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46  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: August 17, 2016, 06:09:55 AM
I'm looking forward to it, certainly. I'm reserving September for Dragon Quest 7, though, but since FF15 got delayed to...a much better time slot, honestly, I might be able to squeeze it in...or maybe I'll get Gravity Rush Remastered and get myself ready for my most anticipated game of the year, seeing how far behind I am with this series...
If you have played Cold Steel 1, you should be good with Cold Steel 2. If you haven't played Cold Steel 1...then yeah you probably need to play that one first.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 06:08:04 AM
Edit: Hm, now I'm curious where everyone else got their avatar names from... if people wanna share =-P

Although of course I know where a few are from




My user name comes from a random name generator name from Everquest that I have since adapted as my default self-insert character name.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 08:52:29 PM

THANK YOU! I felt like I was gonna get hammered with a "you are better off starting with 1" which goes back to our talks of "commitment" **chuckle**
Well I played BG2 and ToB before playing BG1, so I think it is entirely doable. There will be cameos that you'll miss the context for, but nothing important at least in BG2. I think the extent of context that you need is that all the characters you recruit in the first dungeon (except for one) are party members from BG1 who were presumably with you when you ended up in the dungeon. There was not a whole lot of party interaction in BG1, so you aren't missing a lot of details about any of them that you can't get from their initial conversations.

I suppose you will arguably be missing some context for a character in ToB, but....I would not recommend playing BG1 just for that unless you are planning on doing some heavy modding on the game (which is not something I would recommend for a first playthrough).
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: August 16, 2016, 08:36:33 PM
http://gematsu.com/2016/08/legend-heroes-trails-cold-steel-ii-launches-september-6-north-america

And now for the specific date (pardon the thread necro/double post).
Oh thank god! That's been Amazon's date for months, and I was hoping it was accurate but there hadn't been an official announcement so I was getting worried. Now my gaming schedule for the rest of the year looks perfectly spaced out! My most anticipated game of the year!
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 06:59:03 PM
After researching it a bit I think when I do eventually try my hand at CRPG's (totally new experience to me) and Baldur's Gate is on the table, I'm going to start with 2.
Excellent choice! I think the game covers BG1 events pretty well in the intro, but if you get confused feel free to ask.
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 06:56:54 PM
Pacific Rim.
Yes a fellow fan!
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 16, 2016, 06:55:58 PM
Decide what I should play next.

1. Demon Gaze
2. Steins;Gate
3. Finally finish Hakuoki on 3DS
4. Trails of Cold Steel
5. Professor Layton 5
6. Final Fantasy Type 0 HD
7. More Sakura Wars 5 (it's been a while)
8. A Random Game from my Steam Backlog (pick a number between 1 and 20)
9. Solatorobo
10. Demikids: Light Version
Oh fuck so many good choices....Umm Trails of Cold Steel is my vote! (for the record my other contenders were Steins;Gate and Type 0, or maybe Sakura Wars 5).
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 06:50:02 AM
Pacific Rim- Best action in a movie that I have ever seen. Absolutely amazing.

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters- I really hope I'm not getting the title mixed up with All Monsters attack, because one of those is the best classic Godzilla movie, the other is the worst. I think I have the name right though.

Serenity- Great movie "conclusion" to the series

Inception- An extremely creative movie concept with excellent visual effects to bring the concept to life

Inside Out- Another creative concept that was extremely well done

The Incredibles- Enjoyable film that had been my favorite Pixar movie prior to Inside Out

Star Wars: A New Hope- While it has been a while since I last saw it, it is too much a part of my childhood to not make the list
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 15, 2016, 09:15:35 PM
Beat chapter 1 of Cold Steel. It is honestly kind of hilarious to spend like 30 seconds in a boss battle and then 2+ hours talking to everyone in town multiple times. I did manage to discover a minor plot that I think I mostly missed in my previous two playthroughs though! It was about a merchant selling rye to another merchant and one of them gets the better end of the deal because he paid attention to fluctuations in rye prices. Incredibly unimportant, but neat to discover something new.


I'm terrible at this ^^. It is precisely why I don't always move onto sequels to things I like. That is, by the time a sequel roles around I feel the need to "brush up" and VERY rarely am I willing to re-play a game.

I am not saying I never replay games, but the distance between play-throughs is typically pretty considerable for me (years, if not MANY years). To go full circle, it brings me back to my conundrum with Trails which is quite simply I am unwilling/ready to play TiTS Part 1 again just to get ready for 2 even though I enjoyed the heck out of it. Thanks again for all the info though, as now I know where to begin when I am ready to dive back in!

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So today I feel like an idiot. This is not an uncommon happening.

2 discoveries.

The first, Baldurs Gate for PS2 is not the same Baldurs Gate game that exists on PC **mindblown**. I seriously thought for years now I "played" Baldurs Gate and it appears I did not.
I did not actually do a replay of Sky 1 before doing Sky 2 (partially because I didn't realize Sky 2 was dropping) and I was able to keep up just fine. I think the only thing I got confused about was the identity of a non-main character you get teamed up with during the tutorial. Honestly I am probably doing my Cold Steel replay more because I have already mined all the good games from my backlog than because I really need a refresher.

