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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Nikhail
( 95.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Hey guys, I just recently finished this game and if you are into JRPG's with a great story line this one is must play. It has a great memorable story the characters are well designed. Some things I really enjoyed about this was at no point did I have to grind out levels (assuming you don't run from fights) so you are always moving forward, there is a ton of depth to this game but it has a very good pace so you are always moving forward you don't or at least for myself never felt like I was stuck having to spend hours on some small side quest that was boring and lose interest and that does happen in some games I believe I did all of the sides I only did one play though I found the side quests added to the story a lot of course I missed a lot too for items like there Ultimate's and probably some other chests.

I am 30 and been playing RPG's since I was around 6 back on the NES then SNES so I have played many RPG's since I was a child. Anyhow it is a very well done game, I would defiantly recommend this to anybody who wants a large engaging game with a great memorable story. You are able to customize a bit but I wont go into detail you will have to play it for yourself and find out as for myself I would like a bit more options for that but in no way was it something that held the game back. Hopefully If I can ever come up with some extra coin I will try the second chapter of this game to continue the story and if it is anything like this game It will be a joy to play. Anyway if you are looking for a solid Single player RPG this one is definitely something to pick up and give a try of course everybody is different with individual expectations of what a RPG should encompass but as for myself this has made it onto my personal top 10 list I cannot wait to continue the journey in the second chapter.
-Nik
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ilovebees
( 107.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Amazing game, I remember checking the trailers at first but I wasn't sure about it in the beggining, in the end I decided to buy it when it was on disscount and damn it I loved every part of it. Great story, great characters, great world, and the battle system, I was skeptical at first with this mixture of turn based and rts but in the end it worked well.
The story is great but there is A LOT o dialogue to read it can sometimes be tiresome, If you are the kind who speaks to every npc to get every posible detail of the game you will be reading a lot, and even if you don't sometime the cutscenes are very long so it still gives you a lot to read.
Overall a great game,spent about 100 hrs trying to get all the achievemnts so if you look for something to consjme you then this is a must buy.
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Winter Wolf
( 70.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A very refined JRPG that harkens back to the PS1/PS2 era in terms of quailty. Great characters and story, with a fun battle system that becomes deeper as you progress. Highly recommended.
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seishunheiki
( 75.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This is the first JRPG I've finished in steam. Storywise, this game has a lot to offer. If you're like me who's a JRPG fan (regardless of platform) and haven't played it yet before on PSP, I encourage you to still play it regardless of it's graphics. This is one of those JRPGs that has rich story and lovable characters. Battle gameplay looks simple at first but combined with the complexity of setting up your orbments, it becomes interesting - just make sure to take your time to learn.

Overall, this is definitely one of the best JRPG out there :)
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2Real
( 38.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I play this game when I need to fall asleep. Does the job real well!
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Nao 尚
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game looks like it was released in 1999, with its Xenogears/Grandia-like technology.
Well, it wasn't, but it has everything from the golden era of Japanese RPGs: story, characters, atmosphere and gameplay.
I miss the good old days.
I'm so old.
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Leithal
( 53.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
A solid JRPG, with a great storyline, a fun combat system, and a fuuuuuuccckload of text to read.



The game follows two junior bracers, Estelle and Josh. After an introductory prologue, things go awry, leading them around the region to other Bracer branches, with the goal of climbing the ranks. Again, slow start, but it really does some great character development and as more major events happen it's a great story. As the game progresses, it does manage to build up a sense of world, and characters never feel like simply AI. I've not completed the game yet, (on the final chapter now), but the game does end on a cliffhanger, expecting you to move on to Trails in the Sky SC - which picks up right where this game ends.

While a part of The Legend of Heroes as a series, the story found here is self contained. It bears little connection to the previous or following games.

