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The Legend of Heroes VIII: Trails of Cold Steel

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Among the nations on the Zemurian continent, the mighty Erebonian Empire has been quick to outwardly stake its claim militarily; yet politically, ugly bouts of internal conflict between the upper class and commoners attempting to rise to power have been steadily intensifying day by day. The Noble and Reformist Factions have been none too kind to one another over the years, and tensions between the two only stand to worsen if compromises aren’t made in the very near future.

Rean Schwarzer, like any other citizen of the Imperial Nation, is no stranger to these rising conflicts: the class system has been deeply embedded into the hearts of every Erebonian since the days of old. As a seventeen-year-old student preparing for his new life at Thors Military Academy, however, he notices that his crimson uniform differs from the standard ones issued to his peers—typically green for commoners, and white for nobles.

Enter, Class VII of Thors Military Academy. For the first time in the prestigious academy’s history, rank means nothing and skill means everything. With nine hand-picked students of various backgrounds and abilities, Rean included, Class VII readies itself to dive deep into the political quagmire that threatens not only them, but the Empire as a whole.
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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 (Sen no Kiseki in Japanese) is the first in the series to tread Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse nation in detail. Delve into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series, enjoy school life and bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, take advantage of speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system, and uncover dramatic events that stand to change everything these two opposing social classes stand for.

    KEY FEATURES
  • A World Rich in Depth for Veterans and Newcomers Alike
    The events of Trails of Cold Steel are expertly told so that longtime Trails veterans and casual RPG fans alike can equally enjoy its detailed, highly nuanced storyline.

  • New Link System Adds Depth to Combat
    Take advantage of the Combat Link System by bonding with your allies throughout the school year, netting you a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding and more.

  • A Sleek Update to a Classic Growth Mechanic
    Trails of Cold Steel streamlines the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles with new “ARCUS” units, allowing for more ready access to abilities and quicker customization.

  • 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.
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Nihon Falcom
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Nihon Falcom Corporation
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XSEED JKS Inc
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Marvelous USA, Inc., XSEED Games
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://www.trailsofcoldsteel.com/cs1/

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8700 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Shader Model 5 (GeForce 400 / Radeon HD 5000 / Intel post-2012 series)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 17 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 1280x720 / 30 FPS with portable settings
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Intel i3 3 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 770 / Radeon R9 280X
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 17 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 1920x1080 / 60 FPS with high settings
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The Legend of Heroes VIII: Trails of Cold Steel reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Like the previous Trails in the Sky Series, just really good. For People who don't like a Story, the Game is nothing, but you should be used to IT with JRPG. For me personally, a top title.
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I make a quick. Anyone who likes JRPD and/or Animes should strike. Get me interested in a turn-based variant of the Tails of series. Good story, typical Character Settuing. Very good Fight gamepolay, weaken in the graphics/Technique. I am very much looking Forward to part 2!!!!!
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Power a lot of fun-the Story is very entertaining so far,-you often get off the Road (in the positive SInne)-the music is very pleasant-the Fights are fair but demanding-the Graphics are fine I'm actually very satisfied. It's just a good JRPG, if you like these Games you should strike.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Super fun Game. The Combat System is supie, has a little something of Grandia that is also fully supie!!! Pro combat system music-Turboboost (Fully good for impatient Players)-New Game + (Looten and Lvln)-Funny NPCs Kontra-Very ruler (1 of 3 Ways usable but is also a portable Game)-the second Part not yet for PC ... I want my Turboboost!
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So, having now around 30 Hours (Edit: I've now reached the End after 49 Hours and can start New Game Plus), I have to say that every Penny has paid off. The Story is still a long way from being finished, but Boy, it was a pleasant Ride. Sure, much was predictable, but on the Whole everything was generated with a lot of Attention to Detail. The Graphics may not be the best, because hey, it's original yes a PS Vita game, but it's still damn good. Many Cutscenes, many varied Areas, which are small in themselves, but have been designed decently. Even huge Backtracks are often saved because you are taken by the Hand without further ado-this makes for an even more coherent Design, in which exactly one thing always dominates: The Story. And even though she ends up accepting More fantastic traits, I still really liked her. The Combat Design is good and definitely laune, can sometimes be a bit tichy and confusing, but that's probably more my personal View then. The Setting Is really good and you also have the Feeling with this Port that you wanted to make things decent. Stud only: It will end on a Cliffhanger that will only be told with the second and third Titles in this Series. In fact-and here you have to be careful-if you want to understand everything in its Entirety, you would have to do all 8 (!) Parts of the Saga (also Legends of Sky and two titles not yet ported). I'm definitely glad to have bought this Title and at 40 Euros I can tell quiet some that it was worth it.
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