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LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 25th 2020 at 11:34:07 AM

I like Noel too. There are very few Trails characters I dislike.

She just kind of holds the idiot ball for a bit longer than is strictly necessary in Ao.

Edited by LordVatek on Mar 25th 2020 at 2:34:22 PM

This song needs more love.
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 25th 2020 at 11:35:44 AM

Well, I did just start Ao, so I haven’t really gotten the chance to see that, yet. Looking forward to this one, though.

Oh God! Natural light!
Alfric Sailing the Skies! from Crescent Isle Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Sailing the Skies!
Mar 25th 2020 at 2:53:20 PM

I chose Elie at the end of Ao primarily because she was the one I ended up with in Zero and I figured I'd be consistent. Still saw the other final bond events I got though (missed Randy and Noel, and not gonna lie probably would've chose Randy if given the option), and I liked Wazy and Rixia's more than Elie's. Tio's was cute to an extent but it was clearly trying to skirt the line and I'm not about that life.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lb_i.php?lb_id=13239183440B34964700 Alfric's Fire Emblem Liveblog Encyclopedia!
32ndfreeze from Australia
Mar 25th 2020 at 4:22:12 PM

Just wanted to double check.

All of the Cold Steel III DLC in the Limited edition is just cosmetics and free items right?

The one that's more expensive than the launch edition. Not the one with the artbook for buying in Week 1.

Also does anyone know of a good walk-though (preferably spoiler free)? I used the ones by Zoelius last time. But they don't have one for III.

I was being careful with saves and checking the guide after each game segment to make sure I get all the conversations, notebook stuff and side quests.

Edited by 32ndfreeze on Mar 26th 2020 at 12:35:07 AM

"But if that happened, Melia might actually be happy. We can't have that." - Handsome Rob
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 25th 2020 at 8:57:16 PM

Man, Shirley’s first scene is certainly...something.

Not gonna lie, she could be a fun character in some respects, but that sort of thing kind of puts me off.

Oh God! Natural light!
32ndfreeze from Australia
Mar 25th 2020 at 9:07:42 PM

[up]Thanks very much for that smile

I found his one really helpful because of the clear sectioning.

"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
Mar 25th 2020 at 9:09:55 PM

[up][up][up]Unfortuantly it's not the last time she does that. Though you'll have to wait a game for her to do it again.

Edited by kkhohoho on Mar 25th 2020 at 11:12:55 AM

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 26th 2020 at 6:05:02 AM

Yes, I believe I’ve heard as much. I suppose I’ll deal with it when it comes.

Edited by KarkatTheDalek on Mar 26th 2020 at 9:05:14 AM

Oh God! Natural light!
ShinyCottonCandy Pii~Pipple! from New Alberia Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Pii~Pipple!
Mar 26th 2020 at 7:33:54 AM

I just saw the CSIII Switch release date announced to be June 30. Also, a demo is now available.

I need to think of a better signature.
darkabomination the Quantum Mechanic from cyberspace Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
the Quantum Mechanic
Mar 26th 2020 at 4:17:59 PM

Eh, PC all the way. Though that won't be for a long while for me. Got Crossbell to play, and need to replay the first CS and play CS 2 before 3.

"No will to break."
32ndfreeze from Australia
Mar 26th 2020 at 9:15:09 PM

Bought Cold Steel III yesterday and downloaded it overnight.

This is the first game in 9 years and second overall I've ever paid full price for on Steam. Which speaks to how much I enjoy the franchise.

The following are all spoilers for the Prologue plus some Crossbell stuff.

If the class sees him as a Glory Hound I'm guessing they aren't as close to him as the old Class VII.

The new UI is throwing me off a bit, but I'll get used to it eventually.

I know why they do these skip forwards, but I don't really enjoy them in Cold Steel. Without attachment to the characters I find them pretty boring. The only one I really like is in Zero.

Duvalie hardly gets bullied at all this time!

Oh, Rean's an instructor, now that the students don't seem to know him that well makes more sense.

Kurt Vander! I didn't recognize any of the other names of the students, but its been 9 months. So others could also be significant.

Oh, and Tio and Randy too! I knew Tita and Agate were here, but not those two.

Speaking of, that's a much quicker appearance than I expected for Tita.

I like seeing Patrick, I like the guy. A new town huh, I guess that makes sense. Don't want to wear out the same old setting.

Oh, its a new Thors branch. This makes a lot of sense.

So it's been a year since CS II I think?

Randy!! And I assume from Rean's reaction he's read Intelligence Division files to know about his connection to L Lyod and Rixia. Which is then immediately explained to be exactly the case.

And lots of other familiar faces. Can't recall if the North Ambrian annexation was mentioned in the CSII epilogue or not.

I don't care what Kurt says, Rean with classes is a heartthrob.

