The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel |OT| Class Warfare

#2
Probably the best choice for a subtitle if it had to have one.
I'm looking forward to seeing what people think of the game, especially those who haven't had the opportunity to play through Zero/Ao first.
 
#4
Credit to our own jdkluv:

The history of the franchise on one picture. A more up-to-date history. "Sen no Kiseki" is Trails of Cold Steel's Japanese name.

Another 'history' made ages ago thanks to XSEED. This picture is a bit old so Cold Steel isn't on here, though. That unknown title after "Zero no Kiseki" aka Trails of Zero would be Trails of Azure. Trails of Cold Steel, the game this OT is about, is the one right after Trails of Azure.

Basically, Legend of Heroes 6 is Trails in the Sky First Chapter, Second Chapter and 3rd.
Legend of Heroes 7 is Trails of Zero and Trails of Azure (yet to be localized, set in a different country.)
Legend of Heroes 8 is Trails of Cold Steel I, II and III (set in Erebonia, and this OT is for the first game of that trilogy.)

Don't worry, this game is made for newcomers to the franchise to enjoy, you won't be lost if you jump in here.
 
#8
Probably the best choice for a subtitle if it had to have one.
I'm looking forward to seeing what people think of the game, especially those who haven't had the opportunity to play through Zero/Ao first.
So who are you favorite characters main characters in this game?
 
#9
While if you need to play the others is covered in the FAQ, am hoping if I can find out a related question. Does playing this spoil significant plot elements from SC and 3rd? Or is it only vague connections?
 

chaosblade

Unconfirmed Member
#10
Should get the game tomorrow. Then I can wait for a release window for Cold Steel 2 and then decide when to play this, because I'm still not very enthusiastic about it.
 
#11
While if you need to play the others is covered in the FAQ, am hoping if I can find out a related question. Does playing this spoil significant plot elements from SC and 3rd? Or is it only vague connections?
It refers to what happened as the "Liberl
Calamity
" but you won't really be spoiled on anything major. It takes place in a different country which isn't on great terms with Liberl or anyone else so you only read about it in history books (yes, their books are so up to date that they have info about that event in them.)
 
#12
So who are you favorite characters main characters in this game?
I'm not really that big on any of the main cast. I like Gaius, I guess. And Crow, although he's not really in the same category. My favorite characters in the game are some of the older folks, like Sara and Sharon.
 
#14
So now i'm conflicted. Currently playing Xenoblade Chronicles X, I had already started on Nier awhile back, still havent finished Legend of Heroes Trails FC and waiting to purchase SC...but of course this is already on the way because Falcom.
 
#15
Huh, that topic name actually probably is the most appropriate.

And still find it kinda crazy that came out to be Jusis of all things. Well, if avatars pop up I'll swap over to that just for having a mostly similar name to my handle, and being the same as the source's katakana.
 
#16
Probably the best choice for a subtitle if it had to have one.
I'm looking forward to seeing what people think of the game, especially those who haven't had the opportunity to play through Zero/Ao first.
I completed Sen no kiseki I/II with no experience on Tits series.
I love the setting, the story and especially the combat. The reference from previous titles don't bother me much and certainly do not hinder my understanding or enjoyment of this game. Although I do wish to understand the whole picture more, will go back to play FC/SC and others asap.
 
#19
Oh I need to read that Endless History star door translation that supposedly sets up something in this game.

Can't wait to play it this week! Design wise my faves are Laura, the blond guy, and the longer brown haired guy. Not a fan of Fie or the glasses kid. But that's just design based.
 
#20
Thanks for the OT. Still putting the finishing touches
(not even halfway yet)
on SC. Hopefully time allots me getting to this soon after. Seeing the LE box, I'm excited for mine to get in though!
 
#21
Emma is probably the most interesting character in the playable cast, although the reason for that doesn't really shine through very much to start with. Sadly your first impression of her is dumb glasses girl trope.
 
#23
Great, comprehensive OT!

Game should be here tomorrow. I charged my controller, checked for firmware, dusted my PS3 off and errthang.

If this character annoys me I have a backup avatar. We'll see.

