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When I am not reading Visual Novels, I love to play video games and the one genre that I can't get enough of is Role-Playing Games. So I was curious to ask the community if there anyone here that likes and enjoys RPGs? If so, are you currently playing one? Which one and what kind of RPG is it?

I am currently playing two different RPGs and they are:

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactical JRPG set in a colorful alternate-reality World War 2, with deep turn-based tactical battles where units are controlled with semi-real-time, third-person shooter combat. The story is told very much like an anime with most of the scenario presented in a visual novel-like format. There are many themes that pertain to war are explored in the story that makes many moments in the game dark and bleak, but there are plenty of light-hearted scenes and interactions amongst the characters that balance out those moments.

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Shining Resonance is an Action JRPG reminiscence of a game from the Tales series if you have heard of or played a game from that series. I haven't gotten too far in the game yet, but the story has a high fantasy setting and features all of the tropes you could possibly think that from that setting. The story is told in a Visual Novel format as well. Music is the motif of the game and it plays a major part in both the story and in combat. Heck, most of the character's weapons serve as musical instruments as well which is beyond cool! I almost forgot to mention that you can romance any of the heroines, go on dates with them, and obtain an ending with them. Important stuff!

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I'm currently searching for my "next" game because after playing Octopath Traveler for 5+ hours I got really bored of it and I planned to play it for some time...
But your post reminds me that I still can play the Rest of Valkyria Chronicles 4~

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I love my Rpgs, maybe even more than Visual Novels. Right now Bloodborne has been sucking away my life for the last 5 weeks and I don't think I'm gonna be stopping soon. It's an "Action RPG" set in "a Gothic London like city" called Yharnam that's occupied by abomination ranging from werewolves, sewer dwelling ghouls and a staff wielding guy that dresses like a pimp to straight up HP Lovecraft tentacle hentai monsters and lots more. You play as a hunter, a guy/girl (there's character creation) that's just there to kill AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Yeah this game has light story telling, but the stories you uncover about Yharnam are so rich, some even made me cry. There is a large arsenal of weapons that you can play with, each suiting different play styles. Their effectiveness depends more on skills and less on upgrades. The orchestral soundtrack in this game is also FUCKING AMAZING. Since this game is made by From Software, the same company that made Dark Souls, it's hard, very very hard, it's got a big learning curve. I've already lost count on the amount of times I've died to normal NPCs, let alone bosses. OH MAN THE BOSSES, they are epic, all of them. Anyways, I think the game is a masterpiece and would gladly recommend everyone to give it a go if you have a ps4 since it's a "ps4 exclusive":cryy:

So yeah, about Valkyria Chronicles 4............KAI IS BEST GIRL 2018

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Neb Neb said:

I'm currently searching for my "next" game because after playing Octopath Traveler for 5+ hours I got really bored of it and I planned to play it for some time...
But your post reminds me that I still can play the Rest of Valkyria Chronicles 4~

:notlooking:

I only played the demo to Octopath Traveler and just couldn't get into it. I was attracted to the art style and the old school graphics. But everything else from the story to the combat system just didn't mesh with me. It just got really repetitive and super grindy, which I wouldn't mind as much if the story and characters were really compelling. I think I had the same problem as you where I just got really bored with it. 

As a huge fan of the Valkyria Chronicles series, it makes really happy that there are others that enjoy the games as well. I think that should keep playing it! How far are you in the game Neb? Is there anything that really stands out for you when playing it?

1 hour ago, Tom-Cruise said:

 

imageproxy.php?img=&key=651ddf6c7c5d6965So yeah, about Valkyria Chronicles 4............KAI IS BEST GIRL 2018

 

 

 

 

I do think that Kai is great and I wanted her to be the main girl. However, since playing the game, I think that Riley is still the best girl!

"Come in Centurion!"

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As long as it's not turn based then I enjoy them. I've actually been meaning to get shining resonance but I don't have too much money so I'll have to wait

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I just fully completed Dragon Quest XI which was excellent and have now started playing Tokyo Xanadu ex+ which is pretty enjoyable so far.

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On 11/16/2018 at 4:30 AM, kyrt said:

I just fully completed Dragon Quest XI which was excellent and have now started playing Tokyo Xanadu ex+ which is pretty enjoyable so far.

DQ XI was a great game for me, defiantly a GOTY contender for me.  Tokyo Xanadu ex+ was pretty good, I didnt enjoy it as much as Trails of Cold Steel, but still an enjoyable game for me.  It also had an amazing soundtrack, I was seriously impressed by it.

