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  • Summary: At the elite Thors Military Academy, Erebonias best and brightest learn everything from the art of war to the liberal arts. Rean Schwarzer, a new student, learns that hes been selected as a member of the newly-minted Class VII, made up of students from both noble and commoner backgrounds.At the elite Thors Military Academy, Erebonias best and brightest learn everything from the art of war to the liberal arts. Rean Schwarzer, a new student, learns that hes been selected as a member of the newly-minted Class VII, made up of students from both noble and commoner backgrounds.

    Class VII has no shortage of issues to overcome, but Rean and his classmates will have to work past their differences and hone their skills, because theyll need more than just top marks to make the grade theyll need to safeguard their country from those who would plunge it into war.

    - A World of Lore Return to the Zemurian continent, setting of the Trails in the Sky titles, with a new adventure for old and new fans alike.

    - Tactical Thinking Execute your strategies in exciting turn-based battles where timing and distance can make the difference between victory and defeat.

    - Combat Links Link any two characters in battle, enabling unique synergies between them.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 100
    While simple in presentation, the grand scope of Trails of Cold Steel’s narrative is really what drives this game, and it does so with remarkable intelligence and confidence. You’ll need a good block of time to actually play through this one, but for people that do make the commitment to it, the rewards are more than enough.
  2. Dec 24, 2015
    90
    In the early hours of Trails of Cold Steel, I was skeptical that it could live up to the lofty standards set by Trails in the Sky. However, after my first year spent as a student of Class VII, I can confidently say that it has, and knowing that this is just the beginning of a new series fills me with great anticipation.
  3. Jan 14, 2016
    90
    I can say without hesitation that Trails of Cold Steel is my favorite RPG of 2015, and fans of the genre definitely shouldn't pass this one up.
  4. Jan 13, 2016
    85
    If you like traditional JRPGs but Trails in the Sky was a little too dated for you, Cold Steel is exactly what you've been looking for.
  5. Jan 14, 2016
    85
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is an excellent, well-made RPG.
  6. Jan 18, 2016
    80
    Great JRPG title, one of the best released so far on PS3 and PS Vita in recent times. Outstanding story, cast of characters and extension.
  7. Dec 23, 2015
    75
    Trails of Cold Steel is a very good, long JRPG. It’s not going to win any game of the year awards, but if you’re a fan of the genre, and are aching for something that harks back to the glory days of the PS1 RPG, play it. Thoroughly enjoyable combat, and a deceptively well-told story, make this a JRPG totally worth your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Dec 23, 2015
    10
    I love this game. It has everything a Legend of Heroes game has, and then streamlines the skills and compresses it. So even those startingI love this game. It has everything a Legend of Heroes game has, and then streamlines the skills and compresses it. So even those starting this series will pick it up. Good on ya XSEED Games for picking up a great game. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2017
    10
    Best Story of all time in an JRPG . My opinion. And I played many many (31 years old and a true JRPG-Junkie).

    Its not just the story from
    Best Story of all time in an JRPG . My opinion. And I played many many (31 years old and a true JRPG-Junkie).

    Its not just the story from this game. Its how all the Legend of Heroes games are connected. Best thing to do would be start with Trails in the Sky 1+2+3 and then Trails of Cold Steel 1+2+3.

    If You like turn based JRPGs and story driven RPGs, this is a game / a series You have to play.

    I needed 93 hours to beat this one. And when I imagine that this is just the start of the story of the Erebonian Saga and that I still have to play Trials in the Sky 1+2+3..... awesome, just awesome :)
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  3. Apr 20, 2019
    10
    Gran juego, un poco lento al principio pero como las buenas as historias te va dando detalles un cresccendo, para el gran concierto final delGran juego, un poco lento al principio pero como las buenas as historias te va dando detalles un cresccendo, para el gran concierto final del último capítulo.combate brutal y adictivo, personajes interesantes y únicos. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2016
    10
    The highly-anticipated next installment in a franchise that doesn't seem to get much attention here in the US, we have Trails of Cold Steel. IThe highly-anticipated next installment in a franchise that doesn't seem to get much attention here in the US, we have Trails of Cold Steel. I played and completed Trails in the Sky FC and SC, and I loved them both, so I was super excited about this game's release.

    This time we are whisked away from Joshua, Estelle and the lovable supporting cast of the Liberl Kingdom. In their place, we have the newly commissioned Class VII of the famous Thors Military Academy, located in the Erebonian Empire. These nine students represent the first time in the Academy's history where a Class is fully desegregated: nobles and commoners are now in the same outfit. A revolutionary concept in a nation where the class system is taken very seriously, and segregation between the social classes is widespread.

    This game is part one of a trilogy of games in the broader Trails/Legend of Heroes franchise. It is part of a separate saga from the previous games. Although previous events in prior games do not directly contribute to the storyline, the game will make occasional references, though nothing super spoiler heavy. This is good for those new to the franchise. As such, previous experience with Trails in the Sky FC/SC is not required, but is highly recommended.

    The best way I can explain the premise of this game is that it is the result of combining a fantasy battle school manga with Persona. You cross in-between life as a military school cadet (in japanese-style, anime school life, of course), and the more traditional JRPG responsibilities of running around doing quests and fighting a lot of monsters.

    During the school life segments, you have the opportunity build relationships (Tactical Links) with your fellow students, and participate in typical school shenanigans. It is a good execution of a game mode that feels very similar to the Social Link and high school simulator mechanic of the Persona games. These links are definitely worth exploring as they provide bonuses when used in this game's combat.

