [​IMG]
  9. bonoboy

    bonoboy Advanced Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    United States
    i didn't play this game at Snes, but i like it too much this conversion for my NDS, i compared both graphics (SNES/NDS) and i see i keeps the same aspect, history is envolving. Actually i'm playing the Japaness version 'cause it has the traslation menu at english. If there's a diference between both versions i would like you to remind me to change for English version. The game is great and i rate it 9/10. [​IMG]