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Chrono Trigger, Epic Square 16bit RPG Out Now For Android (Google Play). Also Available For iOS (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone), PSN, Wii Virtual Console, Mobile Phones, DS, PS1 And SNES
Chrono Trigger is out now for Android via Google Play and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) platforms. It also has been released previously for Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation Network for PS3 (U.S. only), various mobile phones, in an enhanced Nintendo DS version, on the PS1 as part of the Final Fantasy Chronicles collection and in its original form on the SNES (it can also widely be found for emulators).
Warning, spoilers in the trailer for those who have yet to experience Chrono Trigger.
Chrono Trigger is highly regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and represented the coming together (or dream team, if you will) of three specific individuals: The artist of Dragon Ball Z Akira Toriyama, the creator of Final Fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yuji Horii, the creator of the Dragon Quest RPG franchise (Final Fantasy’s biggest rival).
Together they created one of the most memorable and greatest games ever made… A game that is now easily and instantly available for mobile platforms everywhere! Huzzah!
It’s worth noting that most of the updated features from the PS1 version were kept for the DS release, and the subsequent Android and iOS versions as well (I assume), thus building on features. Whereas the PlayStation Network version is the exact version from PS1′s Final Fantasy Chronicles set (which included all-new animated movie scenes), and the Wii Virtual Console version is the EXACT version as the original SNES title, with none of the additions made in further versions.
Chrono Trigger Synopsis (Android release):
Chrono Trigger is the timeless role-playing classic developed by the “Dream Team” of Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, and the creators of Final Fantasy. Featuring revolutionary gameplay and an epic tale of time travel and high adventure, Chrono Trigger captured the hearts of a gaming generation, selling over three-and-a-half million copies around the world.
With Chrono Trigger for Android, you can experience the timeless story and dynamic battles of this beloved classic any time, anywhere, with intuitive touch screen controls making the experience smoother than ever. Venture also to the Dimensional Vortex and Lost Sanctum, two additional areas from the Nintendo DS remake of the game.
Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. Whether you’re a first-time player or a longtime fan, this epic quest to save a planet’s future promises hours of enthralling adventure!
Chrono Trigger Story
A chance encounter amid the festivities of Guardia’s Millennial Fair in Leene Square introduces our young hero, Crono, to a girl by the name of Marle.
Deciding to explore the fair together, the two soon find themselves at an exhibition of the Telepod, the latest invention by Crono’s longtime friend Lucca.
Marle, fearless and brimming with curiosity, volunteers to assist in a demonstration. An unanticipated malfunction, however, sends her hurtling through a rift in the dimensions.
Taking hold of the girl’s pendant, Crono bravely follows in pursuit. But the world into which he emerges is the one of four centuries before…
Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. The epic quest to save a planet’s future makes history once again.
Chrono Trigger Android Key Features:
* Includes the two additional areas from the Nintendo DS version of the game:
- The Dimensional Vortex: A mysterious, ever-changing dungeon existing outside of space and time. What wonders await you at its center?
- The Lost Sanctum: Enigmatic gates in prehistoric and medieval times will lead you to these forgotten chambers. Meet the challenges presented to you and long-lost secrets may be revealed…
* Intuitive touch screen controls make it easier than ever to navigate this vast world of adventure.
* In battle, slide and tap to select targets and cut through your foes!
* Graphics optimized especially for Android.
* Supports eight languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), and Japanese.
* Employ a wide range of “Techs”-spells to dispatch your foes in thrilling battles.
* Combine the powers of your party members to unleash two- and three-person combos.
* Over fifty combinations in all offer players numerous options and in-depth combat!
Chrono Trigger DS Details:
After 13 long years, the role playing game of the ages finally returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS. This chapter begins when a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions, and young Crono must journey through time to rescue a mysterious girl from an intricate web of past and present perils. Enhanced with Nintendo DS’s dual-screen presentation, stylus controls, and a host of great new features, this classic tale returns to a modern, portable platform.
DS Chrono Trigger Key Features:
* After 13 years, the role playing game of the ages returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS.
* Crono, meets an adventurous girl named Marle, and accidentally travels back in time 400 years.
* Past, present, and future worlds collide as Crono tries to save the planet.
* Revised version of the groundbreaking Active Time Battle (ATB) System delivers exhilarating combat.
* Special Tech skills and powerful combos, known as Dual and Triple Techs, encourages strategic battle plans.
