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.
User reviews: Very Positive (715 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 2 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Wow. Just, wow. Do you like generic RPGs? Cliche as hell all the way through? Do you like a bunch of quirky characters fitting your typical mold? From quiet brave boy, to tsundere girl and perverted bard? We got you covered today!

Now, what if I told you you get all the typical RPG delights, and the game is actually good? Then you're in for a treat.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is fantastic if you want your JRPG goodness done right. Nothing new, nothing special, just good quality entertainment to be found. Can't recommend any more than this. Please buy it so we can get the whole trilogy in the US.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
126.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I play games for a few reasons, but first and foremost, I play a game for its story. A game with a poor story can't be saved by amazing graphics or awesome gameplay. However, if the story is good enough, I can forgive a lot.

Trails in the Sky may not have the best plot in RPG history, but it more than makes up for that with incredibly strong writing. The dialogue is amazing and each character gets several moments to shine; the main protagonist especially is incredibly fun.

The combat system is really interesting; the orbment system superficially resembles FF7's materia system, but it works really differently in ways that make the game a lot more strategic. The actual fights are most similar to FFX, with some really cool wrinkles.

The soundtrack is amazing, the controls are great, either with a mouse or a control pad and the graphics, while dated, still really work.

This is the first half of a duology; it's already one of my favorite games and from what I've heard, the sequel is EVEN BETTER. If you like or even tolerate JRPGs, you should definitely give this game a shot. It's really really good.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Typically, I'm not a big fan of JRPGs, since I consider Dragon Warrior 8 and Final Fantasy X the last major JRPGs with any likable characters, cohesive plot and fun gameplay (with the exception of Fire Emblem: Awakening, and that's not really a pure JRPG). Sure, I'll sometimes play The Last Remnant or something along those lines for its gameplay, but I haven't met a JRPG since the PS2 days that nailed down my (admittedly subjective) three characteristics of an all-around good game (story, characters and gemplay).

So believe me when I say that I was extremely surprise by Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, especially given the old-school style of it. I think 'heartwarmingly whimsical' describes the tone of the game best, even at its 'to be continued' conclusion. It's a shame this game doesn't have more attention, because it certainly deserves it, and I can't wait for the second chapter to come out (hopefully by the end of this year, as planned)
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
54.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I always have the most difficulty talking about a game I am completely enamored with, but The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is one of the best games I've played. I have only played a handful of JRPGs such as Valkyria Chronicles, another of my favorites (most of which, including LoH aren't traditional JRPGs) however the appeal of this game, along with the likes of Valkyria Chronicles, is the connection to the characters, supported by a terrific battle system that emphasizes strategy and preparation.

What makes this game special, for me, is the dialogue and the characters. So much care and thought is put into the writing and the cadence of the dialogue, that it really reads like a comic or a manga where, even though you read the dialogue, the intonations of the characters come across to make them real people with values, strengths and weaknesses, and not simply there to move things along.

LoH takes its time, as well it should.

Too often, things are thrust into an "end of the world" scenario in video games that compels a forward momentum with the main quest, but LoH meanders. It is a tale about the journey, and not so much the final boss battle, to the point that the game is more than the sum of its mechanics. This is rare, in a video game, I think. Lesser games use the story as window-dressing for its mechanics, but things like putting on the school play, while little more than "cutscenes" are given weight and gravitas that it is clear, to me, that the developers consider it just as important as the battle system.

The battle system, too, is a lot of fun and while I don't have much to say about it, I do like the balance it achieves in terms of giving each character its own style, while still allowing a certain degree of customization with the Orbment system.

I'm reiterating myself, but the meat is in the writing, and there is always the impression that Estelle & Co. are making their own personal journies within the greater macrocosm of a mysterious political world that is shifting with tectonic unease... pieces on the board are moving, and the beauty is being able to step inside the shoes of Estelle's perspective (who is really the main character, at least of this chapter), and be lost, grappling with the pieces of the puzzle.

A balancing of the microcosmic, personal concerns with the larger, political and altruistic values is something that LoH manages to achieve, to the point that the game feels... well, like a full course meal.

This is food for the soul, you could say.

From the technical perspective, the music is terrific and enhances the atmosphere and connection to the diegesis. I had a few CTDs when I first installed, but IIRC, there was a patch and since then I have had no problems in my 55 hrs with the game.

10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I have played the game 8 years ago when I was a boy. Though I played it in chinese version( I don' t even know why there was chinese version at that time). But this time I'm playing in HD and English. The story doesn't change. But the change is mine. An old game and an old me now. I wonder what can I gain by play this again. Maybe just memory of my former self or the memory with this game 8 years ago.
Whatever, thanks Xseed to renovate this game for me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
So far, so good. Really like the customization system as well as the food aspect. The story leaves something to be desired and at times it can feel like you're talking for far too long about things that are totally irrelevant. Overall, it's proving to be a challenging, enjoyable gameplay experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
For those who want some nostalgia factor, Trails in the Sky is a winner. While the game only represents the first chapter of what had turned into one of Nihon Falcom's most ambitious projects at the time, the game itself is solid.

