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brainygamer

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We begin playing Chrono Trigger on Friday, March 20. In the meantime, feel free to post preliminary thoughts here.

If you can, please avoid discussing details of the game in this thread. Save those for our playthrough. 

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Mmmm. I can't wait. I had I always avoided these turn-based style of RPG and missed out on a lot. Then luckily and on a whim, Chrono Trigger came along and bashed me over the head. One of the most nostalgia-ridden games for me, this is an excellent choice.

Now... I just need to figure out how I'm going to play it...

[ Looks like there is an eBay listing for the SNES cartridge ending in a day (perfect timing). Not sure if I can get my SNES out here from across the country... plus, not sure if it even still works. ]
agentgray

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Sign me up for the DS.

That way I can play it on the throne.


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What's the famous first line of the game?

It was cut from the DS version of the game.

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pluralpunk

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I'd love to join, and hope I can keep up with all of you. Question: which version is better, NES or DS?
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I dunno, but I'm stealing "Leene's Bell makes such beautiful music" for a videogame blog, ha.

Seriously though, really looking forward to this one. It's one of those games that I think I was bred to like by Nintendo Power c. 1995, coming on the heels of FF2 (US), Secret of Mana and Evermore, so I'm interested in giving it a whirl now that i'm a bit more... critical.

Plus, I spent about 3 months with the ROM instead of/alongside writing my senior thesis... now that i'm working on my master's thesis, the timing seems just right to give it another go. Looking forward to it!


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This is one of those games that took me by surprise. I was all new to the whole JRPG thing, and I randomly picked up the game (gaming magazines were so scarce). What followed was as anyone could expect... one amazing ride. Can't wait to play it again, hopefully I will be able to keep up with everyone.
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Originally Posted by pluralpunk
I'd love to join, and hope I can keep up with all of you. Question: which version is better, NES or DS?

You really can't go wrong either way. The SNES version is obviously the original, so purists may prefer it; but the DS version is quite faithful with upgrades that don't significantly alter the gameplay. FYI, here's the wiki text that describes the DS version:
The DS re-release contains all of the bonus material from the PlayStation port (which are mostly cutscenes). The added features include a more accurate translation by Tom Slattery, a dual-screen mode which clears the top screen of all menus, a self-completing map screen, and a default "run" option.
The re-release also contains a couple of optional new areas (the Lost Sanctum and the Dimensional Vortex), which I don't know much about.

I'll be playing the DS version because I love the fact that I can take the game with me wherever I go.

Hope that's helpful.

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I wanted to play BG&E for some time now and finally managed to do so when you did previous the Vintage Game. It's hard to ignore new releases in order to play old games, even if they are classics. People playing and discussing a game while you are playing makes it easier and more interesting.

So i will also play Chrono Trigger on the DS (and not GTA: Chinatown Wars) with you.

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Personally, I enjoyed the DS version just to get rid of Frog's annoying pseudo medieval English speech.

Otherwise, it's pretty faithful, and the new areas are entirely optional. Are we addressing them at all in this forum, or merely keeping to what the original game entailed?

It might be interesting to see if any anachronisms in design occurred when implementing these areas, for instance.


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pluralpunk

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Cool, I'll get the DS version, then. Thanks!
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ok, so this is the first time i've been on here despite checking the site out regularly, but i had to sign up when i saw chrono trigger. this game is just one of the best ever, i played the rom on my pc a couple of years back, and it kinda took over from everything else i was playing, god of war and psychonauts included!
23 hrs gameplay on a cartridge is one thing, but 23 hrs compelling, story driven gameplay is another!
love it!

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G'day all, just signed up to the site to hopefully take part in this playthrough. Have Chrono Trigger on the DS, but haven't got around to playing it properly yet, so this is kick I needed!

I've wanted to play CT for aaaages. It's that game that I'm sure I'd love. Lookin' forward to it.
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I'll admit I've never played CT before, but I started playing the DS version about a week ago.  I haven't progressed very far, but hopefully I'll be able to delve into it more on my road trip next week.  Sounds like a lot of fun to finally be able to join in on this vintage game discussion.

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I beat Chronotrigger early in January for the DS for the first time, so I'll be playing along with my New Game+.

I enjoyed the game, though got really tired of all the random combat, and the time-travel mechanic wasn't as watertight fiction-wise as I'd been told. Still a very solid, ahead-of-its-time game, and it's nice to see some forerunner to the combat systems of Anachronox and the Penny Arcade games.

