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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: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. 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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  4. 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
  5. May 15, 2020
    10
    One of the very best jrpgs ever made! I've played entire series .trust me it's #1!!!!
  6. 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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  7. Feb 4, 2020
    5
    The first game (aside from the lame villain reveal near the end) was actually a pretty entertaining game. Formulaic sure but the combat wasThe first game (aside from the lame villain reveal near the end) was actually a pretty entertaining game. Formulaic sure but the combat was fun and the overall plot was entertaining, even if the dialog was intensely cringe worthy sometimes.

    This game however just feels jaded. Repurposed assets from the first game, leading you to all the same areas you have seen before. It feels lazy, like they just wanted to shove this out the door. The combat is still as good as the first game, although some ambush fights feel very poorly balanced and led to a few group deaths with me only getting maybe one action.

    Without going into spoilers though, what killed this game for me was the plotline involving C. Just terribad. Boggles my mind that people think this game is a classic. Was hyped for this game after enjoying trails in the sky and cold steel 1 but this series is dead for me now.
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