The Giant Bomb Chrono Trigger Endurance Run Epilogue.

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#1 Edited by Gregomasta (1541 posts) -

Now that it's over what are your thoughts? Did you love it? Did you Hate it? Did you watch it religiously like I did?

I thought it was a great run and a really enjoyable ending. I'm glad they did it live as well. I for one can say that I've had my Chrono Trigger fill and my Endurance Run fill...for the moment! I've started Chrono Trigger at least 3 times in my life but I've never finished it. I'm glad I saw the ending, it was a good one.

What are some of your favorite CTER moments? I gotta say the rematch with the skeleton boss in the sand pit is a favorite of mine. Redemption!

#2 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

I like video games.

#3 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Love it as always!

#4 Posted by Zero_ (1977 posts) -

Fuck what a great ending to the ER, its probably the best ending of any ERs they've done yet. Yeah we all got annoyed when they fucked up throughout the series, but it was all redeemed.

I'm really happy to have seen CTs ending, I've replayed and restarted that game so many times and just never finished it.

#5 Posted by InfiniteGeass (2058 posts) -

I wanna play Chrono Cross now. I was thinking about getting CT, but not much of a point now that I've seen the ending.

#6 Posted by Zealousadonis (133 posts) -

I am sad it is over :(

My favorite part was whenever they messed up. Other people may have raged but I thought it was hilarious, especially when they forgot the 2poch could fly and just left it in the dark age.

#7 Posted by mak_wikus (554 posts) -

Absolutely loved it. I've never played Chrono Trigger, so whatever they did wrong never bothered me as much as everyone else. I liked how the stream ended and everyone was like: That was great! We want more!

Also, I'm not done yet. I've only seen the final fight, so I'm patiently waiting for the archive.

#8 Posted by Maajin (1082 posts) -

I loved it, even when they couldn't figure out dumb stuff. It was really great to watch them learn and find not the optimal, but their own way (most of the time) of solving their problems.

It's a real shame that we're probably years away from the next Endurance Run.

#9 Posted by DonChipotle (2811 posts) -

I still think Chrono Trigger is a bad game but the ER had its moments so there's that.

#10 Posted by MasturbatingestBear (1194 posts) -

@DonChipotle said:

I still think Chrono Trigger is a bad game but the ER had its moments so there's that.

Not liking something and saying its bad are different things. I don't like Mass Effect but I won't say its a bad game. It just doesn't interest me.

#11 Posted by Discoman (169 posts) -

I'm sad. It was something to look forward to everyday. I only got annoyed that one time they ran through Guardia Forest like 10 times. The last 3 hour show was spectacular and reading the people in the chat freak out was hilarious.

#12 Edited by cap123 (2477 posts) -

I was a little disapointed with the ending to be honest! the whole final live stream was great and all, but i thought the parade at the end was a little bit of an anti-climax, and i thought the goodbye to your companions could have been longer... was that the best ending?

in terms of the endurance run though, i loved every second of it so thanks to the guys for putting up with it all!

#13 Edited by Goldanas (548 posts) -

I enjoyed it and was glad to see Ryan and Kep finally get a hold on things.

My complaints were how they always talked about making the ER "pure", and talking about "the whole point of an ER".

If they wanted a "pure" experience, they probably shouldn't have played for a mere 30 minutes a day. Nobody played games like that when it originally came out. Also, not trying to seek advice when they're stuck? The world was filled with friends and associates with whom you could talk to about the problems you were having in games, which they were having many throughout the course of the ER. That's a part of the social aspect of video games back then. Hell, they wouldn't have had such a problem, if they just looked for help every once in a while. Playing for such a short amount of time a day is probably what contributed greatly to that memory loss.

It was still funny, but if they could have taken a cue from Jeff and Vinny (They often used guides when they felt it appropriate, sometimes during the filming), it would have been much more enjoyable.

If you want to know the point of your video content, it's to be entertaining, and sometimes it's only frustrating when you try to adhere to platitudes outside the realm of possibility and your ability.

As I said, though. It was still enjoyable. Persona 4 is still the best, and both DP's were fantastic.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I missed the live show, so I'll watch the ending tomorrow, but I will say that I wasn't really a fan. Too much of them fucking basic shit up and wasting my time.

#15 Posted by Demoskinos (15117 posts) -

I'm sad! Watched it every morning! It was exciting to wake up to the new adventures of Brono! Now a void is left in my heart. =( Guess I could start watching the Persona 4 ER since I never did watch that.

#16 Posted by SeanFoster (882 posts) -

It was my first Endurance Run I've got to follow along with as it happened. I enjoyed it a lot, it'll be a bit odd the next few days not having a new instalment to watch.

#17 Edited by rjayb89 (7728 posts) -

This Endurance Run proved that Chrono Trigger is a game worth going back to despite my inability to return to previous game generations. I had already been sold on the game, with me having the DS version and all, so watching these guys play through it instead was pretty fun and probably the closest I could have been to a playthrough of my own, mistakes and all. I didn't come here for the perfect strategy to take shit down, I just want to see dudes have fun with games. Which is, of course, very hot.

#18 Posted by dablemont (82 posts) -

I followed you guy's journeys through the game and I loved it! Congratulation Bryan and Batrick!

I Had a lot of good laughs, especially with things I was also confused (such as Magus' battle with the element stuff - English is my second language, and when I played it for the first time on my SNES back in 96, I had only about 2 years of English so I had a hard time understanding some phrases and sentences.) Chrono Trigger will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first jrpg I had played in my life. If I hadn't started with this one, I'm not sure I'd have gotten into the genre back then.

I really hope you guys don't take too long to start another ER. Your work is gold!

#19 Posted by Boboblaw (325 posts) -

Yeah the ending was fantastic. Overall I really enjoyed the ER despite the many times they went round in circles it was still really fucking great.

#20 Posted by AzHP (156 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

I'm sad! Watched it every morning! It was exciting to wake up to the new adventures of Brono! Now a void is left in my heart. =( Guess I could start watching the Persona 4 ER since I never did watch that.

The Persona 4 endurance run is my favorite, there's a lot more social interaction in the game which means more material for Vinny and Jeff to play off of, I think it really let their personality shine through.

#21 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11458 posts) -

Something stopped the Endurance Run...

#22 Posted by Tireyo (6451 posts) -

Time for another Endurance Run! Chrono Trigger was good!

#23 Posted by DonChipotle (2811 posts) -

@MasturbatingestBear said:

@DonChipotle said:

I still think Chrono Trigger is a bad game but the ER had its moments so there's that.

Not liking something and saying its bad are different things. I don't like Mass Effect but I won't say its a bad game. It just doesn't interest me.

I think Chrono Trigger is a bad game. It has nothing to do with me not liking it, I just think it is a bad game.

#24 Posted by CommodoreGroovy (558 posts) -

See, Chrono Trigger did make a decent ER after all. There were some hard times, but there were some great times as well. But that just makes it an even greater experience once you make it to the end. AND what an ending to the ER that was. It got really tense during that boss marathon in the livestream -- specially during the 2nd Lavos phase when World Revolution started playing.

#25 Edited by NegativeCero (3026 posts) -

I just finished my second playthrough recently to get the Developer Super Team ending. I have the Endurance Run to thank for making me want to finish that up. I may go for some others eventually.

#26 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (473 posts) -

So, I guess I fell asleep without realizing it last night, so until seeing this thread (and no ER posted today), had no idea that it ended with last nights episode and was completely confused XD Guess I better rewatch it to see what the hell I missed lol.

#27 Posted by SeanFoster (882 posts) -

@demonknightinuyasha said:

So, I guess I fell asleep without realizing it last night, so until seeing this thread (and no ER posted today), had no idea that it ended with last nights episode and was completely confused XD Guess I better rewatch it to see what the hell I missed lol.

They live streamed the final battle with Lavos, was a 2 or 2 and a half hour event. Probably archived tomorrow.

#28 Posted by Soulblitz (350 posts) -

Never played the game before and loved every minute of it. Sure they made a few silly mistakes, but none of us play games perfectly. I was a little surprised by how short the game is in that I expected it to be much longer, and they even said that in the final part as well, but I'm not disappointed.

