The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Nihon Falcom, NIS America

Mighty Man
OpenCritic Rating
84
Top Critic Average
94%
Critics Recommend
Based on 33 critic reviews
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Rating Summary

Based on 33 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 33 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Oct 22, 2019

Developers: Nihon Falcom, NIS America

Genres: Action, RPG

Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Erebonian civil war, and much has changed since then. From the shifting stances of countries to the internal politics of the Empire, and even the life of Rean Schwarzer, the shadows of the past have given way to the embers of a new chapter. Now graduated from Thors Military Academy, Rean has become an instructor at the Thors Branch Campus, a newly-opened academy that quickly finds itself thrust onto the national stage. It is here that he takes the lead of a brand new Class VII, and must guide a new generation of heroes into an unknown future. Though all is calm now, the nefarious Ouroboros organization continues to weave a dark plot that could engulf the entire continent in war...or perhaps something even more sinister. Trails of Cold Steel III invites players into a world full of intrigue and excitement that is years in the making. They will embark on a whirlwind tour through the never-before-seen lands of the recently expanded Erebonian countryside, and encounter fresh faces as well as old friends familiar to fans of the series. In true Trails fashion, the deep, engaging story pairs with an incredible cast of characters and a combat system refined over decades of innovative RPG worldbuilding. This renowned title has also now been developed natively for PlayStation 4 hardware, a series first. - The legend of class VII begins anew! Get a head start with the long-awaited The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Early Enrollment Edition! - Uncover details about new friends and old allies in the "Branch Campus Student Directory" softcover art book, and hum along to the "Anthems of the Thors Branch Campus" soundtrack. The embers of war are about to ignite! - Welcome to the New Class VII - Explore the newly annexed lands of the Empire with a brand new squad, and catch up with familiar faces from the past. - An Immersive Story - Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel. - Combat Honed to a Fine Edge - Challenge oncoming threats with a combat system that has been refined over the course of decades. The addition of features like Brave Order and the Break System open up new possibilities in battle.

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Trails of Cold Steel III: The Bonds Between Us - Gamescom 2019 Story Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Trails of Cold Steel III: The Bonds Between Us - Gamescom 2019 Story Trailer | PS4

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - E3 2019 Old Friends Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - E3 2019 Old Friends Trailer | PS4

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Announcement Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Announcement Trailer | PS4

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A few unfortunate backsteps make the first native PlayStation 4 entry something of a disappointment, but Trails Of Cold Steel is still one of the best old school JRPGs around.

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Trails of Cold Steel III marks another school year full of adrenaline-pumping battles, interesting new faces, and unexpected hardships amidst political turmoil

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Trails of Cold Steel 3 doesn't offer much in the way of gameplay innovations, but if you're even glancing in the direction of this game, you're not interested in new ideas. No, you're interested in continuing the dramatic, twisty-turny story of the Erebonian Empire's shenanigans. Trails of Cold Steel 3 resumes the series' magic-infused story of politics and scandal, and the unique battle system still holds up well.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III the third 80-hour RPG in a series of equally lengthy games. If you're a newcomer, it's a daunting and probably foolish task to try and play this game. If you're a die-hard fan of the Cold Steel series already, you'll get plenty of satisfaction out of the continued plot development and engaging combat. Even the most dedicated of fans, though, are likely to be turned off by the dated visuals and confusing Legend of Heroes crossovers that mar an otherwise impressive story-driven JRPG.

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