Chrono Trigfer is still one of the best jRPGs in my opinion. But if I’m totally honest, I’m generally not a fan of the genre. I’ve tried a bunch since that one, but besides a few standouts (Super Mario RPG, Grandia 2) I kind of gave up on the genre after buying one game that just convinced me to give up on trying. That said my opinion probably means very little to any discerning jRPG fan, and I wouldn’t blame them.
I’ve tried FF6 a handful of times and I’ll admit that I’ve liked what I’ve seen a lot, but for some reason or another it never really stuck. I’d get to really difficult parts and just have to grind and I never wanted to deal with that. I never found the combat terribly compelling and just got bored.
The thing about CT was that I actually kind of enjoyed the combat system, so I went out of my way to get in to as many battles as I could. Sometimes to my detriment when I started being low on HP, magic and items. Though admittedly it sort of added to the excitement.
This sort of meant that every time I’ve played the game I’d be pretty powerful by the end.
And then there is the time travel. This is something I feel like no game has ever really surpassed since. The ability to change stuff in the past, travel to the future and immediately see how things have changed. I can only remember a handful of time travel games that have come out since, and none have ever reached the same level of detail as CT.
Another thing was that while FF6 had some real nice backgrounds, CT had some real great characters and animations. While I felt FF6 characters all looked like rectangles, CT characters had widely different looks.
As for the story, it was fun. I certainly never experienced enough of FF6 to really compare, but it was probably the better of the two I’ll admit. But then again, I rarely play games for the story, which may explain why I eventually fell out with the jRPG genre.