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While waiting (up to 2 weeks) for Octopath Traveler to be delivered, I jumped at the chance to get a review copy of SteamWorld Quest.  Have heard good things about the series, but wasn't ever interested.  This game (I think they threw the "Quest" in there for a reason) is a turn-based affair that looks pretty cool with a card system that... well, who knows yet.  I've only ever played with cards implemented in that Kingdom Hearts GBA game, which honestly I didn't like without the cards, so we'll see how it does in a battle system I prefer.

Beat Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed last night.  That was a fun little Musou-sytle game.  I did enjoy it!

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Chapter 5 progress in Cold Steel has been good. At the start of the chapter you get two new party members, Crow and Millium, and both are welcome additions. Crow makes a good support character and has the most personality of any character in the game thus far (though that might be my favoritism towards him but SHHHHHH) and Millium’s cheery personality and strength in battle is another welcome addition. I wish Crow went with Group A for the chapter’s Field Study, but no dice.

The new town for the Field Study, Legram, reminds me of my time in Scotland when I was on my England trip I mentioned a few posts back. My uncle, cousin, and I went to Scotland (in the town of Edinburgh) for one weekend during the trip, and man, that was a cool place. The old buildings and architecture, Edinburgh castle, the heavy amount of mist in the morning and evening hours...not gonna lie, the town of Legram really reminded me of that trip from 10 years ago. So I’m taking back what I said about Heimdallr: Legram is my favorite town of the game.

(Also it helps the town has a really good theme tune. Very relaxing yet playful, showing the strong connection the town has with the spirits of the lake and woods.)

 

Story wise, I’m now getting ready to go to the old castle across the lake. Two boys from the town have disappeared, and it’s up to us meddling kids and our dumb dog (let’s go with Jusis) to find them! Prior to that, the chapter has had some really good moments, especially on the world building department. The discussions on the Bracer Guild and the nobility were actually kind of interesting, the former moreso due to my experience with Trails in the Sky. It’s strange how the guild is essentially black listed in Erebonia save for very specific locations like Legram.

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Finished up chapter 5. The part at Garrelia Fortress was pretty good, but honestly I was really annoyed with what the follow up was for the scene that was cut off way at the beginning of the game. Basically the intro of the game has you experience the last bit of chapter 5 up to a certain point, then cuts it off when the obviously dangerous weapons are fired. I was EXTREMELY disappointed by how lackluster the full reveal for that scene was handled. Thank god the events after that in chapter 5 were pretty good, not to mention the chapter boss was fun to fight, because I was honestly really disappointed. It was one of those times I said, “Oh #$*! you game!” out loud, though I suppose I’m glad the characters who would have gotten hurt didn’t. As much as I didn’t like that story scene, it did make me concerned for the characters who would have suffered thanks to the writing and relieved they were (potentially) going to be fine.

 

I’ve started chapter 6, and while I’m meh on the classes getting ready for some festival thing, exploring the schoolhouse is as good as always. Might try and level up some of the characters I haven’t used as much. I’m wondering what the big reveal of the place will be, but I’m guessing it will take one more chapter before there’s an answer.

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I’ve finished up chapter 6 in Cold Steel. Things are getting pretty heated story wise, that’s for sure. With how things were playing out towards the halfway point of the chapter, it makes me think of those scenes where a twit snaps and chaos just ensues.

One thing I’m really noticing about the game the farther it goes: regular battles, pretty easy. Boss battles, freaking insane. Probably standard fair for an RPG, I know, but man, bosses take quite a while to kill and have quite a few nasty tricks. The final bosses of this chapter have been the most difficult ones by far. It’s essentially giving me Etrian Odyssey boss vibes in terms of challenge: you need a good synergy plan to stay ahead of the boss(es) and play smart. Otherwise, it’s going to be a rough ride...

That said, man, I realized just how powerful Elliot can be. His power with Arts (or magic) is really high, and thanks to his default Master Quartz he can recover his HP and EP no problem from battlefield wide multiple enemy hitting Arts. You have to get his Master Quartz leveled up for that perk, but man, he absolutely helped me out with the final boss of the chapter.

