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  • Summary: The end of the civil war led to the turning point of a new era for the Erebonian Empire. Centering on Rean Schwarzer as the Ashen Chevalier, the young man who came to be seen as a hero within the country, a new story of young heroes will unfold.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Oct 15, 2019
    100
    Minus needing an entire further game to get to the saga’s full conclusion, Trails of Cold Steel III is everything I want from an RPG with a world that fully sucks players in, amazing music and locations in which one can just sit and relax, and a twisting and fascinating story involving incredibly deep characters that are easy to get attached to. Erebonia once again gets some fantastic attention to detail that really brings its complex story and people to life, as the many threads that have been introduced throughout the series further intertwine and begin coming to a head. Combined with a further improved combat system and further quality-of-life improvements, it marks yet another step up for the rightly beloved series. Now all that’s left is just the agonising wait for the fourth and final part of the Cold Steel saga to see how it all ends.
  2. Oct 18, 2019
    90
    The latest entry in the Trails Series offers an excellent continuation of the saga, which presents a great escalation of the story, accompanied by new and old well-developed characters from the series.
  3. 90
    Nihon Falcom has delivered yet another stellar entry in the Trails of Cold Steel series. If you're a newcomer, you'll need to start at the beginning to genuinely appreciate the whole package. However, if you're a long-time fan of the franchise, then you'll love every thrilling second of it.
  4. Oct 28, 2019
    85
    With its solid gameplay mechanics, excellent world-building and character development, The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III is an excellent Japanese role-playing and a more than worthy new entry in the long-running series. Some small flaws like slow pacing do not impact the experience as much as the lack of knowledge about the entire series do, which lessens the impact of several events and plot development. This makes Trails of Cold Steel III a game that must be played only after the previous two entries in the series have been completed.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 18, 2019
    80
    In between setting off on field expeditions, where you assist Erebonia’s inhabitants by taking on quests, you learn more about your students and colleagues by helping them out at the school. Narrative is still the focus, and with a dizzying amount of dialogue for even minor characters it manages to feel epic and sweeping and personal and intimate all at the same time. [Issue#169, p.84]
  6. Oct 15, 2019
    80
    If you are a JRPG fan, this series is a must-play. It’s one of the strongest running, second only to Persona in my opinion. It’s funny, charming, engaging, and occasionally heartbreaking. And it’s absolutely worth the investment.
  7. Oct 23, 2019
    60
    If you are already into the series then it is likely you will already know whether or not you’re getting this game. If you are not, I wouldn’t recommend you start here unless you like hours of frustrating dialogue with no pay off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Feb 11, 2020
    10
    Jprgs are really the best in making emotional stories. " Falcom has done such an incredible job on this series"
  2. Dec 13, 2019
    10
    Best jrpg game of the year. Hands down. I can't wait to play part 4. Best story ever.
  3. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    A worthy sequel to one of my favorite JRPG of this generation! Hopefully we could also get the fourth game next year.
  4. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    This has easily become one of my favorite series and one of my favorite games of all time these games improve with each new entry iThis has easily become one of my favorite series and one of my favorite games of all time these games improve with each new entry i preordered it as soon as I was able to and I'm glad i did the combat definitely feels refreshing but I always liked the old combat too from the first two Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    Great game for fans that are already invested into the franchise.
    Newcomers can play this game but only thing hindering the full enjoyment
    Great game for fans that are already invested into the franchise.
    Newcomers can play this game but only thing hindering the full enjoyment would be them not understanding the references being made. Granted understanding those references is NOT needed to understand what is going on in the overall story.
    -Good BGMs but nothing compared to what Cold Steel 1 and 2 had to offer.
    -Gameplay has slightly changed compared to what the first Cold Steel 1 and 2 so its not just the same old combat system.
    -Story is great progression for what is to come in the future.
    -AMAZING character developments for new and returning old characters.
    -The country of Erebonia is STILL being layered and layered with lore.
    -Many more pros but its too much to write it down.

    Tip** Though NOT needed, Highly recommend you start with Cold Steel 1 and move your way up. Hardcore fans would say to play the first 5 games in the franchise(Trails in the Skies and the Crossbell Duology) but that is asking too much for newcommers. Its like making them watch 08 Iron Man and 08 Hulk and all the following movies just to fully enjoy Avengers: End Game.

    Recommend buying a used GameStop copy if you're still skeptical, that way, you can atleast get your money back if happen to don't like the game
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  6. Oct 28, 2019
    10
    One of the best JRPG series in history and this is a worthy successor to the already great Cold Steel 2.
    While there are more cameos from
    One of the best JRPG series in history and this is a worthy successor to the already great Cold Steel 2.
    While there are more cameos from other Trails games this time around, I had no problems just reading a wiki page about the different characters, to quickly understand who they are and which game they are from (mostly Ao and Zero). Highly recommended game but definitely play the first two games first, which are available on multiple platforms now.
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  7. Nov 14, 2019
    1
    Poor repeated main story, even not finished, too easy combat without any balancing effort, one generation late graphics and animation. 1/10.

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