    That's not to say your stuck at the Academy all the time. Throughout the game, Class VII will be deployed to various locales across the Empire as part of their curriculum. With a diverse selection of places lined up, it makes sure that you are almost never bored. From bustling cities, to the vast wilderness of frontier country, there is plenty to see and do in this game.

    What I like the most about this game, is that it takes many staples in the JRPG genre and executes them really well. Combat is very fluid and enjoyable. Encounters can be won quickly with the right strategy, and there is a great feeling of satisfaction after every battle. The characters, which I feared would be a dull and generic bunch, were actually decently written. They do still conform to traditional anime troupes though. The excellent plot, while slow to start, grabs your interest and doesn't let go. Something that I have come to expect out of Trails games. The orbment system from previous games is there, having been streamlined and simplified somewhat, but there still is a fair amount of customization to be had here. Additionally, there is a lot of side content: such as secrets, an evaluation system, and hidden quests, that greatly bolster the replay value.

    Another cool feature is Cross-Save. Save files can be used interoperably between the PS3 and Vita versions of this game via the PSN's cloud storage system. It is for this reason that I opted to get both versions of the game. The convenience of seamlessly playing this game both at home and on-the-go was pretty cool.

    If I had to lay one criticism down, it would have to be on the graphics. This game looks as if it should be on the PS2. Character animations are also sub-par. There are also some pretty noticeable framerate issues, which are worse on the Vita version. For a game originally released in 2013, this can be disappointing to some. I'm not going to bash this point to heavily though. This is after all Nihon Falcom's first fully-3D, third-person RPG. Their other games were 3D isometric using CGI 2D sprites.

    Ultimately, Trails of Cold Steel is a game that may initially come off as a generic, anime-heavy, fantasy JRPG on the surface. However, given enough time, this game quickly blossoms into an excellent adventure well worth your time.
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  5. Apr 5, 2016
    8
    Pros
    - Well-designed battle system.
    - Lovable characters. - Amazing character development. - Stiff animations from cutscenes remain
    Pros
    - Well-designed battle system.
    - Lovable characters.
    - Amazing character development.
    - Stiff animations from cutscenes remain old-fashion, making you laugh in a good way.
    - Detailed lore - one with more depth than could possibly be asked for. In comparison, it is like delicious sprinkles on a cake.
    - The time of day is reflected visually, so you have morning, noon, and night.
    - Advanced customization for equipment and quartz, allowing you to design your party the way you want.
    - Link attacks giving your entire party meaning.
    - The "Blade" card game is loads of fun. (I played this for hours, and would do it again with a smile on my face.)
    - For the most part, enemies remain fresh instead of being cookie-cut everywhere.
    - Despite copy/paste of dungeon gimmicks, everything continues to remain fresh.
    - Cooking with a variety of different results.
    - Fishing, as well as other fun mini-games.

    Cons
    - Tutorial spam.
    - Where's the voice acting??? Really? You couldn't pay your dub actors for the finished product!?!
    - Empty school. For a building that is visited constantly, it all just seems so empty for a blocky high school. There's no attitude to it.
    - Terrible water effects. Go stare at the river while you're fishing...
    - No way to check Link Exp's number without a bonding event. Your only indication outside that is a green meter.
    - Awful motion blur while sprinting.
    - Copy/Pasted NPCs
    - Faces missing from generic NPCs. (Xseed, did you really think anyone wouldn't notice this?)
    - Random time skips.
    - Teachers smoking on school grounds....
    - Bottles of alcohol in the resting room of underaged students...
    - Your equipment and quartz gets constantly removed every chapter, so you have to open up the menu and put it back on your party every single time.
    - Level locking. At multiple points of the story, you'll gain exp from battles at a very slow rate. Not only that, but the exp intentionally reduces itself, forcing you to continue with the game's story.

    This game isn't perfect, but it's definitely worth it. I've had more fun with this game than I've had with nearly all of my *PS4* games combined! Recommend that everyone should go out and buy this. Trials of Cold Steel is an experience like no other.
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  6. Jan 21, 2016
    8
    Pros- great gameplay, good music, a storyline with a interesting idea involving teenagers going to a high school for soldiers, tons of partyPros- great gameplay, good music, a storyline with a interesting idea involving teenagers going to a high school for soldiers, tons of party members with unique crafts/skills for each, and a affordable collectors edition that costs less than an average new game. The characters seem cliched at first but have deep backstories revealed through the story and a social link like system, The game feels like a mix of other great mechanics from other JRPGS.

    Cons- The game was made for ps vita so the ps3 port still does not look great, the game can get repetitive as i kept using the same crafts battle after battle with the only interruption being the few enemies who need a special strategy to beat them and the game usually just gives you 3 quests at a time to complete with only 2 being required and the ones that aren't required usually give lackluster rewards, The costume feature might as well not be there as there's only around 2 or 3 alt costumes not counting the dlc, and the party can become lopsided as certain characters cant be used at the same time for each field study so they weren't as upgraded as the team i had just been using
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  7. Dec 31, 2020
    0
    Coldsteel the hedgehog does not appear anywhere in this game! I got some Anime dude and his harem of waifus instead. And they aren't even thatColdsteel the hedgehog does not appear anywhere in this game! I got some Anime dude and his harem of waifus instead. And they aren't even that edgy. Game is good but can't support false advertising. Expand

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