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Chrono Trigger

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Reviewed by Rebecca Bair One of the greatest games for the Super NES ever made. I waited at least 3 years to get this game after I had first played it. I rented it at a video store and played it for a week or so and then had to give it back to them. I continued to rent it and get further and further into it. After I had beaten it I gave it back to the video store once again and paid for the over charges. About a month later I was humminh all the tunes to the game and drawing scenes from it all the time. I knew that I wanted to play it again so my mom took me to the video store to rent it and.... *gasp!* it wasn't there! I kept coming back day after day hopeing someone had just rented it but, no, no one rented it..... SOMEONE BOUGHT IT!!! This made me so very mad and disappointed at the same time. I wanted to play it so badly but I also wanted to kill the person who bought it. I went back home and pouted for a while in the corner of my room then drew another scene from it. This time it was a scene where Lavos was there and Crono, Lucca, and Ayla were all on the ground and Schala was apologizing to everyone as Queen Zeal laughed wickedly. After 2 years of searching for it I finally got it for my birthday and was so very happy. I played it forever that day.

Graphics 8 out of 10

The graphics for this game I didn't even really notice until I finally owned it. I was so happy and was looking for every single positive in the game. I noticed that the backgrounds looked great! Heck, for the Super NES those are some REALLY good backgrounds. They almost look real in a sorta-real-sorta-not type of way. I love how they did the character pictures. They are very good looking and you just can't help laughing when you see Marle smack her butt during the Prehistoric dance at the fair and in Ayla's time. The enemy graphics are great and fit in with the backgrounds perfectly. I also enjoyed the wide variety of different furniture people had in their houses. It made the homes have a real looking sort of matter to them.

Music and Sound 8 out of 10

Music was my favorite part of the game along with the storyline. All the music has it's time in the game and fits in with that part perfectly. All the music is very very catchy and is really hard to get out of your head.^-^ My personal favorite music is Enhasa's theme. It's so very calming and kind of spiritual-like. It is really relaxing to listen to. I loved the end of the game theme so very much! It sounded wonderful and very fit for it's spot in the game. The battle themes are great as are the sound effects for EVERY single spell! The Schala theme as well was very good. It had a mysterious type of sound to it. It made you wonder who that person is and what do they do.

Game Challenge 7 out of 10

The challenge of the battles were not very hard. This is never a bad thing but people might want something a little more challenging if they have had many years in gaming. I personally liked the battles being easy (but that's because I hate leveling up!). I guess that the easiness was to make it easier to get stronger before the final battle. Lavos was a lot harder that I had thought he would be. I mean, sure, the first form was REALLY easy. But the other two forms I can't say the same. It fits him well, though, being the final boss and all.

Game Play-Fun 8 out of 10

I enjoyed the fun in this game. I really like the tent in the fair with all the fun games to play for Silver Points. All the mini games were great as well. I don't know if this is considered fun to some people but I REALLY enjoyed hunting down all the Nu's and killing them!! All of them placed in different times giving you a hard time finding them and then once you find them you just take so much joy in killing the little maggots! Plus you get a great variety of items from them ranging from feathers to Black stones.

Frustration

There really were no times in Chrono Trigger that you would get frustrated at. Not any that I now of at least!

Replayability 9 out of 10

This is a really high score for Replayability, I know, but there are lots of different things to do after you beat the game! Such as starting a new game with New Game +, opening all the doors using the pendent, opening all the treasure boxes using the pendent, getting all the spells, getting everyone's best weapon, defeating the Black Omen, and of course, getting ALL the endings. There are lots more things that I didn't list but I can't think of them right now. Everyone's favorite thing to do in this game was to get all the different endings. You had to start at least 6 different games to get them all. I never really got all the endings in Chrono Trigger. I got about 3 and then stopped. A easy thing to help you get through your game faster is using the New Game + mode that you receive after beating the game once. This allows you to copy your stats from another game you saved and have them in the new game you start.

Game Value 7 out of 10

Most defiantly! The game is great and is really cheap now since it's been out for a while. The game is a most have!

Plotscripting 7 out of 10

Again I bring up the topic that holds Marle smacking her butt in it. Plotscripting. Plotscripting is where a character does something without you controlling them. Mini games, one of the many great thing in Chrono Trigger, are a great example of Plotscripting! On the hitting the bell with the mallet game in the fair Chrono moves up and down while you get ready to press the "B" button to make him hit it. It's just a easier way to do things. This game has tons of it! It's all done so well too! All the moves characters do out of battle that you don't make them do is Plotscripting!

Overall 8 out of 10

This game is truly a masterpiece. One of my favorites and a defiantly must have. If you're looking for a great RPG then Chrono Trigger is it!

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