Advent Gaming Calendar 2019 Day 15: Chrono Trigger

Here we go every! The final 10! While none of the entries have been placed on this list in any particular order, I find these 10 to be some of my personal favorites. Leading the charge is the a crowd favorite, Chrono Trigger!

Chrono Trigger is one of those games that you either love it, enjoyed it, or haven’t played it. It is considered a JRPG masterpiece and on many people’s top ten list, and it all begins with the opening movie. There are two different opening to this game, the original SNES opening and the animated opening used in later ports of the game. I am more familiar with the animated opening, but both have their ups and downs when describing this game. So I will try to briefly describe what each opening does well and fail.

SNES Opening

Credit to ShiryuGL’s YouTube Channel

This feels so good for what it is. This opening showcases almost everything that you need to know about the game. You get to see how battles play out and how each character can work together to pull off team attacks. You get to see specific moments in the game and it makes you anticipate when getting to that point. My only complaint about this opening is that you do not get the feel that this is a game about time travel. You do get to see specific areas that look like they belong to a certain era, but nothing that really suggest it.

Anime Opening

Credit to Genkisan’s YouTube Channel

This opening fixes my issue with that last one by showcasing the time traveling aspect. You get to see the backgrounds change as time moves and get to see that the Epoch is the instrument for time traveling. You get a little understanding of who the characters are by their facial expressions and animated actions. The downside is that you lose the game explanation of team attacks and the pivotal moments.

No matter which opening you prefer, both make you feel like an epic adventure is about to unfold. I forgot to mention that this theme is composed by Nobuo Uematsu so that automatically makes it great!

Tune in tomorrow for Day 16!


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