 

Overall, chapter 6 was pretty stellar. While I was meh about the first half of it, the field study portion in the city of Roer was excellent. This game keeps getting better and better, and I hope the final chapter (or chapters?) end the game on a high note. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Well the 7th floor of the Old Schoolhouse was really unexpected. Like, straight out of left field unexpected. I figured Cold Steel was going to have a surprise 7th floor, but not something like that. Good surprise for a final dungeon since I wasn’t expecting that. I can only wonder what the hell is going to be at the end of it.

Ah well. The festival stuff was kind of neat, and I like how each attraction you can go to lets you choose one party member or major NPC to join you, making each character have something unique to say. I know that because I tested it with a few characters each. I gotta say, the fact Falcom goes to lengths like that with the writing gives them my respect. For a game with tons and tons of text, doing extra touches like for all those characters is awesome.

It was also funny to see different NPCs from the past chapters exploring the festival. It’s like the ending of Paper Mario where all the NPCs from the game show up at Peach’s Castle to celebrate! So many familiar faces.

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I managed to finish Trails of Cold Steel. It was a fun ride (even though it technically took me over a year to actually finish the damn game), but I’m glad I stuck with the game as it just kept getting better and better. The ending makes me super curious what’s going to happen next in Cold Steel 2.

I really liked the soundtrack for the game (though truth be told I’ve liked every Falcom soundtrack I’ve heard), the writing was actually pretty good as was the world and character building, gameplay was fun though on the easy side with some bosses being a surprisingly difficult challenge, and the rewards you can earn by going the extra mile in game were super rewarding, especially if you’re a bit of a completionist like me.

 

Definitely glad I stuck it out with the game and finally completed a damn Trails of game. Definitely going to play Cold Steel 2 in the future and plan to finish up Trails in the Sky 1.

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Well, well; I'm currently replaying Mazes of Fate for the Gameboy advance, a wonderfully lesser known title which is a unique combination of 1st person dungeon crawling and dungeons and dragons-esque roleplaying mechanics! It's also unique in that it was developed by an Argentinian game studio. ^_^

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Got a review copy of the new Switch title, SteamWorld Quest. I absolutely loved it. Awesome battle system and the characters all had some serious issues to deal with under the sometimes silly & formulaic story. It was visually beautiful and just a really fun game I couldn't put down. Seriously, I bought a grip for my Switch because long nights spent playing this left with me aching hands in the morning!

https://rpgamer.com/review/steamworld-quest-review/

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I preferred Dig 1 and 2 myself.

Right now I'm going inbetween Diablo 3 and BotW. I have some other stuff on the Switch but those are taking it for me.

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14 hours ago, RyuKisargi said:

I preferred Dig 1 and 2 myself.

Dig 1 goes on sale on Switch, I'll jump on it.

Need to dig Persona 5 back out of mothball.  I had just beat the first area, not very far in at all, but I want to be on the P5 podcast in about 20 days, so I want to get to at least 20 hours to be able to speak intelligently (fat chance) about it.  As we all know, I don't care about spoilers, so no worries about being the only one on a spoilerific podcast about a game I might get 1/4 of the way through before then.

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I don't know, I'm considering picking up Builders in May. It's $50 on the eShop, but I'd like to find a cheaper physical copy.

Need something to cope with.

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20 hours ago, RyuKisargi said:

I don't know, I'm considering picking up Builders in May. It's $50 on the eShop, but I'd like to find a cheaper physical copy.

Need something to cope with.

I actually had a really hard time finding a physical copy on Switch. I managed to find a Target with two copies for $50 and just pulled the trigger.

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3 hours ago, eal said:

I actually had a really hard time finding a physical copy on Switch. I managed to find a Target with two copies for $50 and just pulled the trigger.

Do my eyes deceive me? Did eal actually buy Dragon Quest Builders?!

Welcome to the club, eal. We’ll send your jacket in mail within the next few weeks. What size do you need?

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4 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Do my eyes deceive me? Did eal actually buy Dragon Quest Builders?!

Welcome to the club, eal. We’ll send your jacket in mail within the next few weeks. What size do you need?

Like a month ago but I’ve been playing Corpse Party and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, two very similar games with similar themes.

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Like a month ago but I’ve been playing Corpse Party and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, two very similar games with similar themes.

Pokemon Let's Go mades me feel dead inside within an hour. SteamWorld Quest was way more fun.

