Greetings, fellow travelers! The Weekend Wizard Inn is open for business, so grab a seat and discuss what’s in your gaming quest log for the next few days. Maybe even do so over a piping bowl of ogre blood stew, a roasted giant’s toe, or a cool mug of our freshest snail ale! There’s a great spot over near the fire with some of your fellow mages, and it appears a purple-robed fella with a… creepy mask of sorts… is waving you over!
Happy Friday, folks! I’m Trash, a fellow mage, and every Friday afternoon I’ll be here at The Weekend Wizard Inn to help get the conversation started. Join in down in the comment section and let everybody know what’s on your gaming agenda this weekend!
Are you working through your backlog? Playing a hot new release? Maybe forgoing gaming in favor of something people call “real life stuff?”
On deck for me we have…
1: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS4)
I finally finished up The Legend of Sword and Fairy 6 on PS4 and Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey on Switch, so it’s time to begin something new. I’ll have a review up for both of those here soon, of course.
I’ve had the original release of Trails of Cold Steel sitting on my Vita for a while now, but never made it very far. By the time I picked it up the Switch had just come out and my beloved blue Vita suddenly began collecting dust. Poor thing.
I ended up pre-ordering the PS4 version because it came with all sorts of neat extras and after enjoying Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ so much recently I was already in the mood for more Falcom goodness. I think I made the right choice.
I’m roughly 8 hours into Cold Steel, which I’ve been told has a slow opening, but I’m already madly in love with it. The music, the characters, the world-building, the battle system… Falcom seems to consistently nails those things.
I just finished the first “field study” in Celdic, if you’re familiar with the game. I’m definitely not. From what I hear it’s a good 60+ hour JRPG and I’m in it for the long haul.
2: Moero Chronicle Hyper (Switch)
I haven’t made much progress in this at all, though I did give it a good hour or two the other day. The dungeon crawling seems easier than most in the RPG subgenre, which typically prides itself on its punishing difficulty.
It’s a silly story with tons (and I mean TONS) of fanservice. You control Io, a boy from the human side of the world, who has trouble talking to girls despite his best friend being a female from the monster girl side. In the middle of the world lies a city where Io is chosen (forced, really) to investigate the land of the monster girls in order to see why some of them have gone berzerk.
Io doesn’t actually battle during combat, though. Instead, he recruits monster girls into his party, where each of them has their own job class of sorts. Some are automatically recruited during the story, while others can be “caught” during battle by… entering a mini-game that has you destroying their clothing before “rubbing” them in certain areas to bring them back to their senses. Yep. It’s one of those kinds of games.
Anyway, while Io’s party of monster girls handle the heavy lifting, Io can grant them enhanced attack power between turns. He can store this power, which not only increases its effectiveness but the higher the percentage the higher the chance of failure. The game views this as Io getting a little too excited and when a failure occurs he’ll lose his stored attack boost and become unusable during the following turn.
Fanservice never really bothers me and I genuinely enjoy RPGs as a whole, so we’ll see where things go from here before I end up reviewing it.
What about you, folks? Any big gaming plans this weekend?
Trash is the Middle-aged Horror Mage and a self-proclaimed JRPG and horror game junkie. He can be brutally murdered in Puppet Combo’s ’80s-inspired slasher game ‘Christmas Massacre’ as an NPC and always urges you to support indie horror. Follow him on Twitter @Trashlevania for exploding head memes, pics of his three fur babies, and Japanese wrestling nonsense.
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