The combat is topdown isometric, and turn based. There's decent stratagey to combat in choosing whether to use attacks that happen on your turn, (basic attacks or 'crafts'), or abilities that go through on following turns. All your abilities are based off an equip system, where you can chain together 'Quartz'. For the elements you've equipped in the chain, you gain access to other abilities. Other characters do join your party for varying amounts of time (Whole chapters to smaller periods of time), with their own 'Orbments' to slot,

There's decent thought to which to equip on each character, and there is a sense of progression throughout the game, as you gain strength. You're regularly rewarded for completeing non-story quests with stronger gear, and stronger quartz (and in turn, stronger abilities).



Preformance is normally great, with the occasional FPS drop in some places when traversing from area to area. Game plays just fine with both keyboard/mouse and a controller. (Both fully rebindable, but only outside of the game via a launch tool, unfortunately)



You can probably expect around 35-40 hours of gameplay out of this title, depending on your pace.

It's the first game I've played in The Legend Of Heroes franchise, (with this being the only TloH Series to see a Steam release), but it's unique, well worth the purchase, and has me interested in the rest of the games.
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Remerant
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
I've played this game for a while now and I'm really enjoying it, the detail put into each of the characters actions and the surroundings is brilliant, the combat is fluid and fun although there are some problems and is somewhat challenging on hard mode, I'd imagine it would be quite easy on normal mode, I'm also liking the games story, based around the bracer guild and doing jobs but thats just my preference.

The problems I've had is mainly with combat, the combat in this game is grid based so you start on a grid and each character takes their turn as assigned by the list of characters and enemies on the left obviously this is based on character stats so the faster the character the faster their turn comes around see pictures.

My biggest con is the move option in combat, in most games if you move your character you can still take an action after you move however in this game it ends your turn, if you decide to attack an enemy in your move range however the character will automatically move and attack that enemy, so you can either move your characters essentially giving up your turn or choose to attack which moves your character automatically, the move option is shot even more for the fact that most arts have a range that covers the entire battlefield, of course this benefits you as well as the enemy but this makes it so positioning your characters is essentially pointless unless the enemy has a big aoe skill which I've yet to see (Except the one enemy that used a powerful aoe skill every turn that covered the entire battlefield)

Characters during a fight also have Craft's these are character specific skills which a character can use when they accumulate the required CP which you gain dealing damage, or taking damage, when you hit 100cp (max 200) you can use your craft instantly in combat this has several advantages, firstly if you face a boss with maxed cp you can get 3 instant and powerful attacks in right at the start of the fight as these attacks put you right at the top of the turn bar, second during combat random bonuses will be put on the turn bar which are given to the character or enemy who is next to said bonus EG: Critial hit (100% critical chance) +HP etc if the enemies turn is next and they have the critical bonus next to their portrait and you use your craft with 100cp you will knock the enemies turn down and jump into that bonus

Experience in this game is based on your level so if you get 20xp at level 3 you'll only get 10xp from the same enemy at lvl 4 this doesn't bother me but might be a gripe for other people.

Jobs can be obtained during the main story from the bracer guild board each mission has a time to complete i.e (Short) (Medium) (Long) from what I can gather this ticks by as you complete main story missions so you need to check the board after completing a main story mission or you might miss one.

As you do jobs you gain xp and gain levels as a bracer such as 'Junior bracer rank 7' as you gain xp you will level up and you get items for doing so, so its important to not miss missions from the board as stated above.

Skills in the game are based on what Quartz you put into your orbment slots, basically you have a max of 6 slots which you unlock (Quite easy to unlock em all early on) each quartz can grant an ability such as HP1 gives the Tear ability (Heals you or an ally) and +5%hp so your not stuck with ,that characters a healer, that characters a mage etc, quartz can be created at a shop and also give stat effects such as '20% to blind'

Monsters in this game don't drop money instead they drop items (obviously), ingredients for cooking (you can get recipies by eating food from restaurants and make them on the go) and something called Sepith all monsters drop a certain amount and element of sepith at a set rate so if it drops 4 fire septith it will always drop 4 unless there's a bonus and all monsters drop these 100% of the time after each fight and you use this to make Quartz eg: 30 water sepith makes 1, HP1 Quartz, or you can simply sell the Sepith for money at a rate of 1 sepith=10 Mira (Currency)

