Recently, a holiday happened on the street of those lovers of Japanese role-playing games, which for some strange irony or do not have consoles, or prefer to play PC, – finally came out The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, One of the best JRPG recent years.
Chronicles of Zemuria
But first, as usual, a short course of history – in the case of The Legend of Heroes he is just critically important. Initially, it was a spin-off series Dragon Slayer from Nihon Falcom, started already in 1989. Then there was trilogy Gagharv. And only since 2004 they began to emerge solesterol games The Legend of Heroes: Trails, who are talking about the events unfolding in the world called Zemuria.
This world is huge, worked very detailed – up to the history of the currency of this or that state. It combines magic and technology, carts and armored tickets, love and politics. In general, political conflicts, civil wars, disassembly with secret and dangerous groups – these are fuel for all parts of the series.
And the authors needed nine games to illuminate the Sagu on Zemuria from all sides. They are devoted to different kingdoms and states, show the situation and conflicts from different points of view, but everything unfolds almost at the same time. That’s why Trails in the Sky, and “Crosbell” Arch and Trails of Cold Steel very closely connected by events and characters, which here is just a huge amount.
Hero and teacher
So here, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Dedicated to the Erebria Empire, which was on the threshold of civil war. And her main character is young yes removal warrior Rin Schwarzer. In the first part, it was shown to be the formation and admission to the Military Academy of Torso against the background of the internal conflicts in the empire. In Sicvel, Rina, together with fellow students, the seventh class of the Academy managed to stop the civil war, although how it happened and how it was over, not everyone liked, we are talking about representatives of annexed and affiliated states. And he himself graduated.
And here in TRAILS OF COLD STEEL III We already see how Rin, he is the National Hero ashes Chevalier, himself becomes a teacher in the newly formed by the second branch of the Academy – he was entrusted to head, naturally, the new Class VII, oriented on special operation. Rin meets both many new and familiar characters. And it is the variety of relations between dozens of well-prescribed characters – one of the unconditional advantages TRAILS OF COLD STEEL III.Understand the abundance of buttons and teams in battle only at first seems complicated.
From love to hatred and back
With some newbies, including in the detachment of our hero, immediately establish a tense relationship – not everyone is satisfied with how Rin destroyed the situation with the civil war. The figure of a typical hooligan-zadira is also immediately evaporated, which even during the exercises constantly goes to conflicts almost with everyone, and especially with Rin, and in the end will become a source of trouble. Yes, and between students Class VII is not all right ..
Rin all this time meets many acquaintances, and some of them returned to his life unexpectedly for him. And even other witches from the mill enemies cause him romantic tomorrow and memories. The special perch is the fact that the second branch of the Academy is sent mainly to those students and teachers who are considered if not thrown out (it is impossible to recognize as such a national hero!), then, in any case, not the most reliable and plenty. And we quickly make it clear that Rin here was also not just like that – there are certain and clearly not the best plans.
You can remember? I am writing down!
In general, despite the fact that most of the time we, as before, it seems to be just traveling to different regions on the exercise, the intrigue is enough. And immediately felt a proprietary combination of lyrics and policies, personal relationships with characters and political disassembly. Especially since the collides of the Academy are sent to explore quite recently attached lands, and the insidious secret organization “Uroboros” still breaks its conspiratorial networks.
Another thing is that TRAILS OF COLD STEEL III The scale of what is happening noticeably increased. There are only more – actors, dialogues, rollers. One Prologue can take a couple of hours, and even in the first chapter you will tell you long for a long time in the language of “Tutorial”, which is here and what.Not anywhere and battles on furs who pilot our heroes.
Naturally, the question immediately arises: and as a newcomer in all of this? Is it worth it to be familiar with the series from the third part? By and large there is no, it is not worth it – it is better to play the previous ones to get a complete pleasure from what is happening and understand all the links that there are here and to other arches of the series. Although you can try – meetings with old friends inevitably accompanied by explanatory flashbacks. And besides, in the main menu there is a separate section where the events of past releases are described.
