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Trails of Cold Steel - Should I buy it?

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Should I buy it?

Yes 8 80.00%
 
No 0 0.00%
 
Maybe 0 0.00%
 
I don't know 0 0.00%
 
Can you repeat the question 2 20.00%
 
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I'm putting this in gaming rather than Sony since it's also available on PC. With that said I'll move on to my topic;

Okay so I've heard of the franchise before but never really looked into it until recently, sometime last year there was an announcement that the series would be making its way onto PS4, with the first entry actually releasing in just a few days, so with that I've decided to have a look and see what it's all about. 

First I decided to pop over to Metacritic to se how the games did with reviewers, and I was really surprised! PS3 scores have them at 86% for the first game and 90% for the second game, which is mighty impressive for JRPGs that aren't called Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest or Persona, lol.

Then I watched some gameplay videos on YouTube, and the battle system definitely looks interesting, being able to reposition yourself and aim attacks at enemies during turn based combat (Correct me if my description is wrong) are nice features I can see being used for tactical purposes etc.

One negative I've read after a little searching is that the games are "very" text heavy, as in there's SO MUCH explaining and stuff that some people actually found it offputting. Now, I don't mind a lot of text and cutscene heavy games, but with JRPGs those cutscenes are generally just static people with lines of text over and over, so I'm a bit wary of that, since some games can seriously drone on and suck the life out of you before you even get to do anything!

So I've decided to come here and ask anyone that's played the games; What is your opinion on the series, would you recommend them? Can they be compared with any other games out there in terms of how they play? When running around I see under the map there's a calendar with "Free Day", does this mean it has time management like the Persona games, and if so how tight are the time constraints and such? 

Thanks!

(Also to anyone that is following my woes, yes I know it's just more games adding to my backlog, but shut your filthy whore mouths! :P)



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It's almost 1AM here. I'm so tired. YES, is my answer. I will try to elaborate tomorrow. Basically I've just heard it's good. I also really like the idea that all the games are heavily interconnected, with a sprawling story line. I've been interested for a while myself, and own 2 games in the series, but have yet to start them. I think the 2 games I have take place at the same time in the story, but are told from different perspectives. Something like that. Which is also kinda cool. If it's even true. Goodnight Bristow.



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COKTOE said:

It's almost 1AM here. I'm so tired. YES, is my answer. I will try to elaborate tomorrow. Basically I've just heard it's good. I also really like the idea that all the games are heavily interconnected, with a sprawling story line. I've been interested for a while myself, and own 2 games in the series, but have yet to start them. I think the 2 games I have take place at the same time in the story, but are told from different perspectives. Something like that. Which is also kinda cool. If it's even true. Goodnight Bristow.

I like how you've answered with a capital "YES", yet you've not played the games yet lol :P I mean, we do have very similar taste when it comes to games too, so... but I'll wait for (hopefully) more opinions first :P 



Bristow9091 said:
COKTOE said:

It's almost 1AM here. I'm so tired. YES, is my answer. I will try to elaborate tomorrow. Basically I've just heard it's good. I also really like the idea that all the games are heavily interconnected, with a sprawling story line. I've been interested for a while myself, and own 2 games in the series, but have yet to start them. I think the 2 games I have take place at the same time in the story, but are told from different perspectives. Something like that. Which is also kinda cool. If it's even true. Goodnight Bristow.

I like how you've answered with a capital "YES", yet you've not played the games yet lol :P I mean, we do have very similar taste when it comes to games too, so... but I'll wait for (hopefully) more opinions first :P 

:) The friends I have who have sung it's praises are people I usually jive with. It's possible I'd hate it, but feel it's more likely I'll love it. I think it's likely that we'd both like it.



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Bristow9091 said:
COKTOE said:

It's almost 1AM here. I'm so tired. YES, is my answer. I will try to elaborate tomorrow. Basically I've just heard it's good. I also really like the idea that all the games are heavily interconnected, with a sprawling story line. I've been interested for a while myself, and own 2 games in the series, but have yet to start them. I think the 2 games I have take place at the same time in the story, but are told from different perspectives. Something like that. Which is also kinda cool. If it's even true. Goodnight Bristow.

I like how you've answered with a capital "YES", yet you've not played the games yet lol :P I mean, we do have very similar taste when it comes to games too, so... but I'll wait for (hopefully) more opinions first :P 

Also not played the games yet and I'm also gonna say YES!

I've played a bit of Trails in the Sky, would have played more + other games however there's the whole too many games not enough time and all that jazz, but from what I did play of that the Trails series looks very promising. I think it's definitely worth a go if you're a JRPG fan and particularly if you like the more traditional ones.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Bristow9091 said:

I like how you've answered with a capital "YES", yet you've not played the games yet lol :P I mean, we do have very similar taste when it comes to games too, so... but I'll wait for (hopefully) more opinions first :P 

Also not played the games yet and I'm also gonna say YES!

I've played a bit of Trails in the Sky, would have played more + other games however there's the whole too many games not enough time and all that jazz, but from what I did play of that the Trails series looks very promising. I think it's definitely worth a go if you're a JRPG fan and particularly if you like the more traditional ones.

The feels are real, trust me! And yeah it's sort of obvious I'm a JRPG fan that enjoys traditional gameplay, lol :P Hmm, so it's two for yes so far, despite neither of you playing them... still counts though! :P 



100%, yes. The first Trails of Cold Steel game was the first game to crack my top 10 in over a decade. The battle system is excellent, and there is a ton of dialogue. But, it's meaningful dialogue, and a lot of people will actually say that the dialogue is the biggest strength of the series (I don't know if I'd go THAT far, but it is good). It does, at times, feel like it's been a while since you've been in a battle. But, I myself kind of self-impose some of that, because I feel the need to go around and talk to each and every NPC, every single time they have something new to say. NPCs actually live their lives, so you can see random nobody's story unfold on the side, just by talking to them over and over as events unfold.

Of course, if that sounds boring to you, you can simply not do that, and just move on to the battles/actual story scenes.



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I've played both Trails of Cold Steel-games and the first two Trails in the Sky-games and I can honestly say they are some of the best JRPGs I've played over the last decade. All of them are well worth getting, so obviously my answer is yes. Trails of Cold Steel III is pretty much my most anticipated game at the moment. Just know that all of the games are quite story heavy at times with a lot of dialogue.



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Absolutely YES! Great battle system and ost, fantastic scenery and level designs epic. Every character is a stereotype but very well written. As for the free day it only occurs a few times in the 1st game, once a week on your school day off. You get 3 or 5 bonding points to bond with your classmates or teacher of your choice and do 3 simple side quests. After that you have to explore the a dungeon in the old schoolhouse and that will advance the time of the free day to evening.