The ending was fantastic, and doing it live and following it through to the end was totally worth it. The only bad thing about the Endurance Run, as with the previous ones, is that now I don't have any more Endurance Run to watch! Hats off to Ryan and Patrick for sticking through it and putting up with everyone bitching. I know a lot of people only bitch because it's simple things that would help them along the way, but they're playing their Chrono Trigger, not yours. I absolutely cannot wait for the next Endurance Run, but I fully understand why they'd want to take a break.

In the mean time, BOBO'S THEME LIVES ON.

#29 Posted by GalacticPunt (1092 posts) -

Though in terms of funny moments, this was the weakest Endurance Run so far, the ending was the best yet.

Beating a the final boss of a classic game in front of 2000+ hyped fans was great. It made this old Chrono Trigger fan smile.

#30 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2041 posts) -

I agree with a lot of what has been brought up so far: the Endurance Run had many great moments but at the same time there were parts that truly had to be endured with how they'd sometimes struggle with trivial issues a lot longer than they should've.

In the end, though, they really pulled it together. That was an amazing finale. Being someone who played through Chrono Trigger similarly, I was impressed with how they managed to adapt to Lavos' changes quickly and actually comfortably defeat Lavos.

Chrono Trigger is one of my all-time favorite games and I'm glad Ryan and Patrick were able to share that experience. Its endgame is one I have an attachment to (I really liked how nicely everything wrapped up in the Midnight Parade ending and how everyone was able to say goodbye) and I absolutely loved how they transitioned into the credits and the final screen between To Far Away Times and To Good Friends - even Ryan and Patrick were seriously engaged in how the credits rolled, showing how even an SNES-era game can age well and still deliver one of the best storytelling experiences in a video game.

As much as there were struggles, this Endurance Run was definitely worthwhile and I look forward to even more in the distant future. For now, I'm sure these guys deserve a good break from endurance runs!

#31 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

@MasturbatingestBear said:

@DonChipotle said:

I still think Chrono Trigger is a bad game but the ER had its moments so there's that.

Not liking something and saying its bad are different things. I don't like Mass Effect but I won't say its a bad game. It just doesn't interest me.

People can think a game is bad, its an opinion.....I hated Mass Effect 2, I thought Mass Effect 2 was a bad game.

#32 Posted by Dotsonics (2 posts) -

Anyone know when they will post up the final episode? Was stuck at work and unable to see the live stream :/

#33 Posted by JackSukeru (5950 posts) -

It wasn't the strongest of the 6 Endurance Runs, but parts of it were really great and I mostly had fun with it. Watching the end live was an experience as well and totally worth it.

I hope they'll do another one, someday.

#34 Posted by babblinmule (1262 posts) -

I thought it wasnt anywhere near as good as the Persona 4 one, but waaaaay better than the Deadly Premonition run.

#35 Posted by byterunner (314 posts) -

@RockmanBionics said:

It wasn't the strongest of the 6 Endurance Runs, but parts of it were really great and I mostly had fun with it. Watching the end live was an experience as well and totally worth it.

I hope they'll do another one, someday.

SIX?!

what? *goes to ER page*

...........

What?

#36 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11458 posts) -

@byterunner said:

@RockmanBionics said:

It wasn't the strongest of the 6 Endurance Runs, but parts of it were really great and I mostly had fun with it. Watching the end live was an experience as well and totally worth it.

I hope they'll do another one, someday.

SIX?!

what? *goes to ER page*

...........

What?

Don't forget about when they played through all of Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja and Afterburner Climax.

#37 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

It was fun to watch. Not that enduring IMO.

#38 Posted by SuperFusion (44 posts) -

My favorite part was when Ryan had a stroke of genius and changed Epoch's name to 2poch. That was, without a doubt, the funniest moment of the CT ER. The ending was really good too, especially since it was live, which made it all the more exciting. And I totally didn't cry at the end.. totally didn't... >.<

#39 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (473 posts) -

@seanfoster: Hahha yeah, about half way through the latest available I was like "...this is half over and they haven't even started to him....was that forum post fucking with me?" Then of course got to the end and they mentioned live streaming it. Good to know it's going to be super long XD

#40 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

Because of this I bought and am playing dragon quest 6. So there's that.

#41 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

Best thing this site has ever done.