 

About to become a Quatropath Traveler. Putting the energy drink on ice, long night of movies & gaming ahead.

 

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3 minutes ago, Plattym3 said:
8 minutes ago, eal said:
Like a month ago but I’ve been playing Corpse Party and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, two very similar games with similar themes.

Pokemon Let's Go makes me feel dead inside.

The horror in Corpe Party is frontloaded in the first two chapters. Like, some parts made me feel ill. Later chapters are more positive, “let’s go save everyone”-type stuff.

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13 minutes ago, eal said:

Like a month ago but I’ve been playing Corpse Party and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, two very similar games with similar themes.

Well damn, you should have said something sooner! I’ll include a bonus patch for your jacket. Would you rather have a slime or a dracky?

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6 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

Well damn, you should have said something sooner! I’ll include a bonus patch for your jacket. Would you rather have a slime or a dracky?

Dracky, duh.

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Hahahaha... I just might, JUST MIGHT, party till 2 or three this morning. I need to play some gaem.

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11 minutes ago, eal said:

Dracky, duh.

Don’t you type in that tone of voice to me, young man!

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He did do it. He did.

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I’ve started playing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana again on my Vita. After all the reading in Trails of Cold Steel I kind of need something a bit more action heavy, so going back to the Ys series seemed like a good idea. I’m not huge on action RPGs, but after playing Ys: Memories of Celceta I liked the simple arcade style approach Falcom goes for.

Anyway, after loading up my save file I noticed something. The character who had recently joined Adol’s party, a gun toting mercenary for hire named Hummel, sounded familiar. Lo and behold, he’s voiced by Sean Chiplock, the same man who voiced Rean Schwarzer in Cold Steel! Kind of funny I noticed that since Hummel’s voice is a lot deeper than Rean’s, but a few of his lines got me curious and after looking it up I was surprised I was right.

Also, he was apparently the replacement voice for Navarre in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. I thought Liam O’Brien was pretty good as Navarre in SMT4, and while I missed him voicing the stuck up snob in Apocalypse, Sean Chiplock was a damn good replacement.

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Got some good time into Ys VIII today. I’ve started climbing the mountain at the center of the island, and along the way a new party member joined named Ricotta. She seems to be the evasive type character, as her weapons  have good range but she lacks high HP. She seems like an interesting character, so I’m looking forward to hearing more of her story.

I do wonder why the other party member, Hummel, has up and disappeared. Seems weird he hasn’t at least been spotted, but since he seems like the mysterious stranger type character there will probably be some vague answer why he disappeared!

 

One thing I’m not liking about the game that much: the raid battles. You have to protect the castaway village from invading monsters, and man, I don’t understand the scoring system for these battles. The better rank you get, the better the prize. Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems like it’s rather difficult to get points for some of the categories. And really, I just don’t find the battles all that much fun.

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Got some good time into Ys VIII today. I’ve started climbing the mountain at the center of the island, and along the way a new party member joined named Ricotta. She seems to be the evasive type character, as her weapons  have good range but she lacks high HP. She seems like an interesting character, so I’m looking forward to hearing more of her story.
I do wonder why the other party member, Hummel, has up and disappeared. Seems weird he hasn’t at least been spotted, but since he seems like the mysterious stranger type character there will probably be some vague answer why he disappeared!
 
One thing I’m not liking about the game that much: the raid battles. You have to protect the castaway village from invading monsters, and man, I don’t understand the scoring system for these battles. The better rank you get, the better the prize. Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems like it’s rather difficult to get points for some of the categories. And really, I just don’t find the battles all that much fun.
I don't know about that new party member of yours; she just sounds cheesy.

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7 hours ago, Plattym3 said:

I don't know about that new party member of yours; she just sounds cheesy.

Haha, yeah I thought her name sounded cheesy too. Still better than being named Hummel. He doesn’t even hum! It’s false advertising.

Her name is pronounced “Reh-co-tah,” the last two syllables sounding like “coat,” with an “ah,” sound at the end of it. The weirdest name pronunciation is the titular Dana in the game’s title. I thought it was “Dan-nah,” like Dan with an “ah,” sound at the end, but apparently it’s “Dawn-nah.” I wasn't sure how to say her name until some cutscenes in Chapter 3 happened.

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