And I kind of did the same thing with Baldur's Gate. I played Baldur's Gate 2 at a friend's place and later saw Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance at a Target or something. Thinking it was clearly the same franchise, I bought it immediately. I ended up being greatly disappointed when I played that game. >.>
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2016, 06:01:52 PM

No no no, playing the second gently suggests playing the third (not yet released in English), which gently suggests playing Zero (not yet announced for English release), which strongly suggests playing Ao (again not yet announced for English release), which suggests you play Cold Steel, which strongly suggests you play Cold Steel 2, which suggests you play Cold Steel 3 (which I believe does not yet have a JP release date yet), and there is likely at least one more arc in this universe that will span 3-4 games based on comments that I have read. :p



I appreciate you informing me of all this. Seriously. Now I know I won't be jumping in anytime soon. Likewise, as stated, I know the series is something I wanna experience someday. In the land of RPG's the lesson of "too much of a good thing" is taught with brutality and utter disregard for my time or other games! LoL
Keep in mind I have not played half the games in that list. I've only played Sky 1, Sky 2, and Cold Steel. So you can get by with skipping Sky 3, Zero, and Ao for the moment.

Side note, I was lowballing for remaining games in the metaseries. I think a more likely number is 6-9 based on the number of currently missing McGuffins. So the metaseries has a lot of life left in it. Probably best to start whittling away at it before it finishes. :p

Oh and I just started my third playthrough of Cold Steel today. Figured I would refresh my memory before Cold Steel 2 comes out. Probably going to end up skipping nearly all the combat, but I am going to talk to every NPC after every time passage...so this could be a long playthrough. XP
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 14, 2016, 07:36:35 AM
Speaking of....

Trails of Cold Steel

- Finished chapter 3!
- If I play one more JRPG with a line of dialogue saying something about "monsters behaving strangely" I'm going to scream.
- When I first got to the Highlands they were my favorite location in the game thus far. By day 3 I never wanted to visit them again. It was a miracle I had the patience to get the S rank and other collectibles that involved running all the way back to Zender Gate multiple times.
- This series is way too good at getting you attached to negligible NPCs you probably won't encounter outside their particular chapter and I haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
- I like Rean's character a lot. I also like Alisa's character a lot. I still think they make a terrible pairing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just doesn't feel like they were written with a romance in mind, making the whole tease the game puts on feel really forced.

-Chapter 3 is a good chapter. Has a lot of feels with Gaius's family.

-I feel certain that you'll end up screaming before the end fo the year then since that is such a common trope. :p

-Well that is the only area in the game that is that massive, for better or for worse.

-I'd qualify it as a good thing. Not sure which NPCs you are specifically referring to, but I can recall 4 NPCs from this chapter that do appear later in the game. And you of course will encounter (probably?) everyone again in Cold Steel 2.

-I agree on them making a terrible pairing. The proper pairing for Rean is Towa! Or maybe Fie, with Laura coming in a distant third.

Hmm, now which chapter is chapter 4? Oh I think I remember. That is one of my favorite chapters. At the very least I would consider it in the top three chapters, which consists of chapter 4, chapter 5, and chapter 7 (assuming I am not forgetting a chapter and therefore getting the numbering wrong).
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2016, 04:54:13 PM
Me too. Series like that sometimes intimidate me. Playing the first demands playing the second which gently suggest the COLD STEEL title, et cetera..... That is ALOT of JRPG universe with story continuity. I played through the first, but it was too long ago and I know picking it back up will end in a year long gaming commitment I'm just not anywhere near being ready for (fear of commitment).

That having been stated, when I do find my way back to trails, I think I may go right to the CS title. I enoyed Trails in the Sky enough but by the end I was ready to be done with it.

Now on the Falcom note, Ys is series that is all sorts of appealing for me to get back to.

No no no, playing the second gently suggests playing the third (not yet released in English), which gently suggests playing Zero (not yet announced for English release), which strongly suggests playing Ao (again not yet announced for English release), which suggests you play Cold Steel, which strongly suggests you play Cold Steel 2, which suggests you play Cold Steel 3 (which I believe does not yet have a JP release date yet), and there is likely at least one more arc in this universe that will span 3-4 games based on comments that I have read. :p

You probably can jump straight into Cold Steel, but the game universe metaplot is kind of introduced in Sky 2. So there will be aspects of that which are mentioned that you will miss the significance of. I don't recall there being anything important that you'll miss, but you will miss some context to some reveals. I think Cold Steel 2 will have more tie ins to the metaplot, but I would hope it will also explain the ties ins a bit more due to the increased importance.

I do think you should pick it up sometime though, as I quite enjoyed Cold Steel 1 and Cold Steel 2 is my most anticipated game for the remainder of the year.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: August 12, 2016, 09:58:28 PM
So fun rumors today - http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5178.html

Kinda hope it's not true, if it is might be good for the game though.  Depends what the delay is for.
Hmm, honestly late November probably fits into my gaming new release schedule better than late September (assuming Trails of Cold Steel 2 comes out early September, Amazon please be right). So I am fine with this. Although a delay at this stage seems like it is probably a production issue. Either that or they found a game breaking bug that they had to fix for the unpatched disc versions? I feel like they would probably just Day-1 patch that though...
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 12, 2016, 04:54:07 PM
Would you at least keep a weightlifting belt as a utility belt? 

As for me, I think my supersuit would be based around my cycling gear: https://teamevesham.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-04-24-08.54.33_25pc_crop.png

As long as no one on this team does the Quail Man thing, we're good. 
I was going to wear my renaissance costume, that cool?
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: August 12, 2016, 06:43:21 AM
We might have seen an Alolan Pikachu years ago.



We might get one that looks somewhat like this, but with more changes.
Japanese trailer shows a regular Pikachu evolving into an Alolan Raichu so current thought is that Pikachu, like Exeggcute and Cubone, does not have an Alolan form.
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