The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Another installment in the popular Japanese RPG series developed by Nihon Falcom Corp. Once again, players get to travel to the land of Zemuria, more exactly to the territory known as Erebonia, where the Thors Military Academy is located. The school is attended by children of both gentry and common citizens – the exception being the 7th grade comprising only the main protagonists of the game. The action of the game is set during one school year, in which the students increase their skills, acquire military experience, and overcome the differences that divide them. The background of the story is filled with ever-growing tension in the society that might result in an outbreak of civil war. The plot of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel features a non-linear structure and is shaped by the decisions made by the players. In comparison to the previous installments in the series, this game stands out with its multiple improvements, the most prominent being the TPP perspective, which has replaced the typical for the series top down perspective. Additionally, the game features more dialogues and a modified combat system. Once again, battles are turn-based, however, they are more dynamic because of the combo system enabling players to mount spectacular and powerful attack sequences. Moreover, the choices a player makes throughout the game affect the combat efficiency of particular characters.

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Sony PlayStation 3
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel | PS3

RPG, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Nihon Falcom Corp | game developer

NIS America | publisher   Official website

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel release date for PS3:

game language:
English

26 September 2013 | Worldwide

29 January 2016 | Europe PAL

22 December 2015 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

PlayStation Vita
Game The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PSV) Cover
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel | PS Vita

RPG, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Nihon Falcom Corp | game developer

Nihon Falcom Corp | publisher   Official website

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

26 September 2013 | Worldwide

29 January 2016 | Europe PAL

22 December 2015 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

PC / Windows
Game The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PC) Cover
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel | PC

RPG, turn-based, jRPG

Companies responsible for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Nihon Falcom Corp | game developer

NIS America | publisher   Official website

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel release date for PC:

game language:
English

02 August 2017 | Worldwide

02 August 2017 | Europe

02 August 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a PC / Windows RPG from the popular Japanese video game series. All the installments have been developed by Nihon Falcom Corp.

Plot

Once again, players get to travel to the land of Zemuria, more exactly to the territory known as Erebonia, where the Thors Military Academy is located. The school is attended by children of both gentry and common citizens the exception being the 7th grade comprising only the main protagonists of the game. The action of the game is set during one school year, in which the students increase their skills, acquire military experience, and overcome the differences that divide them. The background of the story is filled with ever-growing tension in the society that might result in an outbreak of civil war.

The game delivers the most elaborate story campaign in the history of the series, and choices a player makes throughout the game affect the combat efficiency of particular characters.

Mechanics

The PC / Windows release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a classic Japanese RPG, in which a player gets to explore the in-game world, complete numerous quests, and develop his character. The game is a big step forward for the entire series the developers decided to replace the top-down perspective with the TPP, and abandon the 2D character models in favor of 3D ones now, players can freely look around the in-game world. The game features also more dialogues. Now, when exploring the world, one can listen to conversations the NPCs are having.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel offers a modified combat system. Once again, battles are turn-based and revolve around issuing orders for the team members, however, they are more dynamic because of the combo system enabling players to mount spectacular and powerful attack sequences that deal significantly more damage than single blows.

The relations between particular characters are crucial, as they influence directly their combat efficiency. These relations can be maintained by multiple dialogues and appropriate choices made at the important moments of the story.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i3 3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 770/Radeon R9 280X or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7
Minimum: Intel Atom x7-Z8700 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460/Radeon HD 5670 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7