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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BRYY MILLER
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
This is a fairly old school long-format RPG. Interesting characters, a quaint battle system, and generally familiar-yet-new feelings all around. The humor is great, and the character art is stellar.
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Remdawg_Killionaire
65.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
One of the best JRPGs I've ever played and I've been playing every JRPG since the '90s. I can't recall ever feeling, emotionally, the way this game had me with any other game. HOLY ♥♥♥♥ IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.
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matt32767
128.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
It's funny how easy it is to write a review for games that you didn't enjoy and how hard it is to write them for games you loved. This is a game that I loved!

There was much to enjoy in this game for me from the writing of the main characters, to your traveling companions all the way down to the little wandering townspeople who's dialogue changes with the events of the story you can really tell that a lot of effort was put into the dialogue in this game. It didn't give that feeling of bland lifelessness that many newer games do with their worlds that may be populated with many people, but they all say the same thing or are just simply filler objects with no dialogue whatsoever. To put it simply, I found that I cared about the characters and that is something that is missing from the writing of so many games today.

The story was engaging and filled with humour and suspense that has you pondering the various mysteries that are introduced throughout the plot and are resolved in a way that left me feeling both satisfied and ready to grab the next chapter in the series.

The music wasn't heavely varied but was well placed and helped establish the atmosphere of the many locations you will visit with a few tunes being memorable.

The battle system was fun and allowed for a variety of tactics without getting too bogged down in overcomplicated game mechanics. The battles where fun and seemed to be designed in such a way as to offer a bit of challange without putting the player through the annoyance of having to constantly retry because you weren't using a tactic that was designed for that particular fight. (I'm looking at you FFXIII >:|)

Overall, the game was a long adventure that was filled with wonderful characters that I enjoyed and left me with pleasant memories. I really do recommend this game for people that miss the well thought out RPGs that just don't seem to exist anymore.
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Lance
49.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
For a first game in the series this game left a great impression. It takes a bit to learn the full grit of the battle mechanics but after everything is highly custimizable and rarely gets boring except in boss fights. The story and characters also very much stand out even the NPC. Without spoiling too much the story always kept me tied to the world of this game. A recommendation from me for sure
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Arthorien
132.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is a JRPG through and through, with everything it entails: heavy in dialogue, rich and envolving story, memorable characters, generally involving turn based battles. The game has some awesome soundtrack as well.

This game, for me at least, is a masterpiece and one of the best JRPGs I have played in a long time, it made me think like a bracer myself, to be Estelle in her journey, as she grows and learns how to use orbal arts, how she goes out of her way to explore her country and help its people, and develops her mind and character (that is, if you want to do every single quest in the game and get max bracer points).

I enjoyed it, laughed with it, and cursed it when in nightmare difficulty in a no K.O run. GG, would do it again.
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godzillaisyourdaddy
176.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
Whole heartedly recommend this wonderful game. I was a bit late to the Trails party since I had no idea what they were until I one day decided to just buy it to find out what I was missing. I actually did myself a favor for once and now I am absolutely on board with this fantastic series. This is the first chapter of an excellent story of many emotions, with wonderfully fleshed out characters, solid game play, and of course, the freaking amazing soundtrack, which I bought soon after!

I cannot recommend this game enough to those that enjoy JRPGs. This game is the entry point for one of the greatest games I have played in years. So excited for more of the games to come to Western PC!
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AmbientEDGE
56.9 hrs
Posted: September 22
After endlessly searching for a good jrpg to play, I had a friend recommend this series. Needless to say he has created an insatiable thirst I now have for this entire series. The character and world building do take their time and the story may feel a bit sluggish at times but it's all worth seeing how the pieces to the puzzle fit together.

The gameplay is classic tactics style set in a 3/4 isometric view comprised of both sprites and polygons. It's charming aesthetic lends very well to the gameplay and characters. You will begin to care about the influence each of these characters have on each other and their respective roles within the world itself. Even npcs have their own stories that add another layer of depth to the story for those that are interested.

This game for me was like a fine book I couldn't put down after I began reading. I enjoyed every minute and look forward to the sequels.
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Hoshi THE STAR
8.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
I wonder why there are so many good reviews. Typical tsundere main personage who has nothing special about her is very annoying already from the beginning of the game. The game itself is boring, the dialogues go on forever. The first dialogue that hints this game is nothing special is right at the beginning, at a some kind of underground basement - it is literally too long, too boring and too predictable. The girl just wouldn't shut up and I remember losing patience just trying to skip the talk.
After playing more I lost a will to keep up with the story because the dialogues are too long and they aren't even fun, they get tiring and annoying and you just want to skip the whole talk.
They are literally too much and long and more often than not are just stupid, plain and dry.

