Let’s Visit Tyria – All the Vistas in Guild Wars 2 – Dredgehaunt Cliffs

Dredgehaunt CliffsAfter the release of Heart of Thorns, Guild Wars 2’s first expansion pack, I felt like it was time to go back to this MMORPG to continue working on this photo series. While I haven’t yet purchased the expansion, I used this opportunity to get closer to 100% map completion with my main character. So today, after a long break from the game, and after covering the Brisban Wildlands, the Plains of Ashford and the Snowden Drifts, I bring you to another snowy section of the map: Dredgehaunt Cliffs.

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The Best Chest Messages In The Legend Of Heroes Trails In The Sky [Part 2]

Picking up after Part 1 left, here are the remaining chest messages from The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky that I like the most. I loved this thing in the game, it added that little something that made the game stand out from other jRPGs. I sure hope that the next episode will keep this feature.

The Best Chest Messages In The Legend Of Heroes Trails In The Sky [Part 1]

As I mentioned in my review of The Legend of Heroes Trails in The Sky, the game has lots of lines of text. I was positively surprised that the Devs decided to add even more by giving voice to the various treasure chests you find around the game world: basically, if you open a treasure chest and then you press the action button once more so that you look into the chest a second time, you get a funny message from the chest itself.

There are more than 150 chests in the game and, even though some of the messages are duplicates, there were still quite a few to go through. I tried to choose the funniest ones and the most lolwut ones for you, some of them are really worth it. I will break this post into two parts as there are really too many to fit into a single one.

The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky – A PC jRPG done right

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Some time ago I was browsing through my Steam library looking for something different to play and I saw this game that I bought during a Steam sale (well, like every other game really): The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky. I couldn’t play it when it originally came out on PC, and I had not played the PSP remake, so I decided it was time to try a new jRPG franchise.

The game is not as long as other jRPGs, I have completed it in around 45 hours. It took me another 10-15 hours to get all the Steam achievements. There is not much hidden content (no real hidden bosses or huge sidequests or anything of the like) so once you complete the main storyline, you just have some cleanup to do to complete it 100%.

Don’t let this put you off though: those 45 hours are worth it. This is not the best jRPG that I have ever played, but it’s one that I am glad I have played and completed. The battle system is an interesting hybrid: it’s purely turn-based (the style I love the most) but it also allows you to move your characters on a grid (Disgaea style), which works reasonably well, although I haven’t really used this feature that much, normally you can simply attack and let your characters move by themselves. It adds an interesting new dimension to battles, but again, most of the time it’s not something you absolutely must use in order to win the battle.

Graphically, this game is beautiful. The colors are bright and the characters are so fluffy it makes you feel like a 10-year-old. The characters are well designed and well developed, each with a specific fighting style and personality, in the best jRPG tradition.

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But the best thing about this game is the story. No, the combat system is not the best one ever made, and the game doesn’t offer lots of challenges but the story will keep you hooked. The game is famous for the long dialogues, and yes, I can confirm you will have to do quite a bit of reading, but everything will lead up to a finale that will keep you longing for episode two. I don’t want to spolier anything, but I can tell you that I absolutely cannot wait for the second chapter to be released (which is supposed to happen some time this summer, according to rumors online). When asked in an interview about the status of Second Chapter, XSEED replied the following:

We know you’ve been waiting for SC. Boy, do we know! And in hindsight, we wish we could’ve scheduled its localization a lot better, because at this point we want it out the door just as much as you (ha ha). I’m currently working together with Trails in the Sky FC & SC editor Jessica Chavez to clean things up and make sure it’s as polished as can be within our crazily hectic schedule. In fact, we’re working 100% in tandem with some of the series’ biggest fans to ensure that every fact is checked and every piece of foreshadowing is correctly shadowed, and just in general taking every step we can to ensure even our biggest critics are pleased with the final product. So far, I could not be happier with the feedback we’ve received.

I recommend you read the whole interview, which also includes news about other episodes of the series.

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Unfortunately, there are not many jRPGs on the PC, although things have started changing in the last few years. This is one of those games that you should consider purchasing to support the developers to make sure more games like this find their way to the PC. Save your money, don’t buy another FPS (there are way too many of those on Steam already) and use that money to buy this. If everyone did this, Steam would become a better place 😉

Let’s Visit Tyria – All the Vistas in Guild Wars 2 – Snowden Drifts

Snowden Drifts mapThis week we have a change of scenery in Tyria: from the darkish Brisban Wildlands and the ghost-filled Plains of Ashford, we now move to the snowy landscapes of Snowden Drifts. This section is part of a much bigger snow-laden zone, the Shiverpeak Mountains, and is certainly one of the most visually appealing areas in the game.

I thought that covering these areas in these weeks leading up to Christmas would be quite appropriate 🙂 Enjoy!

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The gog.com Big Fall Sale is On

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I thought this deserved to be mentioned in a post of its own. gog.com are currently doing a huge sale which, according to their website, touches more than 700 games and discounts up to 90%.

Their games library is certainly impressive, and they have a few games currently on sale that deserve a special mention (some of them are not even available on Steam):

  • Neverwinter Nights Diamond
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 Complete
  • Rayman 3
  • Baldur’s Gate II Complete
  • Planescape: Torment
  • The Longest Journey
  • Icewind Dale Complete
  • Icewind Dale 2 Complete

Make sure to check out the sale because you are likely to find something cool on discount right now. Plus, if you check in for 7 days on their website while the sale is on, you will get a free copy of The Witcher 2 and The Gamers: Director’s Cut.

Let’s Visit Tyria – All the Vistas in Guild Wars 2 – Plains of Ashford

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Welcome to the second post in the Let’s Visit Tyria series, a collection of screenshots of all the vistas in Guild Wars 2. Check out the previous post in the series, where I roamed around the Brisban Wildlands area, before jumping into this collection. Today, we are going to visit the Plains of Ashford, the Charrs’ initial area.

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