As always a huge thank you to NIS America for hooking us up with a copy of this one to review. It is greatly appreciated.
A little background real quick, as the name says this is a trail of heroes game connected to the other games with the same name you may be more familiar with, Cold Steel. This one takes place 3 months after Trails in the Sky the 3rd and is the first game in what is known as “The Crossbell arc.” This game actually runs at the same time as the first two games in what is known as the “Erbonia Arc” which is also thought of as the main Cold Steel games.
Now that everyone is caught up with the when everything is happening we can get into what’s important. Was it worth the wait to finally get this game in the west, as it was only ever officially released in Japan. Short answer, yes. Long answer? Definitely yes.
The combat is nothing new,and it wouldn’t be. The game was originally released in I think it was 2010 in Japan. It is a standard RPG, you travel around see monsters and try to either avoid them or sneak up on them. This will bring you into a battle with grid based movement that is turned based. We have all been there before,but it is done very well.
Graphically it has been updated but it won’t be winning any awards and the same goes for the sound. My only real issue is there are some quality of life improvements on the PC and Nintendo switch versions that simply don’t exist on the PS4 version. Nothing huge honestly,just some UI options and such so it isn’t a deal breaker but it is still a bit annoying that they couldn’t make it happen for everyone.
All in all I have no real complaints about this one. Some of the gameplay feels a little dated at times, because the game is 12 years old. However any RPG fan will enjoy this one and fans of the Trails series need to check this one out. A solid 8/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.