I'd be curious to hear if anyone would prefer FFVI's combat system and why. I'd imagine it would mainly come down to preference of random encounters and enemy design, because I think the combat system of CT is almost objectively better.
Time traveling is a theme I love in movies and games as well. Probably why Majora's Mask is my favorite Zelda game. And I enjoyed those aspects of Ephemeral Fantasia and Final Fantasy XIII-3 as well.
By the way, Chrono Trigger on Playstation is the worst version from a technical standpoint since it's the only version that has loading times.
I played it on SNES and Playstation 1, but I haven't played the DS version, which seems to be the best version, and has an extra end game dungeon and a new ending. But playing on a big screen is often important to me as well.
I find The combat in FFVI to be way better than Chrono Trigger. To me it basically comes down to customization, since using Espers and Relics allow for some crazy combinations like having a character attack 8 times in a turn. Granted, it also allows you to break the game, but unless you know what you’re doing, that probably wont happen in your first playthrough.
I also like how the battle in Narshe and the dungeons that force you to use multiple parties, because it integrates the story woth the gameplay in a pretty clever way. The plot is about companionship and unity and the gameplay forces you to realize that the party is stronger when they are together. This is why, despite being an easy fight, Kefka is so epic, because almost all party members fight him together.
Chrono Trigger also has a great combat with dual and triple techs, as well as having the enemies appear in the world as opposed to a separate battle screen (which must’ve been a nightmare to program at the time). But I honestly ferl like it falls flat of its potential in terms of using the enemies position to hit multiple targets at once. Maybe I’m asking for too much, since Chrono Trigger is already a fantastic game, but for me FFVI takes the crown of best JRPG I’ve ever played by a slight margin.