Hailed as one of the largest, longest and most meticulously detailed turn-based JRPG series of all time, this first chapter in the ongoing Trails saga sets the stage for what's quickly become Ys developer Nihon Falcom's most popular and best-selling franchise in their entire 30+ year history.
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Release Date: Jul 29, 2014

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Modern society owes much to a mystical technology known as “orbal energy.” Fifty years ago, during what’s come to be known as the “Orbal Revolution,” the invention of this technology and the “orbments” developed from it led to a period of rapid human advancement, birthing innovations of all shapes and sizes -- not the least of which was the airliner, or “orbalship” industry. Although the positive impact of this revolution is obvious, every coin has a flipside; for every beneficial device developed with these new materials, so too were advanced weapons and other implements of war. Thus, the land became mired with turmoil, and remains in such a state even now.

Enter, the bracers: an organization established to serve as police and intermediaries alike, holding above all else the peace and safety of the lands under their jurisdiction. Whenever a citizen is in need of assistance, he or she may place a request at the local Bracer Guild -- and be it monster extermination, crime prevention or even peace talks among warring nations, the bracers will do whatever they can to resolve the matter cleanly and efficiently.

Some matters require a gentler touch than others, however. When an orbalship transporting a legendary "S-rank" bracer named Cassius Bright suddenly goes missing, said bracer's daughter, Estelle, and adoptive son, Joshua, must join forces in search of him across the entire Kingdom of Liberl.

And what they find along the way could change both of their lives forever...

Hailed as one of the largest, longest and most meticulously detailed turn-based JRPG series of all time, this first chapter in the ongoing Trails saga sets the stage for what's quickly become Ys developer Nihon Falcom's most popular and best-selling franchise in their entire 30+ year history. Introducing people, places, ideas, events and lore that rival in complexity those of even the most highly-regarded fantasy epics in literature, the care and attention given to each and every NPC, location and historical in-game event is what sets The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky apart from its contemporaries.

Come join Estelle, Joshua, Scherazard, Olivier and the rest of the cast as they uncover the secret underbelly of Liberl in their first 50+ hour masterpiece, and see what Japanese gamers have been raving about for over ten years.

Key Features:

  • The original version of the first chapter in this historical series, featuring strategic turn-based combat with unmatched customization.
  • Over 50 hours of gameplay on average, with countless side-quests, collectibles and secrets to encourage replay.
  • A vast world where every NPC has a name and personality, every town has its own unique politics and economic concerns, and no detail is ever trivial.
  • Support for a wide variety of fullscreen and widescreen resolutions, including true 1080p HD.
  • Fully adjustable controls supporting virtually any USB gamepad, as well as a standard keyboard and mouse setup.
  • Over two dozen unique Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support and Steam Trading Cards featuring gorgeous anime-style art from the franchise's original artists.
  • Numerous updates previously seen only in the handheld version, including:
    - Selectable difficulty level and new game+ features on subsequent playthroughs
    - Full voice-acting during combat
    - "Retry Offset" feature to lower the difficulty of battle with each attempt if desired

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 550 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (64-bit supported)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
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NightK1ng
49.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
first chapter finish!, its time for the second!
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FijiWuiji
40.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Haven't played a JRPG this great since Skies of Arcadia, my personal GOAT. The slow combat is made up for by a decent cast of anime troupe-y characters and solid world building.

It's a game that has lots of small details scattered about. And it's all those little things that make the game so damn charming. NPCs have stories paly out over the course of the game. Treasure chests talk, and they insult you.
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Gryzor
85.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Trails in the Sky is the best JRPG since Chrono Trigger and the most fun I've had with a game in years.

What I appreciate most in RPGs is an accomplished combat system. This one is refined, not overly complicated and turn-based, allowing for entertaining and enjoyable battles. Even grinding doesn't feel like a chore.

At first, I was hesitant about tackling the game, due to its notoriously massive amount of text, but then I found myself enjoying every line of it. The dialogue is just so well written, making the characters truly memorable. Kudos to Xseed for an excellent translation of the game.
I pretty much lost it, when one of the characters decided, it was the right time to quote '80s pop tune "Nothing's gonna stop us now" xD

Trails in the Sky confirms Falcom's status as my favourite developer, after I've also played their amazing Ys series and Nayuta No Kiseki (emulated). I can't wait for Xanadu Next, Ys VIII and anything else Falcom decides to make available on Steam.
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MasterQueeferino
50.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
What a great jrpg... can't believe it was in my list unplayed for so long.. but at least that means i can play the second one right away :)

Pros:
story
music
battle system
characters

cons...that one boss song you hear mostly fighting lesser bosses.... it's just out of place lol

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NightCz
34.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
one of the best JRPG on steam. can't say enough how good this game is. just buy the bloody game and play it for yourself!
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LuckyPockets
70.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
(I've done my best to minimize spoilers - hopefully missing nothing much, I know some of you out there get all emotional about this kind of things :P)

tl;dr - Stop reading and PLAY IT!

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I am, once again, reminded of the fact that I should never judge a book by its cover. Or in a game-oriented way, that Graphics should never be used to judge a game.

See, here's the skinny. At the start of the game (the intro in-game cutscene where you meet the main characters) I thought that the graphics was somewhat kiddish. The character models look like they were made of clay (Hint hint, Celebrity Deathmatch?), and when models state had to change (ie from standing to sitting down on a chair), it was done with a quick fade in and out.

That was where I got snarky. I thought of how low-tech this game was. Was this game gonna be worth the effort?

(In my defence, I was not aware that this was a PSP port of a game at the time.)

