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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Wraith
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Chrono Trigger all over again!
You can't go wrong with this game
10/10 so far...
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Karma
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Tbh, Final fantasy tactic combat system doesnt quite suit my taste and the battle are a bit tedious (no random encounter though). I'm here for the great soundtrack and story rich tags.
And finally I was able to find the Japanese voice patch and enjoy the game in my weaboo mode.
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z3r0th
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is a game that I played years ago and am willing to come back to play again. Seeing it being published on Steam really excited me as I finally could make a collection of the series as more and more episodes are translated to English.

The game content is comprehensive yet easy to master even though I did crack my head in the magics combination when I played it last time though. The storyline of the game is just unforgettable, I am simply attracted to it.

All in all, a nice game to play and hope to see more episodes coming. Definitely love to see them.
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HoneydewGlorious
( 55.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Firstly: HNNNNGHHH

With that abridged ♥♥♥♥♥♥ic moan, I will begin by saying that this is a game series everybody needs to play. With tears in my eyes, I say that if you call yourself a writer, an rpg fanatic, an artist, a cartoonist or an aspiring game designer, play this game. I say that this is a perfect game. I couldn't possibly go into enough detail to portray exactly how perfect this game is, or how many hours straight I've played this game, the weekends claimed by just this game. The Art? Fanatasic. The Music? Virtuosic. The (Story)Plot? Detailed. The Charcters? Ho, man. Perfect are they. And then there's the love. The effort that went into the creation of this masterpiece. The minutia.

Play it. That's all I have to say. Play it, and bask in the face of the perfect JRPG.
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D'Neverend
( 52.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
There is a ton of dialogue......... but it is an excellent story which made me smile, get a little teary, laugh out loud,chuckle and say the words "No way!!!" at a couple of the twists. The gameplay is interesting and enjoyable, side quests are fun and satisfying, the characters are well developed and it's replayable and there's a sequel and and and..........etc.

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zarof
( 70.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
the story in this game is fantastic and the gamplay is fun as well, throwing its own spin on classic functions. overall i would rate this game very well.
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Mitosis
( 62.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I played the first ~20 hours of this game and put it down for several weeks. It definitely starts slow. This game puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into world-building, and before you're invested in the world, it's difficult for it to get its hooks into you too deep.

That said, when I picked it back up again, the remaining 40 hours of game went by in the next week and a half. I eventually gained an appreciation for the world and the plot picked up enough to carry me through. The combat also opened itself up enough from its relatively limited early stages to make for more satisfying battles and customization, though it never gets too complicated.

The end of the game is excellent, and while it ends on a cliffhanger, it's one that you can resolve immediately by playing the sequel -- a game you'll enjoy more thanks to its direct continuation of the story and the fact that you've already "paid" for the extensive world- and character-building.
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MrNiceness
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Why is my present a BOY?!?!?
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Sedres
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Take the thumbs up iwht a pinch of salt. The game is ok, but nothing special. I'm 6 hours in, but it feels like a lot longer than that, and not in a good way.

The tediousness of play comes down to things like unnessesary back-tracking, forced into fights against weak enemies that can't even hurt you, and the cost of getting caught off-guard (as opposed to apre-emptive fight) is fighting more enemies. I only really get caught off-guard when I'm trying to rush through, because the fights are boring, so being made to fight more enemies exacerbates this problem.

If you're a super hardcore JRPG fan, you might enjoy it more than me.
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Mr Fluffigtröv
( 56.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I want to start of this review with a simple message: BUY. THIS. GAME.
The characters are great, the gameplay is good and the story is interesting but a bit slow in the start.
I do like the second chapter more than this one but this one is still one of my favorite games EVER. Do yourself a favor and buy both chapters now.
Just be prepared: the chests in this game are VERY judgemental.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Classic RPG remake with touching storyline with lots of twists. Played the game mostly for the story. It's practically impossible to complete the game perfectly within a single playthrough with monster book filled (conflicts with getting perfect BP). The combat is not to my liking though. At points in time I feel that fighting encounters is really a bother as it's time costly with large group spawns.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A fun romp through an intersting world full of well-realized characters and a semi-brilliant ditz well on her way to growing up in the shadow of her father-- then pulling off stunts he'd never have dreamed of.

Yes, Joshua is the prettiest princess, and no, they didn't muck up the port from Playstation Portable.

Technically, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (not going to shorten it, Steam will throw a fit) is a competent piece of work, with some minor issues if your video card isn't exactly up to you running around places it hasn't quite had time to load up. It has a distaste for onboard video in spots unless you voluntarily cap the framerate, but even at that issues are few and far between.

