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  1. I love the Vita, but the Switch did not kill it. I can understand being slightly bitter, but that's pretty silly. You can't keep a system going without any first party games. The Switch captured most of the Vita's audience by being a similar handheld with actual manufacturer support. The Vita was already dead before that happened.
  2. Well met! I've tried to play 4 or 5 Pokemon games. The longest I've ever stuck with one is a few hours. I finally decided it just wasn't for me. Agreed! I loved Ori.
  3. I'm almost done with Trails of Cold Steel. A question for anyone who has finished the story: without skipping dialog and playing at a normal pace, roughly how many hours of playtime are there from October 24 (Festival Day 2) until the end of the game? I'm about to go on vacation for 3 weeks starting Sunday, and I'd love to finish up the game before then. Realistically though, I probably only have a few hours of playtime that I can spare between packing, work, kids, etc. Any hints on how doable this is? By the way, I'm just talking about playing out to the end of the story, not reloading for character end trophies or anything like that.

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    2. Neputyunu


      The final boss in ToCS2 ist really amazing. But beware, you need ALL your mates for this fight. So better equip and grind them up a bit. ;) I did not and it took me hours to beat it with my secondary party haha.


      Yes, the second game does not answer all the questions... I heard you would need to play the Crossbell Stories too, to fully understand it. Rumors say they are coming to PS4 at some point. I would like to play that before ToCS3, because ToCS3 is supposed to be more confusing if you did not play that.

    3. MosesRockefeller


      I was planning on playing the 2 Crossbell games (the fan translation of the first game is almost done, and the second one -  although not as thorough - is already done) after ToCS2, and it sounds like that's the best time to take a break from the Cold Steel arc.

    4. Phoenix_argentea


      Surely after ToCS II I'll take a break! xD Probably I'll go with ToCS III during next year, and luckily the second game has no crazy cliffhanger. Actually I really didn't like the two final chapters: according to me the game could end with the final dungeon of the Finale chapter and a couple of extra scenes, nothing more. I have no idea about the Divertissement chapter (probably the two characters come from another arc of Legends of Heroes), and the Epilogue dungeon was boring. :S

      But it has a "normal" ending (compared to the first game), so I have no hurry for the 3rd game! :giggle:

