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XSEED Games on the Trail Again

Alex FullerAlex Fuller Managing EditorRPGamer Staff
Fans of the Legend of Heroes series have more cause for celebration with a new game announcement from XSEED. There's also visible progress on the localisation of a previously-announced title.

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  • TheDoomhammerTheDoomhammer Prod with the Prod Full Members
    edited March 2016
    I guess 2017 was a bridge too far for a PSP release, ha.

    Xseed have also said they were trying to put the extra stuff from the PSP version in the PC release, and that the scene that got cut from the PSP release for age rating reasons is still gonna be in this version of the PC release, so that's nice (Well, 'nice' is probably the wrong term to use in relation to that scene.)

    Hopefully Cold Steel II won't be delayed an extra month for EU/AU release this time (Also lol at Sharon's S-Craft.)
  • RealityCheckedRealityChecked Member Full Members
    I don't know what parallel dimension I slipped into where four Trails games come out in two years, but I like it here.
  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    I don't know what parallel dimension I slipped into where four Trails games come out in two years, but I like it here.

    I for one welcome our new reality bending overlords
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  • imercenaryimercenary Member Full Members
    Wheels wrote: »
    I don't know what parallel dimension I slipped into where four Trails games come out in two years, but I like it here.

    I for one welcome our new reality bending overlords

    I don't! I'm scared! Next you'll be telling me a Dragon Quest game is being released in the West in 2016!
  • Joshua CarpenterJoshua Carpenter RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    Really excited to get Trails 3rd; I had almost written off this one coming to the west. Hopefully this is also a good sign for the Crossbell games eventually making their way over in some form or another.

    Heck, the bigger news was that Trails games have managed to sell 350,000 copies combined. Steamspy estimates they have sold 190,000 copies on PC so that means 150,000 or so for the PSP versions and Cold Steel. That sounds decent to me, though don't look too closely at how SC sold on Steam (17,000 vs. 170,000 for FC). Hopefully SC will have some long legs for XSEED like FC did.
  • TaikaTaika Member Full Members
    The screenshots look pretty good! After reading uniformly rave reviews of Trails, heralding it as the greatest JRPG in recent history, I bought it and got it working on PC. I'm a fair bit into it (3 bracer posts completed) and it still has yet to grab me. It's kind of low key. It doesn't have the gripping storyline of a Xenogears, the sense of wonder an exploration of a Grandia, the music, humor and sparkle of a Lunar, the artistry and mood of a Valkyrie Profile, sweep you into another world like FF7, or even have the endearingly quirky uniqueness of a Persona.

    So I'm still not sure what the fuss is, or if I'll get the next one as I've yet to finish the first. It's great news for the many fans though, to get so many games in such a short time!
  • RealityCheckedRealityChecked Member Full Members
    Taika wrote: »
    After reading uniformly rave reviews of Trails, heralding it as the greatest JRPG in recent history, I bought it and got it working on PC. I'm a fair bit into it (3 bracer posts completed) and it still has yet to grab me.
    It is also uniformly considered a slow starter (although strangely I never felt that way). It may not be for everyone, but if you liked Grandia and Lunar I'd try to get a little further along before shelving it.
  • TaikaTaika Member Full Members
    Taika wrote: »
    After reading uniformly rave reviews of Trails, heralding it as the greatest JRPG in recent history, I bought it and got it working on PC. I'm a fair bit into it (3 bracer posts completed) and it still has yet to grab me.
    It is also uniformly considered a slow starter (although strangely I never felt that way). It may not be for everyone, but if you liked Grandia and Lunar I'd try to get a little further along before shelving it.

    Ah indeed? Thought I was pretty far into it... will take your advice and play some more... these announcements got me in the mood!
  • RealityCheckedRealityChecked Member Full Members
    Taika wrote: »
    Ah indeed? Thought I was pretty far into it... will take your advice and play some more... these announcements got me in the mood!
    Yeah, you may be right...at some point 'slow start' just becomes 'slow', then 'boring'. Kudos for giving it a shot.
  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    Taika wrote: »
    The screenshots look pretty good! After reading uniformly rave reviews of Trails, heralding it as the greatest JRPG in recent history, I bought it and got it working on PC. I'm a fair bit into it (3 bracer posts completed) and it still has yet to grab me. It's kind of low key. It doesn't have the gripping storyline of a Xenogears, the sense of wonder an exploration of a Grandia, the music, humor and sparkle of a Lunar, the artistry and mood of a Valkyrie Profile, sweep you into another world like FF7, or even have the endearingly quirky uniqueness of a Persona.

    So I'm still not sure what the fuss is, or if I'll get the next one as I've yet to finish the first. It's great news for the many fans though, to get so many games in such a short time!

    It's a bit overhyped, IMO. They're really good games, for sure, but not the "greatest thing ever" as some people would suggest.