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I got back into FF14 a few days before Fan Fest and also started playing WoFF Maxima...so other games have taken a backseat for a bit but I'll get back to Xanadu ex+ soon and then it will be Tales of Vesperia Definitive, Kingdom Hearts III, Fire Emblem Three Houses, and then back to FF14 for the Shadowbringer expansion. 

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On 11/23/2018 at 10:55 PM, Tanner said:

DQ XI was a great game for me, defiantly a GOTY contender for me.  Tokyo Xanadu ex+ was pretty good, I didnt enjoy it as much as Trails of Cold Steel, but still an enjoyable game for me.  It also had an amazing soundtrack, I was seriously impressed by it.

While conducting research into DQ XI, I have heard others say that as well that it is a GOTY contender for them. The game looks really good so I definitely want to play it after I finish Shining Resonance Refrain and Valkyria Chronicles 4.

The general consensus, from what I read on the internet, is that there is Tokyo Xanadu Ex+, the Ys series, and then, there IS "Trails of Cold Steel!" This series seems to be the best of the best that Falcom has produced from everything I have heard about the series. Everyone that I spoke to told me that I need to play them. I have never played a Trail series game before, but I really like what I have seen of the game so far so I have preordered both Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 already. I can't wait to play the first one when it arrives in January.....along with Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition and Kingdom Hearts 3.

 

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I've played both Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2, both of them are really fun.  The English voice acting is a little lacking, particularly in the first game, but I got used to it eventually.  I tried to play Trails in the Sky FC, but couldn't get into it.  Cold Steel has a lot of quality of life improvements to the engine over Sky.  In any case, I heartily recommend Trails of Cold Steel, and I'm really looking forward to Cold Steel 3.  CS3 English hasn't been officially announced yet, but since Nihon Falcom has been saying they want to expand more into English speaking markets, I'm sure it's coming eventually. 

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9 hours ago, DarthSteel said:

I've played both Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2, both of them are really fun.  The English voice acting is a little lacking, particularly in the first game, but I got used to it eventually.  I tried to play Trails in the Sky FC, but couldn't get into it.  Cold Steel has a lot of quality of life improvements to the engine over Sky.  In any case, I heartily recommend Trails of Cold Steel, and I'm really looking forward to Cold Steel 3.  CS3 English hasn't been officially announced yet, but since Nihon Falcom has been saying they want to expand more into English speaking markets, I'm sure it's coming eventually. 

I can't wait to play Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 on PS4 next year! It's going to be very tough to decide what to play when January rolls around since Trails of Cold Steel 1 for PS4 comes out in January along with many many other games.

I heard that the PC release fixed that lack of voice acting as well as other issues. The PS4 version is a port of that version of the game. 

I certainly hope that Trails of Cold Steel 3 will be brought over at some point since Cold Steel 4 came out recently. I haven't played a single "Trails" game, but I can tell that there is something really special about this series. Plus, I am a huge sucker for JRPG games with turn-based combat and an anime art style. 

More Nihon Falcom games can never be a bad thing!

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On 11/27/2018 at 7:57 PM, blueskydreams said:

I can't wait to play Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 on PS4 next year! It's going to be very tough to decide what to play when January rolls around since Trails of Cold Steel 1 for PS4 comes out in January along with many many other games.

I heard that the PC release fixed that lack of voice acting as well as other issues. The PS4 version is a port of that version of the game. 

I certainly hope that Trails of Cold Steel 3 will be brought over at some point since Cold Steel 4 came out recently. I haven't played a single "Trails" game, but I can tell that there is something really special about this series. Plus, I am a huge sucker for JRPG games with turn-based combat and an anime art style. 

More Nihon Falcom games can never be a bad thing!

I think you would like Trails of Cold Steel, when I picked it up on PC, I couldn't put it down until I finished it, same thing for Trails of Cold Steel 2.  I haven't played Trails in the Sky yet, but its been quoted as the best of the series for many.  I would also recommend looking into the Tales of games if you haven't already, I played Tales of Berseria last year and its a good choice if you prefer the non-turn based combat system, even if you don't I still think its worth it, as I lean towards turn based combat in my JRPG's.  I think Trails of Cold Steel will remain my favorite unless Trails in the Sky just blows it out of the water.  I also think more Nihon Falcom games would be great, as they're quickly becoming my favorite Japanese game developer, just hope XSEED gets the rights to CS3 from them for a western release.

