WTMG's Leo Faria: "Your enjoyment of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will directly depend on whether or not you’ve played the previous games in this gigantic franchise. If so, then you’ll actually understand what’s going on and will have a great time with this stupidly detailed story. If not, you’ll either going to love it for its excellent combat system or feel completely clueless as to what’s happening. This is a bold game made specifically to appease to fans of its predecessors. I can’t help but give Falcom kudos for making such a newcomer-unfriendly yet absolutely captivating JRPG with the single largest roster of characters I have ever seen in my life."