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Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Forget Final Fantasy. Forget Star Ocean. Forget Dragon Quest. The best 16-bit role-playing game is none other than Chrono Trigger. Released mere days after the original PlayStation, this Super NES game was largely ignored due to the excitement over impending 32- and 64-bit wars. However, what Chrono Trigger does is successfully take everything that SquareSoft had learned about making quality role-playing games and mixed it with one of the most compelling stories of all time. Rating: 100%
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What Is It? Forget Final Fantasy. Forget Star Ocean. Forget Dragon Quest. The best 16-bit role-playing game is none other than Chrono Trigger. Released mere days after the original PlayStation, this Super NES game was largely ignored due to the excitement over impending 32- and 64-bit wars. However, what Chrono Trigger does is successfully take everything that SquareSoft had learned about making quality role-playing games and mixed it with one of the most compelling stories of all time.

You play Crono, a silent hero who decides to go to his town's fair to support his inventor friend Lucca. Along the way he helps a few people and meets a beautiful (yet oddly familiar) young woman named Marle, who decides to tag along. Before long you're being asked to take part in Lucca's crazy teleporter invention, which is a shoe-in to win the best invention award at this year's science fair. There's just one problem, when Lucca's creation malfunctions it has a tendency to send people back in time.

Does It Still Hold Up? In a lot of ways Chrono Trigger is exactly like all of Square's other 16-bit games. You play from a slightly overhead perspective, take part in turn-based combat and rummage through dungeons leveling up the wide selection of memorable characters. It's the game's unique time travel conceit that makes this game so compelling. The gameplay is rock solid, but the real star is the narrative.

Is It Worth The Money? These days there's no excuse not to play Chrono Trigger. Not only can you pick this game up on the Virtual Console, but there are also versions available for the Nintendo DS and the PSP/PS3 (coming soon). Eight dollars is not too much to ask for one of the best games of all time, especially one that is this long. Even if you don't buy it on the Wii, seek out Chrono Trigger in one form or another.
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