Check Out the First 30 Minutes of Chrono Trigger Successor I am Setsuna in Action

Is Square Enix's new retro-style RPG a worthy take on Chrono Trigger or just empty nostalgia bait? Check out the opening chapter and decide for yourself.

Article by Jeremy Parish, .

Square Enix established the Tokyo RPG Factory studio for the express purpose of creating games that deliberately look back to the publisher's most beloved classics — not to create sequels, exactly, but to produce new works that carry forward the spirit of those classics.

The studio's first effort, I am Setsuna. (yeah, there's a period in there, like the exclamation points in Punch-Out!!) debuts in the U.S. today on PlayStation 4. And it is, without question, based on Super NES classic Chrono Trigger. From the battle system to the world map style to the atmospheric music, the game wears its influences on its shoulders. Is that a good or bad thing, though? Our review will run soon, but in the meantime, you can check out the game's opening chapter here:

It definitely starts strong. Whether it can maintain interest for 20-30 hours, however, is a different matter altogether. We'll weigh in once we have a chance to see how it holds up for ourselves.

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  • Avatar for ShadowTheSecond #1 ShadowTheSecond A year ago
    I'm looking forward to the official USgamer opinion on the game. It doesn't seem like it's setting the world on fire or anything, but it seems to have solid reviews in general.

    The 20 hour length estimate is something that would lean me towards it compared to several other RPGs--I loved long games when I was young but a 100 hour game just isn't for me these days (though in full disclosure, I put far too much time into Destiny in Year 1 when I had far too much free time).Edited July 2016 by ShadowTheSecond
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  • Avatar for Zenbojay #2 Zenbojay A year ago
    You guys had me at
    Chrono Trigger!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Avatar for link6616 #3 link6616 A year ago
    @ShadowTheSecond Agreed. USgamer is the opinion I'm looking forward to most.

    Although, I've already spent so long listening to the OST that I feel obliged now to play the game that goes with the music regardless of how good it might or might not be.

    I kind of wish the vita version was getting localized, but oh well... It'll be nice to play a JRPG on the big screen again I guess?
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #4 VotesForCows A year ago
    Agreed - looking forward to reading the USG review. Funny thing with reviews. Being really familiar with the reviewers history makes a big difference in how you interpret borderline cases (I'm on the fence with I am Setsuna.).
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  • Avatar for moochan #5 moochan A year ago
    Even if it doesn't hold up I'm happy they are at least trying. Miss the older JRPG of the 16 and 64 bit games. Even if they keep the team on a tight budget like with this game I hope it does well enough to keep it going.
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  • Avatar for Gamer-Law #6 Gamer-Law A year ago
    @link6616 @ShadowTheSecond

    Agree with both of your comments. I am very much looking forward to US Gamer's thoughts on the game.

    Having imported the full soundtrack from Japan, I can tell you that it is worth the investment. The piano music works perfectly for this game.

    I did manage to play for about an hour last night and the first thing that surprised me was the battle system being less "turn based" than I was anticipating. Enemy attacks come when their AP fills creating more tense battles.

    Like Shadow I used to be a big fan of the 100+ hour RPGs, but these days it is impossible to find that kind of time to commit to a single game (Fire Emblem Fates has been a rare exception for me this year as I am well over the 100 hour mark in that).Edited July 2016 by Gamer-Law
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #7 Monkey-Tamer A year ago
    One of the things that made Chrono Trigger great was its short length. I don't recall it taking too long to complete my first time around.
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  • Avatar for detten17 #8 detten17 A year ago
    glad this was made, I'm debating pulling the trigger on the game, I heard it was short, but it looks really neat. I'm digging the one constant snow setting, idk, but I feel i rarely see that. It's always your water/fire/desert/ice/dark/light areas in RPGs.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #9 link6616 A year ago
    @detten17 I hear is solidly in the 25-30 hour range... Which isn't short, but by genre standards not especially long either
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  • Avatar for otenko #10 otenko A year ago
    I confess I bought this on Steam without even blink. It's a bit pricey sure, but I liked the game. I have played for 4 hours and the impression is pretty good so far. The gameplay is a lot similar to Chrono Trigger, as stated, however there's some interesting twists to battles based on your skill.
    If you love JRPG's support this game, because if it flops we will never see something like that from Square-Enix. I really hope it suceed with fans and with SE alike.
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  • Avatar for touchofkiel #11 touchofkiel A year ago
    I fully understand why the Vita version isn't being localized... but there's simply no way I can sit myself down in front of the tv for longer RPGs anymore.
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