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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys IX
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:16:51 PM »
I hope Ys IX has less transitions between areas of the map. As much as I loved Lacrimosa of Dana, it did kind of take me out of the experience a bit when Adol's out on that initial southern beach area where everything looks so open, yet each "section" of the beach had to load on its own between black screens instead of just having enemies spawn in as you cross the island.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:23:34 PM »
I do remember her leaving XSeed some months back. Reassuring to know that she's part of this.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:24:14 PM »
And now instead of a $40-60 special edition, you get the typical NIS $100 special edition with a partial soundtrack and a bunch of plastic crap. Not that XSeed didn't do that, but it was at least cheaper.

I read that they got a few of the localizers from XSeed working on this? Is that true?

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:23:17 AM »
Welp... NIS just put out a trailer for Trails of Cold Steel 3 on their Facebook page. XSeed didn't get it. Poop.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Discussion 2: Dawn of the New Megathread
« on: November 25, 2018, 02:48:20 AM »
I suppose if they really wanted to, they could go the Pokemon/Spyro/Crash route and remake the old 2D games in 3D with the latest engine and stuff. They wouldn't have to write any new scripts for a while. XD

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:16:00 PM »
So... should I just stop my Cold Steel II playthrough or is there cross-save? XD

I want these, but at the same time, it's too soon for me to go all the way through CS1 again. Just did that last winter.

Very happy about this news. Vesperia's in top three for Tales games, and has my favorite cast. Been ten years since I played it; will be nice to come back to it with the extra content.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:17:51 AM »
Would that be Velvet in Tales of Berseria?  She was the bustiest of all the ladies in the game.

Velvet, Milla, Sheena, Tear, Grune, Judith etc. There's usually always someone.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:08:57 PM »
Arent all jrpgs already about boobs

At the very least, every Tales Of game is required to designate at least one member of the party as "the boobs", as I like to call them. Luckily, whoever that is usually has a completely different personality to the others in the series.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Will any trails games be on NA ps4?
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:11:41 PM »
It'd be cool if we got the remasters of the first two games for PS4 as well... because I just moved and haven't found my PS3 controller anywhere since. -_-

I had just started ToCS2 as well.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:04:26 PM »
Unfortunately, the maps in XBC2 aren't nearly as good as they were in XBCs 1 and X. Granted, it does start off well enough, but most of the later areas are basically a few massive empty fields or a bunch of narrow corridor dungeons.

That is really disheartening.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:55:42 AM »
I was never invested enough in the battle system to really understand it (just kind of brute-forced my way through the first two games), and while I did like the story in XC1, I could take or leave XCS's. What kept drawing me in with the series was the awesome soundtrack and exploring the map. I absolutely loved the map and all the secrets they held.

Still need to get on this new one once I get a few other RPGs I'm in the middle of out of the way.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:53:29 PM »
You're right, in all fairness to the character, he does at least take charge and act as a mediator for his friends. He earns that. He's just a bit bland personality-wise, despite that role.

And the stuff you spoilered, that *does* grate me.

[spoiler]I've had enough with "chosen one" plots, and that he not only has the whole super saiyan thing but also a giant stupid robot is just tiring. I feel Renne is the farthest we should have gone with the mecha side of the story, and by the end of CS1 there are sleek miniature Gundams all over the streets.[/spoiler]

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:19:07 PM »
I think it's just a combination of a few things. You're right, the game feels a lot more "anime" and "typical" rpg than the original trilogy.

-Rean isn't interesting to me. Estelle was a really fun protagonist, and I don't know if he gets better down the road but he's as generic a protagonist as it gets to me. Estelle felt like just a regular person (ignoring the whole daughter of a war hero thing) who got caught up fighting a conspiracy with a lot of interesting people. Rean's got that cliche "chosen one" thing going on and every girl wants him. He's just... *there* to me.

-The lore is there, but Erebonia is so different from Liberl that it almost feels like a different series to me. For all that talk about Liberl's technology giving it an edge over the big nations in the original game, it doesn't seem like it. Erebonia's got cars and their own tech lab city. It feels like these guys should be able to crush Liberl technologically at any time. It feels like it should be taking place farther along than just two years.

-I'm no prude, but it's a bit tonally jarring to suddenly have a bunch of cliche anime sex jokes like Rean falling face first into Alisa's breasts or Fie constantly commenting on the size of Emma's. I think the furthest the original trilogy ever went with that was Agate reminding Estelle not to bend over anymore because she had switched from shorts to a skirt, and *that* bit was actually funny.

-Admittedly, the graphics are a bit of a problem. I do think the original games' look was charming. It hasn't translated well to 3D. Feels like an old PS2 Tales game. At least give me the 2D illustrations of characters' heads when they're talking. Those were so much more expressive!

-I remember they kept touting that we didn't need to play the Crossbell games to understand this one. That's mostly true, but they reference "something's happening in Crossbell!" so much that it certainly feels like I'm missing out.

-I don't want to spoil anything, but the lore's getting a bit convoluted for my tastes. The first trilogy kept it relatively simple.

-Music hasn't been anywhere near as memorable. Just a personal thing.

-The class theme of the first game was really cool, but the structure of the chapters got really repetitive.

I still want to reiterate that I enjoyed the first game. Coming right off that original trilogy, though, it's kind of lacking. And like I said, I hope it's partly burnout from playing so much. From what I hear though, ToCS3 and 4 are just as much sequels to Crossbell as they are to Cold Steel, so I hope we get those eventually. And I do hope the story gets more interesting, because I don't know if I can sit through *four* sixty-hour games of this.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:01:53 AM »
During autumn last year I finally played through the Sky trilogy after only playing the first game on PSP in 2011. Was well worth the hype.

Spent December and January on Cold Steel 1. Made it about five hours into CS2 before I just... stopped. I think I might have burned myself out, but I also didn't find it as... charming(?) as the original trilogy, to be honest. I'll still make a point to go back to it by the end of the month though. I'm hoping it was just burn-out.

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