Nihon Falcom Corporation
Aksys Games and Nihon Falcom have announced that we’ll be getting Tokyo Xanadu on the PS Vita this year! This action RPG will be available either digitally or in a Limited Edition physical bundle that will include the game and some cool bonus you can check below!
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure is a release based on the original release for the PSP. This classic from developer Nihon Falcom and publisher Mastiff has now found a new home on the Nintendo 3DS, giving us a faithful port that makes excellent use of the portable’s 3D effect to make everything pop. Want to learn more about this outstanding portable action game? The read our Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure review!
XSEED Games got in touch with us to announce that they’ve narrowed down a release date for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita… and that date is September 6! That’s right, in less than 3 weeks you’ll be playing the sequel to one of the best available PS3 and Vita RPG.
This is a review for the European version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. The content of both European and American version of this game are exactly the same, and for a second opinion you can check our double-review feature for the North American version that is available right here.
Trails of Cold Steel is the latest in the Legend of Heroes subseries of games called Trails franchise, a series created by Nihon Falcom that dates all the way back to as early as 1989 when the original Legend of Heroes game came out in Japan. Since then there has been a steady stream of games from the series, particularly in the last decade. Trails of Cold Steel (ToCS) is the latest one to make the jump to the west. Originally released in September of 2013 in Japan, the translated version that released in late December in North America finally comes to Europe by way of NIS America!
In all honesty, before doing this review, my knowledge of the Trails series was limited only to Trails in the Sky, which was released on PC back in 2014 (originally released in Japan in 2004). Though I only came across it in passing, it did, however, have a name that stuck with me only because it becomes a very interesting game ever when you use its Acronym as you giggle like a school boy. But enough of that, it is time to play Trails of Cold Steel!
Yesterday, Ceidz and I reviewed Trails of Cold Steel and loved it! We thought that if you were still on the fence and hadn’t decided if you wanted to play this game, you might like to get to know more about the characters’ background information! Are you ready?
Note: This is a spoiler-free post.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a new Japanese-RPG from Nihon Falcom and has been localized by XSEED, the same studio who gave us the excellent Action-RPG Ys series, and who also released Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter just a few weeks ago.
Trails games usually come in trilogies, and this is also the case for the game we’re about to review. Cold Steel is the first in this new trilogy, and thankfully the localization for Cold Steel II has already been confirmed. Cold Steel III production has just begun in Japan, which is great news, but that means it will take at least another year before we see it. It is also worth noting that any The Legend of Heroes sub-series can be played in any order (Trails in the Sky is one story, Trails of Cold Steel is another one) so you won’t miss out on any details by starting one before the other!
This is my first Double Review, and I was pretty excited to do it for a game like Trails of Cold Steel which I’ve been waiting for a while now. If you like long JRPGs, then sit back and enjoy this review!
[PSP/Vita JRPG Review] Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter is one of the BEST RPGs in the PSP/Vita Library!November 17, 2015 | Ceidz
Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter is the direct sequel to Trails in the Sky, which released on the PSP in 2011. It follows the story of Estelle, Joshua and the friends they made during the previous game. This game was developed by Nihon Falcom (creators of the very good Ys: Memories of Celceta, along with many other awesome games) and was localized by XSEED Games.
Brandish: The Dark Revenant is a remake of Brandish, a game that was released on the SNES back in 1995. This remake was made by XSEED and Nihon Falcom and features full 3D graphics, and a few new floors to discover. Surprisingly, this title was released to the PSP so it might be one of the last releases we’ll ever see on that console and has full compatibility with the PS Vita.
Vittoria: A medieval kingdom banished deep underground a thousand years ago, brought down by the hubris of its ruler upon the slaying of a god. Lost and forgotten, a new kingdom was built upon the empty hills that mark its grave — but its ruins are still populated by the vengeful, twisted spirits of its once-proud people, and whosoever falls into these depths is most certainly doomed to suffer a torturous demise at their hands.
Bounty hunter Ares, however, is not quite so willing to accept this fate. In this reimagining of a golden era classic, Ares must work his way up to freedom through over 40 floors of unimaginable danger while his archrival, Dela — a powerful sorceress who fell into the ruins with him — is hot on his tail.
Solve brain-busting puzzles, battle unique enemies and forge ever onward in this contemporary dungeon-crawling action RPG from the makers of Ys and The Legend of Heroes!