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1 hour ago, Tanner said:

I think you would like Trails of Cold Steel, when I picked it up on PC, I couldn't put it down until I finished it, same thing for Trails of Cold Steel 2.  I haven't played Trails in the Sky yet, but its been quoted as the best of the series for many.  I would also recommend looking into the Tales of games if you haven't already, I played Tales of Berseria last year and its a good choice if you prefer the non-turn based combat system, even if you don't I still think its worth it, as I lean towards turn based combat in my JRPG's.  I think Trails of Cold Steel will remain my favorite unless Trails in the Sky just blows it out of the water.  I also think more Nihon Falcom games would be great, as they're quickly becoming my favorite Japanese game developer, just hope XSEED gets the rights to CS3 from them for a western release.

That makes me even more excited now! I can't wait to get sucked into the world of Trails of Cold Steel, but then again, I generally get really immersed in the RPG that I play. I keep hearing that I "should" play Trails in the Sky and I want to, but visual novels are the most that I can get my laptop to run (It's a pretty old computer). Which is also why I have to wait for the PS4 release of Cold Steel apart from the fact that 95% of the RPGs that I play are on PS4.

Actually, funny you should mention it, but Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) was my first ever real RPG I ever played! (Pokemon doesn't count here). I have such fond memories of playing that game and I can't wait to play it again with the remaster after all of these years. I played that and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World on my Wii (I loved it). I actually picked up the series again with Tales of Berseria earlier this year (I wanted to jump back into the Tales series with Tales of Zesteria, but I heard very mixed opinions about it so I decided watched the anime version and the fact that it tied into Berseria was wonderful!) I wasn't the best with the combat system, but I loved it enough that I want to go back and play the Tales games I never played which are Graces F, Xillia 1 and 2. 

I am perfectly okay with non-turn based RPGs. I have played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (EPIC!!!), Berseria, Final Fantasy 15 (first one), and Ni no Kuni 2 which I loved. I have Ys VIII and Kingdom Hearts that I need to play. I'm currently playing Shining Resonance Refrain at the moment. I do enjoy non-turn based RPGs. (Have you played Shining Resonance Refrain? It is very similar to and plays like a Tales game. Strongly recommend it!) However, turn-based combat is where it's at for me! Valkyria Chronicles 1 was the only game for the longest time that I had that was turn-based. Last year was when I found the game that made me a complete sucker for turn-based RPGs: PERSONA 5! Playing Persona 5 lead to discovering the great Fire Emblem series which has lead to looking into other turn-based RPG series and games.

I think that XSEED is VERY aware that people want Cold Steel 3. I suspect that they won't announce it until they are really far along in the localization, I hear that it is a really long game text-wise. I can't wait to get caught up with everyone else that is currently waiting for CS3. I don't want to miss out on this really interesting series anymore!

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On 11/29/2018 at 10:07 PM, blueskydreams said:

That makes me even more excited now! I can't wait to get sucked into the world of Trails of Cold Steel, but then again, I generally get really immersed in the RPG that I play. I keep hearing that I "should" play Trails in the Sky and I want to, but visual novels are the most that I can get my laptop to run (It's a pretty old computer). Which is also why I have to wait for the PS4 release of Cold Steel apart from the fact that 95% of the RPGs that I play are on PS4.

Actually, funny you should mention it, but Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) was my first ever real RPG I ever played! (Pokemon doesn't count here). I have such fond memories of playing that game and I can't wait to play it again with the remaster after all of these years. I played that and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World on my Wii (I loved it). I actually picked up the series again with Tales of Berseria earlier this year (I wanted to jump back into the Tales series with Tales of Zesteria, but I heard very mixed opinions about it so I decided watched the anime version and the fact that it tied into Berseria was wonderful!) I wasn't the best with the combat system, but I loved it enough that I want to go back and play the Tales games I never played which are Graces F, Xillia 1 and 2. 

I am perfectly okay with non-turn based RPGs. I have played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (EPIC!!!), Berseria, Final Fantasy 15 (first one), and Ni no Kuni 2 which I loved. I have Ys VIII and Kingdom Hearts that I need to play. I'm currently playing Shining Resonance Refrain at the moment. I do enjoy non-turn based RPGs. (Have you played Shining Resonance Refrain? It is very similar to and plays like a Tales game. Strongly recommend it!) However, turn-based combat is where it's at for me! Valkyria Chronicles 1 was the only game for the longest time that I had that was turn-based. Last year was when I found the game that made me a complete sucker for turn-based RPGs: PERSONA 5! Playing Persona 5 lead to discovering the great Fire Emblem series which has lead to looking into other turn-based RPG series and games.

