The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel launched in the west in 2015 for PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, now publisher XSEED has brought the beloved RPG to PC with a few needed upgrades.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on PC adds improved textures and over 5,000 lines of extra voice acting that was not available in the PS3 or PS Vita version. This is the first release in a trilogy of titles that occur in a specific time period during The Legend of Heroes timeline. Players will assume the role of a special class of students who attend Thors Military Academy and obtain the power of the “ARCUS” system.
To put it simply we were wildly impressed with the upgrades shown in the PC version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. After playing through many hours of the new version it’s easy to see just how much time was put into the release. Character models show improved details in all areas, while shadows, visibility and focus distance brings the game up too the best quality a title released four years ago could be.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a 60+ hour game for story intensive RPG fans. The game features turn-based battle mechanics that allow the player to travel around a field to launch attacks or magic. Each character can be customized to the player’s liking as they will be able to focus adding skills to the character’s ARCUS and gain stat bonuses as well as new magic to use in battle. During gameplay, players must complete missions given to the students by their academy, but along the way they’ll find themselves in a much bigger plot which could bring chaos to the region.
Full of politics, character development, and side-quests, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel has become an important edition in the JRPG community and definitely deserves this visual makeover.
Recently we had the opportunity to speak with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo about localizing a few other entries in the The Legend of Heroes series that have to come west.
You can check out a comparison video below showing the differences between the PC and PS3 version in the opening of the game. Additionally, you can also watch the full 30-minute opening prologue running on PC: