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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by PartridgeSenpai Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:52 am

Partridge Senpai's 2016 Beaten List
1-50

51. Axiom Verge
52. Otomedius Excellent
53. JUMP Ultimate Stars
54. Dynasty Warriors 3
55. Fire Emblem if: Byakuya (Birthright)
56. Fire Emblem if: Anya (Conquest)

57. Fire Emblem if: Invisible Kingdom (Revelations) (3DS)

And so ends the last chapter of Fire Emblem if for me. To be perfectly honest, I'm a little torn about Revelations' on a "right to exist" level.

From a story perspective, there's the argument that having a path where both families win is a nice middle ground to have. This is also the only path where you actually get the titular "Fire Emblem," and also do the other thing that so many Fire Emblems end with (which I shant spoil, but you can probably guess). On another level, I really respected Conquest and Birthright for how bold their stories were in showing that war really sucks, and there may be winner but there are also a lot of losers. Those stories had a much larger impact to me, and I feel Revelations misses out on that by quite a bit.

On a gameplay perspective, Revelations has some of the most interesting level gimmicks out of the other if games. It also has SO MANY fucking characters, it certainly feels like if one was going to be inclined towards an ironman run, this would certainly be the game to do it in (there'd just be a million billion hours of ginding up a new guy every time an old one dies). However, that character overflow was kind of overwhelming, and I kinda felt bad that there were SO many characters whom I never used once. That said, every one of those characters (sans one) were already playable in Conquest or Birthright, so I'd already seen all of them to a satisfactory point.

Verdict: Recommended. This is definitely the FE: If game I liked the least, but I think that's down to me just playing 3 FE games in a row. Part of me feels like this game has trouble standing on its own because of how much better the stories were told in the two sister games, but part of me also feels like this game stands best on its own because it has all of the character content of those two games. I wouldn't really recommend playing only Revelations, but if you can really only stomach to play one FE: if game, then I'd say it might as well be Revelations.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:25 am

Games Beaten 2016

First 50:
Spirits of Xanadu - PC
Tales From the Borderlands: Episode 1 - PC
Operation C - Game Boy
That Dragon, Cancer - PC
Contra - NES
Super C - NES
Contra III - The Alien Wars - SNES
Tekken - PS1
The King of Fighters '99 - PS1
Street Fighter Alpha - PS1
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - PS4
Three Fourths Home - PC
Firewatch - PS4
Street Fighter V - PS4
Far Cry: Primal - PS4
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax - PS3
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND - Xbox One
Android Assault Cactus - PS4
Table Top Racing - Vita
The Room - iOS
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle - PS3
The Room 2 - iOS
Broforce - PS4
Toybox Turbos - PC
Peggle 2 - PS4
R-Type (R-Type Dimensions) - 360
The Room 3 - iOS
Rampage - SMS
Doom (2016) - PS4
Dungeon Siege III - - 360
Uncharted 4 - A Thief's End - PS4
NES Remix - Wii U
Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 - 3DS
Outrun 3D - 3DS
Box Boy - 3DS
Splatoon - - Wii U
Nano Assault Neo X - PS4
Mamorukun Curse! - PS3
Hyperburner - iOS
The Beginner's Guide - PC
Halo 5: Guardians - Xbox One
POP: Methodology Experiment 1 - PC
Amplitude - - PS4
Slave of God - PC
Power Drift 3D - 3DS
Bio-Hazard Battle - Genesis
Thunder Force II - Genesis
Thunder Force III - Genesis
Lightening Force - Genesis
DiRT: Showdown - PC

Battleborn - PC
140 - PC
Last Duel - Arcade (PSP)
Alien on the Run - 3DS
Undead Bowling - 3DS
Chain Blaster - 3DS
Runny Egg - 3DS
Bound - PS4
Parasite Eve - PS1
Destiny - PS4
Destiny: The Dark Below - PS4
Destiny: The House of Wolves - PS4
Destiny: The Taken King - PS4
Otomedius Excellent - 360
Crimsonland - PC
Planet of the Eyes - PC
Destiny: Rise of Iron - PS4
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut - PC
Eve Valkyrie: Gunjack - PSVR
Elegy for a Dead World - PC
SOMA - PC
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill - PC
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - PSVR *new*
Actual Sunlight - Vita *new*

