Nihon Falcom’s long-running The Legend of Heroes series finally hits Nintendo Switch in this third entry in the epic Trails of Cold Steel story arc, a direct sequel to Trails of Cold Steel II that takes place less than two years after the Erebonian Civil War portrayed in both that game and its epic predecessor. This is an enormous, story-driven JRPG that makes fantastic use of the colossal amount of world-building work done in previous entries in the franchise to sweep fans up in 100+ hours’ worth of adventure as a host of familiar faces from the past are reunited and a brand new Class VII takes to the stage.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is undoubtedly an excellent JRPG with strategically engaging combat, tons of side-missions, exploration and interesting character arcs to sink your teeth into, but it’s also a game that’s not exactly welcoming to newcomers. The developers have expressed their belief that new players can jump in without fear at this point in the story arc, but make no mistake, this is absolutely an experience that will be greatly enhanced if you can take the time to seek out and play the last two Trails of Cold Steel games which are, unfortunately, not yet available on Switch. This is a universe that has been developing and growing since the very first The Legend of Heroes released back in 1989, and it bombards you with lots of cameos, callbacks, emotional reunions and cheeky references to not just older Trails of Steel games, but entries from across the length and breadth of the entire Legend of Heroes franchise.
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