Not interesting fights, boring personages, too long and boring story that you get bored of soon enough, plain jokes that are not funny - nothing is epic about this game as people say.

This game has nothing in common with such masterpieces as, for example, Chrono Trigger or Grandia 2. If something is labeled as JRPG don't think you expect a great game. Unless you want something to take your time off and not care for a good story development and fun times. This game wont give you any of this.

TL;DR: If you want deeper and smarter JRPGs to play, avoid this one.

I got this game as a gift and have to say, if I had to spend my own money for this, I would be just sad.
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Atyuialsen
43.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
A Journey

I picked this game up when it was on sale and didn't bother playing it until I heard of the other series Trails of Cold Steel. I decided to take a crack at it and boy it starts slow. There is no fast travel and personally I didn't like the aesthetic. Yet the game did grew on me. I enjoyed the sprites and the music was well done. Coming to a small town and the melody soothes me. The NPCs were all well done too. Each one has a story and when you progress through a major plot point, they have something to talk about. They each have their own daily lives that progress.

The cast of playable characters are amazing and some of their arcs are developed in the second game. The combat is interesting with the orbments to add arts to your characters. Finding out which orbments giving the strongest skills in a blind playthrough is a pleasant surprise!

The game is without a doubt a long game with emphasis on the story and text. Even with its slow beginning, the game does pick up and I would recommend this game for people who enjoy an actual living story.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Wow..this game is awesome. If you ever wanted to play JRPG's on pc, this is great example of one game. The storyline, the character interaction, and music all fit into this game like a great recipe for making a cake. Put together, this game is AAA quality. Not many people like JRPG, but i really enjoy them usually. IF your a fan of the final fantasy games on steam, this one is a definite candidate to get after you play the FF games of course.

Recommended for very fun game, great storylines, nice music, fun battles, and many many hours playing this game..

NOTE: The second part of this game is also avaiable on steam, but im waiting for it to to go on sale.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This is the most JRPGish JRPG you'll ever play.

In a good way.

In the best of ways, actually.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
118.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Lost my steam review virginity to Trails in the Sky. Would lose my virginity again to it. 10/10

Pros
Exceptional writing that grips the player.
Pacing is great.
World feels alive and rich.
Gameplay is solid
Plot twists were unexpected
Soundtrack is enjoyable

Cons
If you hate to read a bunch of text.

Overall, I found this game to be phenomenal. XSeed did a wonderful job in putting it in English and I would highly reccomend this game to any jrpg fan. Sorry Xenogears, their is a new number 1.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Classic RPG feel. The combat system is unique, fun, and not too difficult to get the hang of. The customization of the characters is pretty good. The characters themselves are wonderful, and the dialouge and story are the best things about the game. Definitely sets up the next game, feels more like a long prologue to a much more over-arching story. One of the best RPGs I've played.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game is perfect for those trying to scratch that JRPG itch. It's not too difficult (even on Hard mode), has wonderful story telling, and the graphics have aged...wellish. The combat is tons of fun as well, utilizing tactics in simple encounters and even in boss fights. I think there are times that it can be a little "busy" with all the sidequesting and hidden secrets to find, but that's part of the charm for these kinds of games. Can't wait to play SC!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
ok so currently i am only on chapter 2 but this is a really fun game. this is the first time i've ever played anything from this series. the music is pretty good. story i do enjoy. the move sets and art aka magic is pretty decent. so to give a short thing about it because i am sure there are better reviews out there then mine. its a tactic type game. its very easy to fail in a fight.

if you never have played the game you wouldn't have a clue what the enemies do and when some of the status effects hit you it could spell game over. or if they kill the npcs with you it also spells game over. now one thing that is alright is you get to retry the battle and each time you do that the enemies get weaker. i'm not sure if this is a good thing imo. i think that is maybe the only function i don't like because it makes it too simple if you fail enough. i might be mistaken but it could be for the npcs too because it really doesn't take much to kill them. so maybe in that light i can understand.

anyways this game is worth picking up and i still look forward to finishing it.

