Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked) Nihon Falcom’s long-running The Legend of Heroes Series hits Nintendo
Switch in this third entry in the epic Trails of Cold Steel story arc, a direct sequel to Trails of Cold Steel II that takes place less than 2 years after the Erebonian Civil War represented in both that game and its epic predecessor. This is an enormous, story-driven JRPG that makes great use of the gigantic quantity of world-building work done in previous entries in the franchise to
sweep fans up in 100+hours ‘worth of experience as a host of familiar faces from the past are reunited and a brand name new Class VII requires to the stage. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is certainly an outstanding JRPG with strategically engaging fight, lots of side-missions, exploration and fascinating character arcs to sink your teeth into, however it’s also a game that’s not precisely welcoming to beginners. The designers have actually expressed their belief that new players can leap in without fear at this point in the story arc, but make no mistake, this is absolutely an experience that will be significantly enhanced if you can put in the time to look for and play the last two Trails of Cold Steel games which are, sadly, not yet offered on Switch. This is a universe that has been establishing and growing considering that the very first The Legend of Heroes launched back in 1989, and it bombards you with great deals of cameos, callbacks, saucy recommendations and emotional reunions to not simply older Trails of Steel games, however entries from across the length and breadth of the whole Legend of Heroes franchise.
Captured on Nintendo Switch(Handheld/Undocked)What Nihon Falcom has actually done to try to mitigate this to some degree here is include a quite extensive Backstory mode that takes players through all of the main events and characters leading up to Trails of Cold Steel III with detailed story summaries for the very first 2 games, private character profiles and a world introduction. Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked) Early hours play out in relative peace but, as anticipated, it’s not long prior to things take a turn for the even worse and, without ruining anything, this one does an excellent task of getting all of its pieces in position for the events that will unfold in part 4 whilst dropping plenty of surprises of its own. Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)The Break System sees opponents decorated with break assesses which, when drained pipes through your attacks, requires them into a” break state “rendering them useless for one attack turn and opening them up to taking much more damage. Throughout our time with Trails of Cold Steel III we didn’t encounter any visible framerate concerns; even during some of the more spectacular skirmishes and the whole thing runs at a strong 30fps/720p in both docked and portable modes. Trials of Cold Steel III is another excellent addition to a franchise that acquires so much of what makes it taking in from the big quantity of background information and world-building that’s been achieved in earlier entries in the series.
Captured on Nintendo Switch(Handheld/Undocked)What Nihon Falcom has done to try to reduce this to some extent here is consist of a pretty thorough Backstory mode that takes gamers through all of the centerpieces and characters leading up to Trails of Cold Steel III with in-depth story summaries for the very first two video games, individual character profiles and a world intro. We blasted through this prior to playing and, while it definitely provides you a good adequate round-up of events– complete with lots of artwork from previous video games– reviewing all of this text is no match for experiencing them on your own and isn’t exactly the best way to get an appropriate grounding in the video game’s intricate world and characters. If you’re determined you wish to leap in at this moment, it
will offer you with sufficient details to get your bearings, but just understand that you’ll invest a good piece of time– especially throughout the glacially sluggish early hours– having a hard time to stay up to date with who’s who and what’s what.
This one concern aside, we’re pleased to report that Trails of Cold Steel III is another exceptional addition to the series and there’s still plenty of reason to join the celebration here whether you’re a diehard fan or newbie, especially considering that the
fourth part has already been launched in Japan and will also be making its way to Switch in the future. This third entry sees series lead character Rean Schwarzer, the popular Ashen Chevalier, now finished and taking up a function as a teacher in a new branch of Thors Academy where he manages a whole brand-new lot of characters who comprise the current Class VII.
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked) Early hours play out in relative peace but, as expected, it’s shortly prior to things take a turn for the worse and, without ruining anything, this one does an outstanding task of getting all of its pieces in position for the occasions that will unfold in part 4 whilst dropping lots of surprises of its own. Veteran fans may feel a little out of sorts during early hours that see brand-new characters take centre stage, however it’s not long before the old team
appear and your journeys around Erebonia will see you fulfill up with a lots of faces from previous video games. Mechanically, this brand-new experience plays out just like older entries in the franchise with an academic year system– not too dissimilar to that found in
Persona 5– where you’ll divide your time between class activities which see you socialise and get to understand the brand-new cast of characters (in addition to reuniting with familiar faces from the past) and hitting the video game’s dungeons for special field examinations where fight and expedition are the order of business. As much as the ebb and circulation of procedures is the very same, Trails of Cold Steel III likewise introduces a number of brand-new mechanics to its currently highly-engaging turn-based combat, with a Break System and Brave Order now folded into the mix.
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Docked)The Break System sees enemies adorned with break evaluates which, when drained via your attacks, requires them into a” break state “rendering them worthless for one attack turn and opening them up to taking far more damage. Brave Order, on the other hand, permits characters to provide a host of party-wide orders that give all-manner of enthusiasts that can truly swing things in your favour if used at the right time; getting to grips with these brand-new additions to the combat makes for some delightfully strategic and properly meaty fights. Stringing team attacks together, deploying crafts and arts and moving your team around the battlefield in order to control your enemies actually is satisfying and addictive stuff.
Your character’s different unique attacks and combo relocations all look quite magnificent in action and there’s an outstanding amount of variety in the opponents you get to check your nerve versus; the video game constantly introduces brand-new foes as you journey throughout its world and tosses some tasty boss battles into the mix to keep you on your toes. Change players likewise get a lot of fun cosmetic items to customise their team with, the cherry on top of what is an impressively solid Switch port of an absolutely
enormous video game.
Throughout our time with Trails of Cold Steel III we didn’t come across any visible framerate issues; even during a few of the more incredible skirmishes and the entire thing runs at a solid 30fps/720p in both docked and handheld modes. If you’re coming off playing this one on PS4 you’re undoubtedly going to see that drop in resolution and framerate, but otherwise this a solid task overall and a video game that really does fit playing in portable where you can trim that frightening running time where and when you get a possibility. (In this regard there’s likewise a turbo speed mode included which you can toggle at will in order to quicken traversal and cut your method through prolonged durations of exposition).
Captured on Nintendo Switch (Handheld/Undocked) It may not be the most graphically outstanding JRPG you’ll ever play and, outside of battle, dungeons tend to look fairly dull– as well as being re-used greatly early doors– however it definitely does adequate and the frequently explosive fight looks especially nice when used the Switch’s portable screen.
For fans of the series, this is the very best entry yet as far we’re worried and, as we pointed out, although we still believe playing the very first and 2nd Trials of Cold Steel video games is a rewarding endeavour for prospective new players, there’s still plenty here to enjoy even if it’s your very first time delving into this massive franchise. There’s a big amount of material here with a legendary story loaded filled with twists and turns and well-written characters sat along with some excellent turn-based combat.