Another minor problem is some enemies in the game have absolute resistance, such as melee attacks wont work at all, so if your out of EP (basically mp) then you cant deal any damage at all luckily the escape chance is 100% this can of course be exploited so if you engage an enemy from the front it will be a standard encounter meaning the fasters character goes first or you can run away and attack from behind which is a suprise attack allowing you several free attacks with all your characters

Enemies also have elemental resistances and these take an important role, and normally not just a measly 10% increase in damage most of the time it's 50% or 100% these are shown when choosing a target.

In all I'd give this game a 8/10 I'd definantly recommend this game and its well worth the price, it has its problems but its pro's far outshine any cons I've seen thus far
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The Memessiah
( 55.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I'd been sitting on checking this out for a while. Decided to take a plunge and go for it. What I got was fantastic character writing, world building, and an extremely well paced plot that doesn't even end with this game. The battle system is incredibly fun as well with its unique mix of traditional, turn-based menu actions and the ability to position your characters in ways that can make or break whole fights. Strategy and party position are as important as how optimal your gear and abilities are for oncoming fights. Party members come and go throughout each chapter, keeping character interaction and dialogue fun and interesting throughout the whole duration of the game. And since they all come back by the end, they all keep up with your current level, meaning you don't need to ever worry about grinding them up to speed.

Of course, the game isn't without its flaws either. This game has sidequests. Some are pretty cool and expand on character development, but... most don't. Most are fetch quests, monster hunting quests, and boy lemme tell ya, those monster hunting quests can be utter NONSENSE. Think you're gonna tackle just one tough monster? Nah. More often than not, it's 4 or 5 of that monster you saw, and they're all equally strong as hell. And the backtracking for some of these quests is absolutely dreadful, especially if you're going for the achievement that requires you finish all of these sidequests. And let's not forget the non-descript deadline they all have. You'll think you were on the right track, only to find you've progressed the plot too far on accident and to see that irritating squiggly mark next to the quest indicating failure.

All that said though, this game is still fantastic and I'd easily give it a solid 8 or even 9/10. Everything else more than makes up for a bit of annoying backtracking and grating battles. Recommended.

P.S.
Without spoiling anything, there's a skill in the game called Petrify Breath. Always try have that on someone. Always. It works on some bosses and can turn a tedious fight in your favor. That and freeze, which is actually a passive skill that is an added effect for all attacks with a 10% chance of success.
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Lonxu
( 64.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Great game.

If you're a fan of JRPGs there's nothing really to blow your mind. It's just a solid game with a pretty good story with a lot of twists.

Pros:

+Runs great, I don't really recall any technical trouble, except maybe once or something in 50 hours.

+good controls, you can play with just mouse for example which felt really natural.

+Good combat. I like the grid movement and using line attacks or AoE.

+Story. It may start a bit slow and feel pretty childish and tame, but don't let that fool you. It gets deeper and more mature towards the end.

Cons:

Graphics are pretty weak especially if you look at big screen. Still quite charming quality to them.

Sound design is pretty weak. Some ok music, but you get quite tired of it.

Please support this series. I really want to see all 3 games and more released in the west :D
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Cousinscampi
( 51.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
This game is a must have for fans of JRPGs! It has a great story, entertaining main characters and a pretty good turn based battle system. Havn't played an rpg in a long while (since maybe ps1 era FF's) that has got me so attached to the characters and eager to find out what awaits them further in the story. Honestly, if you have felt a little let down by some newer RPG releases recently then give this a go im pretty sure (51.6%) you wont regret it :) UPDATE - Just finished it and yeah.... just buy it!!!!!
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vayanui8
( 42.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Easily one of the best games I've ever played. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a fantastic story driven RPG.
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JC
( 94.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Olivier is the role model everyone should look up to!
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mostardo_de
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
one of the best rpg i play good story and really nice character
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Erasmus
( 50.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Incredible game, reminds me a bit of Suikoden I and II. One of the best RPGs I've ever played and I can't wait to start SC.
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MouseFlaps
( 39.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Best game I ever read!

