PS4 Port Report: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel


One of the best JRPGs in Recent Time Better Than Ever!

It's been over three years since one of the best JRPGs of recent time reached North America, which my former colleague and friend Sal reviewed at the time as well. A year and a half later, the game hit Steam supporting 4K/resolution as well as 60 fps, a Turbo Mode, which increases the speed of the game by quadruple the speed, and the option to play with the original Japanese voices and text (which was added late last year) and approximately 50% added lines of English voice-overs. It was a great PC port that offered various settings, even the ability to change the field of view. 

Then during 2018, both the first and second game was announced to release in PS4, with special physical editions called the "Decisive Edition", releasing with beautiful steel cases as well as the game's soundtrack. Personally, if you have a beefy PC, I would recommend the PC version unless you want to own the beautiful special editions for your collection. While the PS4 version is great, the PC version is better due to having more customization options. However, if you're a console-only gamer, then definitely pick up the game as it's worth the upgrade. Unfortunately, I only have the game digitally, so I can't speak too much about the Decisive Edition edition, but it looks great.

While this impression will primarily focus on the PS4 version, I had the same experience with the PC version as well, so if you're undecided, feel free to pick the best version to your convenience. One of my favorite features in the game in Turbo Mode. As someone who has already beat the game, and just wants to appreciate the improved gameplay, Turbo mode has helped a lot to go through some of the easier parts of the game that I didn't want to waste my time on, mostly during the beginning of the game.

Playing the game in Japanese was a new and enjoyable experience for me, especially as someone who usually plays JRPGs in Japanese, minus Kingdom Hearts as I don't like Disney characters in Japanese. Though, I did play the PS3 version in Japanese for a few hours when it was free via their PlayStation Plus service back in 2013. However, the English dub of the game is still great so you'll have a great time either way. As for the game's performance, I haven't experienced any drips and the game experience is definitely enjoyable at 60 fps, as any game should. 

If you're totally new to the series and want to know why it's great, then make sure to read our initial review of the game, which received an 8.5 

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