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March 4th, 2018, 10:05
Peace is but a Memory.

In the wake of the Noble Faction’s occupation of Heimdallr, civil war has broken out across Erebonia. The provincial armies, loyal to the aristocracy and the Four Great Houses, have claimed many of the nation’s great cities in the name of the Noble Alliance. The Imperial Army, called back from the four corners of the Empire, has only just begun its sweeping counterattack.

After Rean managed to escape Trista with Celine and Valimar, he awakens in the mountains near his hometown uncertain what fate befell his friends, who bravely threw themselves in harm’s way to buy him time to flee.

Though the road will not be an easy one, Rean decides to take up his sword again, journeying across Erebonia with his Divine Knight, Valimar, in search of his friends from Class VII and a way to end the conflict before its price becomes far too dear…

Taking place on the same continent as the fan favorite Trails in the Sky offshoot of Nihon Falcom’s storied The Legend of Heroes franchise, Trails of Cold Steel II (Sen no Kiseki II in Japanese) is a direct sequel to Trails of Cold Steel, picking up one month after the decisive collision that changed the fate of the entire nation of Erebonia. The speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns with all the bells and whistles together with the new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray.

KEY FEATURES

  • A Direct Sequel that Remembers the Past
    Clear data from Trails of Cold Steel carries over into Trails of Cold Steel II, granting players bonuses, and most importantly, remembering the many relationships cultivated during time spent at Thors Military Academy, allowing for more personalized conversations throughout the story.
  • Take to the Land and Sky in New Modes of Transportation
    Fast travel isn’t just for Trista anymore; a personalized airship now allows players to swiftly choose and descend upon both familiar and foreign destinations alike—and on land, horseback riding not only returns, but players can now customize and utilize Angelica’s orbal bike for fast transportation across the map.
  • The Link System Returns with a new Overdrive Mode
    Bonding with allies continues to pay off with the Combat Link System, netting a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding, and more, and the new Overdrive mode allows linked characters to attack up to three turns in a row for new strategic battle options.
  • Experience the Game as Never Before
    50% more lines of English voice-overs have been added to the PC release, bringing a fresh experience to even those who have played it before on console. New features for this release include ultrawide aspect ratio support, turbo mode, and an instant resume feature that allows players to launch directly from Steam to their most recent save.
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Cold Steel II is as good as Cold Steel I. The battle system has even more options. The narrative, the character backstories and quests are top notch - a Masterpiece!
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March 4th, 2018, 17:40
This one is on my list right after Tales of Bersia, which I've got about eight hours in so far.
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The narrative, the character backstories and quests are top notch - a Masterpiece!
I wouldn't go there.
Sure I stil haven't started it (waiting for KCD patch so I can replay it, FF15 is getting released tomorrow), but if I was informed correctly, the design is again restrictive in a way several parts of content are locked so to see everything you're forced to play NG+.
And the only difference in playthroughs apparently is who you choose to "romance". Apparently I say because out of two "canon" options from the first game, one will die and the second is pretty much meh compared to other party members. Spoilers!
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Skip side quests?? You must have me confused with some millennial thing.
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June 13th, 2018, 11:22
There are no changes practically, except for a noticeable improvement in the quality of English voice acting. Actors obviously got used to the images of the characters, and the replicas sound much more natural. Due to problems with the license, we still do not hear Japanese voices, but this time it's not so insulting. Music is traditionally amazing, and new war melodies are atmospheric and full of drive. Falcom knows its strengths and is not going to give up positions. Of the two versions, for the same reasons, it is worth recommending portable, although home is not worse.
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If you enjoy role playing games, you simply cannot go wrong with any of the Legend of Heroes offerings. You'll play them, fall in love, rave about each and every one, and come back later to replay them all.
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June 22nd, 2018, 15:58
I could say the opposite, if you enjoy RPGs, don't play the latest LoH entries. They're mediocre, unmemorable games with too much anime-crowd catering, weak characterization, a lot of fanservice, and juvenile plot. Just an opinion, I don't look to start any arguments, personal tastes and preferences are hardly arguable. But for myself I've decided to ignore any next entries in this franchise and\or from that company.
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June 22nd, 2018, 19:26
No conflicts here, people have different wants/desires out of games, and not every single game is made for every person to enjoy. May we all find the ones that strike our individual fancies.
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