The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 58 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

88%

Critics Recommend

Based on 58 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

gameranx
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 27, 2018

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 is a worthy sequel. The stakes are higher, the bonds of Class VII remain a high point, the combat system is as engaging as ever, and the port is perfectly executed. I cannot recommend this series enough.

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Scored Reviews

Rice Digital
Rice Digital
Kitsumeda

Top Critic

Nov 5, 2016

Trails of Cold Steel 2 might not be a flawless title, with its few cheesy story moments aside, the game never lets down the strong momentum it built up from the predecesor. Falcom has proven time and time again that it can make an engaging JRPG, which while sticking to the norms of the genre, is polished enough to stand out from the crowd.

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Hey Poor Player
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Sep 6, 2016

Though it still has some minor quirks, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is a big step up from the previous chapter in the large political drama surrounding the land of Erebonia. What I have experienced is nothing short of amazing work on both Falcom’s and XSEED’s part. Whether you own a PlayStation 3, a Vita, or both (this game also supports Cross Saves), you owe it to yourself to give this series a look. As mentioned earlier, do check out the first part of the story before diving into this one. It will give you a far greater appreciation for the story if you do.

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 21, 2016

Just like Trails of Cold Steel before it, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is an excellent game, and a fitting second act after the first game’s exquisite setup. I can’t recommend it highly enough – just make sure you play Cold Steel first, otherwise you’ll miss so much of what this game has to offer.

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PS3Blog.net
97%
97%
Nov 4, 2016

The game has a lot to offer, and many hours of gameplay. You’re looking at around 60-70 hours, so it’s certainly bigger than the first one that was 45-50 hours long. I have had an absolute blast playing the game for my The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II review. I highly recommend that you get this game today… and if you haven’t played the first one, get both!

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PSX Brasil
97 / 100
97 / 100
Jun 3, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is, honestly, one of the best JRPGs ever released for the PS4. The way the game handles a story even more mature than its predecessor and the connection the player has with the characters, which are very well-developed, and the turn-based combat system perfectly tuned make it a true masterpiece.

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2016

A game that deserves to be on the radar of everyone who has ever in their lifetime enjoyed a single JRPG – just be sure to play the original first.

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GamePitt
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is the perfect way to deliver a sequel to an amazing game, it takes what was great about the first title and expands various aspects whilst adding in new mechanics in order to further enhance your experience. It has an extensive explanation on what happened in the first game but I’d highly recommend you play that first and then this one in order to get the full story and live the journey for yourself. From the addition of new attacks, giant mech battles within Valimar, a map-based exploration system, and evolved skills, everything is what you’d expect from a Nihon Falcom JRPG – it’s an amazing game and stands up today despite the fact it originated as a last-gen title.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 3, 2019

While not a perfect port, this incredible entry in the Trails series lands on PS4

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
GameGrin
Jessica Robinson

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2019

Trails of Cold Steel II is a marvelous addition to the series. It carries the tone of the original perfectly, continuing a saga that sees its third installment hit later this year, while at the same time delivering an exciting story all of its own.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2019

Overall, the differences between the PC and PS4 ports are minuscule. The game plays very well on both with little to no lag.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
PS3Blog.net
the_nmac
90%
Sep 26, 2016

We are getting another strong entry in The Legend of Heroes series thanks to Trails of Cold Steel II and a strong follow up that takes everything the first one did right and making it better. I’m really excited to see where things go in the next entry, because after writing my he Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II review I’m certainly ready for more!

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

Cold Steel II personally went above and beyond my expectations of what I was expecting from a sequel and is a must play for any JRPG fan.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is a modern JRPG masterpiece.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 13, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is a direct sequel in a time where that is exceedingly rare, and a very welcome one at that. The original Trails of Cold Steel was a great game that was under appreciated, and this sequel brings all of the same charm and quality from the first and does more preserving than improving. With some slight improvements and great source material, Trails of Cold Steel II is a no-brainer to add to any JRPG collection.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 9, 2016

A compelling sequel that should not be missed for fans of the Legend of Heroes series.

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GotGame
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

Those who typically have doubts about sequels can rest assured that this is quite the great title that fans of the series, or even just the first game, are sure to enjoy.

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Gamer Escape
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 21, 2018

It doesn’t win out over Trails in the Sky SC, it comes really damn close. The unfortunate fact that you have to slog through the low points of the first game to get to the expansive high here is a bit of a blemish…but I’d say it’s worth a little bit of pain.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2016

Not so much a sequel, as the second episode in an epic saga.

