Trails of Cold Steel III English Release Thread

Discussion in 'The Legend of Heroes Series' started by Cold_Steel_IV, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. AttentionDeficitGuy

    AttentionDeficitGuy Well-Known Member

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    So not finished with Chapter 3 yet (just finished the night before Definitely the Final Day), but I wanted to mention a few things anyway:

    - The gameplay really started to come together with the addition of Ash and Musse. Now I'm going around only using the students in 99% of battles, RPing like Rean only steps in when the students are in way over their heads (and also shouting orders from the sidelines). Feels kinda cool to only bring Rean out for special occasions, like the Stahlritter fight.

    - Everything about the nighttime mission in Raquel was golden. Every moment. That out-of-nowhere comedy chase scene, Angie and Sara working off each other, Claire continuing her transformation into one of the most conflicted characters in the series, the freaking Jaeger King challenging the Ashen Chevalier to a Children's Card Game... it was pitch perfect. In fact, most of this chapter has been full of absolutely stellar moments like this.

    - I kinda have a problem with the way Ash was written. Don't get me wrong, I love him as a character now, but it feels like the writers at Falcom took too many pains to make him unlikable in the beginning of the game. Yeah, I see what they were going for, a sort of "never judge a book by its cover" kind of thing, but I think it would have worked better if Ash wasn't quite such an enormous asshole to everyone at first. Like, not even in a "that guy's a piece of work" sort of way, but like in a "that guy goes out of his way to say the most hurtful thing in any given situation" sort of way. And he's not written like that this chapter - he's more just on the level of "that guy's a piece of work" when he's not in "jerk with a heart of gold" mode and he's great. I think if maybe he was still a huge mega-asshole to Rean in the first two chapters, but was a little less super-hostile to the other students, the transition to chapter 3 would have been a bit less jarring. All that said, I'm glad I like him now, because I kinda wanted to like him.

    - Jusis and Millium have such adorable chemistry in this game. It's always so heartwarming when they're on screen together.

    - I love that Hugo is low-key a villain now. If any of the students from CS1/2 would turn to the dark side, it would be him (or Munk, who we already know hasn't, or Beryl, who as we all know is actually the Grandmaster can't be the Grandmaster because Faye from ZCF is, but is probably like a witch or something).

    - Having spoiled myself to... certain things, I always feel a bit of anticipation whenever Gaius is onscreen. When are we going to see what he's been up to? I mean, I already know at least part of it, but that's part of what makes me impatient to see. I was waiting for something to happen when he faced Arianrhod, but that would have been a bit early I guess.

    - WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH MUSSE!?!? I mean, okay, yeah, it's pretty obvious at this point (as of the first night of the Summer Festival) that she's the daughter/granddaughter of the former Duke Cayenne's older brother. But just when I think that's all there is, it turns out something else is going on. Is she a vampire? Is that what's happening here? I'm getting vampire vibes from Most Likely Loli Hexen Grandmother, and now I'm starting to get the same from Musse. WHAT IS HAPPENING!? (don't answer that question)

    On to the final day of Chapter 3, and I can already tell this is where things are gonna start to take a turn...
     
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  2. AttentionDeficitGuy

    AttentionDeficitGuy Well-Known Member

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    Now done with Chapter 3... gotta say, that may be a contender for my favorite chapter in the series. So many good moments, whether you're talking character moments, plot twists, comedy, drama, sidequests, gameplay moments... that was basically everything I love about Kiseki in a single chapter.

    - The whole Juno dungeon was really cool. Playing as Aurelia was incredibly fun, and I loved that new Class VII really got a chance to shine. The final boss fight against Arianrhod and the Stahlritter was one of my favorite boss fights just ever.

    - Kinda sad the only payoff we got for Musse was her being the Cayenne heir. I wanna know what the hell ELSE is going on, THAT GIRL IS NOT NORMAL, DAMMIT!

    - It looks like there might somehow be even MORE going on with Gaius than the thing I was spoiled on, which excites me a lot.

    - Duvalie backstory!

    - I figured from when they were first mentioned in CS2 that George had a connection to the Gnomes (his last name is Nome, for Aidios sake), but that last scene still caught me by surprise. Also, I just found the whole gravedigging scene in general really cool and atmospheric.
     
  3. Trails of Persona

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    Well going with how all my first playthrough of the trails games have gone, I wont be getting all the AP for full rank. The extra ap for doing the vantage masters just comes up on you, and with it being a required section of the game and having no ability to go and play other people and buy cards I could not go the route for the +3 since my own cards were so weak. Ah well, not the biggest loss and gives me something to complete whenever I do my second playthrough.

    Not sure how far into chapter three I am in, but on the second day on the island and I can tell things are about to start to ramp up. Don't have much to say right now but enjoying the chapter and seems like certain threads are starting to intertwine more. A few thoughts from certain scenes so far.

    Mcburn up to this point has been shown to be this monster that will fight anyone just to go all out, but as soon as Steel asks for a duel so she could perhaps enjoy the breeze, he says no because he doesn't think he can win. Just goes to show just how powerful she has to be, especially considering how she then teases him about not taking to heart her sword lessons and all Mcburn does is pout. I do look forward to when I see her in the Crossbell games, but I do look forward to seeing her in action soon in this game.

    I remember in CS II how LeGuin and Bardias felt tacked on with their very few moments of screen time, but having more time with them in this game I enjoy their characters more. For a while it felt weird how LeGuin wasn't showing her more battle hungry side but we got to see it again and see that side of her again. Liked the fight against Bardias and had to laugh at Ash trying to get under his skin. Bardias is way too chill for that but will still offer a duel to serve up some humble pie.

    I didn't think much of it before, but it is starting to get really grating how any time Rean spends even a small moment with a woman everyone gets on Rean about it. One, he's an adult and two that is none of your business. Then there was the stuff with Elise that was going alright but near the end of her appearance I was ready for her to leave.

    Was pretty cool learning more about Sara's and Claire's past. We knew a little bit about Sarah but learning about how she went from Jeager to Bracer was cool and once again we get really sad stories. Trails ain't kind to most of their characters with backstories. Then again, since it seems like half the continent is becoming uninhabitable not much room for happy stories.

    This chapter definitely has some hints about certain revelations that I know of that comes later. Won't say what but some lines from various npcs definitely foreshadow certain things
     
  4. Ghaleon

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    So i just finished chapter 2, and did the into scenes of 3. I think Im the slowpoke tbis time around. Got like 60 hours played. Tbough prob like 5 afk. Good grief thats awsome!
     
  5. Ringwraith

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    It's not that tricky to get max rank in this one it seems.
    I missed some stuff and still overshot by quite a few points.
     
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  6. Trails of Persona

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    Now that you mentioned that, I think Cold Steel gave a bit more leeway to get max rank. CS I I missed all the hidden quests and a lot of the extra AP so I didn't get the highest rank, but in II I missed out on a little extra AP from certain fights but still got the highest Rank. Can't comment on Crossbell but I remember the Sky games locking you out of the rank if you missed even one it seemed like.
     
  7. Ringwraith

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    It was specifically Second Chapter where A-rank only has 2 points of leeway, but then canonically they make it so you never reached that anyway.

    CSIII, in addition to marking all the quests on the mini-map anyway, and often being pretty upfront about optional objectives, has like 15 or so points of leeway for max rank.
    Also, on a related note, you don't need a perfectly full battle/book/profile log to get the max rewards either. It feels very strange to get the top book reward whilst missing books, let me tell ya.
     

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