The name “Tokyo RPG Factory” conjures a dreary image. An assembly line for role-playing games, perhaps, where dozens of masked workers flank a conveyor belt, smashing together parts: an oversized sword here, a Firaga there, a melancholy hero to tie it all together. Every day they must crank out a new RPG to be shipped…
Hot dogs and hamburgers are great, and all. But wouldn’t a barbecue be even cooler with a comforting flask of estus soup, courtesy of Dark Souls 3?
In the last couple of years, I’ve developed a strange relationship with JRPGs. I found myself tiring of their beautiful exteriors that lacked heart. Since writing that article about my growing frustrations, I took a break—distancing myself from the genre that dragged me into gaming. It was a necessary betrayal.
Current games! Retro games! Terrible games! Gaming podcasts are nothing new, but you’ll be hard pressed to find one like Super Gaming Quiz Alpha Turbo.
It’s not clear why Square Enix isn’t making new Chrono games, but hey, at least there’s I Am Setsuna, which will be out for PS4 and Steam on July 19. (New trailer above.)
I’ve already talked about how I Am Setsuna’s battle system shares more than a little in common with classic JRPG Chrono Trigger. But it’s not just the battle system. Quite a number of Chrono Trigger’s techs show up remastered in I Am Setsuna as well.
Recently, Square-Enix released its new RPG I Am Setsuna in Japan. Its most interesting feature? The return of Chrono Trigger’s excellent battle system—only with a few nifty upgrades.
Chrono Trigger started out with a boy and a girl running into each other at a fair. Only, the fair I remember was way less 3D.
You may have missed the Chrono Trigger speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick, mostly because it took place on a late Saturday night and we all have better things to do on late Saturday nights, like play Chrono Trigger.
What’s old is new again. Unfortunately, it’s also pricey.
LEGO builder Matt De Lanoy picked an unexpected theme for his latest creation: Chrono Trigger! He built the classic JRPG’s quest hub “The End of Time” and filled it with all the main characters.
Yes, I know. All of it is amazing.
Chrono Trigger, a video game about a guy with spiky hair who refuses to talk to any of his friends, officially turns 20 today, because we are all old as hell.
Over the past week, I've been spending a lot of time with the new 3DS RPG The Legend of Legacy. If you long for the days of unforgivingly challenging JRPGs, then this is the game for you.
This weekend Square Enix announced downloadable songs from non-Final Fantasy games coming to the latest iteration of FF's rhythm game. That's four songs from Bravely Default, three from the SaGa series and one each from Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger. That's not right.
Daniel "Abysswolf" Oliver's pixel art reminds me of the Metal Slug games, especially Barret's look in the Final Fantasy VII piece above. But he's mostly into JRPGs and recently, he remade the cast of a couple of classic games as detailed, colorful 2D sprites.
Welcome to the Summer of Old JRPGs, where we're playing classic role-playing games and talking about them every week. Check out the full schedule here.
Hey JRPG fans: don't forget we're playing Chrono Trigger this week for the Summer of Old JRPGs. See you next Friday to talk about it!
Chrono Trigger is an upcoming book by Michael P Williams. It's...all about Chrono Trigger, looking at parallels between Crono's world and ours, a study of the institutions of the game's world (its laws and religions), how the game's characters fit (and defy!) genre conventions and, yes, a poke at the aches and pains…