Howdy and welcome to the boards, Jean Of mArc! ;)
Same deal with myself--I don't get a lot of game-time now of these days, so I have to be a bit more calculated on what I do and how to approach certain games. So far, if you learn the basics right away, then the game should be fine. Glad to have you aboard the gameplay train!
= Trails really has a bad prologue. It's really slow and pretty boring. But its world-building and the depth of dialogue is a small price to pay; not many games afford that kind of love/time to characterization, or really, 'joking around' with its cast. =/
Fortunately after that it's over the hump and just gets progressively better...even when it is doing its "anime high school chapter".
it's funny, because like I said on the show, I find the prologue very fascinating. It's incredibly entertaining to see the life of the village progress as your character progresses through the chapter. Like, let's use these love birds for example:Ellie & Armand
The first time you are introduced to these characters, one is literally loitering behind a house (Ellie) and the other (Armand) doting over them from a distance on a elevated walkway (creepily). Armand totally wants Ellie, but he has to work up the courage to do so. Later on after the Bracer test, you come back to find them behind the house Ellie was behind, where you find out Armand confesses/proposes to her. Guess what? She refuses to accept him because she's a romantic at heart and want's to be proposed in a more romantic setting. Armand is baffled--especially when she says he is her type!
It's not until after the events in the tower after the bracer test, when it is evening, where you find these two on the clocktower spending a happily romantic moment together because he decided to propose to her there during the setting sun. (For your amusement, I have Estelle being a total creep in my picture). ;)
Also, let's not forget little claire!Claire
She's a little reporter and knows the deets on this OTP. She's already got that boat shipped in her mind. ;)
Also, the localization is comically entertaining. Let's not forget lines like this:
This occurs after Soft-Ball-Mustached Dad bails these two out from what could have been a baaaaaad situation. I don't, maybe it's just me, but I like observing things like this. I enjoy watching them unfold. ;) (Also, Dice, I hope by the end of this game Estelle gets her pair of Stregas Sneakers.) ;)