PS1 Chrono Trigger Amazon Description (as part of Final Fantasy Chronicles)
The two classic RPGs in this compilation not only represent hours upon hours of story, character, and action, they also present the background for two bestselling, critically hailed games: Final Fantasy IX and Chrono Cross. With all the different names for the original 1991 release of the first title in this compilation (Final Fantasy IV in Japan, Final Fantasy II in the U.S.), role-players new to the game may get confused. Make no mistake, though: Final Fantasy Chronicles marks the first time this pivotal installment of the cherished game series has ever been available on the PlayStation. In Final Fantasy IV, players take on the role of Cecil, a loyal captain who questions the orders of his king, and for it is sent to slay a mysterious beast in a nearby valley.
In Chrono Trigger, Chrono must follow princess Marle’s teleportation through time and locate her before an intergalactic parasite arrives to destroy the world. The original game, also on the PlayStation for the first time, was one of the first nonlinear role-playing games. The decisions that players make during the game will point them toward one of more than a dozen possible endings.
These new versions retain the authentic Japanese SNES stories and characters while updating their graphics and adding new full-motion video sequences and other features.
Final Fantasy Chronicles Key Features:
* The Final Fantasy Chronicles set includes new opening and closing cinematic sequences for Chrono Trigger and re-creations of memorable sequences.
* New abilities include a “dash” feature, allowing players to move quickly through towns and dungeons.
* 2-player mode allows players to participate in battles together.
* Improved localization of the original unedited story.
* Includes all the original monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not seen in the SNES version.
Final Fantasy III DS Remake Out Now For Kindle Fire, PSP PlayStation Network, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Coming Soon To Ouya
All of these are the polygonal 3D DS remake version of Final Fantasy III, originally released in 2006 as a DS exclusive. The original Final Fantasy III was released in Japan only for the Famicon (Japanese NES), so Western audiences only ever got to see the new-and-improved version.
This version featured a complete polygonal 3D graphical overhaul, all-new CG cinematics, formerly generic, nameless party members were replaced with REAL characters who had concrete personalities and real back stories, with all-new scenes added to introduce them and build a connection between players and the main characters. Additional new subcharacters join your party throughout the game and may participate in battle (unlike in the original). Even with all of these changes, the main storyline for the game remained the same.
A major overhaul was added to Final Fantasy III’s unique “Job System”, updates included rebalancing the classes, all-new abilities that could be learned, a new “Freelancer” class that replaced the previous “Onion Knight” class that was a default at the start (Onion Knight could be unlocked later on through a sidequest), all-new events were added, a new Crystal was added alongside a new Dungeon, and Capacity Points were removed. Thanks to the improved balancing, many jobs retain their usefulness from beginning to end. Fully Mastering jobs also yielded all-new job specific items. A small penalty for switching jobs that decreases your stats was added in place of the Capacity Points from before. A new interrupt save option allowed players to do a Quick Save, so they could turn their DS off and return later. Although doing a permanent save in a dungeon was still not permitted.
A new Mail/Mognet system was added that took advantage of the DS wi-fi and online capabilities. This allows you to send and receive mail to in-game characters, as well as to other players, and leads to unlocking new secrets in the game (and is similar to the Moogle System in Final Fantasy IX). The Onion Knight Quest can only be unlocked by using the Mognet system.
This lead to the newer ports of the DS version of Final Fantasy III for other systems. Final Fantasy III was released for iOS Apple devices on March 24 2011. This version features improved graphics even over the DS version and remastered, updated sound and music. However a few changes were made, the Mognet/Moogle Mail system was removed completely, as such the Onion Knight is unlocked via a different quest than in the DS version.
The Anroid version of Final Fantasy III was released on Google Play for Android devices in June of 2012. This version doesn’t feature any new features however, and includes the same features as the iOS version.
Next up, is the PSP version of the game released on September 30th 2012. The PlayStation Network version of Final Fantasy III features graphics optimized for the 16:9 PSP screen, an image gallery, an option to switch to the original background music, and an auto-battle system that doubles the speed of combat.
Finally you have the Kindle and Kindle Fire HD versions of the game released in the Amazon App Store. This version has been specifically optimized for play on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD and features improved 3-D graphics, taking full advantage of the platform’s capabilities. Additionally, the intuitive touch-panel controls have been adjusted, making the game smoother and easier than ever to play.
