That is kind of my point with all this. All RPGamers agree that this game (Chrono Trigger) is an almost perfect classic. It is THE bar that traditional RPGs get held up to, just as ME2 will be the bar for western RPGs in the years to come. Why it is that only non-RPGs seem to get better and better every year? Why do all games have ONE good element in them (if that!), and not give us everything? Long dev times don’t seem to do anything, which is REALLY sad…
To a certain degree, it must be the pacing of the games. The more they try to quicken them for the ADHD-stricken crowds, the more they pull away from what makes these games great. SE adds more “philosophy” to their games, but really… do we need it? I mean seriously, why can’t we have straightforward games like CT anymore? They were so much more enjoyable back then.
It’s kinda why I want my SNES stuff again… I want to play some real games again! Chrono Trigger is a great example of what I am talking about here. There are many (MANY) examples of games from back then that were derivative, or just not nearly interesting enough to hold their own back then, let alone today. Just look at games like Brainlord, Brandish, and 7th Saga For me they were average, unplayed, and total garbage. Not everything holds up today. Breath of Fire had a great storyline, looked great, but I can’t call the gameplay great. It doesn’t stand up (for me at least).
The Ys remakes, the FF ports, all these DQ games that have been coming out… they are all great games. They LOOK dated, but they feel fresh and wonderful today, especially in comparison with their newer competition.
Want to know why there is Chrono Trigger 3? Its not that they don’t want to make one. Its that they can’t. CT is timeless, it is awesome incarnate. How can they create something today that would do it justice? Could they make such a simple storyline that would be graspable by non-literary/historical geniuses? How about the pacing? CT is quick paced for a jRPG. Very quick. But compared to what the adrenaline junkies want, it is nothing. I can’t see how a company can bring out a new Chrono Trigger… the world itself doesn’t want it.
Which is weird, right? Everyone says they want a new CT, but no one would actually go out and buy it. The best recent effort at this was Lost Odyssey. You really need to play that game. It has everything we love, but yet it was critically lauded for exactly the reasons CT was critically acclaimed for.
Why can’t we have nice things? I want a new Chrono Trigger. I want to love my party again, I want to care for them. I want to see them survive. Marle’s conviction that Crono could be saved once he disintegrates was very human. She had hope. The player had hope. Crono WAS the player, and having such devotion to him by the people around him felt awesome. I miss the game where the story is center stage, and the game treats itself as a game, and not too seriously.