I completed Sen no kiseki I/II with no experience on Tits series.
I love the setting, the story and especially the combat. The reference from previous titles don't bother me much and certainly do not hinder my understanding or enjoyment of this game. Although I do wish to understand the whole picture more, will go back to play FC/SC and others asap.
ASAP indeed. Estelle and Joshua's fantastic journey together calls to you.
 
#24
Emma is probably the most interesting character in the playable cast, although the reason for that doesn't really shine through very much to start with. Sadly your first impression of her is dumb glasses girl trope.
Don't you mean, "Glasses girl is obviously the class president" trope?
 

SolVanderlyn

Thanos acquires the fully powered Infinity Gauntlet in The Avengers: Infinity War, but loses when all the superheroes team up together to stop him.
#25


I can already tell this guy is going to be an asshole with empathetic undertones not fully explored until later.

Edit: Oh, it's right there in his description
 
#28
These games are really long, right?

Might buy this instead of renting it. Digitally so it can be my jump-in-and-out game for 2016. Plus to directly support XSeed.
 
#29
Oh looked at their names. So I like Laura, Jusis, Macchias, and Gaius. Don't like Elliot or Fie. The others are decent. I feel like I recall reading from WAY back in the day that Alisa was annoying, so we'll see.
 
#33
Just got my shipping notice this evening so hopefully I'll get it tomorrow!

Might end up waiting until after the holidays to really dig into it, though.
 
#34
I almost got the previous one but passed on it at the time, this one I made sure to pre order after reading about what they went through to get it done. It appears to be getting ready to ship. Since it's Canada however that means probably around the New Year or longer. Canada Post, yay!
 
#35
Him and Gaius look like the coolest dudes of the bunch. Emma and Laura for the ladies.

What the max party size btw?
Four.

Are there any notable traps to be aware of if doing Hard the first time through? Like bosses and dungeons you can get stuck against if unaware?
I'd just keep in mind that some monsters can permastun a character (your entire party, even) in battle (bosses, mostly) if you're not wearing any accessories to prevent that.
 
#36
My LEs just shipped at around the time the thread came up, and are expected to be here tomorrow. I'm probably not going to be playing for some time though; my time for gaming is pretty short at the moment and I really want to get through Trails in the Sky FC and SC first.
 
#37
Please tell me this isn't true. My first thought when seeing her character design was "I hope she isn't the class president archetype that her design screams."
Hmmmm....

All I'll say is that one of the themes in Cold Steel is about perception of people, stemming from a social divide of nobility and commoners.
 
#39
Hmmmm....

All I'll say is that one of the themes in Cold Steel is about perception of people, stemming from a social divide of nobility and commoners.
I'm going into this thinking positive that but also that they're intentionally "rorschach characters" for any dullards that box any and all anime characters into one-word descriptions.
 
#40
I'm going into this thinking positive that but also that they're intentionally "rorschach characters" to put dullards that box any and all anime characters into one-word descripticions.
Well, that's another thing. People who know nothing about Trails in the Sky FC/SC who get first impressions of Estelle and Joshua from character art/short blurbs would think Estelle is a generic airhead tomboy and Joshua was a brooding too-cool-4-u 'nothing personnel kid' character. It's the way the game is written and the fact that Trails are character-driven stories that elevates them far, FAR beyond first impressions. I'd assume they do the same here.
 
#46
Well, that's another thing. People who know nothing about Trails in the Sky FC/SC who get first impressions of Estelle and Joshua from character art/short blurbs would think Estelle is a generic airhead tomboy and Joshua was a brooding too-cool-4-u 'nothing personnel kid' character. It's the way the game is written and the fact that Trails are character-driven stories that elevates them far, FAR beyond first impressions. I'd assume they do the same here.
Oh no, "Rorschach Characters" is a term I use for characters that are easily misinterpreted to be shallow archetypes by some but are just as easily seen as for any depth they have by others, it just relies on the viewer's mindset, hence "rorschach".

It also can be used for situations like anytime a young man saves a grade school girl ala Xillia 2.
 
#49
Really looking forward to playing this. I hadn't heard of the Trails games until I played FC last year, played SC last month and immediately ordered this once it was announced... these games are a blast.

Snazzy OT!
 
#50
any information about the resolution in each version?
I'm leaning towards Vita but I prefer higher resolution

at least if Vita's using native resolution, it'll look sharp enough in small display