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NW Epic Center: Chrono Trigger: FINAL WEEK
 
* * * * * Chrono Trigger - Week 5 * * * * *

(Plain English: Scroll down to the bottom of the "OP" if you're lagging behind for previous weeks)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prologue:
i Okami Club
ii Fire Emblem Club

Epic Center:
01 Ogre Battle
24 Secret of Mana
39 Phantasy Star IV (cont'd)
67 Earthbound (cont'd)
99 Breath of Fire II (cont'd)
110 Paper Mario (cont'd)
123 Golden Sun (cont'd)
136 Chrono Trigger

(ALL VINTAGE EC GAMES ARE CONTINUED IN THEIR OFFICIAL DISCUSSION THREADS!)

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Hello, true believers! Welcome to Negative World's newest RPG-centric Club Hub, springing off the heels of the Fire Emblem Club. Way back when, Nintendo Power introduced a monthly walkthrough / in depth Role Play Game section (right around the beefiest SNES RPG era), but since they aren't around anymore to use it, Negative World will bring it out of the ashes, dust it off, and roll with it (two things of note: #1, this is not in reaction to Nintendo Force Magazine at all -- I know that because I thought of it in the shower this morning, so THERE; and #2, I just looked up "Epic Center RPG" on Yahoo, and there is apparently another RPG-based site that has that, ugh. I guess we're looking at a "Ghostbusters" / "Real Ghostbusters" thing now... Whatever..).

For anyone who grew playing SNES RPGs, and were a fan of them, they surely resonated to the point where they still hold office as some of your favorite games of your entire videogame life, systems, generations, and decades later. The NW Epic Center (run primarily by myself, with the aid of some special friends occasionally) will help to expose some of those games that didn't quite get the recognition they deserved, and also to relive some of the greatest games EVER as we play through them again -- together -- and open up a whole new dialogue on these lost treasures.


Next up..



Chrono Trigger is held by many (myself included) as The Greatest RPG of All Time, pun not intended. It is a benchmark title in the genre, and even after 20 years the game is discussed daily and held in high regard, even in the face of juiced-up, HD "masterpieces." Is simpler sometimes better? Sure, but we're not talking "Dragon Warrior" simple here; we're talking 16-bit perfection at its finest. I'm personally a bit worried about pursuing this game once more; it's been a long time since my last jog through it, and I'm afraid I might have the rosiest pair of glasses that any shot of nostalgia could ever produce. We find out later this month, for better or for worse. (C'mon, it's gonna be fine -- we're talking Chrono Trigger here!! THE BEST, JERRY, THE BEST!!)

Sunday, August 30th marks the start of Week 1 (if you prefer to start your own quest AFTER Sunday, like Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, thats fine!). Golden Sun ran 6 Weeks. GameDadGrant will be our DUNGEON MASTER for this one, and we figure the playthrough to run about the same length. Less than two months. I'm told the total quest should last you between 20 and 30 hours.


See ya soon!!


CHRONO TRIGGER

Dungeon Master: GameDadGrant

You Did It! Chrono Trigger Complete:
VofEscaflowne
Scrawnton
Mop it up
Ludist210



Week 4 Complete:
GameDadGrant
mrbiggsly
DapperDave

Week 3 Complete:
Mr_Mustache (and Mrs_Mustache!)

Week 2 Complete:
Smerd
Dark weres
warerare
sirmastersephiroth

Week 1 Complete:
Anand

Triggermen:
HammerLord
Koovaps

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

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Posted: 12/22/12, 00:24:09  - Edited by 
 on: 10/31/15, 03:51:49
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I'd play Shining Force II because it's one of my favorite games ever. I still need to finish up Black Queen. And I have no interest in Earthbound.
Posted: 05/28/13, 01:55:43
@gojira

Got a lot of OB left?

And did you vote for Phantasy Star "IV" in the Poll? If so, thats an "uncounted" Shining Force II vote. We can probably roll with that...right? After that, I guess its back to the drawing board.
Posted: 05/28/13, 02:02:49
@Mr_Mustache
I've got quite a few games coming up. I'll have to think hard before committing myself. Whether I join the next will have lots to do with that and little to do with the actual game chosen. And if I'm still trying to beat this!
Posted: 05/28/13, 03:21:21
@VickiL

Oh, you'll be done. You're a trooper!

Anything in your "games coming up" that would qualify? I'd like to do Last Story soon, but I don't think we have enough people here who want to. I'm sure I'll end up doing that alone. Ah well.
Posted: 05/28/13, 04:05:53
@gojira
Yessir, that's it for this week.

