You guys, you guys, YOU GUYS!
I HAVE FINISHED CHRONO TRIGGER! LIKE, THE END AND EVERYTHING!
Okay, I’m done yelling. I was just kinda excited, because seriously, for awhile there, I thought I’d be playing this game until December. Believe you me, when I finally decided to battle Lavos after a bunch of stalling sidequesting, no one was more surprised than yours truly when THE END hit. And, just…wow about that. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt quite the same combination of joy/relief/sadness upon finishing a game as I did with Chrono Trigger. In truth, I’m sad to see it go but glad it’s over. For now anyway. I mean, multiple endings and all that. And I might as well get this out of the way first, but I apparently got typical ending #1. I did a bit of searching afterwards to find out more about all the different endings, and there are doozies, for sure. But I’m quite happy with the “normal” ending, even though it took about a zillion minutes to actually end. (Or maybe it was five. Who can say, really?)
If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you might expect one here that’s typically screenshot heavy. Well, I’m really going to try to cut things down with extreme diligence, because between my last post and now, I somehow managed to rack up 153 screenshots. I know. Insanity. There’s just no way, right? No, there’s literally isn’t. So we’re going to speed through my final hours with Chrono Trigger in pictures, and then I’ll leave with some parting thoughts.
After not beating Lavos the last time, I was a bit confused. But taking advice from a couple of commentors, I continued on from the End of Time to do some leveling up while searching for sidequests. Or rather, with the Epoch at my disposal, searching for formerly inaccessible or new-to-me spots in each time period. The first place I ended up was Ozzie’s Fort, where we finally did in that silly Ozzie one and for all. But not before the reveal of some some interesting history between Ozzie and Magus.
With Ozzie dispatched (for good? Really, I have no idea.) I went on to find something else to do. That something else turned out to be a very wild hunt for something called the Rainbow Shell. The whole quest was quite convoluted as I ended up going back and forth between several different time periods. During this time, I ran back into a particularly rotten version of Black Tyranno called Rust Tyranno.
And then we ended up back in the present dealing with that crazy Chancellor.
And then, after more fighting and questing and traveling (and getting lost a couple times), the gang finally found the Rainbow Shell.
With that task checked off, I ended up in the midst of finding the Sun Stone, a key item, and subsequently turned it into the Moon Stone.
After that, I detoured off into 2300 A. D. because it seemed like a good idea. There I located the Geno Dome, which presented a heartfelt and tear-jerking quest all about Robo. It, of course, ended in a heady battle that seemed more difficult for me than it probably should have.
It was at this point that I finally figured out that each non-Crono character had his or her own sidequest. Given that I had worked through quests involving Magus, Marle, Ayla, and Robo, it made sense that there had to be two left. The next one I stumbled across was Frog’s and his reunited, in a way, with his friend Cyrus.
Hoo boy, and I thought Robo’s quest hit me right in the heartstrings! Frog and Cyrus might have brought a tear to my eye. Or maybe I had Pink Eye? WHO KNOWS?? Point is, this is a fucking awesome game.
Um…what was a I saying? Oh, sidequests, Frog’s was wonderfully wonderful. So that only left Lucca. I didn’t use Lucca much throughout the game, so I know I missed out on some of her great quips. But I’m really glad that I didn’t miss out on her sidequest that was both really, really sad (Oh, her poor mother! I didn’t act fast enough to save her.) and really, really happy in the friendship she developed with Robo.
If I play through this game again, I’m taking Lucca and Robo along for the long haul, yessir.
Welp, there you go. Did I miss any sidequests? It didn’t matter then, because I was toatally ready to take on Lavos with my 50+ level team! I traveled my happy self to the apocalypse and gave Lavos everything Crono, Marle, and Ayla had!
And then, back in present times, there was a victory parade. Because the apocalypse had been thwarted…in the future? Wasn’t the “present” 1000 A.D.? Ahh, I’m just going to shut the hell up and enjoy the parade.
But the best and most sweet part of the ending was yet to come. Because as Crono remained in the future with Lucca and Marle, the rest of his cohorts had to go back to their own times, which resulted in a lovely montage featuring each in their rightful places.
With the story over, it was finally time to say goodbye.
I know that there are many classic, “must play” games that I will never get to, but I am insanely happy that Chrono Trigger is no longer on that list. While I’ve enjoyed a small fraction of JRPGs, and they provided unique experiences all their own, I can now see why Chrono Trigger is often placed on a pedestal higher than most. It’s a remarkably deep, highly enjoyable, and terribly simple game (in some respects) compared to its many, many, many descendants. Everything about the game is quite polished, from the really gorgeous graphics to the stylish gameplay. And how creatively the developers utilized the idea of time travel to imbue a game world with both vitality and pain, to give players the chance to change the very world in which they are playing. This without today’s trappings of the open world and multiple moralities. What a wonderful, wonderful game is Chrono Trigger.
My deepest thanks and utmost appreciation go out to everyone who came along with me on this journey, my second attempt at writing about my experience with a brand new game. Will there be a third? I’d like to think so, but I’m not sure. Chrono Trigger took me a bit longer than expected, and I need to regroup, talk a step back, and remember how to play games just for fun. (Writing about them in the moment is certainly fun too, but it’s a little taxing in the long run.) So all I can say now is maybe I’ll plan for another new project. And If I do come up with something new, you’ll be the first to know about it. Promise.
And because I can, here are the links to all the previous posts in this series. Here’s to one hell of a ride!
A New Year, A New Game Project
Your vote counts!
The results are in! And the winner is…
Beginning at the Beginning
Of Fake Queens and Real Frogs (With Swords)
Progress…I haz it?
Moving fast, playing faster
Is Ayla..a Cat…?
Forest Stops and Frog’s Tales
Kicking Ass and Riding the Weird Waves of Time
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Getting Crono back, and getting back at Lavos