The storyline is very well written and the dialogue feels far more natural between the characters than your standard JRPG fare. Unlike the standard JRPG cliché of a bunch of kids saving the world while the adults are useless, it becomes clear that they are in over their heads and are simply treading water. Also, the adults in the game are far from useless, as it becomes clear that while Estelle and Joshua, out heroes, have been busy, several of the adults in the game are busy in the background, or actually fighting.

Each of the characters has their own personality quirks and their dialogue is much more natural seeming than is typical in most JRPGs. The NPCs are even more interesting in some respects, mostly because each NPC, regardless of their importance to the plot, have names and quirky personalities at times. This level of detail gives the storyline much more depth than you would expect and the amount of dialogue is MASSIVE. (no wonder the release was delayed by several months).

The combat system forces you to think more tactically, learning the weaknesses of your enemies and exploiting them, using your character's strengths wisely and covering their weaknesses. Also, the magic system, while not as intuitive as some, is very customizable and gives you a large number of options, as well as using character specific skills.

It is repetitive at times, to the point where you will find yourself avoiding combat to get past the monotony due to eventually being too overpowered. At other times, it is extremely frustrating (one boss has an achievement for beating just because he is that difficult and the plot continues regardless of whether you win or not) due to how turn orders work.

As to sidequests, this game massively averts JRPG convention by having a large number of them. All of them are event linked, some are hidden and you have to find, and all of them have time durations on them. Short time quests must be completed before the next plot event, medium duration ones can last for a good while and long duration ones must be completed before the end of the chapter. These quests are responsible for about a third of the time you will spend on the game, if not longer and it is very easy to miss some (have fun finding them 100% completionists).

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to go back to it and do a replay in New Game +
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I'm only 2 hours in to the game as of this review, will update later but so far..

I'm loving the character interactions. Estelle and Joshua are very likable characters.
That alone makes this game insanely enjoyable. An RPG with actual character development is rare these days.

The soundtrack is pretty good as well.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Falcom comes home, shop around for lowest price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Just finished this I havent played an JRPG in a long while and I MUst say I only hope they realse the second chapter on PC im hooked this games has A very good story I will definatly recoomend this game. Theres alot of traveling to be done and the game starts of slow but it is also very long and Picks up they are currently Only 4 chapters and proluge Its about 60 hours of gameplay I skipped the side Quest so it even longer than that
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is pure awesomeness. The story, the battle, the world, only reason not to play it is if you do you will be super impatient waiting for the second chapter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Easily the best RPG I have played in a long time. The combat is great fun on its own, but the plot and characters will keep you playing this game attentively right until the end. Buy this game, play it, love it, and pray the second chapter english localization comes out soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I already owned this on PSP, it's great that this fantastic game came to steam as well. SImply put it's one of the greatest JRPGs ever made and stands as a paragon of the genre. The game is very long and expansive, but it never feels like a chore and it has charm in spades. On top of that, its soundtrack is absolutely incredible and its battle system is different enough from the typical turn based formula to feel unique. All in all a fantastic game. 10/10 would recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
187.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is the first RPG I have played in so long that has kept my interest...Love the characters. The battle system at least for me took so time to figure out with the orbament system but once I got the hang of it I liked it. Grinding is actually not so bad either as most of the time you are doing a quest that gives you more depth on the characters. Buy this game please so we can get the sequel!!!! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I bought this without knowing anything about it but it's pretty damn incredible. Great story/characters, an amazing world and combat that stays engaging throughout. Not really original in any way, but even story beats you've seen in other games are done exceptionally well. Special mention goes to the localization and dialog, which is just all around terrific and avoids a lot of the stilted boring dialog that populates other RPGs.

Kloe is best. Where is the sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
First review here so please be gentle senpai :-)

ok so what did I like about this game? First it has a rock solid story which gets more and more interesting as you advance. Side quest are pretty interesting and you'll not feel like the town lackey for once, investigation, some monster slaying it all feels pretty natural and you can miss most of them if you try to steamroll through the main story. Characters design while a tad stereotypical ( read classic shounen manga ) works really well and you'll quickly grow fond of them.

What I don't like is the combat system, while it has some interesting sides ( scraft and quartz for example ) the fact that you cannot move and act in the same turn is a serious flaw in my opinion. Perhaps because I played too much FFT or Tactics Ogre back in the days. And the biggest flaw of this game is that the sequel is not out yet! So I'll just mess around and wait for the second chapter release before finishing this one or perhaps learn japanese...

To conclude I think that the game is really worth the money for any rpg fan more into powerful story than into groundbreaking combat system.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I haven't gotten too far, but from what I've played it's been a blast. The combat is fun, and easy to figure out, along with some flashy attacks. The story and characters are all very interesting. The game also has a stylistic graphics that remind me of Harvest Moon 64. If you're a fan of JRPG's or want to get into them, this games easy to figure out combat system and great story and characters will draw you right in!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
My favorite jrpg of the last few console generations, with a hilariously snarky heroine.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Best the genre can offer!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The level of detail is very high, so many things to explore, so many missables.

Extremely hard to achieve perfect score without any guide, unless you really speak every NPCs and check every related objects, requires good analytical skill, hence it is an extremely detailed game.

Second chapter of the game coming to Steam soon.
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