|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Square Enix||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 25, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Chrono Trigger is a one-in-a-million game. In it's time, it was a groundbreaking turn-based RPG that featured an all-star team of developers including Final Fantasy mastermind Hironobu Sakaguchi, artist and mangaka Akira Toriyama and renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu. The original game was released in 1995, and has kept a very strong fanbase since then.
Although Chrono Trigger was remade for the original PlayStation in 2001 with some added cutscenes, many have been clamoring for a truer replication that kept the spirit of this SNES classic in-tact. The Nintendo DS rerelease of Chrono Trigger does an excellent job of channeling the original experience for longtime fans, and it has plenty of extras that will allow you to experience this title in just the way you want.
It seems that the development team has been very careful this time around with the game's interface and, as a result, Chrono Trigger for the DS has to be one of the most customizable titles ever. For those who want to relive the story the way it was on the SNES, you can change the display so that it looks just like it did on the SNES and turn off the anime cutscenes that have been added from the PlayStation release. However, if you want an enhanced experience, you can turn on a DS-specific display, turn on touch screen controls, and switch between an active and turn-based battle system.
The different gameplay options allow for a lot of flexibility and accommodate all game styles. If you are someone who has already played Chrono Trigger, then it is easy to switch on the active battle system, turn off the cutscenes, and run through this title rather quickly to try and experience all of the game's 15 endings. However, if you are a purist, or someone who is experiencing the game for the first time, tweaking these options can help you experience the game in the exact way you would thirteen years ago. These options are probably the best new feature of Chrono Trigger, and they add a whole new level to the experience.
In addition to the customization options, there are a few new minor additions to Chrono Trigger. It is important to note straight away that these new features are completely optional, and you won't have any trouble playing the game if you decide to skip right over them. The first new feature is multiplayer functionality in the Arena of the Ages setting. Instead of just fighting local monsters, you can engage in an "Interdimensional Battle" where you and a friend can battle your individual monsters using the traditional arena format. Although this feature is pretty cool, it doesn't really add much to the Chrono Trigger experience, which may be a good thing considering this title's fan-favorite status.
Besides the multiplayer mode, there are two new dungeons to explore. There isn't all that much to these new places, and they are completely extraneous to the story at-large. However, there is an extra DS-specific ending tied to completion of these dungeons, so if you are interested in the new ending, these dungeons are worth exploring.