Although at the same time it would be an ideal to start acquaintance with the series from TRAILS OF COLD STEEL III. The game not only has grown up, but also noticeably kept outwardly – in the version for Steam, especially. It looks and optimized everything perfectly even on medium settings. Questions may arise except for textures and small detail some locations – it can be seen that this is not the most modern game, although there is nothing cram.
But the characters model are how they are drawn and dressed – no questions cause. This is a very beautiful and fashionable anime, where everything seemed not to fight gathered, but to go for a week of fashion to Paris – Well, or on a casting for costume porn. No reason to have a separate section under suits. Naturally, a big reservoir is associated with flirting and romantic relationships.
In addition, the game has become a spectacular, including thanks to how I mentioned, a huge number of cat-scenes. And dynamic. Gameplayano here everything is familiar – we run, we communicate, we carry out numerous not only the main, but also side quests, orders and orders. There are many missions, almost everything is built on someone or something to find, bring the necessary ingredients, attribute something and so on. But it is still not primitive – the process of finding a cat in a side quest quest, for example, will lead to a meeting with a very colorful girl who will still play a role in history.Cities here are big, on several districts, and, thank God, it works fast movement.
Faster, better, more beautiful!
Automatic pumping characteristics, receiving new ranks;Opening and improving new abilities across the upgrade of the Arsus II pocket phone by master quarters of different strength and applications (new cells are still opening as crystals obtained in battles);running on the flooded chests and enemies to locations, where it is better to get into battle only with those who managed to die from behind;kraft;improving weapons;cooking;fishing;Card mini-game (updated) – everything is in place. There is even the opportunity to pump the case of the Academy. Just all this or else improved and did more. Even built-in acceleration, allowing to ross time in dialogs and rollers, benefited, especially if you play again.
Dynamics increased mainly due to innovations in the combat system. There is now there is no circular menu with a choice of action, everything happens faster and again more convenient. You can skip the animations, and time to scroll. Although at first I don’t want to miss anything – a view from the shoulder, beautiful angles and more elegant animations turn battles in a much more modern spectacle.
Everything will not be easy
Yes, and the mechanics itself of step-by-step range acquired new opportunities. Yes, everything, as before, is built on pumping connections between characters so that they cover each other, and the use of various abilities (from the partitions “Art” and “Kraft”), which we spend some points and types of energy. But this was added a system of orders imposing bonuses (for example, damage or protection) to the entire party. True, they also need to accumulate. In addition, there is an option so much by the enemy in the face that it will be immobilized for a while – this is the damage on it increases, and allows you to constantly carry out joint attacks.
Many veterans of the series such innovations seemed even excessive – they say, it became noticeably easier to play. Especially given the fact that you can now insert a second stone with additional bonuses in the ARSUS II, which will include comrades. Even in the nightmare level of complexity, some problems arise rarely. But here you need to understand that all this is true for the worldwide veterans of the series – less freezed comrades, even more so newcomers, the game is able to challenge and on the “normal”. Especially in fights with bosses that are found very often.
Applying ultimatic skills looks like a mini cartoon.
All in all, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – really very cool and fascinating top-level JRPG, which is hardly compared with the new Final Fantasy VII, But on fascination and accessible features, the 15th “Final”. The game has become larger, dynamic and entertaining. In the PC version, I repeat, it looks even better than the original. True, there are questions for the behavior of the camera during the movement of the character – it is walking in all directions, and the decrease in sensitivity does not have chib. But it can be used to it. But the management of the authors tried to make the most convenient as possible, as far as possible within the framework of the initially more cumbersome in this sense of Japanese RPG.
All connoisseurs of the genre and those who want them to join PC-boyars are simply obliged to try the Steam version The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. Although their choice is special and no, because Final Fantasy VII While comes only on PlayStation 4. Well, we are waiting, of course, the release of the English version of the fourth, the final part of this magnificent series.
Pros: fascinating plot;many different, but always detailed characters worked;honed and very rich on a variety of classic gameplay;more spectacular and dynamic battles;Not the most modern, but still a very pretty picture that has become even more painted in the steam version;In general, an excellent port on PC;Many beautiful wifu;Gorgeous music.
Minuses: In the PC version there are problems with the camera while moving the character;no transfer of saving from past games series.