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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Nihon Falcom, NIS America
Oct 22, 2019 - PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
USgamer
4 / 5
TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
IGN Italy
8.6 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Trailers

Trails of Cold Steel III: The Bonds Between Us - Gamescom 2019 Story Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Trails of Cold Steel III: The Bonds Between Us - Gamescom 2019 Story Trailer | PS4

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - E3 2019 Old Friends Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - E3 2019 Old Friends Trailer | PS4

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Announcement Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Announcement Trailer | PS4


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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A few unfortunate backsteps make the first native PlayStation 4 entry something of a disappointment, but Trails Of Cold Steel is still one of the best old school JRPGs around.

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Trails of Cold Steel III marks another school year full of adrenaline-pumping battles, interesting new faces, and unexpected hardships amidst political turmoil

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Trails of Cold Steel 3 resumes the series' magic-infused story of politics and scandal, and the unique battle system still holds up well.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III the third 80-hour RPG in a series of equally lengthy games. If you're a newcomer, it's a daunting and probably foolish task to try and play this game. If you're a die-hard fan of the Cold Steel series already, you'll get plenty of satisfaction out of the continued plot development and engaging combat. Even the most dedicated of fans, though, are likely to be turned off by the dated visuals and confusing Legend of Heroes crossovers that mar an otherwise impressive story-driven JRPG.

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Trails of Cold Steel III it's another great port to add to Nintendo Switch's library, but if you haven't played the previous two games (not available on Switch), you can miss important story details. If that's not the case, be ready for a long adventure that will leave you wanting more... and in the middle of an interesting cliffhanger.

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IGN Italy

Unknown Author
8.6 / 10.0
IGN Italy

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is a narratively rich role-playing game, with deep and well-drawn characters and stories ranging from epic to tragic, without dwelling too much on stereotypes, an almost physiological element of this genre. Too bad for the absence of the first two chapters in Nintendo Switch's game library. Though exhaustive and rich in detail, in fact, the various summaries in the start screen can not make up for the lack of "playful experience" that only a direct use can return.

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The only real fault you can attribute to Trails of Cold Steel III is how it doesn't quite match the lofty heights the previous two titles deservedly reached.

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Trials of Cold Steel III is another excellent addition to a franchise that gains so much of what makes it absorbing from the huge amount of background detail and world-building that's been achieved in earlier entries in the series. Newcomers should be aware that taking the time out to play Trials of Cold Steel I and II is advised to get the absolute maximum amount of enjoyment out of this one but, even if you're jumping in fresh, there's still plenty to love here once you find your feet. With a massive cast of well-written characters and tons of excellent combat and exploration spread across its epic running time, this is a top-notch addition to the Switch's library of JRPGs.

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Industry 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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