A funny thing happened on the way to your Steam client, one of the most popular video games ever made was released on the platform. Chrono Trigger was first released in 1995 and the title went on to become one of the most popular games on that generation of consoles, coming out for the Super Nintendo in North America. Since then it has been released for numerous other consoles and handheld devices, including the iPhone, but today is the first day the game is available on Steam. Unfortunately, it's not all good news as it appears the Steam version is a port of the previously mentioned mobile version, which wasn't all that popular.
While Chrono Trigger has only been on Steam for a few hours, the game is already getting mostly negative reviews as fans of the game downloaded it early only to discover that the PC version is apparently a straight port of the mobile version of the title. Even those who openly sing the praises of Chrono Trigger are less than happy about the port.
Still, for some, having some version of Chrono Trigger on PC will be better than none. While the port may not be as pretty, the core game is still there and many will be willing to deal with the rough parts just to have a version of the game they can play on the PC.
There's a reason Chrono Trigger is viewed by many to be the best game to ever come out on the Super Nintendo, a console that had no shortage of classics, and one of the best games of all time. It has a deep and engaging storyline that crosses time. It has numerous potential endings, leading to an incredible amount of replayability. It has multiple great characters that draw you in, and some of the best turn-based combat of any RPG ever made.
On the plus side, if you do pick up the PC version of Chrono Trigger between now and April 2, you get some bonus content including five song downloads, digital liner notes from composer Yasunori Mitsuda, and six wallpapers for your PC.
The Steam version also includes some additional in-game content that was originally created for later versions of the title, including two dungeons first available on the Nintendo DS release. Having said that, most of the negative reviews seem to come from people who already have the DS version, so that's little inducement.
Check out the Steam release trailer below.
It's great to see a PC version of one of the greatest games ever is now a reality, though considering nobody was expecting the game to come out, Square Enix certainly could have taken the time to make a proper port.