Shining force II is very tempting, and definitely tickles my Sega bone (that sounds kinda gross). I don't seem to have a copy on cartridge right now, but if I track one down, I can play on my Sega Nomad! Not sure about the rest of you, but PSIV has been about 90% of my total gaming time over these last several weeks. Mustache probably plays nearly as much a day as I do a week.
Posted: 05/28/13, 04:12:17
I've tried to get into Shining Force a few times, but it's not for me. Just seems like a sub-par Fire Emblem. And there's only so much old-school RPG I can handle at a time. Gonna be plenty busy with other games though (mostly Oracles), so I'm probably out no matter what epic center does next.
Posted: 05/28/13, 05:32:02  - Edited by 
 on: 05/28/13, 05:32:46
@Mr_Mustache

Not too much from what I recall.

@nate38

Maybe it's because I played Shining Force before the Fire Emblem games came out here, but I still really enjoy them.
Posted: 05/28/13, 06:23:23
@Mr_Mustache
Yes, if by trooper you mean "still in the middle of last week." I don't think Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Denpa Men 2, and a steady string of busy weekends all summer qualify for Epic Center, unfortunately. But in case I'm wrong, I can prep a quick Week 1 for this weekend!
- Clean like a madwoman before guest(s) arrive.
- Make vegan curry for your straight-edge brother-in-law.
- See if he'll play Nintendo Land with you.
- Offer to take the boys to see Iron Man 3.
- Dishes.

If I'm lucky, I can surreptitiously sneak off to play Phantasy Star without him noticing the rudeness of doing so.

I got to the zombie villages last night and realized Rika and the chav still had Psy-mail on. I bought some new stuff and hopefully they won't die quite so fast now!
Posted: 05/28/13, 16:05:07
@Mr_Mustache I'll be honest, for my part, if you jump right into Shining Force II, I'll have to sit out. And that's the game I wanted to play most!

@VickiL Mustache sometimes has trouble understanding why some of us can't easily commit to 4-5 hours a week of a specific game.
Posted: 05/28/13, 18:06:45  - Edited by 
 on: 05/28/13, 18:09:53
@Koovaps

Wow, really? I didn't know that.. You're gonna make me feel bad now!
Are you...enjoying yourself??

@gojira

Oh, neat! It'd be nice if someone other than myself and Mrs_Mustache finished, haha!

@VickiL

Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you! I admire your funny.

@Zero

How long do you need until Shining Force? Like I said, we'd probably take a week or two off, like always.
--HEY! Koovaps made the times this time! And we're (gonna be) done mega early!

Even if we were doing 2 hours a week, it appears as if you still wouldn't be caught up. Right?
Have you sunk 8-10 hours in yet? I'm not making fun of your or anything so don't think that.
Posted: 05/28/13, 20:06:41
@Mr_Mustache

Absolutely YES!!! I am enjoying myself. More than I can say. I simply don't play as much as I used to. As a family we watch a bunch of TV, so my console time is limited. That's why handheld gaming is great, cause it let's me game more than I would otherwise. And I enjoy 'retro' equally, if not more, than modern gaming. So spending time with classics is great. I'll get back to Fire Emblem and Luigi and Lego (and the rest) later.
Posted: 05/29/13, 04:31:17
The nonsensical tech and skill names are really starting to get confusing with how many I have now, it's so much to remember! There's a list of techs many pages back, but what about the skills? I still have no idea what some of them do!
Posted: 05/29/13, 21:52:26
Didn't start this week yet, I'll try to pop it open tonight. No threat of MH, so "cooool."

@Mop it up

Where are you playing again? (sorry) On the Wii VC, you can just Home Menu it and to go to the instructions manual, and everything is listed.

I seem to recall you NOT playing on the Wii VC though. Are you on PSP or something?
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:06:42  - Edited by 
 on: 05/30/13, 00:07:13
@Mr_Mustache I dunno but I'm still in week 2 in this...
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:13:19
@Zero

Are you gonna drop some bombs tonight? Gotta play to advance, brother.. (has it been a full week?)
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:15:01
I'm busy, I play when I can.

Tonight is a super busy night, but perhaps late at night. Trying not to stay up until 2 am on work nights though.
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:16:55
@Zero

Whats up tonight? You don't share with us? Pffft. Everything I do is recorded on here somewhere.
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:18:32
Lawnmower repair, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, gym, etc. I kind of hate days like this but they happen a lot. I didn't even get around to the site fix I wanted to get to today and I doubt that I will.
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:21:59
@Zero

Lawnmower repair? What the. Why doesn't your cousin do it?

And whats wrong with the site? Its doin' fiiiine.
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:31:24
Nothing is WRONG with the site, it is awesome and it keeps getting awesomer because I keep working at it.
Posted: 05/30/13, 00:33:29
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