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RPG Fan
88%
88%
Sep 6, 2016

Trails of Cold Steel II continues in the series' tradition of lengthy, narratively expansive JRPGs that will have fans up late theorizing about their favorite characters.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 is an excellent follow up to Trails of Cold Steel. With many improvements to the core system both subtle and brand new elements to grace the field of battle with, this “sequel” is the perfect continuation to this already epic series of JRPGs from Nihon Falcom and XSEED Games.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on PS4 is a near perfect remaster of a fantastic game that arrives just in time for Trails of Cold Steel III.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2016

The story events are engaging and the game even goes a way to cater to newcomers with a strong recap. You’ll get to know the characters quite well thanks to hours of character development and the vibrant game world and engaging story combine to make the game feel immersive. PS3 and PS Vita fans have no shortage of JRPGs to choose from, but The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II exhibits enough polish and quality to help it stand out from the pack and above several others. It may lack the innovation and whip appeal to draw players not typically into RPGs and it can’t match the production of the genre’s biggest brands, but it nails the important stuff. Genre or series fans shouldn’t miss this.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2019

Class VII’s overachievers return for a different kind of lesson in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II. The game hews closely to its predecessor’s style so it won’t feel as fresh but also should delight fans of the first game eager to see more of Class VII adventures and story. It’s also unapologetically old school whether it be its visual style or adherence to turn-based combat. At a time when more and more JRPGs are walking away from older conventions, it continues to be refreshing to see a well-done entry in the genre that celebrates them instead.

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Gaming Gamma
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2016

Overall, Cold Steel II is a much, much better game than the first game in just about every regard, but sadly, the framerate problem still exists. The new mechanics are more than welcome as they add additional strategy into the mix. For fans of the first game, it’s time to pick up right where you left off. When the game originally came out in Japan there were quite a few people singing its praises and now I see why. While Trails of Cold Steel can feel generic at times, all of the systems in place make it certainly worth the investment.

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Video Chums
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is definitely a step up from the original due to its enhancements and added sense of freedom.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2018

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is an excellent JRPG and a more than worthy continuation of the saga, thanks to a gripping story, well-developed characters, and engaging battle system. While the gameplay experience hasn't changed much, with only some small enhancements to the battle system and an airship customization system, the game manages to be slightly better than its predecessor, mostly thanks to some interesting and unexpected plot twists and a story that doesn't end in a huge cliffhanger like its predecessor. Highly recommended to all JRPG lovers

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2016

The exciting, fun turn-based combat, too, is an absolute treat to revisit, even if I’d have liked to see more meaningful changes and improvements made to its systems.

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Spaziogames
8.4 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2019

We enjoyed Trails of Cold Steel II as much as the first chapter, and that's a great compliment, as we're talking about two of the best JRPGs available at the moment for PS4. Just be sure to play Trails of Cold Steel first.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is a second part that diverges little from its predecessor, but enough to feel solid and with its own entity.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2016

Cold Steel II is filled with intriguing characters, great plot revelations, and challenging battles. Whether you favor combat or narrative, it has plenty to entertain you

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 4, 2019

Trails of Cold Steel II is everything that you could want from a sequel to the first game. Although experience with its predecessor is nothing short of a necessity, this unapologetic approach to sequel storytelling is what makes Cold Steel II so compelling. It's remarkable how such a huge cast of characters can come together to deliver such a memorable narrative, and it's all thanks to the in-depth world building that Falcom has seeded over the course of two games. As far as turn based Japanese RPGs go on PS4, Trails of Cold Steel I and II are genre essentials.

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Just Push Start
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 3, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II manages to hit both the best and worst parts of JRPGs. Where gameplay and visuals feel dated, even when it was brand new, it's hard to argue with the story. It's deep, engrossing and all about giving players a reason to invest in an otherwise okay adventure. For some this won't be enough, but if you can put up with an average gameplay experience, you'll be rewarded with story that more than makes up for it.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2019

This is the best way to play The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II. Visuals remain relatively the same as the PS3 version, albeit upscaled to higher resolution. The biggest changes come from perfect performance and Turbo Mode. Both add the kind of quality-of-life an epic-sized RPG such as this needs in order to feel as fresh as the first time you played it.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jun 8, 2019

Fans of the original Trails of Cold Steel will want to pick up this second entry, but newcomers might want to get up to speed before diving in.

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Screen Rant
Jun 6, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II gets the PS4 remaster treatment, maintaining its well-crafted JRPG fare with an interesting story.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 5, 2019

Trails of Cold Steel II is a fantastic continuation of the series that improves upon the foundations of its predecessor that leads to a narrative crescendo. With the third iteration set to come west at the end of 2019, we won’t have much longer to wait to see how this epic trilogy ends.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2019

Overall, I would definitively recommend giving this JRPG a shot, even if you haven’t played the first installment.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

Trails of Cold Steel II has to be up there with the best in the genre in my opinion. Yes, it’s essential that you play the games in order, even if it’s just to make sure you get the best experience from the story. While there is a ‘recap’ section in the menu it doesn’t give you all of the information as I still found myself scratching my head at times. I will most definitely be investing in Trails of Cold Steel I and be aiming to get through that and finish part II so that when III is release I won’t be in the same situation again. I highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a new game (JRPG of course) to sink their teeth into and as such Trails of Cold Steel II fully deserves the Thumb Culture Gold Award.

