ANOTHER GREAT JRPG
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
A WORTHY ADDITION Any JRPG fan would have played at least one
game by now. Developed by Nihon Falcom, the same people responsible for the amazing
series, as well as the Ys series,
is the latest JRPG title from the developer to receive an English localization.
Fans who have been following previous series, namely and
will be familiar with the events in
as the game is set as the same time and arc as the other two games. While this is so, newcomers will not feel out of place because there are plenty of background elements explained throughout the game.
Without spoiling too much though, (and its subsequent sequels) focuses on the Erobonian Empire, who are portrayed as the antagonists in earlier games. This is a rather interesting take on things, as we get a good look at the social structure of the empire, and how
APRIL 2016 the game’s group of protagonists is attempting to defy this.
You take on the role of Rean Schwarzer, who belongs to Class VII in the Thors Military Academy. Class VII is unique in the way that it’s the only class – ever - from the empire that has both noble and normal citizens as students. Throughout the game, you learn more about the rest of your classmates and hone your combat skills, all while a civil war is looming in the background. A LAYER OF STRATEGY Gameplay is pretty straightforward – it’s somewhat of a clone. There are elements of a life-simulator, but it’s a turn-based RPG at its core. The life-sim elements allow you to forge better ‘Links’ with your classmates and other NPCs, which in turn lets you perform more powerful moves in combat.
As for combat itself, all characters have access to Arts and Crafts. Arts are mostly magic-based skills based on what ‘Quartz’ you equip on a character, while Crafts are unique character skills. The Links mentioned above lets you link two active characters, upon which they can follow-up with attacks or support each other. In short, the gameplay in
is easy enough to understand, yet deep enough to remain interesting. SOMETHING YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO Overall, is definitely an RPG worth playing. The characters are fleshed out, while the story, which has a tendency to drag in the first half of the game, works up to be more exciting later on. The ending is a cliffhanger though, so you’ll definitely want to get
if it does
There are nine members in Class VII.