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32ndfreeze If you get yourself killed I will skin you alive from Australia Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
If you get yourself killed I will skin you alive
Feb 28th 2019 at 6:29:19 PM

Those higher element turn icons can be the worst.

Most of the time if I see a single Deathblow or Vanish icon on an enemy I instantly use Randy's AOE S craft to end the battle. Or whoever has a AOE and is also equipped with a Gladiator Headband or Belt.

Edited by 32ndfreeze on Mar 1st 2019 at 1:29:26 AM

"But if that happened, Melia might actually be happy. We can't have that." - Handsome Rob
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Feb 28th 2019 at 6:45:20 PM

[up]Deathblow's aren't so bad because I have Holy Chain's equipped on everyone at all times. But Vanish is the worst.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 4th 2019 at 6:22:46 PM

So I'm at something of an impasse. I just beat Maribell and got to the final boss, but after spending close to an hour fighting Maribell, I can't bring myself to go straight into what's sure to be an incredibly difficult and long boss fight with multiple phases. And yet if I don't do it right now, I'd have to fight Maribell again because they didn't let me save the game inbetween. I really don't want to do this, but I have might to look up the ending on Youtube if I can't bring myself to finish it.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 4th 2019 at 6:31:40 PM

I don't know what difficulty you're on but I just cheesed it on easy mode after I got frustrated with the final boss.

This song needs more love.
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 4th 2019 at 6:58:19 PM

Was able to work up enough muster to try fighting the final boss.

Key word being 'try'.

This is one of the stupidist things I've ever seen.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 4th 2019 at 8:23:46 PM

So that's Ao. After several years and seven games, I'm finally caught up with Kiseki. And I don't regret a moment of it. Now to just wait for Cold Steel III.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 5th 2019 at 4:45:34 PM

So my thoughts on the Crossbell Duology. Gameplay wise it's good as ever. While it doesn't have the same refinements as Cold Steel (and why would it?), it nonetheless improves the formula from the Sky Games and is still fun and engaging. I just wish it wouldn't have enemies blocking so many status effects in the late game, but that's about it.

Story-wise I enjoyed it, though I'm not sure it's the best of the best like some say it is. The highlight is when Dieter turns Crossbell into a dictatorship and all hell breaks loose, but it takes a while to get there. Not that it's a problem with the pacing, because in that department it beats Sky hands down. But after going through Cold Steel II where it tossed you straight into the thick of it from the get-go, it's a bit of a letdown. (Then again, Zero and Ao came first, but still.)

That said, the biggest issue is Lloyd. For the record, I actually like Lloyd. In terms of his personality, he's probably a better character than Rean. The problem is that he doesn't have much of an arc. This wouldn't be so noticeable if the Sky and Cold Steel protagonists were the same way, but they aren't. Estelle has to learn to stand on her own two feet and not rely on Joshua so much. Kevin has to face his past and start trusting in others in order to forgive himself and move forward. And Rean has to start living for himself and have some damn self-confidence.

Lloyd doesn't have anything of the sort. The obvious route would have been to play up the dead brother plot a lot more than they did and tie his character development into that, but I guess that would've been too cliche. That's not to say Lloyd doesn't have any growth at all, but it's a lot more subtle than Estelle or Rean, mostly having him become a more capable police officer and striving for the truth. Surprisingly, Randy got the lion's share of the development here compared to Lloyd. Again, I still like Lloyd. But he could have benefited immensely from having a clearly defined arc.

Aside from that, Tio felt underutilised after Zero while Noel felt underutilised for nearly the whole duology, and Dudley was a glorified supporting character. But in spite of that, it's not enough to outweigh the pros, and there are a LOT of pros. And the message at the end is surprisingly understated and mature. Of the three arcs so far, it's probably on par with Cold Steel I&II if only because it has a far greater sense of closure. But I think Sky might still take the cake.

Edited by kkhohoho on Mar 5th 2019 at 8:01:39 AM

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 5th 2019 at 5:05:04 PM

I am like, 80-90% certain that Dudley was only playable because they needed someone to default to Time arts.

This song needs more love.
32ndfreeze If you get yourself killed I will skin you alive from Australia Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
If you get yourself killed I will skin you alive
Mar 6th 2019 at 5:19:07 AM

Come to think of it Arios has them too.

You know, if it wasn't for the fact Estelle and Joshua appear in Crossbell, if you played it first that'd be a hint to Joshua's secret in FC.

"But if that happened, Melia might actually be happy. We can't have that." - Handsome Rob
HailMuffins Cheerful Chirping Chef from Restaurant at the End of the Universe Relationship Status: Abstaining
Cheerful Chirping Chef
Mar 7th 2019 at 9:42:03 AM

Man, it's been a while. With the announcement of CSIII for a NA release, I was gonna start replaying the series from the start.

So, what's the overall consensus with how the Erebonia arc ended? Did we finally found out who's the Grandmaster? What the hell is Osborne's end goal? Did Rean finally pork Sara?

C'mon, give me all the juicy details! [lol]

BTW, I had forgotten how hideous the third game's OP was:

Not that the fourth has much better animation, but the better direction and more frequent cuts makes it actually fun to watch.

Edited by HailMuffins on Mar 7th 2019 at 7:26:05 AM

HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE LAMBSAUCE YOU PILLCOCK. YOUR FATHER MUST'VE JERKED OFF ON A PLANT 'CAUSE HE RAISED A BLOOMING FUCKING IDIOT.
LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 7th 2019 at 10:06:16 AM

[up]To put it concisely: No idea on consensus because the majority who actually played the game speak a different language, Grandmaster is a blue-haired woman we've never seen, and Osborne wanted to get rid of the asshole eldritch being who's been annoying everyone for decades.