Seriously, this game is fun and not very tough, so if you like family-friendly storyline, quirky humor, and reading a lot, it's worth every penny.
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Aristal Bloodletter
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
such a great game . i loved the story from begining to end .
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Sorey
( 37.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This Game. Holy Hell.

So just a little background info, I'm an honest to goodness JRPG gamer. They're my favorite genre and I'm pretty critical about them. I've been through the "Tales of" series, Final Fantasy Games scattered about, Chrono Trigger, whatever. I found myself really wanting to sink another 40+ hours into a game, and Steam recommended Trails in the Sky to me.

They recommended a fantastic game.

If you want a game that you can play casually but it still motivates you to go about doing extra quests because doing those extra quests help you out in the main story line, then this is your game.

If you want a game that has a very deep story and is part of a trilogy and can therefore play multiple games with characters you're going to love, then this is your game.

If you want a game that's slower paced, very easy learning curve to get into and a deep customization system, then this is your game.

I love this game, 9/10, would definitely recommend for people wanting to get into JRPGs, looking for a new JRPG to play, or something to just sink lots of hours into while not being in some sort of sandbox game.
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Crypt Kiddie
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
the prologue took 6 hours
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37.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This Game. Holy Hell.

So just a little background info, I'm an honest to goodness JRPG gamer. They're my favorite genre and I'm pretty critical about them. I've been through the "Tales of" series, Final Fantasy Games scattered about, Chrono Trigger, whatever. I found myself really wanting to sink another 40+ hours into a game, and Steam recommended Trails in the Sky to me.

They recommended a fantastic game.

If you want a game that you can play casually but it still motivates you to go about doing extra quests because doing those extra quests help you out in the main story line, then this is your game.

If you want a game that has a very deep story and is part of a trilogy and can therefore play multiple games with characters you're going to love, then this is your game.

If you want a game that's slower paced, very easy learning curve to get into and a deep customization system, then this is your game.

I love this game, 9/10, would definitely recommend for people wanting to get into JRPGs, looking for a new JRPG to play, or something to just sink lots of hours into while not being in some sort of sandbox game.
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Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This game looks like it was released in 1999, with its Xenogears/Grandia-like technology.
Well, it wasn't, but it has everything from the golden era of Japanese RPGs: story, characters, atmosphere and gameplay.
I miss the good old days.
I'm so old.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
302.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
honestly i'm torn between putting a legitimate review here, or something along the lines of "it's okay, i guess."

but i think the amount of hours recorded- on top of the fact that i've bought, and have been playing this same game (and its sequel) on my ps vita- speaks for itself.

would i recommend it?

well, obviously.
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39.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Best game I ever read!

Seriously, this game is fun and not very tough, so if you like family-friendly storyline, quirky humor, and reading a lot, it's worth every penny.
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Recommended
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Incredible game, reminds me a bit of Suikoden I and II. One of the best RPGs I've ever played and I can't wait to start SC.
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Recommended
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Easily one of the best games I've ever played. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a fantastic story driven RPG.
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Recommended
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
This game is a must have for fans of JRPGs! It has a great story, entertaining main characters and a pretty good turn based battle system. Havn't played an rpg in a long while (since maybe ps1 era FF's) that has got me so attached to the characters and eager to find out what awaits them further in the story. Honestly, if you have felt a little let down by some newer RPG releases recently then give this a go im pretty sure (51.6%) you wont regret it :) UPDATE - Just finished it and yeah.... just buy it!!!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Great game.

If you're a fan of JRPGs there's nothing really to blow your mind. It's just a solid game with a pretty good story with a lot of twists.

Pros:

+Runs great, I don't really recall any technical trouble, except maybe once or something in 50 hours.

+good controls, you can play with just mouse for example which felt really natural.

+Good combat. I like the grid movement and using line attacks or AoE.

