The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Lionheart Edition

by XSEED Games | PlayStation 3

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Lionheart Edition is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
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  • Blood
  • Language
  • Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Violence
Platform: PlayStation 3
Category: Role-Playing
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: XSEED
Release Date: 12/22/2015
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The "Lionheart Edition" contains an art book featuring over 100 pages of art from the game as well as its sequel, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, and a 1.5" pin displaying the emblem of the country of Erebonia, packaged with the game in a custom collectible clamshell-type box that will also be able to house the sequel when it releases in 2016 so that collectors can store the initial Cold Steel duology in a single package.

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    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great RPG game. The game is koo which I only played for a 30min. Other than that it part of my RPG collection that I'm trying to do.
    Date published: 2016-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent JRPG in a fantastic franchise! The highly-anticipated next installment in a franchise that doesn't seem to get much attention here in the US, we have Trails of Cold Steel. I played and completed Trails in the Sky FC and SC, and I loved them both, so I was super excited about this game's release. This time we are whisked away from Joshua, Estelle and the lovable supporting cast of the Liberl Kingdom. In their place, we have the newly commissioned Class VII of the famous Thors Military Academy, located in the Erebonian Empire. These nine students represent the first time in the Academy's history where a Class is fully desegregated: nobles and commoners are now in the same outfit. A revolutionary concept in a nation where the class system is taken very seriously, and segregation between the social classes is widespread. This game is part one of a trilogy of games in the broader Trails/Legend of Heroes franchise. It is part of a separate saga from the previous games. Although previous events in prior games do not directly contribute to the storyline, the game will make occasional references, though nothing super spoiler heavy. This is good for those new to the franchise. As such, previous experience with Trails in the Sky FC/SC is not required, but is highly recommended. The best way I can explain the premise of this game is that it is the result of combining a fantasy battle school manga with Persona. You cross in-between life as a military school cadet (in japanese-style, anime school life, of course), and the more traditional JRPG responsibilities of running around doing quests and fighting a lot of monsters. During the school life segments, you have the opportunity build relationships (Tactical Links) with your fellow students, and participate in typical school shenanigans. It is a good execution of a game mode that feels very similar to the Social Link and high school simulator mechanic of the Persona games. These links are definitely worth exploring as they provide bonuses when used in this game's combat. That's not to say your stuck at the Academy all the time. Throughout the game, Class VII will be deployed to various locales across the Empire as part of their curriculum. With a diverse selection of places lined up, it makes sure that you are almost never bored. From bustling cities, to the vast wilderness of frontier country, there is plenty to see and do in this game. What I like the most about this game, is that it takes many staples in the JRPG genre and executes them really well. Combat is very fluid and enjoyable. Encounters can be won quickly with the right strategy, and there is a great feeling of satisfaction after every battle. The characters, which I feared would be a dull and generic bunch, were actually decently written. They do still conform to traditional anime troupes though. The excellent plot, while slow to start, grabs your interest and doesn't let go. Something that I have come to expect out of Trails games. The orbment system from previous games is there, having been streamlined and simplified somewhat, but there still is a fair amount of customization to be had here. Additionally, there is a lot of side content: such as secrets, an evaluation system, and hidden quests, that greatly bolster the replay value. Another cool feature is Cross-Save. Save files can be used interoperably between the PS3 and Vita versions of this game via the PSN's cloud storage system. It is for this reason that I opted to get both versions of the game. The convenience of seamlessly playing this game both at home and on-the-go was pretty cool. If I had to lay one criticism down, it would have to be on the graphics. This game looks as if it should be on the PS2. Character animations are also sub-par. There are also some pretty noticeable framerate issues, which are worse on the Vita version. For a game originally released in 2013, this can be disappointing to some. I'm not going to bash this point to heavily though. This is after all Nihon Falcom's first fully-3D, third-person RPG. Their other games were 3D isometric using CGI 2D sprites. Ultimately, Trails of Cold Steel is a game that may initially come off as a generic, anime-heavy, fantasy JRPG on the surface. However, given enough time, this game quickly blossoms into an excellent adventure well worth your time.
    Date published: 2016-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A rpg, that brings back fond memories This rpg is very immersive, interesting rpg that has elements of the classic RPGs that allows you, to get out know the characters and has fun battles and interactive play with classic turn based battles. The game also has excellent voice acting, and there are parts that are silent so you get to read a lot which I love in RPGs, because it reminds of the classic RPGs. The story is interesting as well as the characters, which keeps you immersed into the story. I'm not a fan of the legend of heroes games, they have actually been a disappointment for me, for the ones that were translated to English, but this game gave me new perspective on legend of heroes games. I just started this game and I'm already looking forward to the sequel. This has been one of the few RPGs that actually made me, want to get to know the characters; there's too much RPGs that focus on graphics rather than story but this game has nice balanced mix of story, character development, and battles, so you can explore everything without it getting tiresome over time since, your not just exploring dungeon after dungeon or town after town.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game is amazing This is my first/only review I've ever wrote for gamestop on any game. I thought the game definitely deserved a review, since it did not have one(at this point of time). I bought this game on the whim and did not expect much and decided to get the Lionheart Edition as it was only $10 more. Prior to deciding to pick this game up there were really no information on the game that I could find other than the previous installations of the franchise on Legend of Heros games. I never played the previous ones and really did not expect much but was really looking for a jrpg and the artwork caught my eye. Now that I'm playing the game, I have over 80 hours already, I am amazed. I had no idea what the game was about nor did I bother looking into the artbook as it recommended; to avoid spoiling the story/plot (which I am glad I did not ruin for myself). The game did a really amazing job giving life to each character, as the story progresses the personalities of each character and npc grows. This game is full of characters that adds much depth to the lore of the world/story/background. The story starts off slow but will pick up and will start to have a very engaging plot line. Even without knowing the huge amount of lore involved with the world already, the game does a really good job introducing the background of each town/village. This game plays very similar to Persona 3/4, in the sense of battle, and gameplay. Allowing you to exploit enemy weakness to your advantage in battle and spending time with characters increases your bond in which rewards the player unlocking new abilities. So if you are a fan of the Persona 3/4 series, I highly recommend anyone wanting something similar and waiting for Persona 5 to pick this up. The game has new game +(basically being able to replay the game allowing you to make different decisions as opposed to the first play through). For anyone that loves the jrpg genre and the classroom setting mix with funny light dialog and interesting characters with replay value, this game is a must. The game is also planning to have a sequel released, which I will for sure purchase.
    Date published: 2016-01-06
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