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To be uber-critical, you could argue that a few of the RPG innovations may not stand out as proudly as they once did, and equally you could bemoan that fact that the game shows no graphical improvement in the move to a new platform (especially compared to the now defunct fan remake from a few years back). But crucially none of these negatives detract from the experience, so much so that I struggle to even label them as such. On the whole, the game is still full of fantastic little touches that you can’t help but love, all presented and executed in a simply timeless fashion. You can’t ask much more than that.
With a lengthy story, memorable characters, detailed graphics and a fast moving story, Chrono Trigger stands out as one of the best role-playing games of all time. And for the time being, this slightly updated port proves to be the best role-playing game on the Nintendo DS. Regardless of whether you missed it the first time or not, Chrono Trigger is a must-own game!
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
"Chrono Trigger" is one of the most highly praised and lauded role playing games from the Super Nintendo era and of all time. It is constantly among many top ten lists and yet it has never quite reached mainstream levels that "Final Fantasy" or "Kingdom Hearts" have reached. This could be due to the fact that only two games exist in the franchise and this is the second remake of the first. Somehow, "Chrono Trigger" has eluded even me for all these years but now is the perfect time to actually sit down and experience this one of a kind RPG for the first time.
If you've never played Chrono Trigger, then this is the version to get. The port is great, it looks really solid on the DS, runs fine, and everything is intact. If you have played CT in the past, then this will be a great replacement for your SNES cart, if you still have it. There's not enough in the way of changes to make any kind of impact to your former memories, and the game is just as fun to play now as it was in the 90's. The story and gameplay hold up incredibly well, and it still remains one of the best RPG's ever released.
Chrono Trigger DS makes for perfect gaming. And that’s why I beg you to put on your headphones, because the one factor in my favorite games that I’ve always taken for granted is the sound. Use this opportunity to casually indulge on every last bit of the Best SNES Game of 1995 and the Best DS Game of 2008. There, I said it.
In the end, is there really anything more that needs to be said aside from the three words "Chrono Trigger DS?" With no loading times, an improved script, hours and hours' worth of extras, and even more replayability, Chrono Trigger DS is the ultimate version of an undeniable classic.
But for fans of the original game, there is no risk in coming to reassess those long-held opinions. Chrono Trigger is a masterclass in RPG design, its execution so far beyond the quality and poise of contemporary JRPGs it's embarrassing. It represents the work of a company at the very top of its field, a team of designers so confident with the rules that they helped establish that they felt free to subvert and invert them to glorious effect. While this is a game presented in simple 2D sprites and count-the-frames animations, its underlying maturity and creativity is somehow all the more potent for it. And in this DS update, everyone has the chance to turn back the clock to see how, in many ways, the Japanese RPG's brightest future still lies in its past.
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Adding it all up, the DS Chrono Trigger may not have 40 bucks worth of voices or video, but it’s hard to argue that it isn’t 40 bucks worth of game. (It helps to remember that the Super Nintendo version cost $80 or $90 in 1995’s money. ROM is a heck of a lot cheaper than it used to be.) This is a genuine classic, and portability just makes it that much better.
For fans, the reason to pick up Chrono Trigger is simply because it's available, intact, and enhanced. For newcomers, it's because the game has easily withstood the test of time.
If you've never played Chrono Trigger, you owe it to yourself to finally give this gaming touchstone a whirl. And if you have played it before, you can play it again, for no other reason than to see how new it all still feels. We would normally hesitate to give any rerelease such a high score, but this is the ultimate edition of a true classic.
All told, Chrono Trigger DS is easily one of the best video games I've played in the recent past, and I've played quite a few of them. Whether or not you're a fan of consoled-based role-playing games, you owe it to yourself to try this one; it might just change your opinion of them. RPG fans should consider this one required reading, and even Chrono Trigger fans will find that the DS offering is sufficiently different and improved from the previous offerings so that it's well worth the price of admission. Make time for this one!
