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  • Summary: Among the nations on the Zemurian continent, the mighty Erebonian Empire has been quick to stake its claim militarily; yet politically, ugly bouts of internal conflict between the upper class and commoners struggling to rise to power have been steadily intensifying with each passing month.Among the nations on the Zemurian continent, the mighty Erebonian Empire has been quick to stake its claim militarily; yet politically, ugly bouts of internal conflict between the upper class and commoners struggling to rise to power have been steadily intensifying with each passing month. The Noble and Reformist Factions have been none too kind to one another over the years, and tensions between the two only stand to worsen if compromises aren't reached in the very near future.

    Rean Schwarzer, like any other citizen of the Imperial nation, is no stranger to these rising conflicts: the class system has been deeply interwoven into the tapestry of Erebonian culture since the days of old. As a seventeen-year-old student preparing for his new life at Thors Military Academy, however, he notices that his crimson uniform differs from the standard outfits issued to his peerstypically green for commoners, and white for nobles.

    Enter, Class VII of Thors Military Academy. For the first time in the prestigious academy's history, rank means nothing and skill means everything. With nine hand-picked students of various backgrounds and abilities, Rean included, Class VII readies itself to dive deep into the political quagmire that threatens not only them, but the very foundations of the Empire.
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  1. 90
    Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a sprawling epic of a game. With satisfying combat, incredibly well defined characters, and enough story to satisfy the most demanding visual novel fan, Trails of Cold Steel has earned its place in the JRPG Hall of Fame. It’s time to call it like it is: Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a classic.
  2. Mar 26, 2019
    90
    It’s a story that isn’t afraid to take its time and let things play out slowly, and even though the pacing can be rough at times, it’s a refreshing thing to see in video games, which are usually so focused on keeping the action and pace at 100 percent. The quality-of-life improvements to the game, like Turbo Mode, help make it that much more digestible.
  3. Apr 2, 2019
    90
    The system feels a bit like a Final Fantasy game, with the battle menu on the screen instead of off to the side.
  4. Apr 18, 2019
    83
    Although there is a certain shortage of new content, the PS4 version of The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel is the best of the bunch, and, since the game was very good to begin with, this one comes, unsurprisingly, as recommended.
  5. 80
    If you haven’t played The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel before, I wholeheartedly recommend playing the new PlayStation 4 version. It’s the most complete edition after all, even if that doesn’t mean much in terms of additional content volume.
  6. Mar 26, 2019
    80
    Trails of Cold Steel's perfected combat system and challenging battles combined with a nuanced story that is addictive and charming make for a JRPG worth picking up, even if you've already played it prior.
  7. Mar 27, 2019
    70
    Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a major undertaking, one that demands much, and rewards much more. Your enjoyment of Cold Steel hinges heavily on your attitude towards anime storytelling tropes. For me, they turn bitter in large doses. I need a lot of play to break up these dramatic encounters. On the other hand, the mechanical elements are a sumptuous feast. There’s just so much to do at any given moment. Better still, these systems are handed to you at a steady pace, one that allows you to take in so much more than you could otherwise. This game is a lot to take in, but rest assured that Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is worth your time.

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  1. Mar 28, 2019
    10
    I forgot exactly how amazing this game is! Includes all DLC for free, a steelbook, soundtrack and a mira coin! (get the physical copy!). II forgot exactly how amazing this game is! Includes all DLC for free, a steelbook, soundtrack and a mira coin! (get the physical copy!). I can't recommend this game enough. The game is full of rich lore, character development, and a wonderful soundtrack. The combat is engaging and very rewarding. The enemies are challenging but not overly frustrating. There is a very nice crafting/abilities system if you like to tinker. The game is set on a calendar similar to Persona and like Persona you get to partake in activities with your classmates in order to strengthen bonds. The graphics are similar to Tokyo Xanadu and Ys Viii (a little better than those maybe). If you enjoyed those games you will be so psyched to play this! In fact if you like JRPGs period you must buy this game! Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2019
    9
    I didn't hear about this game when it was originally released.
    I was pleasantly surprised. The first 2 hours were a little boring but it
    I didn't hear about this game when it was originally released.
    I was pleasantly surprised. The first 2 hours were a little boring but it picked up quickly and is a true TBRPG which are hard to find now in this gaming generation. Totally worth your time!
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  3. Apr 12, 2019
    9
    One of the best jrpgs I have ever played. The story is pretty well written and main story flows smoothly. Characters have their own distinctOne of the best jrpgs I have ever played. The story is pretty well written and main story flows smoothly. Characters have their own distinct roles and very likeable. Trails series always have the best dialogue and this is no difference. When you play the game you should try to talk to all side characters/npc, because they have some interesting dialogues that evolves over time with the story. The gameplay is well-balanced without being too easy or too hard and the combat system allows and gives player a wide variety of fighting style you can build upon. Music is simple but still gives the effective intended effect to the battle, story, etc. Graphic is old and doesn't look too good, but considering that the game was originally released more than 5 years ago, it can't be helped. Overall, it is an great game with intriguing endearing story and characters that is built carefully. Trails of Cold Steel 1 is really a Trails game at its heart. Expand