Hello all! With some people getting their copies of Trails of Cold Steel III early, I figured making this thread now would be a good idea. I’d love to hear all your thoughts on the game and its English localization. Please make sure to spoiler tag your posts with where you’re at in the game, so those playing or following along will know whether it’s fine to read your post as well. For example: Spoiler: Prologue Spoilers Rean uses a tachi or Spoiler: Chapter 1 Rean STILL uses a tachi. Anyway, as some of you may know, there is a free demo released for Cold Steel III. This demo goes until the end of the Prologue, so if anyone wants, we could start the discussion with that. After having played the demo recently, I’d like to share some of my thoughts regarding it (I’ll mostly be discussing the localization, as I am already aware of what happens in the game): Spoiler: Demo/Prologue Spoilers Translation: The translation seems pretty good so far, in my opinion. I wouldn’t put it quite on Xseed’s level though; there were what felt like one or two awkward lines. NISA also could, and very likely will, put out a patch or two in the future that could potentially fix a few things. But overall it impressed me. That being said, the Prologue wasn’t very long and had no NPCs. It is very possible the quality will dip the later into the game one gets. The NPC dialogue could also suffer, and from what I’ve heard, it is a step down from the main story translation. If the game’s localization stays at the same level as the Prologue, I’ll have very few complaints, but if it dips a lot when it comes to non-main story segments: side quests, bonding, NPCs, etc. I’ll be pretty upset. Voice Acting: This is certainly a concern I had for CS III. CS I and II have my favorite voice acting of any games and I loved the voices of pretty much every character. My impressions based off the Prologue is positive, but I still have some concerns. For our new cast, I thought Kurt sounded great, though he sounds like a mix between Rean and Jusis, so it’s a little hard for me to differentiate him from others going on voice alone. Not really a complaint though. Juna sounds a lot different than I imagine she would sound. She sounds a lot older than the other characters to me. It may simply take some time to get used to it, or maybe she’ll get more comfortable voicing the character as the game progresses. I don’t dislike her voice, I just hope I’m able to get used to it. Musse and Ash we didn’t get to hear much of, so it’s a bit early for me to have much of an impression. For the new faculty, I think they all sounded pretty good. Randy sounds good from what I’ve heard, but I haven’t played Crossbell yet to get a good feel for his character or “voice”. I also really like Major Irving’s voice! For returning party members, Rean sounds great as always. Definitely older. Jusis sounds the same, and the others we briefly see sounded just fine. I actually have a small complaint for Valimar, though. He wasn’t recasted, but he sounds noticeably different. I didn’t even know whether Valimar was still voiced by the same person at first. Valimar had one of my favorite lines in CS II and his VA delivered it so perfectly, I really loved it, so I’m a bit sad they made him sound so different. I don’t think the change is necessarily bad, but I really don’t like it. I hope it grows on me. Now for Agate and Tita: Agate’s voice sounds good; it fits his character and seems compatible enough to what we heard in the Sky games (I’d also like to mention that I love how they pronounce his name, as it is the same way I’ve been pronouncing it for the last 7 or 8 years. xD) .For Tita, well, I think I have some negative things to say sadly. In my opinion, she sounds like a completely different character at times. She obviously had a much higher voice when she was younger, but it feels like her voice is so much older than it should be, for me at least. When I first heard her voice in CS III, it was during the Einhell dungeon and I didn’t even know that was Tita speaking. However, when I first heard her voice before Einhell, I actually thought it sounded a bit better. I’m really hoping she starts to sound a bit more familiar, or that I’ll get more used to it. Now for Millium, who was recast: I really enjoyed Millium’s voice in CS I and II and was sad to hear they changed it for CS III. My biggest concerns were that she would either sound like a completely different character, or would sound too different to CS I and II Millium. I’m happy to say that after just hearing that little bit in the Prologue, I think her new voice is great! My concerns for her voice are pretty much gone and I look forward to hearing more of her in the whole game. Her VA does a great job and she sounds pretty consistent with what we heard in CS I and II. Now, there were two other returning characters, from CS I and II, that were re-casted. This shouldn’t really be much of a spoiler, but I’ll tag it anyway since they don’t appear in the Prologue: Spoiler: Spoilers for two returning characters from CS I and II Cedric and Victor Arseid. For Cedric, I’ve seen one scene of him talking relatively early on, and he really doesn’t sound much like how he did in CS I and II, though he does have the excuse of being older now. I once or twice felt like he sounded somewhat similar, but I really do wish he sounded at least a little bit more like his younger self; maybe he’ll sounds more like that later in the game? On the other hand, he sounds quite a bit more like Olivert now! I really appreciated that, then again maybe it’s just me, haha. Something of interest, Olivert and Cedric were both voice by the same person before, which makes me pretty curious as to why Cedric was recasted. Spoiler: Bigger CS III Spoilers I know that Cedric’s personality being so much different than it was in CS I and II are an important reason as to why he sounds different, but I still wish there was more of a hint towards his younger sound. Anyway, I think Cedric’s new VA does a great job, and I like that he sounds a little like Olivert to me. So this is really more of a nitpick. Victor on the other hand... I’m a little more upset over. His voice may have been my favorite in CS I and II. His delivery made many of his lines stand out so much, for me. I’ve only heard that small clip from KillScottKill’s recent video. And while I don’t think he sounds bad or like a totally different person, his voice is really lacking the same way of delivery for me. Then again, it was only a short clip, so I may feel differently after hearing more of him. Spoiler: Bigger CS III Spoiler Also, with his lungs being damaged, there’s a pretty good excuse for him sounding different. I just really loved his previous voice. Victor had many of my favorites lines in CS I and II. Now for a few of the newly voiced characters: I don’t really have too much to say here. Arianrhod sounds fine from what I’ve heard. I’ll need to hear more before knowing how I feel. I liked what I heard of Ines and Ennea so far though. There are three others I’d like to mention that were also shown off in KillScottKill’s video, though they also appear in some of the opening movies. I’ll spoiler tag them anyway, just incase. Spoiler: Spoilers for three characters shown in the Opening For Tio, I’m really not sure how to feel. Similarly to Randy, I don’t really know what her character’s “voice”, but I thought she would sound older, more like Fie. Her voice sounds younger/higher than I thought it would. I don’t particularly dislike it, but I can’t say whether I think it’s good or not. Another character I’m not sure of is Shirley. It was brief, but I’m pretty indifferent to what I heard, actually. I neither disliked it nor loved it; I felt it was sort of a standard voice, to be honest. I’ll need to hear more. Campanella, on the other hand, I’m fairly certain I know how I feel regarding his voice. Right now, I don’t love it. Campanella felt like he had a sadistic,yet playful element to how he acted and spoke, but this voice feels like it would fit better for a character like Bleublanc. It seems like they focused more on the joking/trolling side of Campanella and neglected other aspects to, what I feel, is a multifaceted character. I’m really hoping he delivers and that what we’ve heard so far isn’t all there is to his voice. Of course, this is all just my opinion. A lot of my concerns are things that are more nitpick-y or may simply require getting used to. I’ve also only heard a limited amount of the voice acting so far. How I feel regarding some of these things could change quite a bit after hearing more of the whole game. EDIT: I had completely forgot to mention Patrick! I love how he sounds as well. Similar to Rean, he sounds older and more mature, but otherwise sounds like exactly the same character! I also like how much more he mellowed out, too. To move a bit away from the localization aspect, I’d like to share a couple thought regarding the changes in gameplay. Gameplay: It’s a lot easier getting used to the changes in selecting commands than I had thought it would be. It also helps that the game being turn-based means even if you press the wrong button, you can just take your time. I like that Crafts are more expensive and I like the new Brave Order system; it gives an extra purpose to the Bravery Points and adds an element of choice as to whether you Burst or Rush or use a Brave Order. I do like the Break system, too, and Juna’s ability to change her style of attack and I hope we see more of this in the future. I think too many attacks cause too many statuses though. There’s a lot to keep track of and I find it hard to remember everything each Craft does and which ones do what. I don’t have much to say in regards to Arts. I like their animations a lot. I do have two questions I hope someone could help answer. Some of the Arts in CS III looked like Arts from previous games, but they were called something else. For example, there was an Art in the Prologue, I think, that looked just like Shadow Spear from Trails in the Sky. Was the name translating differently, or was it like this in the Japanese version as well? Another question, involving Rean’s S-Craft this time: He says “Seventh Slash – Fallen Leaves”, but isn’t it supposed to be “Seventh Form”, or am I completely mistaken? He often shouts out his form before doing a Craft, so I’m a little confused where the “Slash” part comes from and why there are seemingly seven of them, haha. Story/Characters: I really love everything to be honest. I enjoy the new cast and I like how they relate to everything and each other. Juna coming from Crossbell, Kurt being a Vander, Altina already knowing Rean. Rean being a teacher now and having to deal with being hailed a national hero and not wanting the praise, while also being hated for his involvement in Erebonia’s deeds and feeling like he deserves the scorn. I feel the Prologue is actually shorter than CS I’s since you don’t actually get to walk around the town or campus. Overall I find this a very good and intriguing start to a very great and involving game. So, those are my thoughts so far. I’m curios to hear what you guys think from what you may have played from the Demo/Prologue or from what you’ve seen so far, especially in regards to the story and characters. I know it’s a few days still before CS III’s release, but I hope you guys post your thoughts and impressions if you want to. I’d love to read them! Anyway, hope you guys enjoy the game!