For those gamers that have played Chrono Trigger before, this is an easy sell. Go buy it because it is readily available and still cheaper than trying to find a copy on SNES. For those that have never played Chrono Trigger or even those that haven't heard of it before, I envy you. I wish I could re-live the first time that I put this game in and experience everything again through fresh eyes. Chrono Trigger is timeless, fun, exciting, and very deserving to be in people's favorite games list. I'm sorry if this review reads like a love letter to a forgotten RPG classic, but I bet if you play Chrono Trigger, you will be doing the same.
Une note qui traduit simplement le caractère universel d'un jeu qui fait depuis toujours l'unanimité auprès des joueurs. Son arrivée sur DS lui permet de se doter d'une traduction intégrale en français et de nombreux suppléments inédits qui relancent son intérêt sur la durée. Inégalé pour beaucoup, et surtout insaisissable car jamais sorti en Europe, Chrono Trigger reste plus que jamais ce chef-d'oeuvre intemporel dont n'importe quel fan de RPG saura vous vanter les mérites.
With just a few small missteps, this DS version of the classic SNES title greatly preserves—and in some ways, even enhances—the magic of the original. If you’ve yet to experience this work of art, now is your chance… but even if you’re a longtime fan, you’ll likely find enough to love in this reworked iteration to justify serious consideration. Put Chrono Trigger on your list this holiday season and experience the best that gaming has to offer.
Cheat Code Central
Chrono Trigger for the DS is definitely representative of how an updated re-release can be done well. The core gameplay remains virtually unchanged, and the game's signature style and sound remain wonderfully intact. While this new version does include some new added features, these are very unobtrusive and serve to complement the original game experience instead of infringe upon it. I could not be more pleased with this rerelease, and I certainly applaud Square Enix for rewarding their longtime fans with such a classic title on a current system. However, this game is not just for longtime fans, and if you have never been able to experience Chrono Trigger, the DS provides the perfect vehicle to do so. No matter which category you fall into, this title is definitely one you shouldn't miss and deserves to find its way into your collection before you can say "Good morning, Chrono!"
Official Nintendo Magazine
If you're an RPG fan we can't recommend Chrono Trigger highly enough. It's a beautiful example of the genre that will have you hooked from start to finish. Speaking of which, there's masses to see here too. With a ridiculous 14 (!)different endings depending on the way you play, Chrono Trigger is an RPG which will keep you busy for months.
I can see now why CT is held up as one of the crown jewels of the RPG genre. It is a fantastic game from start to finish, and does nearly everything perfectly. It has obviously been used as a template for many games that have come since, and with good reason. It’s as near perfect as we’re ever likely to see in a role-playing game. If you’re like me and missed it the first time around, there’s no excuse to skip what looks to be the definitive version of this classic tale.
Either way, with non-problematic graphics, a tight and strategic battle system, an extremely entertaining story, and what is probably the most impressive soundtrack in video game history, Chrono Trigger has not only stood the test of time, but it is probably still better than any RPG released in the last five years. It is definitely the most engaging RPG experience you’ll find on the DS and will continue to be played and praised.
At first glance it's a little strange – Square Enix completely remade two of their Final Fantasies for the DS, rendering virtually unrecognisable from their source material, so why didn't they do the same for Chrono Trigger DS and pump it full of polygons and new-fangled renders? Well, the answer is quite simple – you don't mess with a classic. Chrono Trigger DS is a faithful port of the wonderful original, with subtle improvements to the script and a little extra gameplay. If the very, very minor sound issues, or the moderately-retro graphics don't bother you, then is a must-own, especially if you've never played it before.