Edited by LordVatek on Mar 7th 2019 at 1:43:11 PM

This song needs more love.
Mar 11th 2019 at 2:31:34 AM

New info.

We have already decided on the area in which the latest entry in the Trails series will be set. That selected area includes The Republic of Calvard. While some left-over areas will be depicted, it will be an area whose name has appeared between Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel. I think there will be talk about whats going on with the east side of the continent through the Trails of Cold Steel series, so please look forward to it while playing Trails of Cold Steel IV.

Something big is already underway in terms of the numbered Trails series. This one is ambitious and is going to take some time. However, since we dont want to keep fans waiting too long, the Trails team has been divided into two teams. There are people who say things like​ I want to see this sort of episode, I would like to try this, or I want to know more about that. In order to deliver on those wishes, Ive actually been thinking whether another team could make it possible.

kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 11th 2019 at 5:20:46 AM

I just hope this doesn't result in a lack of quality control. If they really are splitting the team up, then that might result in a general lack of polish or consistency all around. But maybe I'm reading too much into it.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
Anomalocaris20 Bop from Sagittarius A* Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
Bop
Mar 11th 2019 at 12:14:15 PM

Calvard confirmed!

The fact that the world exists means nobody has had a TRUE 'everything bagel' yet. Twitch
LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 11th 2019 at 12:44:53 PM

I'm curious about the filler (for lack of a better term) games.

I'm guessing they'll be tackling places like Leman State and Remiferia.

Edited by LordVatek on Mar 11th 2019 at 3:45:13 PM

This song needs more love.
Anomalocaris20 Bop from Sagittarius A* Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
Bop
Mar 11th 2019 at 12:58:19 PM

That's assuming we don't get something like Trails the 3rd was to the Sky Trilogy.

Cold Steel 5 starring Duvalie on her quest to get back at everybody who made fun of her.

Edited by Anomalocaris20 on Mar 11th 2019 at 3:59:26 PM

The fact that the world exists means nobody has had a TRUE 'everything bagel' yet. Twitch
HailMuffins Cheerful Chirping Chef from Restaurant at the End of the Universe Relationship Status: Abstaining
Cheerful Chirping Chef
Mar 11th 2019 at 1:28:58 PM HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE LAMBSAUCE YOU PILLCOCK. YOUR FATHER MUST'VE JERKED OFF ON A PLANT 'CAUSE HE RAISED A BLOOMING FUCKING IDIOT.
darkabomination the Quantum Mechanic from cyberspace Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
the Quantum Mechanic
Mar 11th 2019 at 2:02:30 PM

From what I've heard on the Falcom reddit, it seems more like side material rather than a full side campaign game. Interviews around the time of CS 3 mention they'd like to do some epilogue material.

I'd like to know more about Remiferia though. I know a lot are wanting Leman, but I'm not really sure what could be done there given how peaceful it is.

"Less With The Sweet and Awesome, More With the Stabby-Hurty."
LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 11th 2019 at 2:36:05 PM

Okay this is completely off-subject but I started up Cold Steel II to check something but uh...

Has Tio always been the game icon?

Edited by LordVatek on Mar 11th 2019 at 5:36:34 AM

This song needs more love.
HailMuffins Cheerful Chirping Chef from Restaurant at the End of the Universe Relationship Status: Abstaining
Cheerful Chirping Chef
Mar 11th 2019 at 3:02:25 PM HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE LAMBSAUCE YOU PILLCOCK. YOUR FATHER MUST'VE JERKED OFF ON A PLANT 'CAUSE HE RAISED A BLOOMING FUCKING IDIOT.
kkhohoho Deranged X-Mas Figure from The Insanity Pole Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Deranged X-Mas Figure
Mar 11th 2019 at 3:18:42 PM

[up][up][up]Liberl was peaceful after the war with Erebonia, and look how that turned out.

Sonic and the Freedom Fighters — Blue Horizon: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12583620/1/Sonic-and-the-Freedom-Fighters-Blue-Horizon
KarkatTheDalek Not as angry as the name would suggest. from Somwhere in Time/Space Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Not as angry as the name would suggest.
Mar 11th 2019 at 4:12:39 PM

Leman is close to where Arteria is, right? I'm wondering if that might be Grand Finale tier stuff.

Oh God! Natural light!
HailMuffins Cheerful Chirping Chef from Restaurant at the End of the Universe Relationship Status: Abstaining
Cheerful Chirping Chef
Mar 11th 2019 at 4:19:41 PM

Okay that one is new for me, the hell's Arteria? Is it one of the countries East of Calvard?

Speaking of which, Calvard is greatly based on the US (if with a East Asia aesthetic) and it has been mentioned that it suffers from a severe immigrant problem.

Likely accidental at the time it was first conceptualized, obviously, but I wonder how Falcom will deal with the pretty obvious Real Life Subtext.

Edited by HailMuffins on Mar 11th 2019 at 8:20:02 AM

HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE LAMBSAUCE YOU PILLCOCK. YOUR FATHER MUST'VE JERKED OFF ON A PLANT 'CAUSE HE RAISED A BLOOMING FUCKING IDIOT.
KarkatTheDalek Not as angry as the name would suggest. from Somwhere in Time/Space Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Not as angry as the name would suggest.
Mar 11th 2019 at 4:20:52 PM

[up] The Holy City of the Septian Church.

Oh God! Natural light!
HailMuffins Cheerful Chirping Chef from Restaurant at the End of the Universe Relationship Status: Abstaining
Cheerful Chirping Chef
Mar 11th 2019 at 4:32:29 PM

Wait, I thought that was Remiferia?

HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE LAMBSAUCE YOU PILLCOCK. YOUR FATHER MUST'VE JERKED OFF ON A PLANT 'CAUSE HE RAISED A BLOOMING FUCKING IDIOT.

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