Anyway, I perservered on and kept playing. T'was the best decision I would make. It had a large cast of main characters whoses personalities were very well done, an awesome orchestral soundtrack (SILVER WILL!), great humor (which gets better later on), and above all a riveting story to tie it all together.

There are only 3 parts where I will point out as detrimental to a player.

Firstly, if you are a completionist/achievement hunter, this game WILL make you work for them. Personally I have restarted 3 times just to ensure that I would have every achievement in the end. Get a comprehensive guide. (I had 5 browser tabs open just to make sure I collected them all)

Secondly, there are hidden "points" (used as a form of scoring) in the game that you are bound to miss out on, even with a guide. Even so, there also exist other "collectables" (of which there are at least 6 kinds) which are a pain in the butt-ski to find, and missing them will make you hope to The Powers That Be that you made a save beforehand (hence the restarts I've had to do). Think of the previous game that forced you to save with every move you make - this game will Rival that.

Lastly and the most painful of all...

("Drums Please!")
...that this is just one-third of the complete story. That's right, the story ain't over sucka! Once you get sucked into the lore, have fun trying to claw your way out of it. Oh, and just so you know, the third chapter only comes out in 2017, so HAVE FUN SUFFERING WHILE WAITING!

(*Sob, I'm one of them)
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Arch
53.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
I'm a huge JRPG fan and grew up during that golden age, SNES & PS1 era. I've played a ton since then. Some were good, some were meh, but Trails in the Sky is one of the only JRPGs that I REALLY enjoyed since the SNES-PS1 era. It actually feels like a PS1 game, but with crisper graphics. It has everything that I miss about JRPGs, a good slow burning story, great character development, turn based combat, and an amazing soundtrack.
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CLG CervezaSanta
48.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great game took me 48 hours to beat on hard mode first playthrough, probably coming back to get the perfect achievement since I really liked the story.
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steviejw89
147.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Good: Fantastic story - great characters -very cute emotions - fun battle system - decent magic system - lot of wandering - bracer board is meh
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Pig Angel Must Die
24.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
this game so awesome. i very happy buy this game.
good soundtrack, good story, good gameplay, and cute character.

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Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
One of the best JRPG out there available in English. There are already sequels to this so i hope they will be putting it on steam in the future (Like Trails in the Sky SC)

it includes alot of new systems some very unique animation as well as good story plot.

very good game for those who wants to look for a good JRPG. brings back alot of good memories of other old rpgs for me. All JPRG involves grinding, it is what the game is about , you fight, you earn exp then you level up. This game is worth it and has around 50-80 hours of gameplay.

i am glad it made into Western market so more people will know about JRPG

Too bad casuals who only play CAWADOOTY are trying to give it a bad score. Great soundtrack, great battle system, great storyline.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
If you don't like reading, stop. Don't buy it.

This game is really good, the story, characters and gameplay are pristine for a game of this type. But it is a real warning, if you only like RPGs cause the acting and dialogue spoken to you, this game is not for you. It would be interesting to compare the quantity of reading you'll have to do in this game with a real book.

If you are interested in this game take into consideration that the story is split between this game and the second one. After I finish this game I couldn't wait for the translation of the 2nd part to be out. At the moment, I'm playing part 2 and it just gets better, it's looks the same but it seems more polished at least in combat mechanics.

A definite buy if you like SNES era RPGs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This is some real good ♥♥♥♥
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
97.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
One of the best JRPG I've ever played for its gameplay, music, story, heck, every single aspect of it!
If you fancy yourself JRPG game, absolutely get this!
Worth every cent of its price!

Oh, have I mentioned that there are 3 parts of the game?
Yes, there are 3 parts: First Chapter, Second Chapter, and the last Third Chapter.
As I'm writing this review, currently 2 parts are already released on Steam: First Chapter and Second Chapter.
And I'm telling you now as I've finished both of them, the story is just brilliant!
Can't wait for the Third Chapter to be released!
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BAH, enough babbling, just buy it, no regrets!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Great game took me 48 hours to beat on hard mode first playthrough, probably coming back to get the perfect achievement since I really liked the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Whilst I could nitpick combat and abilities, which I think are simple yet laid out in a very confusing way (ay least at first), this is one of the greatest JRPG I have played. Reason? The story, plain and simple. Whilst it's well written (congrats to the loc team, they did a great job), it is quite mature and doesn't use any of the usual plot points expected from JRPG/Anime these days. Character development is great (everyone has several sides to their personal story), the personal story of the main protagonists is part of the drive to play more even if the actual story plot is about "saving the day". Now since this is only the first chapter, and the game ends on quite the revelations with a cliff-hanger, I don't think I'll wait too long to get the second chapter!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
203.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The legend of heroes isn't action packed, or fast paced. It isn't particularly innovative either. Where this game shines is in the well-paced an believable character growth, and the attention to every small detail in it's many superbly written stories within the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Great game with a lot of dialog, npc's who actually have something interesting to say, fun skill system and a massive amount of plot twists. The MC's are very likeable, and eventhough there is no audio dialog, the text alone will give you enough LOL's.

Battle system might be a little slow, though. Spells are a lot stronger than melee, and bossfights can take a very long time (esspecially the last one). Nonetheless a great game. So please press the purchase button, so they can make an entire series of this game until the day I die.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Great story+ Soundtrack...Definitely worth playing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
It's very 90th japanese anime oriented storyline. There's a lot of text & very well optimized for today PC. The battle difficulty is a bit harder than the popular JRPG.

The battle system is very slow, but require common sense & proper strategy.
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