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Chrono Trigger: 'The best RPG of all time'

My favourite game: Billy Hunt rates Square-Enix's masterpiece

Chrono Trigger was first released in 1995 and seeing as it was developed by the creators of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, it's pretty likely that gamers were expecting something pretty special. Sadly UK gamers would haver to wait 14 years to play this special RPG on DS as it wasn't originally released over here.

The story of Chrono Trigger takes place in multiple time periods and this is where Trigger differs from many RPGs. Starting off in 1000 AD, the games hero - Crono - heads to the Millennial Fair, a celebration of 1000 years of the land.

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But his inventor friend's teleporting machine goes wrong and the Princess arrives in the middle ages.

All this happens in the first few chapters of the game and the great thing about the world is that as you travel to different eras to complete different tasks, the landscape changes with time. This allows for some fantastic storytelling and puzzles.

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But the story is not the only thing that Chrono Trigger has got going for it. The gameplay varies from other console RPGs in that it does away random encounters and places enemies in the world for you to battle.

On top of this, the game features the 'Active Time Battle System' which has featured in many games in the Final Fantasy Series. With unique skills or 'techs' for each party member plus the various items at your disposal, battles in Chrono Trigger are actually fun.

Chrono Trigger's soundtrack is one of the best in gaming. While it doesn't change much from the original, there wasn't really any need for alterations as the tracks are worth the price of the game on their own. They also feature in one of the new additions to this DS version of the game: the Music Box.

This allows you to listen to every track featured in the game and is a nice yet simple addition.

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However, compared to the other new features, the Music Box is tiny. Boasting two new dungeons and a Pokčmon-esque monster arena, Chrono Trigger DS puts the icing on the already amazing cake. Without the updates, it's worth buying and even if you've played through the game before, it's worth playing again.

Why? Because Chrono Trigger is simply the best RPG of all time.

Thanks to Billy Hunt for his Chrono Trigger review. If you would like your review of your favourite game to be published on the ONM website, simply post a review of your favourite game on the Reviews and Buyer's Guide forum. Want another opinion? Here's our Chrono Trigger DS review.

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  1. OracleOfPokemon Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 09:00

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!

  2. ThePokekid78 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 11:01

    I would submit a review for my favourite game, since I review a lot of games myself, but Twilight Princess has already been done....

  3. RTY1998 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 11:11

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!

    As much as I like Pokemon, I'm sorry I have to play this card. Just Dance 2!

  4. mario r us Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 11:55

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!


    So Carnival Games is better than okami?

  5. mario r us Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 11:56

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!


    So Carnival Games is better than okami?

  6. RTY1998 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 11:56

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!


    So Carnival Games is better than okami?

    Owned!

  7. giygas27 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 15:39

    I need to get round to playing this game, though it will have to be extra good to knock all three Earthbound of the top of my RPG list :)

  8. masamune Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 15:59

    Pokémon is much better. You can't argue with sales!


    ahahahahahahaha, ahahaha, ahaha, ha, haaaaaaaaaaa

    whilst it's inarguably one of the best jrpgs produced so far, labelling it the best rpg 'of all time' is a bit silly - unless you're can predict the future, which you probably can't (except if you're Ran, which would be AWESOME (but that would mean we'd all be living in a giant dystopian underground diesel-punk city and whilst that would be cool i'd rather not get turned into an android-plant thing)).

  9. Pilotboy Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 17:42

    Completely agree with this article! Easily the best RPG ever made, far better than Pokemon- cheeky little animations and dialogue are often hilarious, the battle system is great, particularly the ability to do team-based special moves, it has a massive scale and the plot is incredibly well written- one plot twist had me gawping at my DS in shock for ages. EPIC GAME!! :D

  10. thomi6 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 18:26

    Lets remember, it's a matter of opinion........ so it really doesn't matter what you think is better. Its not definably better. Just your opinion. Although, I have to say, Chrono Trigger is probably my favourite hand held game ever. It simply is awesome, and its cheap now soooooooo...... BUY IT!

  11. RTY1998 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 18:44

    Lets remember, it's a matter of opinion........ so it really doesn't matter what you think is better. Its not definably better. Just your opinion. Although, I have to say, Chrono Trigger is probably my favourite hand held game ever. It simply is awesome, and its cheap now soooooooo...... BUY IT!

    By favourite, does that also mean best. I personally prefer DQIX, although I feel this is one of the best. In my opinion the fourth best RPG on the DS. Zelda: PH, DQIX, Golden Sun, Crono Trigger then Mario and Luigi 3.

  12. fisher2007 Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 19:03

    My favorite RPG is disgaea ds.

  13. masamune Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 20:49

    Lets remember, it's a matter of opinion........ so it really doesn't matter what you think is better. Its not definably better. Just your opinion. Although, I have to say, Chrono Trigger is probably my favourite hand held game ever. It simply is awesome, and its cheap now soooooooo...... BUY IT!

    By favourite, does that also mean best. I personally prefer DQIX, although I feel this is one of the best. In my opinion the fourth best RPG on the DS. Zelda: PH, DQIX, Golden Sun, Crono Trigger then Mario and Luigi 3.

    favourite =/= best

    final fantasy ix is far and away my favourite jrpg, chrono trigger doesn't even begin to scratch it. hell, chrono trigger isn't even one of my favourite games, but i still consider it one of the best jrpgs ever made.

  14. BlooperTrooper Sunday 13th Nov 2011 at 21:07

    100% agree with this article!

  15. 2Black4U Monday 14th Nov 2011 at 14:18

    This article is probably right, but i somehow prefer Final Fantasy VI

  16. King-X Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 at 04:13

    labelling it the best rpg 'of all time' is a bit silly - unless you're can predict the future


    Technically right of course, and somewhat pedantic. Sounds like a slightly younger me perhaps... But we all know what was meant is "best RPG so far", and I'm inclined to agree.

  17. Hisoka Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 at 04:42

    Objectively, Chrono Trigger is one of the best RPGs of all time.
    Also, Frog's theme is pure win!

  18. masamune Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 at 11:40

    labelling it the best rpg 'of all time' is a bit silly - unless you're can predict the future


    Technically right of course, and somewhat pedantic. Sounds like a slightly younger me perhaps... But we all know what was meant is "best RPG so far", and I'm inclined to agree.

    yeah it's pedantic, but the phrase is just one of my peeves

  19. Dyrk Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 at 11:43

    RPG... my favourite genre! I've spent many hours playing them, especially on Nintendo's handhelds. But, I wouldn't say 'Chrono Trigger' is the BEST! There are so many brilliant RPGs. The 'Zelda' series (a DS version of 'Minnish Cap' would be great!) the 'Dragon Quest' series (Dragon Quest IX was an amazing game) the 'Final Fantasy' series and of course, 'Pokemon'... all give hours of gaming pleasure! There couldn't be too many RPGs for me!

  20. masamune Tuesday 15th Nov 2011 at 17:05

    ^ Zelda isn't a jrpg

  21. thatburgerking Monday 21st Nov 2011 at 07:08

    Err, Pokemon is better.

    And besides, are you guys ONLY comparing Nintendo games? Because Deus Ex: Human Revolution has great shooter-rpg qualities.

  22. masamune Monday 21st Nov 2011 at 13:36

    yeah but wrpgs and jrpgs are completely different genres.

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