Długa, wciągająca przygoda, czternaście możliwych zakończeń oraz dodatkowe strefy i misje wprowadzone w nowej edycji. Oryginalny i wymagający systemem walki i doskonała oprawa audiowizualna. Epicki rozmach. Chrono Trigger doskonale przetrwał próbę czasu i dzisiejsze gry wciąż mogą mu niejednego pozazdrościć. A dla młodszych i starszych wielbicieli japońskiego RPG ten tytuł to absolutny mus, w który koniecznie trzeba zagrać!
You absolutely have no excuse now when someone asks you ‘Why haven’t you played Chrono Trigger?’ You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a US SNES version on eBay, import a Super Famicom and game from Japan or play the weaker PSOne version. This game is not only one of the best games ever made, but one of the best DS games available right now that every DS and RPG fan should have in their collection. Experience what all the hype was about 13 years ago because it’s worth every moment of your time.
Chrono Trigger sur DS est un portage réussi finalement : la parfaite version Super NES plus les ajouts PS1, les loadings en moins. Le seul point noir dans le tableau se trouve au niveau de certains ajouts spécifiques à cette version DS, comme les donjons inutiles, la revue de l'interface ainsi que la jouabilité pour s'adapter à la console. Mis à part l'affichage de la carte sur le deuxième écran ainsi que le fameux donjon "Singing Mountain", tout le reste est inutile ou bâclé. Toujours aussi splendide, c'est un chef-d'œuvre intemporel qui a très bien vieilli et que tout amateur de RPG, novice ou expert doit faire au moins une fois dans sa vie. Il sort pour la première fois en France, entièrement traduit, les joueurs qui ne connaissent pas cette perle ont ainsi l'occasion de le découvrir dans une version très complète !
Jeux Vidéo Network
Réunis dans l’idée de créer le jeu de rôle ultime, les plus grands talents japonais du genre ont relevé le défi avec virtuosité. D’une beauté rare, Chrono Trigger offre une expérience inoubliable.
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Il aura fallu attendre de nombreuses années avant de profiter de l'œuvre vidéoludique qu'est Chrono Trigger. Avec l'aide de cette version DS commercialisée et traduite pour l'Europe, les amateurs de RPG seront aux anges, qu'ils aient déjà parcouru l'aventure par le passé ou non. Le background, le système de jeu et l'aura dégagée jouent évidemment en la faveur de cette excellente production qui, quoi qu'on en dise, reste l'un des RPG les plus stables que nous ayons pu tâter ces dernières années. À n'en pas douter, il s'agit là d'un titre indispensable pour la DS.
D’une cartouche inaccessible par voies officielles, Chrono Trigger est devenue aujourd’hui un morceau d’Histoire du jeu vidéo ouvert à tous, dans la langue de Molière qui plus est. Un état de fait qui se substituerait presque en argument exclusif tant la renommée et les qualités dont il recèle le précèdent. Aboutissement de l’âge d’or du RPG japonais sur 16-bits, ce classique instantané fait preuve, près de 14 ans après sa sortie initiale, d’un charisme intact, d’une incroyable modernité et d’un sens inné du rythme et de la narration. A n’en point douter un exemple qu’il faut plus que jamais montrer dans les écoles.
Seguramente ahora pareceré algo superficial, pero si tuviera la oportunidad de viajar al futuro una de las primeras cosas que me gustaría hacer –después de comprarme “el almanaque”, claro está– sería buscar una revista de videojuegos para ver cómo son (y por lo tanto, serán) los títulos del futuro. Si ese mismo viaje lo hubiese realizado en 1995 me hubiera sorprendido ver que casi 15 años después Chrono Trigger sigue siendo prácticamente el mismo juego de antes. Y es que, este desdén a la hora ponerse al día es algo que solamente unos pocos se pueden permitir. Quizás no tenga gráficos de última generación y su banda sonora en MIDI chirríe demasiado en estos tiempos que corren, pero en lo que respecta a frescura y originalidad este clásico de los RPG japoneses se mantiene tan bien como entonces. Todo esto no deja de ser una paradoja temporal: haz las cosas bien en el pasado y recogerás los frutos en el futuro.
