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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

NIS America, Nihon Falcom, Engine Software BV, PH3 GmbH
Oct 27, 2020 - PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
IGN Italy
8.2 / 10
IGN Italy
8 / 10
GamingTrend
90 / 100
GameMAG
7 / 10
ZTGD
8.5 / 10
Push Square
8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A finale that only exacerbates the faults of the series up till now but the sheer audacity of the storytelling, and the goodwill built up over so many years, pushes it over the finishing line.

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Does The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV have a great story that's a worthy capstone to a ten-year JRPG saga? No, it doesn't. As a standalone experience, it's an impenetrable mess of fizzled out character arcs and bloated cutscenes. Despite all that, Trails of Cold Steel IV has addictive gameplay, dope music, and gorgeous character designs. If you want a fun and grind-heavy JRPG with a wild amount of options and battles, but don't mind turning your brain off to ignore the story and glaze over poorly-written cutscenes, then this is one's for you.

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Enjoyable in some respects, but very disappointing in others, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV does not fail to live up to the series' legacy. Still, it's a little step back compared to the third installment.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV doesn't have the same narrative depth as its predecessor, but it remains a solid, long-lived JRPG with a significant amount of characters and things to do.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is a fitting end to the saga of Erebonia. While there are tons of characters returning and plot threads from previous games, newcomers will still be able to enjoy the complicated, political tale along with a deep battle system.

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GameMAG

Unknown Author
7 / 10
GameMAG

If you already invested more than 500 hours to the previous instalments of Trails of Cold Steel series, you would definitely enjoy seeing familiar faces and you would love the overall experience. But as a newcomer you should probably try earlier games first, just to see if you want to get invested in the whole franchise.

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ZTGD

8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4 is a true culmination of an epic journey filled with unforgettable characters in a world that has become as familiar and inviting to me as my own hometown. If not for the lackluster localization effort and continuous implementation of uneven voice acting, this could have been the perfect send off for the members of Class VII, Thors military academy.

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On its own, Trails of Cold Steel IV is far from being the best game in the series, but as a conclusion to an epic story with characters that have long since won us over, it's a fitting finale. Class VII remains one of the most endearing groups in gaming, and although they demand so much of your time across four whole games, both the journey and the eventual payoff has been worth it. When packaged together with Cold Steel I, II, and III, this is easily one of the most engrossing RPG sagas of our time.

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OpenCritic Coverage

Four JRPGs Coming to Stadia Starting Next Week

Four JRPGs Coming to Stadia Starting Next Week

Fans of two classic JRPG series have new options coming to Stadia beginning as early as next week and continuing on throughout the year. The list includes games from both the Ys and Trails of Cold Steel series.

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