Aesthetically, it works-- the environments are fully realized, and you can poke your noses into every nook and cranny. For a game of its age the modeling and textures in the environment are pretty good-- but I think they could have done a bit better ina few spots. The characters are done in a high-rez Chibi style that does suit them and allows for little bits of animation that makes them seem like they actually exist in the environment and have weight.

Mechanically, it does pertty well for itself, which little changed from the original PSP release-- grid-based movement that doesn't need to be micromanaged-- just point the the critter you want dead, and the AI can take care of the rest.

Controls take some getting used to, and I recommend strongly you take a few precious minutes out of your return deadline to familiarize yourself with them in the config tool. If they're not to your liking, you can change them *there* and NOT in-game.

Overall, it's good for a score of 90 here, for well-written and crafted characters and narrative alongside hours upon hours of side missions, hunting for chests, and all other manner of distractions. the rest of it is mostly present, and serves to get the story across. Lots of progression both in terms of mechanics and the world itself. Choices can mean the difference between getting your but kicked halfway across the continent and maybe not having to fight at all on some occasions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvvNW_1ignY

Yes, I'm a bit rambly in these new longer videos. Without a script to read from, I have to rely on memory and notes, which are stored in no particular order.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Awesome game that sets up an even better game! Fun characters, lighthearted plot, tons of sidequests, an interesting but not complex battle system, and RPG character development that is balanced enough to keep the game interesting while opening up a variety of ways to make your characters OP.

Also this is a prerequisite to play the next game, SC.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is packed with story and character development along with some solid gameplay. If you don't care about story, this is not the game for you, there will be LOTS of reading. However if you are like me and enjoy a good story and some strong character development you will really enjoy this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
If you are a fan of story-rich JRPGs, this is a must! It's flown under a lot of people's radar and I can't see why. Whilst the story is very much the first installment in a series and somewhat slow to start, the characters are all very likeable, especially our two main heroes.

As for combat, it uses a grid-based system in conjunction with a lot of turn-based norms. There's a lot to be familiar with and lot of new things to discover as well. There is also a lot of customization options with the orbment system, but for those intimidated by complexity, the game has an easy mode you can play to take some of the pressure off, but it still keeps you on your toes.

Overall, brilliant experience. I'd reccommend it to anyone who considers themself a fan of RPGs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I played the first ~20 hours of this game and put it down for several weeks. It definitely starts slow. This game puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into world-building, and before you're invested in the world, it's difficult for it to get its hooks into you too deep.

That said, when I picked it back up again, the remaining 40 hours of game went by in the next week and a half. I eventually gained an appreciation for the world and the plot picked up enough to carry me through. The combat also opened itself up enough from its relatively limited early stages to make for more satisfying battles and customization, though it never gets too complicated.

The end of the game is excellent, and while it ends on a cliffhanger, it's one that you can resolve immediately by playing the sequel -- a game you'll enjoy more thanks to its direct continuation of the story and the fact that you've already "paid" for the extensive world- and character-building.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Excellent game!

Okay so I have run into quite a few of my friends having issues starting this game up. Upon launching this game it simply doesn't launch and Tech Support for this game... Well they are monkey's throwing $%@% at the wall. SO heres how I found to fix it for all of you interested in this game if you are having this issue.

Open steam - Go to Library and Choose the Configuration Mode by Right Clicking the game in the Library, and Click on Configuration Mode. Next go to SAVE FILE. From Save File, Delete the EXACT "Folder" you are in. Should be called Exec or something like that. Bam! Presto! Launch game.

May need to resize, couple errors with 1080, would recommend above or below that setting. Laters.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Good game. Really slow at the beginning.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Amazing game. Storytelling, character development, classic turn-based combat, beautiful soundtrack, everything you would expect from a high quality JRPG. The graphics may be a little outdated, since it was first released in 2004 in Japan, but even so the artwork is gorgeous, the enviroments are highly detailed, and XSEED put a ton of effort to make it looks even better at 1080p.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Take the thumbs up iwht a pinch of salt. The game is ok, but nothing special. I'm 6 hours in, but it feels like a lot longer than that, and not in a good way.

The tediousness of play comes down to things like unnessesary back-tracking, forced into fights against weak enemies that can't even hurt you, and the cost of getting caught off-guard (as opposed to apre-emptive fight) is fighting more enemies. I only really get caught off-guard when I'm trying to rush through, because the fights are boring, so being made to fight more enemies exacerbates this problem.

If you're a super hardcore JRPG fan, you might enjoy it more than me.
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