Chrono Trigger has stood the test of time- demonstrating the timeless sustainability that occurs when a synthesis of impeccable storytelling, gameplay, visuals and music takes place. The DS version is without a doubt the definitive edition of this beautiful work of art. Even if you’ve played it before, you should follow those nostalgic urges and pick up a copy- this is an essential purchase for any RPG fan. All in all, it’s a true masterpiece that is testament to what games should strive to be like.
The worst you can say about the extras is that they're inconsistent with the rest of the game, but you can mostly ignore them. They by no means make this the 'definitive' version, yet it is still a fantastic game regardless. It gets better as it goes, and perhaps even better with age, and still puts most other RPGs to shame. If you've not imported (or emulated) this before now, don't miss it.
The Review Busters
If you never played Chrono Trigger then you have no soul, it’s that simple. As much as I disliked the new additions in the game I still found myself enjoying Chrono Trigger again. Fans will want to play this one for the new ending and I don’t blame them. Before you buy this one make sure you have plenty of time to kill.
The additional playable content in Chrono Trigger DS is extremely disappointing, since it manages to be repetitive and boring instead of adding much to the game. Such a lack of vital new content means that this version of Chrono Trigger is inessential for anyone possessing the original. To anyone who has never played Chrono Trigger, however, this is an excellent method of doing so. The core game has aged well enough to make it worth a spirited recommendation regardless of the unnecessary new content, which can be ignored. Chrono Trigger's still got it.
Sticklers for plot and veterans who are only searching for something new in their old favorite may be disappointed, but for everyone else, Chrono Trigger has aged well. Its gameplay and scenario, while familiar, are still unique breaths of fresh air in a sea of cliches. The new additions could have been a bit more substantial, but the core package is so good that it makes this flaw easy to overlook. Considering the incredible price one would have to pay to acquire the original, Chrono Trigger is a great value that any RPG fan, old or new, can finally enjoy.
Muitas das novidades da versão para Nintendo DS de "Chrono Trigger" são dispensáveis, mas alguns de seus acertos contribuem para que o título seja a edição definitiva do clássico, com um visual mais limpo, tradução impecável e novas partes de enredo que deixam a história muito mais coesa. Porém, antes de tudo, "Chrono Trigger" é obrigatório para qualquer fã de RPG que se preze pelo seu conteúdo original: um jogo brilhante em todos os sentidos, com batalhas emocionantes e enredo envolvente. Quem já jogou não tem muitos motivos para fazê-lo de novo, a não ser para matar a saudade de um título de rara qualidade.
All Game Guide
Chrono Trigger for DS also includes bonus dungeons, animated cut scenes, maps, a list of all the possible endings, and wireless capabilities that let you engage in monster battles. The visuals are crisp, the sound quality is great, the music is addictive, and the dialogue has been polished and reworded while still remaining true to the original game. Players will also appreciate the fast pacing and endearing, easy-to-follow storyline. If you missed this title the first time around, or if you are feeling nostalgic, Chrono Trigger is a highly recommended purchase. After all, some adventures are simply timeless.
Chrono Trigger remains a relevant piece of entertainment, and is more thought provoking and enjoyable than many of the games which have since followed it. Lost Odyssey, say. How very appropriate that a game fixating on time travel should be so capable of appearing fresh and new after all these years.
And it's likely that you'll want to take the time to squeeze every last drop of gameplay out of Chrono Trigger, as its superb playability, epic storyline and wonderful characters are likely to keep you playing long after you should have gone to bed; and to work. Chrono Trigger is a must-have for any RPG fan who appreciates the genre’s classics.
Chrono Trigger is one of those games that every RPG fan should play through at least once in their life. If you somehow missed it the first time around, this Nintendo DS cart is your second chance. And with all of the added content and animated cut-scenes, Chrono Trigger DS is the ultimate version of this classic adventure game. If you love the idea of time travel and always wished that Final Fantasy would move a little faster, then this is the game for you. Don't ignore this portable version, the last thing you would want to do is make the same mistake twice. Chrono Trigger is a real treat, a must-own game for anybody even remotely interested in adventure games.