  4. I started playing RPGs with Western RPGs, and a lot of them have set paths and stories too (e.g. Baldur's Gate, which was the first one I really got into). To be honest I think it's only the open world ones (Fallout, Elder Scrolls, etc.) that don't have those things. Most of the RPG elements are in building your stats, equipment, customizing your character. For example, in FFX and FFX-2 you can take any character and make them do any role (mage, warrior, etc.). Even that is not possible in a lot of RPGs. I'm a redhead American, and I don't really get what being ginger has to do with anything? Sadly, right now the most famous redhead is probably Ed Sheeran, who embarrasses our entire hair color.
  5. I just started playing it and I'm enjoying it as a game. I'm not going for trophies though, which is a huge difference in how it plays. Kudos for the Platinum in FFX by the way. I could never force myself to manage that - I never seriously thought I would, and I convinced myself very early on.
  6. Yeah, some platforming and walking around in the trailer, so it's not just all mindless button-mashing. I like what this trailer shows. Hopefully this won't take too long to get localized.
  7. I guess I'm in the minority, but when I finally tried TR reboot I hated it and shelved it after about an hour of gameplay. If Shadow is the lowpoint in the reboot trilogy, I'm glad I didn't stick with it.
  8. I definitely do that with TV. My "comfort shows" are more enjoyable to me than most new "edgy" shows. I used to reply my favorite games a lot (especially Half Life 2), and a few of them were (Western) RPGs like Baldur's Gate 2. But I've been blessed/cursed with enjoying a wide set of genres so I try to play a lot of games but tend to not go much past story completion anymore.
  9. Nothing wrong with that. I can't think of any games that didn't have at least some small annoyances, and I think a second playthrough would drive me crazy. So I don't do that myself. At least the PS4 version of Cold Steel has some nice Quality of Life improvements, like Turbo Mode. I haven't figured out how to skip through dialog though, which I would definitely need to have for a second playthrough (unless it was several years later).
  10. Now that I check again, I'm on Chapter 6 out of 7 total. So I guess I'm closer to the end than I thought. If you've only played the first Trails in the Sky, I definitely recommend playing 2 and 3. They're great. TitS 2 is a huge game too, I think it's twice as big as the first one. 2 is more about combat than exploration, but it still has a very important story to tell. I see you got the Platinums in both Cold Steel 1 and 2. I am specifically NOT going for Platinums or using guides in this series. Sure, I'll miss out on some side content but that's okay. I gave up on trophies for JRPGs a long time ago.
  11. If you're asking for thoughts on Cold Steel, I'm actually playing the first one. I have heard that CS3 ties in to the Crossbell games pretty heavily so I'm planning to play the fan translations before i get to CS3. I like Cold Steel 1, but the change from a Bracer adventurer setting to a more structured school setting definitely has a different feel. I also found the change in the quartz system to take some getting used to. I like it, but I'm not really used to the new systems after playing 3 Trails in the Sky games. The story - as always in this series - is great and I expect there are some big twists and turns left to come.
  12. No, they are all on Sony or PC platforms. There is a big overarching story, so starting at the beginning is best (Trails in the Sky for PSP or PC). If you don't want to do that, you can start with Trails of Cold Steel 1 on PS4 (or PS3 or Vita), but you'll miss a decent amount of big events in that "universe". I actually intend to go backwards and play the 2 Japanese-only games I skipped, once the fan translation of the first one is done. I played it on Xbox One, and I really liked it.
  13. Your backloggery picture mentioning Trails of Cold Steel reminds me that I'm playing that on PS4 right now, and in that series I have only skipped the Crossbell duo so far. With the Vita being officially dead, I dream of a day when the whole series is on Switch. I loved having the first two Trails in the Sky games in portable PSP form. It probably won't happen, but a man can dream. So far I've played it on 3 platforms (Trails in the Sky 1-2 on Vita, 3 on PC, and Trails of Cold Steel on PS4).
  14. I got an email from Sony about this. I don't even use Sony Rewards, but I was given 500 points (as I suspect you were) the other day that I did not earn. Strangely, Sony decided to remove them instead of giving people a free gift. I guess they don't care about good customer service... October 16th, 2019 Hello, We are writing to notify you of a recent point balance change that was erroneously made to your Sony Rewards account. We mistakenly added 500 Sony Rewards points to your account. Unfortunately, our system wrongly indicated that you were eligible for and had completed the necessary steps associated with the Newbie Movie Buff Pass, and as a result, the system mistakenly added the 500 Sony Rewards points to your balance. We discovered the issue on October 2, 2019, and in order to correct this error, we have now removed the 500 points that were erroneously added to your Points Balance. The removal will be listed in your Points Activity as "Correction - Newbie Movie Buff Pass." We deeply regret that your account was impacted by this error. We take your enjoyment of the Sony Rewards program very seriously, and this is not the kind of experience we want for our members. Thank you for your understanding, Sony Rewards Customer Service Team
  15. True, but at least they get medals and "employee of the month" and crap. The dogs get nothing. Also, are we going to talk about how the show constantly jokes about Marshall being clumsy? Maybe he has a physical disability! Sounds like they need a union AND good health insurance.
  16. This show had me scratching my head as a parent. Not only do they have some crazy funding, but Ryder seems to get a lot of credit for basically being a EMS dispatcher (not to put down that job, but they aren't actually risking their necks to save people).
  17. I've played and enjoyed all the Hitman games. But don't play things you don't enjoy, that's my motto. You're an Al Bhed! Yevon won't be happy about that, bruddah! This is actually the first FF I will finish. I never had a PS1 or PS2, and I only got into JRPGs a few years ago.
  18. I'm on this part myself, so I can share some info. Once you get inside Sin, there are I think 3 save spheres. I know there are least 2. I was testing the point of no return this morning from what seemed to be the final save sphere, and I matched it up with a guide and I was correct. It's pretty obvious actually. There are several short cutscenes as you get close to that point, and it does not kick into a final battle or anything. That final save sphere has an area to proceed afterwards, with those little cutscenes, then you go inside that area, and you can see it's not possible to go back out. But all that is before the final boss battles anyway. From that final save sphere, you can return to the airship, but then you would have to move forward through the area back from that first save sphere that is the Sin landing point. By the way, I found all of the monsters for "Sin" in between the second-to-last save sphere, and the final one. I am not going for 10 of each monster (since I am not going for the Platinum), but I wanted to at least get 1 of each, which I did. The only JRPG games I've tried to 100% are the Neptunia games. Those aren't as insane in terms of trophies. As far as devs making gaming worse than work, I agree (not about gaming itself, but about 100% completion). I am sick of open world collectible bullshit that serves no useful purpose in-game. I don't mind grinding in JRPGs to make boss fights more manageable, but I don't enjoy doing it for hours on end for trophies. Screw that. Might I suggest the recent Hitman games, if you have not already played them (on a different PSN profile, they're not on this one)? I'm finishing up Hitman 2 now, and I really like its methodical approach to completing mission locations. Going for those trophies does not feel like work. There is no Platinum, but I don't care. It's a fun game in my opinion.
  19. I'm actually near the end of this game right now (I'm Inside Sin), and I've been lurking on your posts, Dave. My hat is off to anyone who tries to Platinum this game. It's great and I've been really enjoying it, but I don't have 10% of the patience and stamina required for the Platinum. I really wanted to get the last 2 Aeons at least, but I am not motivated to prep for the fight against Dark Shiva that I'd have to do for that. For that matter I haven't gotten 100% in any JRPG, but this one is especially painful IMO. Good luck in your quest!
  20. I have it. The combat is great and there is a detective element of the game that's a nice complement to the combat.
  21. So I'm about to start this game for the first time. I played KH1 on Final Mix difficulty, but I just finished Re CoM on Proud for Sora and Riku and I didn't struggle too much. I typically avoid multiple playthroughs whenever possible. Is it doable for me to play Critical Mode initially in KH2, or would that be too stressful for me? I'm not necessarily going for the Platinum, but I like to do everything I can on a story run to move towards the Platinum, if it's not too nuts.
  22. No, it really just holds the Switch and some games. The bigger one has more room. I don't pack a charger with my Switch (I bring a USB-C charger separately for my phone, tablet, and Switch when I'm traveling).
  23. I had a basic case ( that I upgraded to a deluxe case ( They're both good, but the more expensive one has a tradeoff. It's a much taller case (although it still fits easily in a backpack), but it comes with a grip that actually works with the Switch dock (although it's a very tight squeeze). I really like the grip so that case has been very nice for me. I'm still hooked on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. It has some difficulty spikes that have forced me to grind some levels, but it's so fun that I don't mind. I'm using Star-Lord, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), and Spider-Gwen.
  24. I preordered the digital version with an eShop voucher. Not sure what house I'll pick, I'm also mostly going in blind. I never finished Fates (I only started one of the modes, even though I had all 3), only Awakening, so I'm hoping this will get me back into the series. I doubt I'll play through multiple times, I have too many games on my backlog to do that with anything these days.
  25. Don't call me Shirley!