GameCrate: "Yes, it takes more than 10 hours to really get things going, but that's okay."
"Trails of Cold Steel seems more like a visual novel than a JRPG" I haven't played it yet, and I'm very much looking forward to it, but this is the one negative impression I have of the game. In that screenshot right there, it shows the images of the two characters directly over the two characters themselves, who are already rendered within the game world. WHY!? Why would you do that!? Visual Novel cut-scenes are a crutch, used when you're too lazy/cheap to actually render the scene. Here we see the scene rendered, and then COVERED with the crutch! I just want to push them out of the way so I can see the game!
"Trails of Cold Steel seems more like a visual novel than a JRPG" This statement is so inaccurate i can't even believe the person who wrote this article even played the game. Those "visual novel" sections happen so infrequently that i struggled to remember a part in the game where that even happened and i'm 15 hours in. Walking around talking to people in the game and making dialogue choices isn't exclusive to Visual Novels. Basically every RPG has that and it doesn't mean it is more visual novel because of it. I'm not even sure the writer has even played any visual novels.
The funny thing is that I didn't mean that in a negative way. And while you may disagree (you're entitled to your opinion), to me, the game resembles a visual novel a lot of the time (I'm entitled to my opinion). I say that because I have played a lot of visuals novels and enjoy the genre. Also, after the initial battle sequence, the game is mostly comprised of these character interaction and dialogue parts, with just some exploration and battling in between, so I find it hard to believe that you've put in 15 hours.
I've noticed that most of the interactions between characters in the game were with in game character models moving and emoting and only seem have the side by side portrait art during the "social link" sequences that have so far for me been 4-6 short forced sequences, maybe when you meet a new character, i dont know. But calling it MORE visual novel than JRPG is a quite a ways off. I am over 15 hours in. I'm at the part where you leave the army base and strange flying object goes by and the tanks are going after it. I've taken my time and have done every side mission even grinded a little bit but that where i am. PS I really like how you didn't try to rip my head off in your reply for having a different opinion than you. Kudos. :)
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