First Impressions: Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

In my review of Saturday Morning RPG, I mentioned that the game didn’t feel lacking in depth, even though it had been obviously streamlined and stripped of some RPG tropes. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is the complete opposite: this is JRPG at its deepest. And it feels really, really good.

I know I’ve been a bit late in reviewing this game, but we’ve been making over the site over the past few weeks, so pardon my tardiness.

With that out of the way, I have to say I’m completely enamored by this game. It is my first toe-dip into the world of Trails, I must admit, but what a way to start!

I’m about an hour and a half into the game, and already the story has so many layers, it would have easily won “Ace of Cakes” (don’t judge, my girlfriend is a pastry chef).

The combat system is fantastic. It reminds me a little of the Neptunia series: it’s a bit of real time with a lot of turn-based. It has not one, but two “magic” attacks. It has a link system. It’s got the lot.

Graphically, I can already tell this is going to be a visually stunning game, with very big worlds. I’m happy about that, as I’ve been feeling a little caged in lately. I am in an dungeon at the moment, though, but I know enough about the game to expect wide, sweeping vistas.

It does have some frame-drops during cutscenes, but during gameplay, it’s all smooth sailing.

The music is good, but I’m waiting for a standout track. I’m guessing they don’t want to go all out on the Prologue. The voice acting, though, is fantastic. I just wish it had Erin Fitzgerald in it. I know she’s a bit of a Marmite actress, but what can a guy do? I love her.

All in all, this is shaping up to be quite the game. It is quite story heavy (which isn’t a problem for me at all), but the battles are rewarding.

Looking good, Nihon Falcom!

Be on the lookout for my full review in the coming days.

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Lover of portable gaming and horror cinema. Indie filmmaker and game developer. Multimedia producer. Born in Paraguay, raised in Canada. Huge fan of "The Blair Witch Project", and "Sonic 3D Blast". Deputy head at Vita Player and its parent organization, Infinite Frontiers. Like what I do? Donate a coffee:

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