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1. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:01 BST
I was going through all of my old backups and came across this review I had written back in 1998. This represents the first review I ever wrote. It ended up being put up on a small SNES site that's long been abandoned since. I didn't change any of it (although the urge to fix it up was almost overwhelming), but here it is for what it's worth. I figured it would be at least good for a laugh.
CHRONO TRIGGERBy: Corbie DillardCreated: October 13, 1998
Introduction:Let me start by saying that in my humble opinion, this is not only the best RPG ever released for the Super NES, it is also the best RPG ever released for ANY system. The premise of the story would be nearly impossible to summarize in a small paragraph but I'll give it a shot. You begin the game at the Millenia Fair. It is here where you are transported in time through a portal opened by your friend Lucca. It is there where you accidentally alter the course of events of time. Now you must journey through time from period to period in an effort to try and restore the events of time to their original state. Along the way you will meet up with some strange characters some of whom will join you on your quest to save the world from the destruction of Lavos.
Graphics [10/10]:This game sports the best graphics of any SNES game. Hands down! Everything is so bright and colorful. And the attention to detail in the characters is astounding. Famed Dragonball Z artist Akira Toriyama designed most of the characters from this game and it shows. And equally impressive is the scene in which you warp through time. The tunnel you travel through is a marvel to behold. And the unique thing about this game is that every new area you travel to has a completely unique and original look and feel to it. This really adds to the spaciousness of the game's feel. Square really knew how to pull graphic and sound power out of the SNES and this game is the pinnacle of that fact.
Music and Sound [10/10]:Now here is where this game shines. If you thought the graphics were impressive, you ain't seen, or shall I say heard, nothing yet! Until this game I had never actually purchased a video game soundtrack but this one made a believer out of me. There is a 3 CD soundtrack set available that I reccomend to anyone. The music in each area, like the graphics, has a unique and original feel and tempo to it. This really compliments the areas and makes the game that much more engulfing. One of my favorites is the song at the very beginning of the game when you first wake up and venture out of Crono's house. Take my word for it this is the best soundtrack of any video game I have ever played. Even better than the very close second place winner FFIII.
Game Play [10/10]:I have always leaned more towards the action style combat RPGs as a whole but this is one turn-based RPG that changed my whole philosophy. Not only does each character have a wealth of options but if you combine the abilities and spells of each character together you get a super spell called a "double or triple-tech". And as the enemies get tougher you are going to find yourself using these more and more. I also loved the quick and easy menu system. You even had a bar on the menu that showed how much longer your character had to wait in order to have his/her turn at attacking. The menu system is even better than the one used in FF III (wow I can't believe I just said that. But it's true!) Even those who are not real fans of turn-based RPGs will love this game.
Challenge and Replay [10/10]:As with most Square games this one is far from easy. In fact it gets downright tough in places. But it is a gradual challenge. And learning new spells and picking up and purchasing more powerful weapons will help ease the challenge a bit. And there are several different endings so it's always fun to go back and play through the game again in an attempt to get a better ending. Square really knew what they were doing with this game and it shows. You'll keep coming back for more!
Conclusion/Overall [10/10]:This is as close to perfect as any video game I have ever played. If I were dumped on a deserted island and could only have one game system and one game to play for the rest of eternity they would be the Super NES and Chrono Trigger and I say that without any hesitation. "Is it really that good?", you ask, "You better believe it...and then some!"
Edited on Sat 4th July, 2009 @ 08:02 by Corbs
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2. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:12 BST
LOL you sound like a raveing fanboy but yeah it is that good.
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3. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:13 BST
I know. I was ashamed just reading it.
4. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:17 BST
I give this review a 7.
5. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:18 BST
Wow, you're being very kind. I'd give it a 2/10.
6. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:19 BST
How ironic,I was actually considering reviewing Chrono Trigger DS,and I would have given it the same score. But,I must say that review was awesome!
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7. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:22 BST
Yeah, very kind.
Save the 7 for his current reviews. lol
100% correct about the music quality, though. Even to this day, it's my #1 favorite video game soundtrack.
I've only played the DS game with the sound off. lol
I guess I should listen to that sometime.
Edited on Sat 4th July, 2009 @ 08:28 by AlexSays
8. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:24 BST
The score from that review is spot-on. The writing, however, is quite poor. But what can we expect from his first ever review, right?
100% correct about the music quality, though. Even to this day, it's my #1 favorite video game soundtrack. I have it on my PSP, and was listening to it earlier today, actually.
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9. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:29 BST
I don't think I even knew what a comma was back then. That or I just forgot to use one. LOL
Edited on Sat 4th July, 2009 @ 08:30 by Corbs
10. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:32 BST
I didn't go through counting them extensively, but I already see at least THREE commas in that review.
EDIT: Okay, NOW I've counted them. I see a whopping NINE commas in that entire review.
Also, I think you're crazy talking about the game's difficulty like that. Chrono Trigger really isn't all THAT hard at any point, if you play it right. You must not have known how to play it right eleven years ago.
Edited on Sat 4th July, 2009 @ 08:35 by Stuffgamer1
11. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:34 BST
You're right. I tossed in a couple for fun. And even in the right places for the most part.
BTW, the Bit Boy!! review is in the system. I just gave it a read. Good read.
Edited on Sat 4th July, 2009 @ 08:35 by Corbs
12. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:36 BST
I didn't even notice a lack of commas. What I noticed was the...
And the attention
And equally impressive
And the unique thing
And that's just one paragraph!
13. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:39 BST
@AlexSays: In a way, that IS noticing a lack of commas, as those phrases would've fit better after commas instead of at the beginning of sentences.
14. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:40 BST
@AlexSays-Don't EVER mess with Corbie. You don't want him to change your screen name back to CattleSays,do you?
15. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:43 BST
I don't think Corbie would do the same joke name change twice. He's more original than that, isn't he? Unless you plan to have Corbie from 11 years ago time-travel and do the name change.
16. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:43 BST
I think we'll just leave the Corbie from 11 years ago back there 11 years ago.
17. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:45 BST
Probably for the best. Modern Corbie isn't a crappy writer.
18. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:49 BST
Wow, and I just bought this game today for the DS, never played it before. Glad it got such a good review
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19. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:54 BST
@JJosh: Yes, it's awesome. Play it! Play it NOW!
20. Posted: Sat 4th Jul 2009 08:55 BST
It truly is a magnificent game. And one that's as good today as it was 14 years ago when it was first released.