Trails of Cold Steel III pre-order up on PSN, Digital Deluxe Edition 25% off with PS+ (contains 22 cosmetic DLC + 2 special costumes)

Dekim

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Oct 28, 2017
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Is there a flow chart or YouTube video that details what games you need to play in what order for newbies of the series like me? I started playing Cold Steel I on the PS Vita last week, and I really liked it. I already purchased Cold Steel II, and will eventually buy Cold SteeI III on the PS4. Now I'm hearing there's a whole bunch of other older games in the series that takes place in the same universe I didn't know about.
 

Tibarn

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Oct 31, 2017
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Is there a flow chart or YouTube video that details what games you need to play in what order for newbies of the series like me? I started playing Cold Steel I on the PS Vita last week, and I really liked it. I already purchased Cold Steel II, and will eventually buy Cold SteeI III on the PS4. Now I'm hearing there's a whole bunch of other older games in the series that takes place in the same universe I didn't know about.
Easy:

-Trails in the Sky First Chapter, Second Chapter and The Third are the original trilogy, if you already started Cold Steel I, you can finish it and then play the original trilogy. Cold Steel I is a good introduction to the saga, but the original 3 games are the first story in the kiseki universe, and present lots of characters and plot lines that will be important later. Best way to play them is the Steam version (or other PC versions), as the translation was improved and lots of QoL changes were introduced compared to the PSP version. Also the Third is only on PC.
-Trails from Zero, Trails to Azure are the two games of the Crossbell Duology, and should be played after the Sky Trilogy. The events in the game happen at the same time as the events in the Cold Steel I and II games, so in a way playing first Cold Steel will spoil some things, but it's fine. There are no official english releases, a fan edit project is currently ongoing for Zero and Azure has a fan translation that is not that bad from what I've heard.
-Cold Steel III and IV are both a follow up to Cold Steel II and Azure, and having played all the previous 7 games is the optimal way to play them, as they continue plot lines from all the games.

Best ways to play the games (taking into account the already released games):

-Sky Trilogy - Cold Steel I and II - Crossbell duology - Cold Steel III and IV

Falcom seems to be interested in bringing the Crossbell games to modern platforms, so maybe this means that in a near future (5 years or so) we will see them translated officialy, but at this moment only Cold Steel III is confirmed from the 4 "unlocalized" games.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I've played cold steel 1 and 2 and loved them. I then Tried trails in the sky and could not get into it at all. So will be youtube recaps for me. Cannot wait until October
 

Sandstar

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Oct 28, 2017
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As a note, if you want to play Trails 1 and 2, there's no reason whatsoever to play the PSP versions. Do yourself a favor, and play the PC versions. for one, you probably don't have a PSP. For 2, trails in the sky FC is 50 dollars on the psp, and I can't even find SC. And as mentioned above the third is only on the PC.
 

Nightengale

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Oct 26, 2017
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Malaysia
Don't overthink the gatekeeping issue.

If you think you like what you're seeing of CS3, you can play this game first. It comes with a summary of CS1/2.

In regards to the whole 'play all the older games before playing CS3' argument, it's true that the game references past events and characters, but the story ultimately takes place from the perspective of Class 7, who were not focal characters of what took place in previous stories.
 

OskarXCI

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Nov 11, 2018
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Nothing on EU PSN yet. No rush but this will be the first game I pre-order in a long while.

Have played the Sky trilogy and CS 1 & 2. I’ll just read plot summaries for Zero and Azure. Not that interested in playing fan translations unless they are 100% finished.