Total: 74


Previously: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is an excellent VR experience - it is anything that I ever loved about stuff like House of the Dead, amped up to 11, and with a great sense of motion and speed. It is odd sitting on your couch and feeling like you are moving fast on a roller coaster while trying to shoot zombies that are coming at you from all sides...but this game delivers that sensation in a pretty compelling way. If you like horror games, if you like light gun games, or if you like VR games that make it feel like you are moving around a lot, this game is a must buy.

Actual Sunlight is fucking depressing as hell and, while it was intriguing in some ways, ultimately just felt like a sad trip through someone's diary. That said, I think there's a lot in the narrative that resonates with many middle-class nerdy white dudes at different points in their life,. But - even if the tone was convincingly and alternately confessional and confrontational, it nonetheless too often seemed a bit gimmicky and gamey. I think the author/dev made a good choice in selecting this medium to best engage a sympathetic audience, but there are much more engaging narratives of this kind with much more intriguing/better drawn characters out there in many other media (literature, film, etc.).
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:51 pm

MrPopo wrote:73. Batman Arkham Knight - PC

I wonder if I can just find a good let's play to watch for City and this one lol. Now that I'm really digging The Witcher 3, it hit me that there's something about this game and the Assassin's Creed series (randomly came to mind) that don't bother me at all FOV wise... but there is something really weird about the Rocksteady Batman games. Like I said earlier I absolutely loved Asylum, but I also recall there being something about the visuals, perhaps the colors, and maybe the field of view that made me a bit queasy after awhile. Sometimes I felt that way after long sessions of Borderlands, so maybe it's the pseudo cel shading in these types. But yeah in the short time I tried City, this was another issue I had.

Might just be me I guess, never really see anyone complain about it. I never mind the over the shoulder thing, but I definitely think there was something weirder about it with these. But AC is pretty comparable gameplay wise and those never bugged me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by laurenhiya21 Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:46 pm

1/16: Diablo III (PC)
1/19: Picross E (3DS DL)
1/23: Baroque (Wii)
2/5: LocoRoco (PSP)
3/31: Picross e2 (3DS DL)
4/7: Stardew Valley (Steam)
4/8: Voices From the Sea (Steam)
4/10: X-Note (Steam)
4/11: To the Moon (Steam)
4/19: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PS3)
4/19: Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match (PS3)
6/19: Steins;Gate (PS3)
7/11: Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
7/13: Muramasa Rebirth (Vita)
7/13: Strider 2 (PS1 Classics)
7/16: Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~ (Steam)
7/16: Narcissu (Steam)
7/26: Crimzon Clover: World Ignition (GOG)
7/28: LocoRoco 2 (PSP)
7/30: Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita)
8/1: Pokemon Art Academy (3DS)
8/5: Gal*Gun: Double Peace (PS4)
8/8: Before the Echo (Steam)
8/9: Ironclad (PC DL)
8/9: Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
8/14: Super Paper Mario (Wii)
8/15: Metal Slug (Steam)
8/17: Metal Slug 2 (Steam)
8/17: Metal Slug X (Steam)
8/18: Metal Slug 3 (Steam)
8/24: Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3)
8/25: The Typing of the Dead: Overkill (Steam)
8/28: Hatsune Miku Project Diva f (Vita)
8/31: Fable: The Lost Chapters (PC)
9/8: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni - Ch.2 Watanagashi (Steam)
9/28: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PSP)
10/9: Gone Home (PS4)
10/28: Pony Island (Steam)
11/3: Dragon Quest Builders (PS4)
11/4: Life is Strange (PS4)

Total: 40 games

I'm going to try and keep these short since I'm still a little bit sick.

