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5:19pm on Monday, 7th January, 2019:



I've been playing a JRPG for the past week or so: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. The game itself is quite fun, as are the characters; the story is charming if somewhat predictable. I was expecting this.

What I wasn't expecting was the 30-minute long cut scenes that you advance by clicking through dialogue. I inadvertently started one last night at 22:50 and it was 23:20 before I got control of my character again. There was a point mid-way through where I could save, but not save-and-exit. This happens quite often, too.

It's a while since I played a JRPG so this may be par for the course these days. I don't know that I can stand clicking through a movie for 200 hours or so just for the combat and (easy) puzzle segments, though.

That said, they put umbrellas up when it rains, which is more than most MMORPGs do. Also, I did like it when the group of characters went out and bought fish and chips because the city was famous for its fish and chips, then they sat down at a table saying how great the fish and chips tasted when the meal before them was clearly hot dog with mustard and ketchup. Ah, localisation...

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