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

    • 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
    • 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game is one of my favorite RPG's ever with more complicated histories in game lore than most. Trails in the Sky focuses on two main characters (Estelle Bright and her adopted brother Joshua) who travel around their nation of Liberl. At the start of the prolouge, as you become Junior Bracers, you seek to become full-fledged members (also known as Senior Bracers) of this international organization who show an unselfish desire to help the needy. Their travels are without crises early on, but eventually lead to the forces operating in the shadows of Liberal which becomes the focal point to the game.
The difficulty of enemies can be notably hard, but having the ability in the game to catch almost all of them by sneak surprises lessens their potency. The final battle is the strongest encounter that could potentially provoke some mild anger from the player, but preparation will help manage this.
The cliffhanger to Trails in the Sky left me in awed when it left an excellent plot twist with an unnoticable antagonist that our protagonists came across through the storyline (I will leave the guessing for you to figure out). Trails in the Sky served its purpose of getting me to eagerly buy the next installment Trails in the Sky SC. I certainly had a great time throughout it, whether it was the quests or treasure chest hunts, which is more than I can say for some other games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is one of the longest and most fun RPGs I have played in resent years.

+Battle System

-Configuration is limited
-Opening and Closing AMVs lag (Maybe just for me)

All in all a robust game 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
133.8 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
176.6 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
128.3 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I personaly enjoyed this game. I thought the story was good(keeping in mind that there are three parts to the story.). One thing that was a little upsetting was that I felt there was no need to train or get gear for for anyone but Estelle and Joshua. everyong else had good gear and level and once the chapter was over they left. But I understand that this was Joshua ans Estelle's story so having everyone else would be a bit much. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the game and plan to get the second chapter next sale(What can I say. I'm sixteen and want to save a few bucks.) and the third chapter was it gets ported to PC in 2017.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
this is one of the best rpgs i have ever played. I loved the story and the side missions
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This Trails series is in top 3 JRPG series for me. Concept is similar to that of Genso Suikoden ( another godly JRPGs). Gameplay wise, Suikoden is better but story wise, Trails series is better ( as it is a Story RPG). First thing I want to mention is that this series is connected as in Trails FC, SC and 3rd is one story. However, it is deeply connected with other trails series (tails of azure, zero, sen). All story is on one world but story is in different locations just like in Suikoden. It is highly recommended to play serially. Only complain abt this game ( Trails FC) is that first 8 hrs it can get quite boring as it acts as a prologue for the the whole trails series in a way. You need to have a lot of patience to the game to fully blossom ( it is worth it). Another complain is that battle is slow and moving from one place to another gets quite annoying at times ( this is due to the fact that the game focus more on story and Ys series focus more on battle). Anyways, if you are a JRPG lover, you will definately love this game and you will definately be motivated to buy trails SC and Trails 3rd.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.2 hrs on record
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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82.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
This is the kind of old school JRPG that made JRPGs so popular back in the days. Tight and emotional story, punishing but rewarding boss battles, catchy tunes, colorful and memorable characters. If you say you like JRPG but haven't tried this game yet, then by all means, please try it.
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60.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
If your looking for an affordable RPG with a nice long story is for you. The ratio playing time/price is pretty nice.
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118.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
Just great. More games like this!
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19.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
There are some good things about old-school RPG's, and some bad things. One of the bad things is not being able to progress the story line without having to fight monsters every few seconds. This game suffers from that. I don't know whether I have the patience to persist with it, in spite of the many positive reviews.
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Glitter Peace
62.5 hrs
Posted: October 14
Who Should Buy this Game?
If like me you thoroughly enjoyed playing turn based JRPG’s before 3d gaming took off, then you will enjoy this title, you will get addicted. All of the characters are interesting, the plot is deep and interesting. While there is lot of dialog, very little of it is filler.

• It will take a long time to complete both chapters,
• I was at a loss when I finished my 143 hour playthrough of first chapter and second chapter, there’s not many companies producing games like this one
• Sadly, games are not made like this anymore. I wish more games had strong and likable cast of characters, good music and a fun and interesting plot with decent gameplay mechanics.
• You can retry battles, when you lose (Fights also get easier after each retry so you are
never stuck).
• Decent turn based strategy, with a variety of customizable skills

• There is a ton of dialog, which can slow the pace of the game.
• There is no way of skipping or speeding-up battle animations.
• It’s easy to miss some quests. I missed some for the first guild before I got the hang of it.
• Agate (Though you will like him towards the end of SC)

//Rant about games, in general//

Story is often an afterthought these days. Final Fantasy used to be the market leader for telling an engaging story. Its latest entry isn’t going to see any improvements here either, due to it being an open world game.

Open world game mechanics take away from the plot, Wither 3, Fallout 4, Elder scrolls and all MMOS suffer from this.

While I have enjoyed games from these genres, they all lack a tightly focused plot.
It’s hard to feel the importance in finding Ciri, when you can spend hundreds of hours playing random games of Gwent, collecting Gwent cards, horse races, boxing matches and several other large scale side stories. The main story becomes just another side quest in an enormous list of quests getting more and more diluted as you move through it.

//Rant over//

Trails in the Sky has its problems, however they don’t ruin the experience. It is everything a decent JRPG should be. Many of these flaws can be overlooked depending on preference.
Unlike the games mentioned above, Trails in the sky has an awesome story, that keeps getting better the deeper you get into the game.
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66.5 hrs
Posted: October 12
This game has been a pleasant suprise for me. I bought it expecting very little and quite honestly it has turned out to be one of the best rpgs I have ever played.

The one thing I fele a lot of great games lack right now is an adequate story. This game gives you that. Each character has his or her own backstory and intricate motivations that you learn more about as the story goes on and in a non-predictable way (except for one major thing).

Everytime I left this game I found myself fighting the urge to not run back to my computer to see where the story would take me next. The combat system is finely tuned and well executed and except for a few moments rarely got dull for me.

This game is pretty much 50% gameplay and 50% story. You'll find yourself reading text for sometimes long periods of time. If you just want a game in which you kill things and the story doesn't matter this game is not for you. Expect to be playing this for awhile to beat it around 35 hours is what it took me to get through the entire game, but it was worth it.

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51.8 hrs
Posted: October 5
I really like Trails. BUT the end game seemed VERY VERY grindy. Final stage takes forever to the point where i actually have given up. which is a shame because i'd really like to know how it ends. I reached "annhilation mode" battled for about 45 minutes to a near stalemate and lost. Not having the patience to try again i exited and was sent backwards far enough where I'm probably not going to try anymore. The game overall pacing was good. Slow at times but dialogue and characters chatter is well written and worth the read. Combat was tight, strategic, satisfying, but again. for me anywyas.. final stage it all just takes too long. Maybe because i was only lvl 37-38 going into final area. (no idea if that is low or not).
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