Legends of Heroes

Does Trails of Cold Steel II hold up to the Legends of Heroes mantle

XSEED Games took over the mantle in the JRPG category a few months back when they released Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on PlayStation 4 for the first time. And once more, there is a chance that their second game will continue where the first left off.

How did we get here?

Players pick up the saga from where it ended off and the player and main protagonist are left with a lot of questions. Trust me, you’ll have a lot of questions as well.

XSEED didn’t miss the mark with this installment as the story ties in well with how the first game ended. Character bonds are also utilized tremendously and will be required to effectively clear each chapter.

This installment pulled everything over from the PS3/Vita version of the game and will have five hours of extra vocal dialogue that you’ll get a chance to hear.

If you’re a veteran of the series, lots of the voices from Trails of Cold Steel return. And are joined by more character voices that flesh things out for players. If you forged a bond with one of your favorites of the series, the dialogue between the characters change in certain instances and comes off completely normal in the audio.

I went through about 100 hours of gameplay and a New Game+ to put this review together. But I will tell you now, it isn’t easy to explain this game without spoiling something in Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I or II.

Don’t forget, you’ll have DLC at your disposal from the beginning and the fishing mini-game returns once more. Craft Skills will also be enhanced from what you saw in Trails I.

If you’re a rookie at the series, you won’t necessarily have to play the first game to understand the second. XSEED covered this base with an exhaustive way to catch up on the events. You’ll just have to read about everything in Trails I and it will take quite a lot of time.

The Downside

Once more, the curse of the “X” button does return. And another issue will be the lack of cross-saving between PSVita and PS4. This is not a new issue for the PS4 version of the game and I covered this issue in the first review. Check out what I said below:

“The PS4™ system version of the game will allow players with save data from the PlayStation®3 and “PS Vita” versions of the title to import their save data to PS4™, however save data will not transfer back from PS4™ to other platforms. Save data for the PS4™ release will similarly carry over to the forthcoming PS4™ release of the sequel. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II as well, granting bonuses to those who accomplished various goals in the first title.”

The Verdict

Even so, the game is worth a play and maintains the same level of graphical excellence as the first installment. Don’t forget that the storyline evolves as well in the second game. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when the game ends. As there should be.

XSEED Games’ The Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II “Relentless” Edition is a definite 8.8/10. Mainly because of how the game adapts to how you chose your social links.

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