edit 1. So after a long run i finally finished the game. there are a total of 4 chapters and it did not disappoint me at all. i won't lie i failed quite a few times since the last post. maybe 10+ times. there were some very challenging fights. the boss fights were freaking amazing. it kept me up on my toes. i know it sounds like i am huge fanboy, but there are just those games that really stand out. this to me is just one of the many titles out there in video game history that deserves more attention then it has. i know not everyone will agree with me and that is fine. I just really liked it. now i am looking at getting the 2nd one to continue the series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
A great game, though not without its faults of course. Specifics as follows:

PROS:
- Fascinating and engaging storyline with very little in the way of plot holes and the like.
- Some of the best dialogue I've ever seen in a JRPG - period. I don't joke when I say the writing puts most of Square Enix's work to shame.
- Outstanding characterization. This game has some of the best developed characters I've seen in an RPG. After about 15 hours of gameplay, you start to feel very close to the characters and you'll smile or feel saddened when they succeed or fail. And it's not just the main protoganists either, but also the supporting cast.
- Gameplay is easy to get into and is fun to play around with.
- Charming art style

CONS:
- Though the dialogue is well written, sometimes conversations can go on a bit TOO long and wind up coming off as padding for the game's running time.
- Occasionally buggy user interface. IE: Sometimes an item's description won't show up in the text box so you wind up wondering what the hell that item does.
- Map design is a bit linear.
- Not a whole lot in terms of extra things to do like mini games or what not. A small gripe.
- The music (most of the time) is mediocre at best and flat out teeth grinding at worst. The tracks play on a very short loop and do not age well after the 20th time you've heard them. The game does have a FEW good tracks though.


Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone, especially if you're a fan of old school style JRPG's. It includes all the tropes one would be used to with the genre and expands it to make something unique. I'm looking forward to starting the sequel, which I purchased immediately following the ending to this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
93.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game took me by surprise, and then kept me occupied for — according to Steam — over 90 hours of playtime. Geez.

It is very, very heavy on dialogue and story in general. I used to think Suikoden V had a slow start, where it took maybe 6 hours for the story to really get going; Trails in the Sky FC easily doubled that time (for me, anyway). But oh man, was it worth it. Character customization for combat is fairly satisfying and gets more interesting as the game progresses, but the actual combat is somewhat slow-paced. This goes from being hard to get used to in the beginning (and adding to the slowness of the intro...), to feeling just right towards the middle and end — where playing strategically and planning your moves really starts to matter.

Ultimately though, where this game shines the brightest is in its likable cast of characters and its world building and overall story-telling. If you're the sort that loves seeing literally every single NPC in the whole chapter update their dialogue after every. single. change in the story... this game is for you! If you enjoy delving into the social interactions of the townspeople and watching them progress as your main story does, you'll likely love this. The only downside to this is, of course, that you'll probably end up doing a LOT of running around and talking to people every time something significant happens. But technically this isn't at all necessary to actually progress the main story.

If you're a completionist, you'll absolutely WANT to do the extra running around and exploring, though: the game is extremely sneaky about hiding items, dialogue and entire side quest chains. On the one hand this could be seen as annoying or frustrating; I certainly did miss a few quests and was bummed about that. But on the other hand, it is immensely rewarding to just accidentally stumble onto an interesting side story or mystery or monster extermination quest when you aren't expecting to.

The game does an amazing job of familiarizing you with its setting — be it its lore and ancient history, or the current political, social and militaristic state of your country (Liberl) and its surrounding nations. The only thing that I've played that comes close to doing this as well as Trails in the Sky is, well, the Suikoden series.

...Speaking of which, a lot of the music in this game reminds me of Suikoden. And aside from maybe a couple somewhat repetitive town tracks, the soundtrack is really, really good. I just wish it was purchaseable DLC on Steam.

TL;DR: Very, very long game. Lots of dialogue. Story is the focus, combat is secondary. Many hidden things. Great music. Very likable characters. Super duper highly recommend! ...Oh and it ends in such a way that you're going to really, badly want more of it. Thankfully the second chapter is on Steam already. :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
One of the best linear RPGs I have ever played: great and unpredictable story that constantly shifts between funny and sad, awesome soundtrack and amazing characters/dialogues <3
Only bad thing about the game is its somewhat slow gameplay=)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
93.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Took me awhile to get into this game. But after a few hours of playing it, I relized this is truly an immersive and wonderful RPG.
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