#42 Edited by CornBREDX (5844 posts) -

The ER was great. It started off kinda slow, and Ryan and Patrick needed a few episodes to really get going (as far as banter and commenting goes) but in the end it did not disappoint. It was entirely what I had hoped for in this ER- witty but also insightful. 
 
An awesome, ER. It's a shame Jeff wont do these anymore, he's really funny- but this was superb. So glad Ryan and Patrick were the ones to do this one, honestly. Nice change of pace to the Jeff/Vinny type ER. I hope they do an ER near the end/beginning of every year. Seemed like perfect timing- what with nothin else goin on.

#43 Posted by MikeLemmer (584 posts) -

After all the stumbling they did during the midgame, it was great to watch them find a good strategy, clean the final boss's clock with it, and applaud the game.

Chrono Trigger is the capsule Japanese RPG for me. It's the Portal to Final Fantasy's Halflife. It's smaller and shorter, but they pack in an unusual story, a combat system that emphasizes different tactics, a combo system that diversifies party setups, and enough side quests and alternate endings to let you end it quickly or draw it out. The music and graphical style are top notch, too. It's the perfect game for introducing someone to old-school JRPGs, or just finishing a game in one or two weekends.

#44 Edited by Stymie (16 posts) -

In the end, I loved it. Yeah, there were times when I was screaming at my monitor, but I had to remember that this is a game I've played religiously since I was a kid. I can guarantee I missed a ton of the extras on my first play-through, too. I also have to say, it was really neat seeing people who were not very familiar with Chrono Trigger appreciate it as much as they did by the time the game was finished; a lot of old school games don't stand up to the test of time well (especially when being played by someone for the first time). Chrono Trigger is just a really great exception to that rule.

As for favorite moments... watching them run around the game for what seemed like half an hour because they didn't see the obvious doorway in the back of the cave of mystics, that was pretty funny. Or Patrick's stoic comment of "I get the feeling we could have done something about that" after Lara's legs were crushed. Poor Lara!

Edit: Nope, I forgot the moment that had me laughing the hardest at the... endurance run ineptitude. Ha. The first time they came out of the time gate at the Mystic's village and went to see Melchoir... and no more than 2 minutes later, could not remember how to get back or where the gate was.

#45 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

I was unable to watch it live, but It sounds like it'll be quite the show when the recording is posted. Congrats to Ryan and Patrick for enduring!

#46 Posted by hoonsama (28 posts) -

It had its close to unbearable moments but it was a blast to watch overall.

Am I the only one hoping that they'd try for all the other endings? Though I guess the chances of that happening is nil.

@Hailinel said:

I was unable to watch it live, but It sounds like it'll be quite the show when the recording is posted. Congrats to Ryan and Patrick for enduring!

You can watch the recording off their justin.tv account:

http://www.justin.tv/giantbomb/videos

#47 Edited by Encephalon (1317 posts) -

I loved it. Some serious poignancy in that ending.

I'm glad I endured with Ryan and Patrick, because I never finished CT myself, and now I feel like I did and got all the emotional payoff without the effort.

#48 Edited by FateOfNever (1855 posts) -

@InfiniteGeass said:

I wanna play Chrono Cross now. I was thinking about getting CT, but not much of a point now that I've seen the ending.

Well, you've seen one of the endings. There's 13 in all. 14 on the DS. And if you play Chrono Cross, don't go in expecting anything nearly as good as Chrono Trigger.

Edit: Also, this was a good ER. There were times I was yelling at my screen; not so much about HOW they were playing but that they were missing obvious things (like getting counter attacked for doing certain things and not being able to figure out that that was happening.) It also sort of pointed out to me just how bad the SNES translation was, as well as some of the later game faults of how vague things get (that Sun Stone quest would be almost impossible if you didn't go look it up, and I take that a bit for granted having played through the game so many times at this point.) The simple things really made it so enjoyable though and I really hope we get another ER in the near future (though I'm sure as hell not holding my breath there will be another one soon.)

#49 Posted by Beforet (2932 posts) -

All ERs should have live endings. I hope it's something they adopt from now on. At least in the cases where it's obvious like this one.

#50 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

the live ending was really great, i think they played the game fine but their constant amnesia was frustrating at times

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