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I played the SNES version years back, but I'll be trying the DS version this time. My initial thought was that there was not going to be a great deal to discuss, but having read Denis' posts, I can see that's not entirely true. We Shall See!
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I've never played Chrono Trigger, despite being an avid gamer my whole life. Just one of those games that passes you by as a kid. I was always in that situation where I only had enough money to buy one game...or it was never available at Blockbuster... or I just wasn't in the right place at the right time.

In fact, I heard VERY little about this game... didn't even know anything about it when I started playing it a few days ago. I've put it down so I can keep pace with the game club. Won't say anything more, because everything else coming to mind has to do with the specifics of the game!

... side note, though: The kid in me is having a lot of fun naming my characters "boobs".
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I got a copy for the DS rented from GameFly the last time this game came up for consideration. Pretty excited to get to play it through with all of the great conversations here, too.

I loved the Final Fantasy series on the original Gameboy, so these kind of games feel "right" to me on the DS. PLus, I can then play through at work on lunchbreak -- something i couldn't do with BG&E.

Thanks for keeping this rolling, guys!
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Talking about the New Game+-thing:

I was actually wondering how this should be adressed. On the one hand, CT is a pretty lenghty game already in "normal mode" - add to that a second walk-through, multiply it with multiple endings and you have something that could us keep busy for maybe a bit too long...

On the other hand, most of the alternate endings are just out of grasp on the first take. If I'm not wrong, I should still have a level 70+-savegame somewhere waiting for me, but for the rest of us...

Do you think we should treat the New Game+ in different threads? Not at all? Or how exactly, if I'm allowed to ask.

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Do you think we should treat the New Game+ in different threads? Not at all? Or how exactly, if I'm allowed to ask.

First of all, of course you're allowed to ask. We're pretty egalitarian around here.

I think we're open for suggestions on this, but it seems to me we can organize the playthrough around threads that represent the storyline of the game (CT is fairly linear) and allow folks to open up separate threads for side-quests or other topics that emerge. These may include New Game+ posts.

I think the main thing is to preserve the quality of experience for first-timers. As long as there are dedicated threads for "virgin" conversations about the game, I see no reason why other discussions can't happen too. New Game+ folks can easily fit into either of those conversations, I think.

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yeah, the main arc of the game's story is pretty straightforward. a lot of the new game+ content is not only inaccessible from a fresh start, but mostly involves "what if" alternate endings and none of it is absolutely necessary for just understanding and discussing the game. i also think there won't be much trouble organizing discussion, because the point where our playthroughs could go in wildly different directions doesn't come until close to the end.

new game+ material, as well as the additional content in the ds rerelease, could probably all safely be contained in a thread towards the end of the playthrough.
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This will be my first game with the club, has there been a set schedule for the game?  What is our first "checkpoint/discussion area" and when will we start discussing it?

My first RPG experience was final fantasy VII, and since then I've been a big fan of the genre, and I've played all the final fantasy games after and even gone back and played FF6.  I've also played chrono cross, but I've yet to play chrono trigger, despite having it on the Playstation and the DS. 

So needless to say I'm quite excited to finally play this highly regarded game, with the added incentive of intelligent discussion!

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Howdy all. New to the club, and I am freakin psyched--you've managed to figure out a way for me to indulge my love of immersive, escapist computer gaming with dignity, and, hopefully, a bit of intellectual discourse.
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Welcome, flotson and entreix! Glad to have you with us.

As you can see, I've just posted threads that break the game into various sections. They'll be unlocked when we start playing this weekend. However, if you have thoughts about something that doesn't quite fit -- such as New Game+ or the DS-exclusive features, as sharc suggests -- feel free to start a new thread.

As for my own preliminary thoughts: I'm still wondering how I'm going to approach this. I got Chrono Trigger DS when it came out and began replaying it then, drifting away partway through to play other games. In the past month or so I've gotten a bit farther along, though; now I'm about two-thirds of the way through. I'm not sure I want to begin anew, so I might post my thoughts on the latter stages of the game and then loop back around with a New Game+. We shall see.
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As you can see, I've just posted threads that break the game into various sections. They'll be unlocked when we start playing this weekend. However, if you have thoughts about something that doesn't quite fit -- such as New Game+ or the DS-exclusive features, as sharc suggests -- feel free to start a new thread.

I'm a first timer here as well, and seeing all the locked threads gets me excited about all the talking points. Since I just finished the game, as I mentioned in the comments to the article, I'll be able to spread myself all across the conversation. This should be fun, and I look forward to discussing it with everyone!

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