The PC port of the popular JRPG, Trails of Cold Steel dropped on Steam and GOG a while back. This is the 8th game in the Legend of Heroes franchise. The Liberl arc, also know as the Trails in the Sky/Sora no Kiseki has already been translated and ported by XSEED in the last couple of years. So it’s only fair that the current arc gets the same treatment.

I had heard that Peter Durante was the lead programmer for the project, so I was expecting a decent port. However, what I saw when I started the launcher took me by surprise. We PC gamers are used to crappy ports when it comes to JRPGs, all thanks to Square Enix and the lack of experience of Eastern Developers with the PC platform. This port is simply in one word perfect, and I’m fairly certain that its all thanks to Durante. Peter Durante is a known modder in the PC gaming space. He has implemented numerous fixes and optimizations in many AAA games over the years, so he’s well know for his skill.

But let me get into the juicy details, before you start judging me. Now, the launcher lets you change each and every graphics option, from Anti-Aliasing to Ambient Occlusion, FOV, Shadow Resolution, Transparency AA, pretty much everything, plus they have also included NVIDIA’s advanced AO algorithm HBAO+. But thats not it, there is an explanation of each option on the side with images, comparing the various levels of the effect/option. Now, I have got to say. I really am impressed. Nier Automata and most recent JRPGs don’t let you tweak the graphics options, it’s mostly just resolution and window size, along the texture size and the graphics preset. Square Enix and other AAA devs ought to learn from this, but… I’m fairly certain they won’t. Well, with that said have a look at these 4K pics I took while playing this awesome game. Can’t wait for the sequel to be ported.

Premise

The story takes place on the same continent as the fan favorite ‘Trails in the Sky’ and will allow players to traverse Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse nation in detail. Get ready to delve into the expansive lore of ‘The Legend of Heroes’ franchise and enjoy school life with your fellow students. Take advantage of speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system, and uncover dramatic events that stand to change everything these two opposing social classes stand for.

‘Trails of Cold Steel’ was released back in 2013 for the PS3 and Vita and was a big hit, with an expected 1.9 billion yen in net sales, and 700 million yen in operating profit. Now, since the Trails’ games have a considerable fan base on Steam, expect this game to do well.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • A World Rich in Depth for Veterans and Newcomers Alike:
    The events of Trails of Cold Steel are expertly told so that longtime Trails veterans and casual RPG fans alike can equally enjoy its detailed, highly nuanced storyline.

  • New Link System Adds Depth to Combat:
    Take advantage of the Combat Link System by bonding with your allies throughout the school year, netting you a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding and more.

  • A Sleek Update to a Classic Growth Mechanic:
    Trails of Cold Steel streamlines the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles with new “ARCUS” units, allowing for more ready access to abilities and quicker customization.

  • Experience the Game as Never Before:
    50% more lines of English voice-overs have been added to the PC release, bringing a fresh experience to even those who have played it before on console.

 

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM

Additional Notes: 1280×720 / 30 FPS with portable settings

  • Storage: 15 GB available space

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Graphics: Shader Model 5 (GeForce 400 / Radeon HD 5000 / Intel post-2012 series)

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

  • Processor: Intel Atom x7-Z8700 2.4 GHz

  • OS: Windows 7 or later

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later

  • Processor: Intel i3 3 GHz

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 770 / Radeon R9 280X

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Storage: 15 GB available space

  • Additional Notes: 1920×1080 / 60 FPS with high settings

For more information and to purchase the game, check out its steam page.

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