Pony Island
A surprisingly neat game about being trapped in this weird demon computer. It pokes fun at other games and has a few tricks near the end that were pretty clever. Quite short though, but it was well worth the $1 I got it for when it was on sale.

Dragon Quest Builders
Kind of like Minecraft, but with a Dragon Quest flair I guess haha. I thought it meshed very well, as the story mode with quests really helped directed me as I went and kept me focused. Crafting is a lot easier than Minecraft as well (you don't need to arrange things or look up every 5 seconds for a recipe), and I generally had a blast playing. Biggest problem I had with it was that the combat is a little annoying. It's hard to tell how far your sword reaches, so I often kept on swinging too far away from enemies. Controls were a little odd as well (X for menu, O jumps, square places blocks, and triangle attacks), but I mostly got used to it after a while. Overall I really had a fun time with it.

Life is Strange
Not really sure how to feel about this one. The environments look nice and the concept is pretty neat (main character having ability to time travel and change decisions), but the characters never grew on me. That really didn't help the game, since there are some difficult decisions to make that can dramatically effect some of the characters, but I never cared about them. Unfortunately I think that the characters and those decisions are supposed to be the biggest draw, so when that failed the other things couldn't hold up the game for me. There are some mostly boring gameplay sections to break it up a bit, but I found a lot of them to be dull and pointless (like find 5 bottles in the junkyard!). The one exception was this section where you have all this information that you need to go through and find some clues to piece together where you need to go next. That was pretty cool. Overall though, I just didn't have a super great time with it. It wasn't awful either, but I don't think it ended up being my sort of game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:14 pm

First 50:
1. Tenchi Sōzō (Super Famicom)
2. Eternal Senia (Steam)
3. Tombs & Treasure (NES)
4. Magic Knight Rayearth (Super Famicom)
5. Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy (Famicom Disk System)
6. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
7. Seiken Psycho Caliber: Majū no Mori Densetsu (Famicom Disk System)
8. Deep Dungeon: Madō Senki (Famicom Disk System)
9. Deep Dungeon II: Yūshi no Monshō (Famicom Disk System)
10. Suishō no Dragon (Famicom Disk System)
11. Dandy: Zeuon no Fukkatsu (Famicom Disk System)
12. Lagoon (SNES)
13. Contra (NES)
14. Super C (NES)
15. Wonder Boy (Sega Master System)
16. OutRun (Sega Master System)
17. OutRun (Genesis)
18. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
19. Written in the Sky (Steam)
20. Wendy: Every Witch Way (Game Boy Color)
21. Mario Bros. (NES)
22. Popeye (NES)
23. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
24. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Famicom Disk System)
25. Phantasy Star II Eusis's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
26. Phantasy Star II Nei's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
27. Phantasy Star II Rudger's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
28. Phantasy Star II Anne's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
29. Phantasy Star II Huey's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
30. Phantasy Star II Kinds's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
31. Phantasy Star II Amia's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
32. Phantasy Star II Shilka's Text Adventure (Steam - Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics)
33. Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (Famicom Disk System)
34. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
35. Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)
36. Gunman Clive (Nintendo eShop)
37. Zaxxon (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
38. Zaxxon (Atari 2600)
39. Zaxxon (Intellivision)
40. Zaxxon (ColecoVision)
41. Cosmic Avenger (ColecoVision)
42. Mr. Do! (ColecoVision)
43. Pepper II (ColecoVision)
44. Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
45. Sakura Spirit (Steam)
46. Ys Eternal (PC)
47. Moon Patrol (Game Boy Color - Arcade Hits: Moon Patrol & Spy Hunter)
48. Ember Kaboom (Steam)
49. Hoshi no Kābī: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (Famicom)
50. Guardian Heroes (Saturn)