Inevitably, remakes fall into one of two categories. Either you liked it the first time and aren’t going to change your mind, or you’re playing it for the first time and aren’t getting it. Really, the reason the game appealed to those of us who played it originally is because we were young adults at the time, and Chrono Trigger is a classic young adult epic in both presentation and story. Therefore, I recommend it specifically to that crowd. This is a chance for the next generation to include Chrono Trigger in their childhood memories. For those of us who already have those memories, the DS allows us to relive them in all sorts of new places... like the city bus, or the bathroom at an expensive hotel. And you’re not a true fan if you can say no to that.
Chrono Trigger was and still is a great game. It's a true testament to the timelessness of this game because so much was left intact for this release. If you have yet to play Chrono Trigger (once again you should be ashamed) then this is the definitive release of the title - and if you are a fan of the game then you should definitely be getting this version. However if you have played the game and are not in love with it and need a reason to buy it, I'm not sure I can give you one as it really is the same game it has been for 14 years. But for me that is all it will ever have to be.
Game Informer Magazine
Chrono Trigger hasn’t changed much since it was first released for the SNES in 1995. The interface is cleaner since all of the battle stats are on the bottom screen, and there are a couple new bells and whistles, but that’s about it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing –the gameplay withstands the test of time, but you shouldn’t expect any drastic improvements. Then again, there aren’t many ways you could improve on Chrono Trigger. It’s a true classic, and playing it should be a government-mandated rite of passage for any role-playing fan.
Pocket Gamer UK
But, if you are a role-playing fan who's never experienced this game before (highly likely given the lack of a European release), then you're in for a treat. Fourteen years may be considered stretching the point, but, in this case at least, a good thing's coming to those who've long waited – and all without the assistance of an infinite number of monkeys, too.
Honestly, Chrono Trigger’s main flaw is the fact that it came out in 1995. This might sounds like a really stupid thing to complain about, and for gamers who love old-school RPGs, this won’t be an issue at all. However, the genre has come a long way since then, and even with some new missions and tweaks, there’s no denying that Chrono Trigger is decidedly antiquated. Don’t get me wrong, this game is still wonderful, and Square Enix have made sure that the handheld remake is the definitive version of the game. Chrono Trigger DS is a remake done right, and both longtime fans and new players should pick it up.
Chrono Trigger has so many good things going for it that it's difficult not to recommend it to everyone. Even after all these years it still surprises me, and this new DS version is a great way to introduce new fans to the adventure.
Chrono Trigger is one of the best examples of what the Japanese RPG experience can offer. Its gameplay feels more unique and inviting to those who aren't enamored with selecting boring attack commands for their static sprites to follow. Its sprite-based characters are charming in a way that modern character designs rarely allow. While the new DS-specific features don't manage to make the game seem modern in any way, that doesn't seem to be the intent. Instead, the classic time-spanning storyline has been presented in its original form, with a tweak here and there, out to prove that it's still incredibly entertaining to this day.
Zwar sind die neuen DS-Inhalte eher Mittelmaß, doch der Kern des Spiels ist auch 14 Jahre nach dem Release ein Meilenstein der Rollenspielgeschichte, der noch immer für stundenlangen Spielspaß sorgt. Wer sich nicht an 2D-Grafik und englischem Text stört, sollte sich den Kauf gar nicht erst überlegen - sondern einfach zuschlagen! Und falls dies jemand von Square Enix liest: Danke für dieses geniale Spiel, das jetzt endlich in der ultimativen Version vorliegt – wenn ihr jetzt noch Chrono Cross und Xenogears nach Europa bringt und vielleicht die Chrono-Serie noch fortsetzt, ist mein Rollenspielhimmel perfekt.
