Why aren't there more clones of Chrono Trigger? If any game seems like it deserves a slew of clones, it would be one of the Top 10 role-playing games of all time, one that is so synonymous with quality that its Nintendo DS remake tops most of the user-rated lists around the Internet.
Unfortunately, the answer was constantly running through my head as I was playing Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for the aforementioned DS. Chrono Trigger set the bar so high that no other game really tried to emulate it. Even Chrono Cross, the PSX "sequel" of sorts, scrapped the combat system and takes place in an alternate, fractured timeline.