In the wake of Final Fantasy VI‘s success, Squaresoft released yet another RPG epic for the Super Nintendo console that to this date is widely regarded among RPG fans as a golden classic. That game is Chrono Trigger. By taking common RPG elements and throwing in a unique battle system for the time along with a story centered around time travel, Squaresoft created a fan favorite that has stood the test of time and is talked about even to this day.
Chrono Trigger takes place in a world not unlike our own, in the year 1000. The small village of Leene is celebrating the new millennium by throwing the Millennial Fair. Crono, the story’s protagonist, attends the fair and accidentally runs into a mysterious girl named Marle. The two decide to try out an invention that Crono’s friend Lucca is demonstrating at the fair – a molecular transporter. After Crono survives what seems to be a successful test run on the device, Marle has a go at it. The pendant she is wearing around her neck resonates, and a vortex opens, sucking her and Crono into the year 600 A.D. Upon their arrival in this new era, the two accidentally end up changing the course of history and must set out on a course to correct it, for failing to do so could have catastrophic consequences.
I know what you’re thinking. Why not Star Ocean: The Second Story? Unfortunately, I never had the chance to play the game which is widely considered to be the best in the series. I did, however, play its successor, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (commonly referred to as Star Ocean 3). Released for the Sony PlayStation 2 in 2003, Star Ocean 3 added a new generation of graphics to the popular RPG series.
In the distant future, technology has advanced to the point where humans can travel freely into outer space. Contact with aliens has been made, and a system of laws has been set up to govern how aliens and their worlds are interacted with. With far off planets at their disposal, humans set out to explore these distant worlds.
Fayt and his friend Sophia, the story’s protagonists, are spending a vacation at the resort planet of Hyda IV when an alien race suddenly attacks. Fayt and Sophia evacuate, but at the expense of being separated from their parents. After a series of events, the two eventually end up on Elicoor II, a planet with civilization that resembles that of 17th century Earth. The bulk of the game’s story takes place in the fantasy setting of this planet, where all of our favorite fantasy tropes such as magic, castles, and dragons exist. Having been thrown into this world, the protagonists have no choice but to live among the natives and assist them in their ongoing war with a neighboring nation. It isn’t until much later in the story that our heroes finally leave Elicoor II and discover the much larger threat at hand.