    Personally, I think Cold Steel does everything that Trails in the Sky did, but better, and with new ideas thrown into the mix.
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
  • ultranessultraness Member Full Members
    Taika wrote: »
    So I'm still not sure what the fuss is, or if I'll get the next one as I've yet to finish the first. It's great news for the many fans though, to get so many games in such a short time!

    Yeah, I think the first Trails gets praised a bit more than it should. I thought it was solid but didn't really stand out for the most part in any specific category, although I thought its characters and dialogue were quite good. I thought the story got a fair bit better near the end, though, and I'm hoping the sequel, which I recently purchased, builds off that.

  • rpbancroftrpbancroft Syncopate and Innovate Full Members
    Though I'm definitely in love with the games (sitting at about 20 hours into SC, playing steadily), I also agree - they do seem to be overhyped. That's not to say they're poor quality by any stretch (I actually feel they excel within just about every major JRPG category - character development, story, battle system, creative magic system, exploration, difficulty balance, and consistency of overall presentation), but I'd say they would appeal to gamers who have a fair bit of patience, and who appreciate a more relaxed pace. It took me a bit to adjust myself to SC's progression pattern (it has been about 2 years since I played the first one), but, once I settled on the right mindset, I think it's an absolute delight to play. For me, the characters absolutely shine; SC is like what I wish for from almost every standalone game whose story I adore - a tremendously extended "epilogue" exploring "what happened next."

    One small quibble, and maybe this is just me showing how coddled recent games have made me, I wish that, in dungeons, the mini-map would build itself as I explore. Some dungeons have TONS of branching paths, and if I get distracted while playing I can get quite lost.

    I'm guessing that people who desperately wanted to see more of these titles localized drove this overhype. After all, if people think they're missing out on the "best thing ever," rather than "a great quality, character-driven JRPG that might make you tear up at times," they're more likely to grow curious and funnel a little support its way. Also, I guess saying "best thing ever" fits the tl;dr mindset of so many people nowadays. It certainly takes a LOT longer to explain all of what drives these titles towards greatness.
  • flamethrowerflamethrower Member Full Members
    I loved FC. They start you off with "kill sewer rat" and fetch quests, and give you bigger stuff later on. I like SC a lot less - it had a great prologue, but Chapter 1 leaves a lot to be desired. Currently on Chapter 1 of SC. I'm not going to buy 3C before finishing SC.

    I'm 74 hours in to Cold Steel and in the final chapter and very definitely final dungeon. I had trouble with the previous chapter's boss (playing on normal), but there's always the "weaken enemies and retry" option, right? Anyway, hopefully I will be done by the time Cold Steel 2 comes out. I think it deserves the 4.5 Adriaan gave it. I think the graphics are quite good for a first effort at console-style 3D graphics (as opposed to portable), but maybe I have low standards. There's a lot of scenery porn is this game which I personally enjoyed seeing.
  • Adriaan den OudenAdriaan den Ouden Δ Hidden Forbidden Holy Ground RPGamer Staff
    I loved FC. They start you off with "kill sewer rat" and fetch quests, and give you bigger stuff later on. I like SC a lot less - it had a great prologue, but Chapter 1 leaves a lot to be desired. Currently on Chapter 1 of SC. I'm not going to buy 3C before finishing SC.

    I'm 74 hours in to Cold Steel and in the final chapter and very definitely final dungeon. I had trouble with the previous chapter's boss (playing on normal), but there's always the "weaken enemies and retry" option, right? Anyway, hopefully I will be done by the time Cold Steel 2 comes out. I think it deserves the 4.5 Adriaan gave it. I think the graphics are quite good for a first effort at console-style 3D graphics (as opposed to portable), but maybe I have low standards. There's a lot of scenery porn is this game which I personally enjoyed seeing.

    The graphics in Cold Steel aren't technically impressive, but there's a lot of detail work put into them, which really helps them shine through despite that.
    Maybe I'll log out and check my e-mail or something...
  • rpbancroftrpbancroft Syncopate and Innovate Full Members
    I loved FC. They start you off with "kill sewer rat" and fetch quests, and give you bigger stuff later on. I like SC a lot less - it had a great prologue, but Chapter 1 leaves a lot to be desired. Currently on Chapter 1 of SC.
    I've heard that the game really picks up in its second half, though I'm not there yet (just starting chapter 3), so I can't say that with confidence. There was quite a bit of wandering around in chapter 1, though. I can definitely see how that would underwhelm.
  • WyrdwadWyrdwad Member Full Members
    edited March 2016
    FC is definitely a slow game. The story doesn't really start to get good until the play in chapter 2, and it doesn't get REALLY good until chapter 4 -- which is also the final chapter (but is practically 2/3 as long as the entire game up to that point).

    In the end, I was glad to have played it, but it did take a long time for it to grab me. The same may be true of you. I'd say keep at it, especially if you're close to chapter 4. Chapter 4 really is awesome.

    (That said, I'm also in the camp that thinks Cold Steel is a better game in general, doing everything a little bit better than its predecessors, including getting off to a much quicker start.)

    -Tom
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