Review: Trails of Cold Steel


Review: Trails of Cold Steel
Originally released on Spetember 26, 2013 in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel follows the adventures of the newly formed Class VII at Thors Military Academy. Class VII is compromised of members of both the nobility of Erebonea and the common folk. The members of Class VII are Rean Schwarzer, Alisa Reinford, Laura S. Arseid, Fie Claussell, Emma Millstein, Machias Regnitz, Jusis Albarea, Gaius Worzel and Elliot Craig. They are taught by Sara Valestein a former A-Rank Bracer. Throughout the game you will go on Field Studies to various locations, as well as search to unearth the mysteries of the Old Schoolhouse. The places you visit in your field studies include, Celdic, Bareahard, Nord Highlands, Hiemdallr, Legram and Roer. As you go through each month(Chapter) you receive various quests both at school and at the locations for each field study. Throughout your time you receive help from various classmates and help them in turn. These classmates include Towa Herschel, Angelica Rogner and George Nome. The games combat has various aspects to it. You have the basic attack, which uses the characters weapon to attack. Arts, which use the various orbments to cause various offensive and defensive effects. Crafts, use the character’s unique skills to cause similar effects as Arts. Finally each character has a unique S-Break which is their Ultimate Attack. S-Breaks are unlocked throughout the story at various points. As you go on your field studies, you start to learn that the tensions between the Noble Faction and the Reformist Faction are starting to head to a breaking point. You also encounter the Imperial Liberation Front. The ILF are a terrorist organization who want to end the life of Imperial Chancellor Osborne. As a result of the Imperial Liberation Front as well as the Noble Faction working together, The Erebonian Empire is plunged into a Civil War at the end of the game. Towards the end of the game we also find out that fellow classmate Crow Armbrust is the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front. This is one game that has aged pretty well, and can also be played on the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in the west. I enjoyed playing it a lot, and I know others will just as much. If you can I highly recommend it.
Review: Trails of Cold Steel


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