With the third entry in ‘The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel’ franchise making its way to western shores on PS4 later this year, Nihon Falcom have also decided to release the enhanced remasters of the first two games outside of Japan. Having previously reviewed the first Trails of Cold Steel when it was released on PlayStation 3 in 2016, we felt that it was our duty to evaluate this current generation release to prepare us for the battles that lie ahead.
The first game in the series focuses on Rean Schwarzer, a young swordsman who has enrolled at Thors Military Academy, an academic institution for the art of warfare. During his induction, he is enrolled into Class 7, a newly formed group of students comprised of students from different social classes. As the game progresses, Rean and his classmates are given field exams that focus on combat, as well as dealing with social injustice wherever it rears its head. The plot is filled with many twists and turns, with some of the highlights including the gradually healing rift between Rean and Alisa, an emotional guarded student who falsely believed that Rean caught her in a comprising position.
During your time at Thors, and the various times that you leave the campus, you can build relationships with your classmates by embarking on Bonding Events with them or performing group attacks by linking together your efforts during battle. The Bonding Events feel very much like the Social Link mechanic from Persona, where you learn new information about your team to fill your Student Records and take part in activities that you would otherwise not be able to perform. Your classmates can also learn additional actions for your Link Attacks, such as finishing blows, counterattacks and even automatic healing abilities if you become exceptionally well acquainted.