Wondering if Rean used the situation of Erebonia not being at war currently to get this position to somewhat escape Osbourne's influence.

Oh, and Agate got ranked up to A. Good for him.

Really like having a protagonist in Juna who really resents Erebonia. Osbourne's foreign policy means it really should happen with allies more often than it does. She'll totally learn its not the fault of the individuals. But I think when it comes to large portions of the military her feelings are super valid.

Altina might be just as bad at keeping secrets as Millium. Also glad to see the game isn't ship teasing Rean with his students. Yet.

If I didn't misunderstand the old Thors principal rejoined the military (like Cassius), I wonder who replaced him. The whole make Thors squeaky clean for the Prince makes sense though. I bet the teachers will think things are a bit boring :p

Oh ho ho. Seems this branch school was another of Olivier's schemes. That "worthless son" line has me interested though. Osbourne doesn't read as that petty, so I suspect Rean called him out or something in the past year.

Also did Falcom become more profitable between II and III, because that's one really nice animated opening between the Prologue and Chapter 1?

"But if that happened, Melia might actually be happy. We can't have that." - Handsome Rob
HailMuffins Degenerate Supreme from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Degenerate Supreme
Mar 27th 2020 at 5:38:25 AM

[up]Surely you're not talking about this one?

'Cause I've seen hentai with more motion.

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Anomalocaris20 Please from Sagittarius A* Relationship Status: Love blinded me (with science!)
Please
Mar 27th 2020 at 1:40:58 PM

HailMuffins watches hentai confirmed.

The fact that the world exists means nobody has had a TRUE 'everything bagel' yet. Twitch
HailMuffins Degenerate Supreme from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Degenerate Supreme
Mar 27th 2020 at 2:07:18 PM

What, don't you? tongue

Truth be told the animation for Cold Steel IV isn't much better, but it plays around the limitations quite well, with more frequent cuts and a use of solid color backgrounds that is quite stylish:

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LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Mar 27th 2020 at 2:32:54 PM

Falcom's budgets have slowly been moving beyond "two ham sandwiches" (Hajimari no Kiseki will even have motion capture) so while they're still not fantastic, the openings are definitely better than before.

This song needs more love.
HailMuffins Degenerate Supreme from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Degenerate Supreme
Mar 27th 2020 at 2:38:11 PM

I don't know, I still prefer the openings done in the style of CS I/II, and still think it was a mistake moving to full 3D graphics, which still feel way more stiff and lacking in expressiviness than the old pseudo-sprites.

I understand they wanting to upgrade the visual quality, but I feel there were other venues available.

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Mar 27th 2020 at 3:42:02 PM

CS 1 and 2's Opening really didn't have a whole lot of movement but the art was extremely clean. 3 and 4's art looks like crap.

HailMuffins Degenerate Supreme from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Degenerate Supreme
Mar 27th 2020 at 3:50:15 PM

I am forced to agree: it's actually pretty well done, but the art in both trailers looks awful.

Particularly CS III, what the hell is up with the eyes of the girls, Jesus.

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TheMageofFire The Embers of War Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Embers of War
Mar 27th 2020 at 3:58:13 PM

Everyone knows the true opening of CS 3 is Spiral of Erebos anyways. tongue

Spiral of Erebos
darkabomination the Quantum Mechanic from cyberspace Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
the Quantum Mechanic
Mar 27th 2020 at 4:51:54 PM

Ys IX was the first game where they used motion capture and seemed to have a better grasp on the graphics. But it's Falcom, if you're playing for the graphics, you're kind of pitching in the wrong ballpark. It's why I'm honestly baffled by players who don't even try the pre-Cold Steel games, just because there's rendered sprites. For a 2004 Japanese PC game, Trails in the Sky has a lot of quality of life features and polish to the UI that was way ahead of the curve.

"No will to break."
HailMuffins Degenerate Supreme from Ceará, Brazil Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Degenerate Supreme
Mar 27th 2020 at 4:54:12 PM

Gamers are, unfortunately, still a very tech-oriented bunch.

If it doesn't look like it should melt down a midling PC, it might as well not exist.

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Mar 27th 2020 at 4:59:25 PM

A lot of those features though were added in the western PC release MUCH later. The Sky games are basically nothing like their original releases.

darkabomination the Quantum Mechanic from cyberspace Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
the Quantum Mechanic
Mar 27th 2020 at 5:20:00 PM

Well, yes and no. It's running on vastly better code, it's more stable, has turbo, has the PSP additions, and runs at 60 without issue. But it also lets you save anywhere, the notebooks constantly remind you what you're doing, where you've been, and your current objectives, there's in-game guides that'll tell you exactly how to get every Art in the game right off the bat, enemies are on-screen, so no random battles, and you can even make battles easier with retry offset. For an RPG of that era, that's very forward-thinking.

"No will to break."

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