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  • Summary: Peace a memory. Despite the best efforts of military student Rean Schwarzer and his comrades, forces much greater than they have swept the land of Erebonia into a full-blown civil war. After a terrible struggle, Rean awakens in the mountains near his hometown, uncertain what fate befell hisPeace a memory. Despite the best efforts of military student Rean Schwarzer and his comrades, forces much greater than they have swept the land of Erebonia into a full-blown civil war. After a terrible struggle, Rean awakens in the mountains near his hometown, uncertain what fate befell his classmates and comrades. Though the road will not be an easy one, Rean decides to take up his sword once again. Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 18, 2016
    90
    Not so much a sequel, as the second episode in an epic saga.
  2. Sep 7, 2016
    90
    A modern JRPG masterpiece. It is the perfect blend of the classic JRPG formula mixed with contemporary features. Almost everything this title does has had some equivalent seen in RPGs that came before it, but they have been tweaked where the experience still feels fresh.
  3. Oct 4, 2016
    86
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II not only improves upon the formula introduced in Trails of Cold Steel, but also pairs with the first game and others in the Trails series to create an epic overarching story unlike anything seen before in video games. If you like your RPGs lengthy and impeccably detailed, Trails of Cold Steel II is right up your alley.
  4. Nov 18, 2016
    83
    A proper sequel to the anime civil war drama. More playable characters, new options within the turn based battles and a flexible skill system offer more variety for mobile strategists.
  5. Nov 12, 2016
    80
    The worst thing about this sequel is that it's no longer surprising. But that's good news, because it means it is still a great RPG. 
  6. Sep 7, 2016
    80
    Cold Steel II does exactly what the middle arc of a trilogy should do – keep you intrigued and guessing. Upon finishing, I was even more invested in the narrative and characters and looked up how Falcom’s progress on the third entry was going. The wait already seems unbearable because I need to know what happens next; I haven’t had this much fun with plot twists and crazy villains in a while. When a video game story just gets its hooks in you like that, it’s done its job well.
  7. Nov 15, 2016
    60
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II improves its gameplay mechanics, the story is more interesting, but the game suffers from a chatty and grinding progress.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 7, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's quite hard to find some turn base game enjoyable these days, but Trails of Cold Steel II, is quite enjoyable, oh wait not just Trails of Cold Steel II, but The Legend of Heroes series overall still has it to be quite fun.

    Part II takes right after the ending of part I, The gameplay of part II does not take much change at all, the story does hit a turning point at the start of part II and focuses on the war. Class 7 gets reunited again and work their way to stop the war. Fairy a normal story overall but it doesn't disappoint you. A lot of the characters are still lovable in many ways. I found it so fun to interact with other characters in the game. Although the story does take a turn in part II day to day avtiviy feels like its still here in part II. We have time to still deepen bonds with other characters as we did in part I after every core event or so. But it's not just with class 7, we go around and regroup all of the students. Trails of Cold Steel II does it really well not leaving out side characters. Side characters will always just be side characters but Trails of Cold Steel II, gives a good amount if importance to these side characters. Overall I really love and enjoined the game, this is coming from a The Legend of Heroes fan, so my review is pretty much all about the ups of it.

    For the Vita version sometimes the game will get a few FPS drop, but its not something that kills the game, it still works fine overall. For the PS3 version...I don't know anything about it.

    Until we meet again class 7, I bid you farewell.
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  2. Sep 6, 2016
    10
    Firstly, play Trails of Cold Steel 1 first before this...as it picks up right where it left off.
    Preferably, play Trails in the Sky FC and
    Firstly, play Trails of Cold Steel 1 first before this...as it picks up right where it left off.
    Preferably, play Trails in the Sky FC and SC, available on PSN or Steam before playing Cold Steel 1.

    Cold Steel 2 jumps right into the action. All the set up is pretty much done in Cold Steel 1 so this time around we have a pretty clear goal in mind. The formula is obviously different from Cold Steel 1 due to story circumstances. I don't really want to get into details about the story as it spoils Cold Steel 1.

    You will be disappointed if you are expecting major overhaul to the graphics or combat. Graphics remain the same, and combat has a few new additions but nothing major. Some really overpowered Master Quartz are in the game so if you want a challenge in the late game, stay away from those steroids.

    The music is still phenomenal, at this point you can safely assume Falcom JDK makes top tier music. Dubbing still mostly pretty good, from what I can see so far no translation errors, as expected of Xseed.

    It is kind of a shame that the very end of the game spoils some major stuff from Trails of Zero and Trails of Azure, which are not localized in the West yet at time of this review. After some debate, I would say skim(or just skip text) through the Epilogue/Gaiden chapters when they talk about Crossbell so they don't leave too much of an impression, this way by the time Zero and Azure comes out in the West hopefully you'd have forgotten all about it...
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  3. Dec 24, 2016
    9
    The Legend Of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II is probably one of the best JRPGs I have ever played. If you played the first game, the storyThe Legend Of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II is probably one of the best JRPGs I have ever played. If you played the first game, the story excites you giving you the desire the to play the next game, I can honestly say I have felt this way about very few games. The story is one of my favorites that I will never forget, the characters of class 7 will always be favorite group students. The game itself is great that you can freely cross save from PS3 to Vita.

    Interestingly about the game is that fact that you can make the characters play style the way you want to be, I could make Elliot (Best healer in the game) a tank if I wanted to. The game gives so much freedom which I find very important in RPGs,

    Gameplay, this has to be my favorite game when it comes to turn based combat. The characters unique styles of fighting makes the game so much fun! The replay value of this game is highly likable due to the nightmare difficulty for New Game+ mode and just to enjoy the story again.

    The reason why I don't give this game the perfect 10 was that the main story quest in the beginning was repetitive from the first couple chapters. I thought that they would change this from the last game, it was the only thing that was slowly losing my spark for the game cause it was back to doing favors for people in the main story, if quest were not main story, I would give it the perfect 10 but sadly that's what they just couldn't change.
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  4. Sep 9, 2016
    8
    A great sequel. If you are unfamiliar with the events of the first trails of cold steel play that one first, this is the direct sequel. theA great sequel. If you are unfamiliar with the events of the first trails of cold steel play that one first, this is the direct sequel. the soundtrack and gameplay remain much of the same, but that is not a bad thing. These elements kept the same really makes it feel amazing and in the second one its really well done. The story is a little less well written, but it is still on par. Overall a great sequel for a great game. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2016
    6
    Overstays its welcome in a big way, and the unfortunate load times really hinder any desire to explore the world. Completionists will findOverstays its welcome in a big way, and the unfortunate load times really hinder any desire to explore the world. Completionists will find themselves glued to an FAQ or risk missing several hidden side-quests. Expand