The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - Review @ PC Invasion
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV review — A fine conclusion
Wrapping up the Erebonia arc.
Japanese developer Nihon Falcom has been responsible for some of the most ambitious JRPGs over the last 40 years. Chief among them is the Trails series, better known by franchise fans as Kiseki. The unique selling point of the Trails games is that they place an emphasis on world-building and character development above all else. This design focus carries over to Falcom’s latest addition, Trails of Cold Steel IV.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is the fourth and final game in the Cold Steel tetralogy. It’s set directly after the events of Cold Steel III as both Class VII and new Class VII try to recover from the tragic ending of the last game. This time around, you’re tasked with bringing together the team once again to take down the head of the Ironbloods, Gilliath Osborne.
The finale we needed
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is a fantastic game. Outside of the plot, not too much has changed from Cold Steel III, but that’s mostly fine since that was also a great game. The gameplay balance tweaks and the addition of over 100 hours of new lore-related content more than make up for it.
Honestly, the only scenario in which I’d hesitate to recommend Cold Steel IV is if you haven’t touched the Trails series before. If this is the case, consider looking into Trails in the Sky, Cold Steel I, or Cold Steel III as better entry points instead. Otherwise, this is one of the best JRPGs I’ve ever played. Its legendary world-building and character development are enough to justify the purchase. Combine that with its still very serviceable gameplay mechanics and turn-based design, and you’re left with a game that is well worth playing.
Although it would have been nice to see a little more innovation from Cold Steel III, this finale to the Erebonia arc is still one of the best JRPGs I've ever played. The world-building and character development are as exquisite as ever, while the gameplay mechanics are still well above average, albeit unextraordinary. Regardless, assuming you have played at least Cold Steel III and know enough about the Trails lore, this latest addition is well worth your time.
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