51. Akumajō Dracula (Famicom Disk System)
52. Castlevania (NES)
53. Classic NES Series: Castlevania (Game Boy Advance)
54. Guardian Heroes (Xbox Live Arcade)
55. Metal Slug (Neo Geo MVS)
56. Metal Slug 2 (Neo Geo MVS)
57. Metal Slug 3 (Neo Geo MVS)
58. Soul of Darkness (DSiWare)
59. Code of Princess (3DS)
60. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
61. Super Mario Land (Game Boy)
62. The Legend of Zelda 2: Link no Bōken (Famicom Disk System)
63. Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst (PC)
64. Shan Gui (Steam)
65. Space Fury (ColecoVision)
66. Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle (ColecoVision)
67. Gateway to Apshai (ColecoVision)
68. MURI (Steam)
69. Pink Hour (Steam)
70. Pink Heaven (Steam)
71. Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet (Steam)
72. Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt (Steam)
73. Haunted House (Atari 2600)
74. Gremlins (Atari 2600)
75. Alien (Atari 2600)
76. Xenophobe (Xbox - Midway Arcade Treasures 2)
77. Frankenstein's Monster (Atari 2600)
78. Ghost Manor / Spike's Peak (Atari 2600)
79. Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Ch.1 Onikakushi (Steam)
80. Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin (Famicom Disk System)
81. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
82. Beneath the Cherry Trees (Steam)
83. Voices from the Sea (Steam)
84. Mushihimesama (Steam)
85. Sonic CD (Steam)
86. Shovel Knight (Wii U)
87. Super Mario World (SNES)
88. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)


Yeah, more replays. My daughter is totally dictating what I play and that's just fine with me.

Super Mario World may be my favorite platformer ever. The only glaring flaw is the lackluster save feature (but of course I can savestate with my Retron 5 so that's moot).

Let me tell y'all how I play this game. First, ★96 (100% completion, all secret exits found) is mandatory. Second, I hit up the Special World as soon as possible (so, right out of World 2). This means the majority of the game occurs in autumn. Third, I always beat the game twice - first I take the front door of Bowser's castle, watch the ending, then reload and take the backdoor. Completely unnecessary, but it just feels right.

Super Mario Land 2 is fabulous. Feels like a "sister game" to Link's Awakening - both play like stripped down versions of their 16-bit big brothers, with some elements of the classic 8-bit titles thrown into the mix as well. Kazumi Totaka's soundtrack may be my favorite thing about the game. It's quite chipper and even mischievous at times. I regret to say I haven't played Super Mario Land 3, though I hope to rectify that in the future.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:23 pm

It's completely different and, honestly, not that great. You should play it, however, since it is the precursor to the excellent Wario Land (VB), the excellent Wario Land 2, and the simply outstanding Wario Land 3.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:10 am

I love Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. Wario plays very differently from Mario and it makes for its own experience. The platforming is still incredibly solid, but a Mario knock-off it is not.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:16 am

Games Beaten in 2016 So Far - 110

January (20 Games Beaten)
1. Shadow Warrior - Playstation 4 - January 1
2. The Order: 1886 - Playstation 4 - January 2
3. Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii - January 3
4. NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits - WiiWare - January 4
5. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - Vita - January 5
6. Shadow the Hedgehog - Gamecube - January 9
7. Fairy Bloom Freeia - Steam - January 10
8. Petit Novel Series: Harvest December - 3DS - January 13
9. Gas Guzzlers Extreme - Steam - January 14
10. Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Wii - January 16
11. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition - Wii - January 19
12. Killzone: Liberation - PSP - January 20
13. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor - Wii - January 20
14. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii - January 24
15. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love - Wii - January 25
16. Corpse Party - PSP - January 25
17. Freedom Planet - Wii U - January 25
18. Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space - Vita - January 25
19. Silent Hill: Homecoming - Xbox 360 - January 26
20. Life is Strange - Playstation 4 - January 28


February (8 Games Beaten)
21. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows - PSP - February 2
22. Megadimension Neptunia VII - Playstation 4 - February 12
23. Dr. Discord's Conquest - NES - February 13
24. Corpse Party: Blood Drive - Vita - February 17
25. If My Heart Had Wings - Steam - February 18
26. Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Steam - February 18
27. Her Story - Steam - February 18
28. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS - February 26


