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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NightCz
34.9 hrs on record
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 on record
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 on record
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 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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steviejw89
147.2 hrs on record
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 on record
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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Enlocke
66.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Olivier/10
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mu@
169.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
It's okay...
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raJor
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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Faschmer
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I love this game! It has fun and snarky dialogue, cute characters, an actual plot and an "epic" quest. It reminds me of rune factory and maybe pokemon, except you get to "kill" the monsters and you don't have to do farm work (only 1 quest). Saving the game often is key to success, especially if you are an achievement junkie. All in all I like this game, and I will definitely try the sequel as well, however downside:

- They make a huge deal out of introducing rest stops, where you can rest in dungeons and get all your health back. There are maybe 5 or 6 of these in the entire game o0 Totally worthless, better of with food and healing salves.
- Supposedly the lamp posts along the road are for keeping monsters away, lies! monsters are in the road constantly. So if you are in a rush and don't want to fight every single thing in the forest zig zag!
- If you don't sell sepiths you'll be broke for a long time. For the first couple of chapters the mira (money) rewards are really low, and buying gear takes a long time.
- The prices for stuff is way out there, salves are hideously expensive and most of your reward money will probably be spent on healing.
- The maps in the game are annoying and for the most part useless. You'll be getting lost a lot!
- The quartz are really badly explained, even if you put the same quarts on each of your team members they'll not have the same art abilities or the same stats on their art abilities.
- camera rotating, not a success.

Upside:
- The cooking in the game is cool, eating stuff gives you the recipe. And a lot of monsters drop ingredients.
- Sit down meals are a cool concept making you feel like you are in SAO :P Heals your entire group.
- You can finish a quest before picking it up, which is nice. If you kill a roadside monster, before you pick up the quest no problem. Pick up quest and turn it in straight away.
- Most of the cut scenes are actually interesting.
- A lot of different accessories and stuff
- You can actually read the books you pick up, which is always cool.
- Unlimited bag space, you can carry anything around!
- Quarts system and the battle system is well thought out.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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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
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
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
147.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This is a story heavy JRPG with a focus on character development. The game starts off slow and it takes it's times to develop the characters. If you enjoy a game with an emphasis on character development, I think this is one of the best I have ever played.
The combat is tun-based on a grid system. The system has quite a lot of depth due to turn-order bonuses, the ability to manipulate turn-order, and the ability to change character positions on the grid. Your characters abilities are determined by what quartz you put in each character's quartz grid. The game is very open with information, giving you all the quartz requirements for spells at the start of the game in the bracer notebook.
The music is pretty good, but its Falcom good music is what they do best.
I think the biggest complaint I had in my first playthrough was that the game was too easy. After you beat the game once you can play on higher difficulties.
Also if you want to complete a perfect run, save often because it is really easy to miss things.
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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
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
What quite a number of people don't realize is that this game was originally released 2004 for the PSP and only made it's way to the west a couple of years ago. This is a game that was created during a time when RPG storytelling and combat was a fair bit slower paced and relaxed. It was also made by a company (Nihon Falcom) that's renowed for their dedication to old school JRPGs. Despite or even perhaps due to it's age i feel that it matches quite well with a number of games out there. If you're looking for a game to invest time with good story and a comparitively unique combat system (during 2004 anyway) then this a game you should consider.


For those who like the game but seek faster paced and more intuitive combat and possess either a PsVita or PS3 i'd recommend Sen no Kiseki. AKA Trails of Cold Steel. it's a mix of Trails in the Sky's general combat system with a more advanced version of Fire Emblem Awakening's link system and Persona series social links.
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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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