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  • Summary: Peace is but a memory.

    In the wake of the Noble Faction's occupation of Heimdallr, civil war has broken out across Erebonia. The provincial armies, loyal to the aristocracy and the Four Great Houses, have claimed many of the nation's great cities in the name of the Noble Alliance. The
    Peace is but a memory.

    In the wake of the Noble Faction's occupation of Heimdallr, civil war has broken out across Erebonia. The provincial armies, loyal to the aristocracy and the Four Great Houses, have claimed many of the nation's great cities in the name of the Noble Alliance. The Imperial Army, called back from the four corners of the Empire, has only just begun sweeping its counterattack.

    After Rean managed to escape Trista with Celine and Valimar, he awakens in the mountains near his hometown uncertain what fate befell his friends, who bravely threw themselves in harm's way to buy him time to flee.

    Though the road will not be an easy one, Rean decides to take up his sword again, journeying across Erebonia with his Divine Knight, Valimar, in search of his friends from Class VII and a way to end the conflict before its price becomes far too dear
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 24, 2019
    90
    Trails of Cold Steel II is a marvelous addition to the series. It carries the tone of the original perfectly, continuing a saga that sees its third installment hit later this year, while at the same time delivering an exciting story all of its own.
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    90
    Trails of Cold Steel II is an incredible experience. Despite its unfortunate performance issues, this sequel is better than its predecessor in almost every way. Just like with its predecessor, it’s hard to think of a reason to not pick up this version of the game if you can’t play it on PC. Now that both games are available on a PS4, there hasn’t been a better time to play them if you ever had even a passing interest in them. And just like I said in my review of the PS4 version of Trails of Cold Steel: the Trails series is well worth your time.
  3. Jul 17, 2019
    85
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on PS4 is a near perfect remaster of a fantastic game that arrives just in time for Trails of Cold Steel III.
  4. Jun 4, 2019
    80
    Trails of Cold Steel II is everything that you could want from a sequel to the first game. Although experience with its predecessor is nothing short of a necessity, this unapologetic approach to sequel storytelling is what makes Cold Steel II so compelling. It's remarkable how such a huge cast of characters can come together to deliver such a memorable narrative, and it's all thanks to the in-depth world building that Falcom has seeded over the course of two games. As far as turn based Japanese RPGs go on PS4, Trails of Cold Steel I and II are genre essentials.
  5. Jun 18, 2019
    80
    Overall, if you've played and enjoyed the first game in the series, getting Trails of Cold Steel II is a no-brainer. You're going to love it. If you've never played the series, however, this sequel might not be the right place to start. It's pretty easy to say that the PS4 port is the definitive version with enhanced graphics, sounds, and all DLC included with it.
  6. Jun 6, 2019
    80
    For those who played the first, Trails of Cold Steel II is unlikely to disappoint. It takes no prisoners with its game systems or its story, but those who like a thoughtful, classic JRPG will find something to enjoy here. At times it may feel a little slow, but with a world this compelling it's easy to forgive.
  7. Aug 9, 2019
    50
    There's little you can get from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II that you couldn't get from other titles that likewise do it better. The narrative is winding and confusing, the characters are off-putting, and the visuals are a sore sight for the eyes. While the music and gameplay show some glimmers of promise, they ultimately end up feeling lifeless and overcomplicated, respectively. At the end of the day, Trails of Cold Steel II ends up feeling like a middle-of-the-road shonen anime that's a little too scatter-brained, and you have to slog through the off-screen battles.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Jul 21, 2019
    10
    Great game! I can only image Xbox & Nintendo fans rating it below 8. Seriously, sometimes those "userscore" look kinda suspicious.
  2. Jul 21, 2019
    10
    Awesome game! Picks up right where the first left off. Gave you more freedom than the first, but stayed true to their style. Combat is easyAwesome game! Picks up right where the first left off. Gave you more freedom than the first, but stayed true to their style. Combat is easy yet enjoyable. Character development and interaction are 10/10. Soundtrack is good. Love the game. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2019
    10
    Great game so far this is my favorite one, soundtrack is fire! Really like the characters and how the story progresses
  4. Nov 4, 2019
    10
    Game deserves higher User Rating than what is shown. What people and other "official" reviewers like Worth Playing by Joseph Doyle did wasGame deserves higher User Rating than what is shown. What people and other "official" reviewers like Worth Playing by Joseph Doyle did was review a 5/6 year old game that was ported to PS4 with 2019 standards. 2014 standards are WAY different than what we would expect from 2019 standards So yes. the graphics and muscial standards is NOT the greatest but that people should tone down expectations. Its not like Nihon Falcom is an AAA company in the first place.

    Highly suggested you play the 1st game as you get a better sense of urgency. If you haven't played the 1st game, there is a summary of the events that took place in the first game in the menu.