March (8 Games Beaten)
29. Saints Row 2 - Steam - March 1
30. Saturday Morning RPG - Playstation 4 - March 3
31. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS - March 6
32. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Wii U - March 8
33. Pokken Tournament - Wii U - March 20
34. Moe Chronicle - Vita - March 22
35. Tom Clancey's The Division - Playstation 4 - March 23
36. Yoshi's New Island - 3DS - March 28


April (13 Games Beaten)
37. Alien Rage - Steam - April 1
38. Alien Breed: Impact - Steam - April 2
39. Alien Breed 2: Assault - Steam - April 3
40. Alien Breed 3: Descent - Steam - April 3
41. Bravely Second: Ballad of the Three Cavaliers - 3DS - April 6
42. Quantum Break - Xbox One - April 7
43. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric - Wii U - April 8
44. Akai Katana - Xbox 360 - April 9
45. Otomedius Excellent - Xbox 360 - April 9
46. Chasing Dead - Wii U - April 10
47. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation - 3DS - April 14
48. Ratchet and Clank - Playstation 4 - April 20
49. Starfox Zero - Wii U - April 23


May (6 Games Beaten)
50. Aero Fighters 2 - NeoGeo - May 8
51. Bravely Second: End Layer - 3DS - May 11
52. Uncharted: Golden Abyss - Vita - May 15
53. Doom - Playstation 4 - May 20
54. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Playstation 4 - May 22
55. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - Playstation 4 - May 25


June (13 Games Beaten)
56. MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies - Vita - June 2
57. Republique - Playstation 4 - June 3
58. Splatterhouse - Playstation 3 - June 4
59. Spec Ops: The Line - Playstation 3 - June 5
60. 1943: Battle of Midway - NES - June 6
61. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst - Playstation 4 - June 12
62. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem - SNES - June 13
63. Homefront: The Revolution - Playstation 4 - June 15
64. Gone Home - Playstation 4 - June 15
65. Double Dragon Neon - Playstation 3 - June 16
66. Vanquish - Playstation 3 - June 17
67. Epic Dumpster Bear - Wii U - June 20
68. B3: Game Expo for Bees - Wii U - June 21


July (7 Games Beaten)
69. Raiden V - Xbox One - July 16
70. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U - July 16
71. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES - Playstation 2 - July 23
72. Lost Sea - Playstation 4 - July 24
73. Far Cry Primal - Playstation 4 - July 27
74. Black - Playstation 2 - July 28
75. Until Dawn - Playstation 4 - July 31


August (15 Games Beaten)
76. Divine Sealing - Mega Drive - August 1
77. Gal*Gun: Double Peace - Playstation 4 - August 2
78. Valkyria Chronicles II - PSP - August 5
79. Breach and Clear - Vita - August 10
80. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem - Gamecube - August 12
81. Metal Gear Solid - Playstation - August 15
82. Hello Kitty Kruisers - Wii U - August 16
83. Monster Monpiece - Vita - August 17
84. Army Men: Major Malfunction - Xbox - August 17
85. Layers of Fear - Steam - August 18
86. Kirby: Planet Robobot- 3DS - August 19
87. Disaster: Day of Crisis - Wii - August 20
88. Caladrius Blaze - PlayStation 4 - August 20
89. Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype - Vita - August 22
90. Saints Row IV - PS4 - August 30


September (8 Games Beaten)
91. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X - PS4 - September 2
92. Attack on Titan - PS4 - September 3
93. SOMA - Steam - September 5
94. Assault Suit Leynos - PS4 - September 8
95. Attack of the Friday Monsters! - 3DS - September 17
96. The Witcher - GOG.com - September 19
97. GunValkyrie - Xbox - September 21
98. P.N.03 - Gamecube - September 22


