The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 – Reunion

I have made no secret of my love for the first episode, as it were, of the Trails of Cold Steel saga. Having spent over 100 hours streaming the game, my only criticism pertaining to it was that the ending battle was poorly orchestrated and not given sufficient tutorials. The game ended up ranking very high in my Shadow’s Sixty list, but that was all before playing its second chapter…

The sequel picks up a month after the events at the end of the first game, and gives you the opportunity to revisit the lands of Erebonia to see the aftermath of the first game’s events, and to explore the real underlying story that led us to the crazy cliffhanger that we were stuck with. But did it live up to the first game’s amazing quality, or did it falter?

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There will be some spoilers for the first game within. Read at your own risk if you have not played the first game.

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I Am Setsuna – A Wintry Journey

SquareEnix unveiled ‘Project Setsuna’ at E3 2015 under development studio ‘Tokyo RPG Factory’. They stated that they’d formed this studio to focus on producing games that would bring back the glory days of the JRPG. They brought together a team of people passionate about the genre and worked to bring this dream to a reality. I Am Setsuna was the result of that.

In I Am Setsuna, you play as a member of a reclusive masked tribe of wandering mercenaries named Endir. After completing his training (the game’s tutorial mission), he’s approached by a mysterious young man who hires him for a peculiar task. Every decade or so, monsters begin to become more and more ferocious and a young lady from a remote village is chosen to sacrifice herself to placate the monsters and keep the lands safe again. It is that time again, and Endir’s job? Kill the sacrifice before she departs from her home village on the pilgrimage.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 12 to 7

The anticipation is building… we’re on the second last entry of the Shadow’s Sixty! This time we’ll cover rank 12 through 7. With this list we are finally entering into the true best games I’ve ever played. What genres will we see here? What games? Will your favourite make the cut for this list? If you’ve been following along, will your guesses match the reality?

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These are all games that have left a lasting impression on me… some new, some not so new. Some of these games shaped my love of gaming, others made me lifetime fans of certain worlds. These games set the bar by which all others are judged, and it is my pleasure to give you your first glimpse into the top 10 today. I know some of you have been (im)patiently waiting for this day, so I won’t make you wait any longer.

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness – Flawed Ambition

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth full entry in the venerable Star Ocean series, which has taken gamers across the galaxy, even through time itself, as you explore the series’ epic storyline. In Star Ocean 5, you play as Fidel Camuze and his childhood friend Miki Sauvester, who come from a remote town on the planet of Faykreed.

Fidel is the son of the kingdom’s military leader and a reputable swordsman in his own right. His town is attacked by bandits, and he has to organize the townspeople to repel their assault. Afterwards, while going to request military aid from the capital, he and Miki stumble upon a strange little girl named Relia, who has no memory of her past. They immediately decide to take care of the lost child, and this decision ripples out, changing their lives and the course of their kingdom – and even their planet – forever.

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Twin Star Exorcists – Married with Demons

The world is constantly under threat from creatures most people don’t even know exist… these creatures, known as Kegare, perpetually try to break into the ‘real world’ from where they reside in Magano. Only exorcists, humans blessed with extraordinary powers that allow them to not only enhance their physical abilities but also enter Magano itself, can fight them to try to save humanity. The war between humanity and Kegare has been ongoing for ages, with no signs of ceasing. The exorcists believe that the war will be won by the legendary Twin Star Exorcists.

The Twin Stars are two powerful married exorcists, and whose devotion to one another spurs them to greater heights and whose love will produce the most powerful exorcist the world has ever seen – the Miko. To that goal, the leader of the exorcists finds the two most powerful young exorcists he knows, forces them to marry, and grants them the title. Good plan, right?

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