Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 5, 2018
    90
    Everything in the game adds up to the overall experience, making The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II one of the best in the genre. The third part of Trails of Cold Steel saga has seen the daylight only in Japan for PS4. I hope the western PC conversion doesn’t take too much time to arrive. I want to see what’s stored for Rean and Class VII in the future!
  2. Feb 22, 2018
    85
    An excellent JRPG and a more than worthy continuation of the saga, thanks to a gripping story, well-developed characters, and engaging battle system. While the gameplay experience hasn't changed much, with only some small enhancements to the battle system and an airship customization system, the game manages to be slightly better than its predecessor, mostly thanks to some interesting and unexpected plot twists and a story that doesn't end in a huge cliffhanger like its predecessor. Highly recommended to all JRPG lovers.
  3. Feb 27, 2018
    80
    There are plenty of Japanese Role-Playing games available on the market and, none of them can quite measure up to Trails of Cold Steel 2.
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    80
    Cold Steel II is the latest game of the overarching Kiseki series of games that been localized for western audiences so the future from here on is a little bit murky. We know that the first two games are getting PS4 re-releases in Japan in the coming months, but details concerning the future of the series for the west are sparse at best. We’re hopeful this isn’t the last time we’ll be able to write about the series for the western audience and that fans who invest into the games, on any platform, will be able to see the story continued someday soon.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57
  1. Feb 18, 2018
    9
    Trails of Cold Steel 2 is a direct sequel to the 1st Trails of Cold Steel It would be best to play that 1st.
    As Trails of Cold Steel 2
    Trails of Cold Steel 2 is a direct sequel to the 1st Trails of Cold Steel It would be best to play that 1st.
    As Trails of Cold Steel 2 Expands on the 1st game. Together thay are one of the best JRPG currently available.
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  2. Apr 22, 2018
    8
    WARNING THERE ARE UNMARKED SPOILERS TO TRAILS OF COLD STEEL IN THIS REVIEW!

    A direct sequel to The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel,
    WARNING THERE ARE UNMARKED SPOILERS TO TRAILS OF COLD STEEL IN THIS REVIEW!

    A direct sequel to The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, leaving off a month after Rean and his newly aquired Divine Knight escaped Thors as it was attacked by the Noble Alliance. I enjoyed this game quite a bit more than the first game let me tell you, but there were also plenty of things that dialed my enthusiasm back a bit.

    First of all, it FEELS like you have a bit more freedom than in the first game since you can go back to old areas to revisit them and you aren't tied to the school. You DO get a sort of homebase eventually, but I won't spoil it.

    The Divine Knight battles, which were only introduced at the end of the first game, are also handled much better and are a lot more fun to do. I also enjoyed finding other students of Thors and unlocking more shops and stuff for your "homebase" but I've always been a sucker for building villages and the like in the Dragon Quest games too. So that might not be everyone's cup of tea.

    Just like the first game and the Trails in the Sky games, Trails of Cold Steel II is also quite long with loads and loads of NPCs, quests and minigames. But doing quests often felt less like a chore than it did in the first game. Perhaps because you're tying to help citizens in a country at war.

    Anyway, now for the bad...

    The sprites still look stiff, leaving some "animated fighting scenes" look awkward. And the dumb anime clichés I mentioned in my review of the first game are still around. Especially in Rean's goal to return Crow to the academy despite the fact that the guy is the leader of a terrorist organization that is probably directly or indirectly responsible for quite a few deaths. He also doesn't seem to show a lot of interest in actually returning.

    The game also feels more "padded" than its predecessor. Finding and recruiting students, doing sidequests and minigames are optional. But there comes a point where you must forge a weapon for you divine knight. Which is cool. But in doing so you have to go through four shrines which kind of feel like "mini old schoolhouses" from the first Trails of Cold Steel. (And doing that on every free day already felt like a chore).

    Worst is the ending, however. There is "Finale", "Divertissement" and "Epilogue". The Finale is just you going through the final dungeon, nothing wrong with that. I also like Divertissement which takes place after. I won't spoil what happens.

    ...but Epilogue is just another free day of doing tasks for the Student Council and, yes, going into the Old Schoolhouse. The dungeon is 17 floors long. Which are all randomly generated. And. There. Is. No. Point. To. It.

    Even the Epilogue's Boss says its a "Hollow Trial". There is no cliffhanger, no hints to what Trails of Cold Steel III might hold in store. Nothing.

    After that, Class VII says goodbye to each other and it might pluck at the heartstrings. But for me, it felt a bit "too little, too late".

    I would still rate this about as good as the first Trails of Cold Steel, with several things improved. But it could have been so much better if they've cut out some of the fat...

    That being said, I am still looking forward to Trails of Cold Steel III!
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  3. Jul 19, 2020
    9
    Falcom once again returns with a masterfully crafted RPG that basically gives you more of what you're used to from other Legend of HeroesFalcom once again returns with a masterfully crafted RPG that basically gives you more of what you're used to from other Legend of Heroes games, this time more polished and more well thought out with a fantastic and very likable and relatable characters, each very similar on one level as they all have high values for moral and pride, but on another level they're different enough so they complement each other almost perfectly.
    While it's not 100% divided I'd say you can divide the game into two different sections: Story that happens inside the school and story that happens outside of school. The first part mostly consists of social stuff like spending time with your friends and doing side quests while the "outside of school" part covers combat and progresses the story way more than the "inside of school" parts do. Technically you don't need to play any of the other Legend of Heroes games before and can still have a really good time with this one, but it's highly advised since it's an ongoing story. The games are divided into different arcs, but overall they're all connected.
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