    Great Story following the events of the 1st Trails of Cold Steel.
    Great Characters furthering developing more.
    Combat is a step up from the 1st Game.
    Great BGMs.
    You will really like all the characters if you played the 1st game as they develop more here.
    ALL DLCs available FREE.
    World Building is amazing
    More to come with the 3rd entry
    Cannot wait for the Trails of Cold Steel 3 as many characters here make a return and Falcom bringing back older characters from their older Trails series.
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  5. Jun 7, 2019
    10
    These games accomplish something special that only genre giants such as Persona have accomplished with establishing an exceptional narrative,These games accomplish something special that only genre giants such as Persona have accomplished with establishing an exceptional narrative, and a well meshed cast of characters.

    Graphically, ToCS II is identical to ToCS, with both serving as ports from the Vita. There are some small performance issues in the sequel that were not present in the original, however, a few dropped frames in a Turn Based Combat game are not nearly as glaring than in an action based combat game.

    These games are must plays for JRPG enthusiasts, and will probably fall short in receiving the recognition they truly deserve.
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  6. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    I'm only halfway through the game, but if this keeps up, I can safely say this is one of the best jrpgs I ever played in a long time, probablyI'm only halfway through the game, but if this keeps up, I can safely say this is one of the best jrpgs I ever played in a long time, probably only second to Berseria to me.

    First things first, if you didn't play the original TOCS, DO NOT PLAY THIS ONE: the game lacks a lot of explanation that is obvious to anyone who played it, characters come and go without introduction, and overall the pacing is much faster and leaves not much to the building of the game, therefore, if you start from this game you WILL feel lost.

    But if you did, oh dear, this game is such a huge improvement I can't believe I skipped it throughout all these years. The first TOCS was great but it was flawed, it was slow-paced, and the story wasn't very well explained until the very end of the game, but that's because the original TOCS was more of an introduction to the world and characters, a way for us to get involved in the game's world and the characters, which sounds overly annoying but it did that splendidly: I actually cared a lot for the characters, I felt invested in their struggles, and the world was actually interesting to visit, it was fun to see the sights and everything and I wish I could've visited more without being restricted.

    But if TOCS 1 is just an introduction to the characters and world, TOCS 2 is where the story actually starts: the plot is settled, you got a goal, and the pacing is more hectic and you FEEL the threat all over the place and suddenly the places you visited are now all changed because of the story, which is much better in every aspect.

    But this is still a game and one thing I disliked of the previous installment was that the combat felt slow and not all that exciting, especially when your only method of playing the game was to use Crafts and S-crafts to finish off enemies...well that's still a thing but in TOCS 2 the spells have gotten a massive buff and they actually are BETTER now! Too good in fact since you actually miss a lot more with your physical attacks and most physical attacks don't deal as much damage as a physical one - Rean and Laura were powerhouses in TOCS1 but in TOCS2 they're very weak, especially when even a simple magic can do double the damage of a physical attack.
    That's all because now the spells are incredibly strong and much faster to cast (with one cast sepith the longest I wait is 2 turns, while before you wouldn't even see when your spell would be cast) and the quarts also give additional stats to your character, alongside the old status from tocs1, so equipping the right quarts can boost your character even further and make them a lot stronger.
    This not only makes the combat a lot better and more varied but also much more fun and easier to play, without mentioning this makes leveling also faster due to the bonuses you get from multi-kills and combat just flows more smoothly.

    Suddenly you can kill all enemies in one turn thanks to Emma and her Criminal Master Quartz that has 90% critical chance and everyone takes over 30-40k dmg and dies instantly. Before you were lucky enough if she casted her arts!

    But overall, TOCS 1 and 2 are practically the same in almost every aspect and besides the buffs in magic and combat only minor things were tweaked, like some animations and maybe some better textures, but the game feels MUCH different than what I played before! I actually enjoy fighting because I love casting spells, while in the original I would usually avoid combat if I could and only fight to gain CP - which is also easier to gain by going to an inn now!
    And quests give money now! Holy crap, they fixed that too! It was so frustrating to grind money because I needed to get some weapons! It's not much but it's still better than nothing!

    Overall the game is a MASSIVE improvement over TOCS1 in practically everything: story is better, combat is more exciting, the pacing is better and overall they fixed a lot of nuisance of the first game. Are there flaws? Unfortunately yes: enemies still rely on cheap shotting you with status effects rather than having tactics and a lot of the content is missable, to the point that a guide is mandatory if you wish to complete the game at its fullest...or have a lot of patience and do the good old "do everything after every progress"

    So is the game good enough to be recommended? Yes, but at the only condition that you played the first game, and also enjoyed it, because this game is still slower than most other jrpgs and you can still feel the game feeling sluggish at times.

    But overall, it's a massive improved from the first game, and I sincerely can't wait to play until the end. Plus the third game is there to be started!
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  7. Jun 5, 2019
    10
    If you liked the first game you will love this one, the turn based combat is amazing, the best of tatical with all the standard of old school,If you liked the first game you will love this one, the turn based combat is amazing, the best of tatical with all the standard of old school, excelent game, played on vita, will play again on the PS4 while waiting the 3 and 4.
    Go NIS america and Xseed.
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