October (10 Games Beaten)
99. XCOM 2 - PS4 - October 3
100. Gears of War: Judgement - Xbox 360 - October 8
101. Ninja Pizza Girl - Wii U - October 8
102. Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive - Steam - October 9
103. EVE: Valkyrie - PlayStation 4 - October 14
104. Gears of War 4 - Xbox One - October 18
105. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - PlayStation 4 - October 18
106. Battlefield 1 - PlayStation 4 - October 20
107. EVE: Gunjack - PlayStation 4 - October 20
108. Titanfall 2 - PlayStation 4 - October 30


November (2 Games Beaten)
109. The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces - Wii - November 3
110. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Vita - November 6


110. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Vita - November 6

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I don't remember who mentioned the sequel of this right before it came out (probably Exhuminator since it's a Vita RPG), but I decided I'd pick up the collector's edition of the second game (since it was a same price as a regular Vita game) and the first game at the same time. It looked neat, so why not? Jesus Christ, I did not realize what a time commitment I was making when I started playing this game, though. Don't get me wrong - the game is amazing - but holy god, this game is really long.

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So I didn't know this when I first started playing, but apparently Legend of Heroes is apparently a fairly long-lived series (and one that I'm now going to start looking into), so I can say with confidence that you need absolutely zero prior experience with the Legend of Heroes series to enjoy Trails of Cold Steel. The game revolves around a group of students at Thors Military Academy, an academy broken into six classes. Classes I and II are for children of the nobility; Classes III, IV, and V are for commoners; and the newly-formed Class VII is an experimental class of sorts that puts nobles and commoners together in the same class.

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A lot of the game, it feels like a rather pointless slice of life sort of story; you play as Rean as he and his fellow members of Class VII go through their school lives and embark on field studies across the Erebonian Empire, solving problems for the townspeople and learning about the situations developing in the country. One common theme through every chapter that stays an enigmatic-but-probably-significant part of the story, however, is the monthly investigation of the mysterious old schoolhouse, a building that predates the 250 year old academy by at least several hundred years. You also begin to discover through your field studies that the empire is sitting on a veritable powder keg of civil unrest due to the growing political conflict between the Noble Faction and the Reformist Faction. Those two plot points serve as the core of the game's storyline.

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The roughly 50 hour game familiarizes you with a whole cast of pretty memorable characters and places, and the optional "bonding events" you can do let you grow closer to and learn more about your favorite characters, culminating in a cute but underwhelming romance option at the end of the game. The end of the game, however, is legit rage-inducing. It's not that it's bad. On the contrary, the ending is fantastic. It is, however, a cliffhanger for the ages. Fortunately, I have the second game, so I can start it whenever I want (though I'm taking a break from the Vita to play Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse right now), but the wait for the third game (assuming it gets localized; my cursory Google search shows the Legend of Heroes series not to have a good track record in that regard) is going to kill me. X_x

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In terms of gameplay, it's a pretty standard JRPG. The only big drawback, in my opinion, is the performance. The game chugs along at certain places - especially in cut scenes - and drops to 15 or 20 frames per second. I don't know how the Playstation 3 version compares, but the Vita version had some serious drops. It doesn't make it unplayable by any means, and it's not horribly bothersome, but it's definitely noticeable and casts a shadow on an otherwise incredible game. I also think the game drags out just a *little* too long. All in all, though, it's a fantastic JRPG experience that Vita and/or PS3 owners definitely shouldn't miss out on.
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by MrPopo Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:25 am

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around you calling it a massive time commitment and then you stating it's a 50 hour game. That's about what I expect an RPG to be.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by darsparx Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:37 am

@Popo seriously....I'm only like 4-5 hours in and barely scratched the surface. That game literally has so much to do that it's literally a slice-of-life rpg at this point. These characters are so freaking deep right now it's unreal. I feel like I'm so far in this game, but then I remember i've only played through 3 game days XD

This game next to ToP are games I actually look forward to getting home and playing whenever I do make it there today...
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