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Opinion: Chrono Trigger, the greatest RPG of all time

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When you ask a role-playing game fans what their favorite game is, you are most likely to hear Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo Entrainment System (NES).

This is because it was one of the best RPG’s ever made. It has all the great role playing elements and it was fun to boot.

I grew up with this game. I must have been about 11 when it came out in back in 1995. I remember watching my brother play for hours at a time, then (when I finally got the hang this genre of games) playing it myself. It was one of the first RPGs I’d ever played, aside from Earthbound. It was fun, not too difficult, and I loved it, still do. I even still own the original cartage for the SNES.

What makes this game so great is that has every element you would want in an RPG. It was never really that difficult. There are a few bosses that will give you trouble, like the dreaded Golem Twins, but all you had to do was go up a couple levels and come well prepared with healing items and you would be fine. There was very little level grinding, which is something I hate in a game.

The side quests in this game were not only fun, they allowed you to learn the back stories of the characters. This game is also very open-ended and allows you to make you own decisions that effect the certain outcomes of the game (usually minor) and possibly the ending. The game is all about time travel so things you choose in the past will effect the future, so you could travel forward and see what’s you changed.

The fighting system is typical turn-based, but what’s really nice is the multi-techs you can do with the other characters. You can even do tech’s with all three characters for maximum damage.

Possibly one of the best features of the game is New Game+ which allows you play the game again with the same stats and same items (minus the quest items) you had when you beat the game. This way you can play again and get all the side quests and goodies without worrying about fighting everything again. If you beat the game at a high level, then can play again and basically kill all the bosses with one or two hits. This feature also allows you to kill Lavos at different parts of the game and get different, awesome, endings.

The music is the game is awesome, too. Every area has unique music, plus all the main character’s have their own theme music.

As if all this wasn’t enough, you also have the option to play with one of the greatest role playing game characters of all time, Magus. His battle music is worth playing the game alone.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot but, trust me, it lives up to it’s name.

A lot of you will probably disagree with the masses on this one but anyone who played it when it first came out can agree that they have yet to play another game quite like it. Plus with it’s re-release on the DS (November 2008), we can experience it all over again.

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