I’ll admit—initially The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel annoyed me. A vapid interaction framing tension between the male and female leads over an accidental bust-to-face encounter, made my eyes roll. Fortunately, first impressions aren’t always set in stone, and Cold Steel deftly dismissed my reservations.
For the past few years, I’ve been at odds with my love of JRPGs. Lately, the genre has felt tiresome, with little innovations to break up their formulaic nature. A part of it is familiarity breeding contempt, and the other part is my changing interests. I worry that my favourite series will fall into a sameness—becoming bland for sticking too close to what made them successful. I worry too that radical changes may mean following popular trends in gaming, which in turn will feel like cash-ins and unrecognizable as to what makes the genre unique.