If you are on the fence about investing in the Trails series, it’s time to make the decision to dive in. I’m just under 70 hours in with The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, and hope to have the full review soon. I’d wager I’m 10-15 hours to the end of the direct sequel to last year’s wonderful game. Maybe.

The series as a whole (both Sky and Cold Steel, released in the West) truly is quite good, and worth checking out for fans of JRPGs. Cold Steel II is not without its faults which I’ll address at a later time. But just in case you forgot today’s the release date, here’s your reminder to sink your teeth in. Don’t forget it’s a direct sequel, so play the first one if you haven’t! Or start with Trails in the Sky FC, then SC.

In the meanwhile, here’s a song to get you fired up (but if you’re playing, you probably already are):