I think that XSEED is VERY aware that people want Cold Steel 3. I suspect that they won't announce it until they are really far along in the localization, I hear that it is a really long game text-wise. I can't wait to get caught up with everyone else that is currently waiting for CS3. I don't want to miss out on this really interesting series anymore!

Huh, I was just thinking about starting my playthrough of the Persona series starting with 3 since its the earliest one on PS4 if im not mistaken, or do you think I should get a ps2 and play the previous ones first?  Either way those games will take over my life for some time im betting!  I also looked at Shining Resconance Refrain and its looks amazing!  It seems to be right up my alley, so ill defiantly pick that up before long.  I still need to play Nii No Kuni 2 as well, but im gonna wait till I get a PS4 Pro, which should be in about a month.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tanner said:

Huh, I was just thinking about starting my playthrough of the Persona series starting with 3 since its the earliest one on PS4 if im not mistaken, or do you think I should get a ps2 and play the previous ones first?

 

 

Unfortunately Persona 3 is not available on the ps4, but it is available on the ps3 through psn download. However if you just so happen to have a ps vita, you can play all of the persona games from 1-4 but the vita version for the 3rd game is a skimmed down version because it's a psp port.

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19 hours ago, Tom-Cruise said:

Unfortunately Persona 3 is not available on the ps4, but it is available on the ps3 through psn download. However if you just so happen to have a ps vita, you can play all of the persona games from 1-4 but the vita version for the 3rd game is a skimmed down version because it's a psp port.

well this is awkward, it seems I got Persona 3 mixed up with Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight.  I do not have a Vita regrettably, I always wanted to get one, but I never could get one for one reason or another.

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20 hours ago, Tanner said:

Huh, I was just thinking about starting my playthrough of the Persona series starting with 3 since its the earliest one on PS4 if im not mistaken, or do you think I should get a ps2 and play the previous ones first?  Either way those games will take over my life for some time im betting!  I also looked at Shining Resconance Refrain and its looks amazing!  It seems to be right up my alley, so ill defiantly pick that up before long.  I still need to play Nii No Kuni 2 as well, but im gonna wait till I get a PS4 Pro, which should be in about a month.

 

 

 

Yeah, when I saw your response, I figured you must have gotten Persona 3 mixed up with the Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight game that came out alongside the Persona 5 version. 

To answer your question, I think that it honestly doesn't matter where you start when it comes to jumping into the Persona series. I say this because thankfully, each iteration of Persona is a completely standalone story that all take place in the same universe as the other stories. I would say that if you can go back and play Persona 3 and 4 then go for it! However, chances are that you don't have the means to play it, such as a PS2, PSP, PS VITA, PS3, or a PC that can run an emulator, then it will probably cost you money since they aren't titles that are a part of the remaster/remake trend in the video game industry. 

As for me, when I decided to jump into the Persona series last year, I did not have the means or money to go back and play the older titles. Plus, I want the full experience of a game so I will only play the Persona 4: Golden edition if I ever get the chance to play that title (PS VITAs are EXPENSE!!). So I started with Persona 5.

I can't wait to see what you think of Shining Resonance Refrain. It makes me happy to hear that it hits the right notes for you as well. Ni no Kuni 2 is a good game as well. My only gripe with the game is the almost complete lack of voice acting in the game. Which sounds silly, but I love voice acting in RPGs. I enjoyed the voice acting that is in Ni no Kuni 2 as it is really well done. When I'm playing a long RPG, I like to listen to voice acting and read, rather than just reading. It just enhances the overall experience in my opinion. 

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All SMT games are standalone, that aren't direct sequels (like SMT4 and 4A), but Persona 3 kinda sets the modern standard for game mechanics around which P4 and P5 refine. P3 suffers from having multiple versions which all lack in their own ways (Portable gives full party control but obviously suffers in the gfx/audio dept.) but otherwise is every bit as good as P4 Golden and P5. Going back to the P2 duology from there, though they're good in their own way, is a bit more of a transition if you're coming from P5 (or P4G) and wanted more of the same. Persona 5 also sorta absorbs a bunch of mechanics from the main SMT series, so you could also branch into the main series from there.

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I finally finished Valkyria Chronicles 4! I love this game! I was pleasantly surprised how much content there was in this game. My entire playthrough time clocked at about 70 hours! Compared to Valkyria Chronicles 1, this game was twice as long. Makes me want to start another playthrough of the first one again for the umpteenth time.

Now my main focus is to continue my playthrough of Shining Resonance Refrain. I have started playing Nier Automata and I am very intrigued by the story. I’m also going to resume my playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country as well. 

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