The must-have DS RPG you've like already played through, Chrono Trigger is a thoroughly entertaining game with a lengthy quest, an excellent combat system, an unforgettable soundtrack, likable characters and so much more.
The game is virtually unchanged in its core, having a new script re-write, but retaining the visuals, music, character designs, interface styles, and options of the source material. At the same time, Square Enix also ensures that this is the definitive version of Chrono Trigger out there, as the game comes complete with every option you could ever want for touch vs. button control, two or single screen display, or game pacing and difficulty. Where things should have been left the same, they were. Where fixes or additions could be made, they have. Yes it’s a $40 game for a title many of us have played until our thumbs were sore, and it’s unchanged in a lot of ways from what you played back in 1995 or in 2001, but it’s also just as captivating, imaginative, or well made now as it was then. I could write volumes on this game, but it isn’t needed. If you’ve never played Chrono Trigger before, buy this game.
Die Wertung ist jedenfalls unter Vorbehalt zu genießen und als Kompromiss zu verstehen - Retro-Fans können draufschlagen, Enttäuschte müssen abziehen. Grundsätzlich rate ich aber jedem Rollenspielfan, der bisher noch nicht in den Genuss von Chrono Trigger kam, jetzt zuzuschlagen – Die beste Version des Meisterwerks befindet sich ab sofort auf dem DS.
Chrono Trigger is a fantastic synthesis of excellent storytelling, game design, music, and gameplay that has withstood the test of time and should be considered required playing for any fan of role-playing games. Though its extra content is hit or miss and it's essentially a direct port of a game released 13 years ago, the DS version is easily the definitive edition of this masterpiece, regardless of whether Chrono Trigger is one of those games you've only ever heard of before or you're a dedicated fan who has played through it dozens of times.
Malgré son âge, Chrono Trigger reste un jeu à part, audacieux et réalisé sans complexe, au charme fou et aux trouvailles délicieuses. Le tout baigné dans une atmosphère aussi touchante que prenante, avec un scénario aux multiples rebondissements et aboutissements. Aussi bien dans la forme (esthétique, musique) que dans le fond (fidélité à l'oeuvre originale, gameplay riche et varié, bonus notables), cette version DS répare une longue injustice, en offrant à tous les amateurs français du genre l'un des tout meilleurs RPG jamais conçus. Que dire de plus ?... Vous êtes encore là à vous poser des questions ? Courez l'acheter !
All said, it was certainly worth it for Square Enix to port Chrono Trigger to the DS. Now able to reach a younger generation of gamers, and those who maybe were not so lucky to sample it on the SNES, people can prepare to be charmed by this lovable RPG. Chrono Trigger is worth travelling back in time for again and again.
Chrono Trigger DS is definitely a great game, and any RPG fan who hasn't played this classic should not miss this opportunity to add it to their collection. However, despite its former glory, video games have advanced significantly in the last fifteen years, making Chrono Trigger a slightly aged experience. Could you travel back to 1995, it would be one of the greatest RPGs in existence. But time travel is only possible in the game. Chrono Trigger is past its prime, but still healthy enough to be enjoyed.
The Video Game Critic
Chrono Trigger is imaginative and innovative, but like any RPG, you'll really need a lot of time and dedication to fully enjoy it.
Gaming since 198x
Qu'on ne s'y méprenne pas: Chrono Trigger reste une valeur sûre du JRPG. Mais ce remake DS, s'il permet enfin au jeu de sortir en Europe, n'apporte pas grand chose au jeu SNES original si ce n'est le plaisir d'y jouer dans la poche. Un remake de fainéant, donc, qui fleure bon l'opportunisme et l'argent facile. Il serait injuste toutefois de vouer au pilori un titre qui mérite largement qu'on s'y intéresse pour peu qu'on aime le genre, ne serait-ce que pour son scénario de très haute tenue et sa réalisation de qualité.