As already stated, the game will also be coming to Ouya as a launch title, although details on what differences will appear in that version (or not) have not been revealed.
Protected by the crystals of light, the once-peaceful land has forever been changed by the great tremor. Without warning, the earthquake pulled the crystals into the earth, upsetting the world’s fragile balance. It seems as if all hope is lost – but as the Gulgan prophecy foretold, four souls blessed with the light shall once again restore balance to the world…
Near the small village of Ur, fate guides Luneth to a sentient crystal that changes his life forever. As the light of the crystal fades, Luneth embarks on a journey with three others who share his destiny to search for the remaining crystals, and fight the battle of light and darkness…
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Videogame Announced (Avengers Assemble!). Spring 2013 Release. Lego City Undercover WiiU Still On Track For Early 2013 Release
This will be the first Lego game to star Marvel super heroes, and follows the extremely successful and recent Lego Lord of the Rings title, and previous Lego games including Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, among others.
Over 100 Marvel Super Heroes will be unlockable in the game and it will include all of the biggest Marvel superheroes that fans know and love including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki, Galactus and many more. It will also feature vehicles from the universe. The game will pack in a plethora of super-cool character abilities, combat-like action sequences, epic battle scenes, puzzle-solving and a unique story told with playful LEGO humor.
Additionally, Traveller’s Tales has confirmed that Lego City Undercover, the open world GTA-style Lego game exclusively for Wii U, is still on track for an early 2013 release.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds. LEGO and Marvel fans will enjoy classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor, while playing as their favorite Marvel characters.
“We’re very excited to bring a myriad of classic Marvel characters to life in LEGO form for some fun, family-friendly gameplay in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “Players will brave the ultimate mission to save the world as they explore famous landmarks in LEGO New York and take the adventure beyond Earth to iconic locations in the Marvel Universe.
“Fans of both LEGO and Marvel have wanted this game for years, and we’re addressing that demand with more Marvel Universe characters than ever in a console game. If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you.” said TQ Jefferson, Vice President, Games Production, Marvel Entertainment.
Your answer can include any version of the game released, from the NES originals to the Game Boy Advance update to the Virtual Console re-releases to the PSP perfected versions to the polygonal 3D DS titles.
That is the poll Question of the Day for September 8th, 2012.
Here is a History of Final Fantasy video!
If you know me, you know that there are TONS AND TONS of videogames I’ve never played. Sadly, although I consider myself to be a “hardcore” gamer, I really am not compared to most “gamers”. The reason for that is because, unlike other more productive people, I can never seem to find the time to play games. Period.
So I thought it would be fun to go through some of the games I’d LOVE to play and still plan on playing someday, but never have up to this point and why I want to play them. Hopefully I’ll play through them in the near future. :)
EPISODE #10 – Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
Genre: Survival Horror Action Adventure
Developed By: Capcom
Is There A Digital Version?: No. I highly doubt there ever will be.
Resident Evil: Deadly Silence was released for the original DS in 2006, as an enhanced port of the 1996 Resident Evil, the original Resident Evil 1 that kicked off the series way back on the PS1. This was impressive, as the developers managed to squeeze all of that games full-motion video sequences, gameplay and voice acting onto a tiny DS cart. They also added some new features to the game.
The biggest new addition is a “Rebirth Mode”, which adds a great challenge with more enemies to battle, and a series of new puzzles that you must solve using the features of the DS like the touchscreen. These include all-new first-person sequences.
You can also play the game in Classic Mode, which makes it feel just like the PS1 original with a few enhancements, such as a quickturn (the 180 degree turn was first introduced in Resident Evil 3) and the tactical reload introduced in Resident Evil 4, along with touch controls for inventory manipulation and the like. This streamlines the game a bit. The dual screens are also used to great effect, with the Map always shown on the top screen, while the action is always shown on the bottom screen (along with your inventory, where the touchscreen controls makes it quick and easy to select, equip or combine items). You can also skip any dialog or cutscenes, which makes playing through the game much faster for those who have already mastered Resident Evil 1.
Sadly some of the cutscenes were censored, although the live-action introduction and all the rest of the live-action movie scenes with the actors were kept, including the violent decapitation of Kenneth. However the censoring isn’t unique to the DS version, as Resident Evil 1 has been censored in other versions of the game in the past as well. And it doesn’t really have any bearing on the actual game, as only the live-action cutscenes were censored.
