Why exactly is this game so great?

#1 Posted by Yit (761 posts) -

I'm about an hour in, and, while being a competent JRPG, I haven't noticed anything worth shouting from the rooftops about.

Does something awesome happen later?

#2 Edited by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

As far as I can tell, yes. I am 12 hours in and so far, it has long left Final Fantasy VI behind as best SNES RPG (in my view). Several years ago I played about an hour of it and wasn't impressed, just like you are now, and I quit there. I found it too... lighthearted, Crono and Marle were annoying, and I couldn't see the story going anywhere. But believe me, the pacing gets a lot better, and the whole thing becomes pretty dark.

Portal, World of Goo, Super Mario Galaxy, and to an extent the Metal Gear franchise, become awesome because you really feel that the developers  tried to constantly keep you entertained, to use a limited amount of gameplay mechanics and try to come up with as many interesting and fun ways to use them as they can. A good game has you say: "Oh. That's really cool." or "Great idea." at least once every 30 minutes. Chrono Trigger does that.

You really feel that every team (music, battle, script, graphics, etc.) tried to do it's best to make this a good, worthwhile storydriven adventure. The story gets pretty awesome really fast, and the time travel mechanics are implemented in a good way. There's really no boring or repetetive parts, even in dungeons. Speaking of which, the way "dungeons", storytelling sequences and other playable sequences are interconnected is excellent. You never go long without something new happening. The combat gets much better as well, although I must say the game is almost too easy.

I agree that the first one or two hours can be pretty forgettable. I suggest you play until you finished the first episode in the future, and then decide whether you want to continue or not.

#3 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -

I've played Chrono Trigger from beginning to end and I don't see what's so great about it. It was very meh. Final Fantasy VI easily beats it, as does Earthbound.

#4 Posted by Hexpane (1397 posts) -
PureRok said:
"I've played Chrono Trigger from beginning to end and I don't see what's so great about it. It was very meh. Final Fantasy VI easily beats it, as does Earthbound."
You're comparing Babe Ruth to Ted Williams and Carl Yaz.   CT, FFVI and Earthbound are ALL Hall of Fame games. 

I can see people wondering "whats so great" , people troll about that for every game that is considered great.  But to say CT isnt as good as FFVI is like saying Wine isn't as good as Beer, they are both BEST IN CLASS

CT like most great RPGs doesnt get really good until about 5 hours in.  I can't think of a single RPG I love that didn't take 5 hours to get great.  KOTOR, CT, FFTactics,  Everquest, Summoner, MOrrowind, Fallout... they all take time
#5 Posted by StarFoxA (5146 posts) -

I've played the game through three times now, and every time I've love every minute of it. The Chrono universe is so diverse, so unique, and so much fun to explore.

#6 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

The story isn't pretentious, the characters are likeable while maintaining some depth, the music is awesome, and the combat system is pretty good.

#7 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1540 posts) -

Keep playing and give it time.  Once you start to see some of the plot twists and get to know the characters better, you'll enjoy it.

#8 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

Are we talking of the original snes version or the DS version.
I wont comment on the snes version since that is the greatest rpg or atleast one of them ever made.

But the DS version is a hacked port with a few added extras that aren't worth the 40 dollars asked, I paid 70-80 dollars when CT came out on snes, i paid 50 for Final Fantasy Chronicles, I refuse to pay another 40 for a game that isn't worth that price after all this time specially when it received next to no uprade.

#9 Posted by Hexpane (1397 posts) -
WilliamRLBaker said:
"Are we talking of the original snes version or the DS version.
I wont comment on the snes version since that is the greatest rpg or atleast one of them ever made.

But the DS version is a hacked port with a few added extras that aren't worth the 40 dollars asked, I paid 70-80 dollars when CT came out on snes, i paid 50 for Final Fantasy Chronicles, I refuse to pay another 40 for a game that isn't worth that price after all this time specially when it received next to no uprade."
Why are you paying such high prices?

I got FFC for $19 new
#10 Posted by HiroSeven (215 posts) -

FFC was slightly expensive when it first came out, I bought it for about $40.00. It's the only version of CT that I have and its great! (The loading times sure suck though...)

Like others are saying, it will take a little time to get the story going... Remember this is a bit of an old and slower paced story than today's games that hit you with awesome opening sequences and put you right into the action from the get go (not saying that some older games were not like that).

I think CT maintains it's charm throughout the whole game, but each has their own style of play. 

#11 Posted by Hexpane (1397 posts) -
HiroSeven said:
"FFC was slightly expensive when it first came out, I bought it for about $40.00. It's the only version of CT that I have and its great! (The loading times sure suck though...)

Like others are saying, it will take a little time to get the story going... Remember this is a bit of an old and slower paced story than today's games that hit you with awesome opening sequences and put you right into the action from the get go (not saying that some older games were not like that).

I think CT maintains it's charm throughout the whole game, but each has their own style of play. 

"
Without a doubt it takes at least 2 hours for CT to get going.  But 2 hours of slowness is about the norm for GREAT RPGs.  Most of my fav RPGs start out very slow and build, like a great novel.
#12 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -
Hexpane said:
"WilliamRLBaker said:
"Are we talking of the original snes version or the DS version.
I wont comment on the snes version since that is the greatest rpg or atleast one of them ever made.

But the DS version is a hacked port with a few added extras that aren't worth the 40 dollars asked, I paid 70-80 dollars when CT came out on snes, i paid 50 for Final Fantasy Chronicles, I refuse to pay another 40 for a game that isn't worth that price after all this time specially when it received next to no uprade."
Why are you paying such high prices?

I got FFC for $19 new"
lol yeah you paid for it what 4 years now after it was released? i paid for it at launch.
#13 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

Chrono Trigger really is as amazing as everyone says. Hopefully you'll keep playing and see how the story and characters all come together. The writing is so clever and well thought out. I think the game starts picking up when you begin helping Frog find a missing weapon. =)

#14 Posted by BrickRoad (702 posts) -

The game constantly Rick Rolls you, before Rick Rolling was even around.

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