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SmashPad
Sep 6, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is every bit as awesome as the first. Not only is the sequel bigger, it hits closer to home on political issues such as social inequality, negligent leadership, and the hardships of an ongoing war.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 10, 2019

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is a fun JRPG that has a lot to offer the patient player. It doesn't take as long to get off the ground as its predecessor but its complexly woven narrative nevertheless makes it a slow burn. For those who weather that burn, however, satisfaction on an unprecedented scale awaits. Not even the mechanical issues can overshadow just how fantastic the story of Cold Steel II is, how rich the world is, and how compelling the characters are. This is a must-play for those who enjoy jumping into a game for the long haul. Cold Steel III can't come soon enough.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2017

More a continuation of the events of the first game than a proper sequel, Trails of Cold Steel II is "more of the same" done right, as the basic gameplay of the prequel didn't need changes. While a no brainer for veterans, this second chapter is not recommended for newcomers, who should pick up the first title to have an understanding of the world and characters.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 10, 2016

The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel II is a content-rich adventure that mixes excellent JRPG mechanics with wonderfully scripted character relationships. For those unfamiliar with the series, though, it may be best to start with the original.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 6, 2016

While not coming to PS4 may scare some gamers away, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold II is most certainly one game worth pulling out the PS3 or PS Vita again to play through.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2019

All things considered, unless you’re a completionist, want that new swag, or were simply looking for a good excuse to replay it, the new PS4 version of Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II probably isn’t worth your time.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 is a solid and enjoyable sequel. The tone has changed, but the characterization and combat are back in full force. There are a few nagging complaints here and there but nothing that should sour the experience for people who enjoyed the first game. At worst, it feels too familiar in both strengths and weaknesses. Almost every complaint and praise about the first game can be leveled at the second. ToCS2 is not a game for newcomers at all and is only for fans of the first. Likewise, be prepared for a game that leaves as many questions as it answers. It's a more satisfying ending than the first game, but there's still a lot more going on in Erebonia.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

While Trails of Cold Steel II doesn’t always lend itself to on the go gaming, it deserves a spot in your Vita library regardless.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II stumbles with its pacing in places where the first game doesn't, but it's still an RPG worth playing.

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GameSkinny
Feb 19, 2018

For every 20 lazy console ports, once in a while there comes a game that really gets what PC gamers want. This is that game.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 14, 2018

An excellent port that makes the PC Version the definitive way to play the game.

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JRPG.moe
Oct 15, 2019

Though the stakes still feel too low at times, the game is focused examining the effect the war has on regular citizens, so being removed from the action at times makes sense. Trails of Cold Steel II ultimately tells a more complete and compelling story than the first game.

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DigitalCentralMedia
76%
76%
Sep 28, 2016

The Legend of Heroes Trails Of Cold Steel II is a very good game. The story is brilliant and the characters are great but the game doesn’t feel like a sequel.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 9, 2016

Trails Of Cold Steel II feels less like a sequel, and more like the second half of an incredibly rich JRPG experience. There’s a lot to take in between both these titles, and it can feel like a slog at times, especially with the first game. Cold Steel II does a great job of making that slog worth it, and delivers with an action packed story and a consistently challenging gameplay experience.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 16, 2016

Another engrossing example of traditional Japanese role-playing, that’s still accessible enough for anyone to enjoy – as long as they’ve played the first one.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 18, 2016

It's definitely more "continuation" than "sequel," with Trails of Cold Steel II following on from not only the story of the prequel, but also with the already accessible (by JRPG standards) battle mechanics and character customisation features, which prove to work well to add a little strategy to the proceedings. Despite some shortcomings, there is a lot to like here, especially for Persona fans who have become so familiar with the calendar-based narrative and party member bonding sessions that affect gameplay, with a mature storyline that doesn't stray too far from its anime roots, but strikes a perfect balance with its wonderful characters.

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COGconnected
68 / 100
68 / 100
Jun 3, 2019

There’s a satisfying combat system, a halfway decent story, and a lot of weird little activities to keep you busy. I was just hoping for some more growth between the first game and the second one.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 4, 2019

A pretty decent PS4 version.

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Worth Playing
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2019

On that note, there's little you can get from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II that you couldn't get from other titles that likewise do it better. The narrative is winding and confusing, the characters are off-putting, and the visuals are a sore sight for the eyes. While the music and gameplay show some glimmers of promise, they ultimately end up feeling lifeless and overcomplicated, respectively. At the end of the day, Trails of Cold Steel II ends up feeling like a middle-of-the-road shonen anime that's a little too scatter-brained, and you have to slog through the off-screen battles.

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