Last and… probably least, is the fact that the game contains some unique local multiplayer modes using the wi-fi capabilities of the DS. By wirelessly linking several systems together, you can play multiplayer with up to four players! The two modes available include a cooperative mode where you must help each other solve puzzles in order to escape the mansion. And a competitive mode wherein you must get the most amount of points for killing enemies, with tougher enemies being worth more points. There are three multiplayer stages available with nine playable characters; making this a unique version of Resident Evil ’96 for that fact alone. Although you aren’t very likely to play these modes unless you know someone else with a DS and copy of the game who’s willing to play.
Ever since I first saw Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, I wanted it. But I never got around to buying the game. It still tops the list of the videogames I most want; both because I want to play it, and, of course, because I want to collect it!
And Resident Evil: Deadly Silence isn’t the only rare, uncommon Resident Evil game that is somewhat hard to find, there are others like the Game Boy Color RE game, which I’ll most likely list in a future episode of On the Cutting Room Floor.
Doing a quick Resident Evil: Deadly Silence ebay search, you can buy Resident Evil: Deadly Silence for around $25. Although prices are in excess of $60 to around $200 if you want to purchase a brand-new, sealed copy of this DS gem.
All-in-all, Resident Evil: Deadly Silence is not the most conveniant way to play Resident Evil ’96 now that the game is easily downloadable for PS3 via the PlayStation Network (as a PS1 classic), and the PS1 version of the game is also readily obtainable quite easily. Or you can play the game in one of its myriad of different versions, like the GameCube remake with amazing graphics, or the updated Dual Shock and Director’s Cut versions for PS1. Even so though, none of those versions contain the unique features of this DS version, like the touchscreen based puzzles, the multiplayer modes or the first-person sequences, making Resident Evil: Deadly Silence a rare treat, especially for fans of the original Resident Evil 1, and definitely making it worth your time to track this rarely-seen DS title down.
Definitely pick up Resident Evil: Deadly Silence while you still can, before the game disappears!
Previous Episodes of “On the Cutting Room Floor”:
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 9 – Car Battler Joe For DS
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 8 – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Posted On June 16 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 7 – Halo 2 (Posted on June 11, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 6 – The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Posted: June 3, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 5 – Otogi: Myth of Demons (Posted: May 27, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 4 – Drill Dozer (Posted: May 21, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 3 – Psychonauts (Posted: May 11, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 2 – Silent Hill 3 (Posted: May 3, 2012)
* On the Cutting Room Floor Episode 1 – EarthBound (Posted: April 26, 2012)
Play As Stan Lee By Pre-Ordering The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 Videogame Based Off the Upcoming Movie. Release Date is June 26 2012 (Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, PC, DS, Wii, iOS, Android). Trailers, Videos and Developer Diary
The Amazing Spider-Man Videogame is releasing to coincide with the film of the same name. The movie hits theaters on July 3, 2012, just in time for the 4th of July American Independence Day celebrations.
Although the game is based on the film, it is only loosely so in most regards, as the game expands on many aspects of the movie with characters from the comicbooks, and the game does not feature the likeness or voice acting from a single one of the The Amazing Spider-Man film’s actors.
Here is a trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man videogame.
The biggest change is a fully open-world, a recreation of New York City, and a fully updated combat system that is similar to the one seen in Batman: Arkham City, featuring free-flowing combos, chains, parry’s, etc. A number of side-missions, minigames, etc. can be found within the open world, which gives players the choice of how they want to tackle the game. One of the coolest additions are full, collectable comicbooks featuring some of the biggest issues and moments from throughout Spidey’s long career! Such as Amazing Fantasy #15, the final 1960s issue which introduced the character Spider-Man to the world. Spider-Man would go on to become one of the most popular characters of all time.
If you pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man on Xbox 360 or PS3 from Amazon.com, you’ll get the very cool bonus of Stan Lee as a playable character! Stan Lee has all of Spider-Man’s moves, and has a side-mission that sees him collecting the missing pages of a comicbook script that flies out the window! The best part is that the 89-year-old Spider-Man creator recorded lots of fun dialogue with him saying some of his infamous catchphrases and repeating some of the words that Spider-Man is known for. You can see Stan Lee himself describe his new playable videogame form in this The Amazing Spider-Man Videogame gameplay video.