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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Switch Retail) Large510

Developed by Nihon Falcom Games and published by NIS America, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is the final game in the Erabonian storyline in the long-running series and has been highly anticipated by fans, but does the game deliver the quality that fans have come to expect? We think so and here's why:

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In-terms of story and gameplay, Trails of Cold Steel IV picks up where the third game left off, and while it doesn't immediately get you into the meat of the gameplay, it does quickly recap what happened at the end of ToCS III, just in more detail. Once you do gain control you'll quickly notice that the battles are a good deal more challenging this time around with orders taking a massive drop in efficacy, but aside from that most of the changes in gameplay are pretty minimal outside of the new minigames and few new features that were added in this game.

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The game is quite the beast in-terms of length as well, clocking in at between 100 and 150 hours to beat even on the easiest difficulty. The game has a host of missables as usual which can make earning the platinum trophy quite difficult to obtain without some sort of assistance, such as a guide or walkthrough. The controls in the game are intuitive and easy to learn if you're a newcomer, though we highly recommend playing the games in order to avoid spoilers.

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The audiovisual presentation is absolutely breathtaking as the visuals have seen a increase in detail and the cutscenes in particular look amazing with higher quality special effects than the previous game possessed. The new locations are quite enjoyable and look a good deal better than the returning locations, which still look great and the characters new looks are quite fantastic!

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The soundtrack also is one of the best in video game history in our honest opinions, it easily has the best soundtrack we've heard since ToCS II and possibly even eclipses the soundtrack of the original Xenoblade Chronicles!

The Switch Difference:

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There are a few noteworthy differences between the PS4 and Switch versions of Trails of Cold Steel IV. The first is obviously the portability allowing players to play on the go which is always a great feature no-doubt, however that's the only positive difference. The game is surprisingly harsh on the analog sticks on the Switch Lite so we'd imagine it might spell doom for any Joycon controlers on a standard Switch Model. The second issue is a significant downgrade in the graphics which felt much closer to those seen in the first two Trails of Cold Steel games, which while not terrible, feels like a big step backwards. And the last issue are frame-rates that occasionally drop below 20 FPS with more frequent drops to around 25 FPS which REALLY hurts the game's audiovisual rating.

Bottom-Line: With challenging yet amazing gameplay with a ton of content, excellent story, and a fully portable experience if desired, JRPG fans and fans of RPG's in-general will certainly fall in love with this charming and epic role-playing game. The only downside is that the audiovisual presentation has taken a HUGE hit on the limited power of the Switch hardware. Overall we give the game a good to great recommendation to all Switch owners who love a great JRPG!

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Score: ★★★★★★★★¾☆ 8.75/10

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Towafan7
@KokorOtaku @NintendoPuristForever @BurstDashV8 You have been summoned! Goomba Flunky cat Grimace Hmm WTF Displeasure Who knows? Alternative Facepalm Alternative Thumb's- Getting food / eatin Alternative Hello Getting Sleepy Alternative Evil

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Zatchbell
This is a hard sell, but the portability is always something I enjoy, however not at the cost of game stability. confused

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Aqua Cherry Blossom
Class VII Squeee! Nice review and a well-deserved score! Laughing

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Kain
A shame the Switch port doesn't run smoothly, but it still sounds like is's a great game even with the technical issues. Cool

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Staroceancrazy
Awesome review as expected @Towafan7 Exclamation

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Talesfanatic
This game is amazing!

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KokorOtaku
I’m really hoping CS I and II get localized on Switch but that seems unlikely, but I want to play them in order and I already bought III

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catfood
@KokorOtaku It's not gonna happen as Xseed don't release much on Nintendo hardware aside from Story of Seasons. cat

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Towafan7
You guys ROCK! Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Switch Retail) 200.gif?cid=c38ef77e11xs0n0kx0f3fymbp91oh7ggxqi114zspsdyy847&rid=200

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Sonic The Hodgepodge
@KokorOtaku I hope so as well. Alternative Thumb's-
Sonic The Hodgepodge
Also @Towafan7 it isn't a big deal, but you might want to add the second "L" in controller. Other than that one small typo, your review was damn good! Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (Switch Retail) 200.gif?cid=c38ef77e3611t8zcv4ueyui412m9rvul68hf1bpnbfwp6u74&rid=200

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Himawari Chan
Awesome review! Smile
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