+Story. It may start a bit slow and feel pretty childish and tame, but don't let that fool you. It gets deeper and more mature towards the end.

Cons:

Graphics are pretty weak especially if you look at big screen. Still quite charming quality to them.

Sound design is pretty weak. Some ok music, but you get quite tired of it.

Please support this series. I really want to see all 3 games and more released in the west :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I'd been sitting on checking this out for a while. Decided to take a plunge and go for it. What I got was fantastic character writing, world building, and an extremely well paced plot that doesn't even end with this game. The battle system is incredibly fun as well with its unique mix of traditional, turn-based menu actions and the ability to position your characters in ways that can make or break whole fights. Strategy and party position are as important as how optimal your gear and abilities are for oncoming fights. Party members come and go throughout each chapter, keeping character interaction and dialogue fun and interesting throughout the whole duration of the game. And since they all come back by the end, they all keep up with your current level, meaning you don't need to ever worry about grinding them up to speed.

Of course, the game isn't without its flaws either. This game has sidequests. Some are pretty cool and expand on character development, but... most don't. Most are fetch quests, monster hunting quests, and boy lemme tell ya, those monster hunting quests can be utter NONSENSE. Think you're gonna tackle just one tough monster? Nah. More often than not, it's 4 or 5 of that monster you saw, and they're all equally strong as hell. And the backtracking for some of these quests is absolutely dreadful, especially if you're going for the achievement that requires you finish all of these sidequests. And let's not forget the non-descript deadline they all have. You'll think you were on the right track, only to find you've progressed the plot too far on accident and to see that irritating squiggly mark next to the quest indicating failure.

All that said though, this game is still fantastic and I'd easily give it a solid 8 or even 9/10. Everything else more than makes up for a bit of annoying backtracking and grating battles. Recommended.

P.S.
Without spoiling anything, there's a skill in the game called Petrify Breath. Always try have that on someone. Always. It works on some bosses and can turn a tedious fight in your favor. That and freeze, which is actually a passive skill that is an added effect for all attacks with a 10% chance of success.
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Recommended
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A solid JRPG, with a great storyline, a fun combat system, and a fuuuuuuccckload of text to read.



The game follows two junior bracers, Estelle and Josh. After an introductory prologue, things go awry, leading them around the region to other Bracer branches, with the goal of climbing the ranks. Again, slow start, but it really does some great character development and as more major events happen it's a great story. As the game progresses, it does manage to build up a sense of world, and characters never feel like simply AI. I've not completed the game yet, (on the final chapter now), but the game does end on a cliffhanger, expecting you to move on to Trails in the Sky SC - which picks up right where this game ends.

While a part of The Legend of Heroes as a series, the story found here is self contained. It bears little connection to the previous or following games.

The combat is topdown isometric, and turn based. There's decent stratagey to combat in choosing whether to use attacks that happen on your turn, (basic attacks or 'crafts'), or abilities that go through on following turns. All your abilities are based off an equip system, where you can chain together 'Quartz'. For the elements you've equipped in the chain, you gain access to other abilities. Other characters do join your party for varying amounts of time (Whole chapters to smaller periods of time), with their own 'Orbments' to slot,

There's decent thought to which to equip on each character, and there is a sense of progression throughout the game, as you gain strength. You're regularly rewarded for completeing non-story quests with stronger gear, and stronger quartz (and in turn, stronger abilities).



Preformance is normally great, with the occasional FPS drop in some places when traversing from area to area. Game plays just fine with both keyboard/mouse and a controller. (Both fully rebindable, but only outside of the game via a launch tool, unfortunately)



You can probably expect around 35-40 hours of gameplay out of this title, depending on your pace.

It's the first game I've played in The Legend Of Heroes franchise, (with this being the only TloH Series to see a Steam release), but it's unique, well worth the purchase, and has me interested in the rest of the games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Hey guys, I just recently finished this game and if you are into JRPG's with a great story line this one is must play. It has a great memorable story the characters are well designed. Some things I really enjoyed about this was at no point did I have to grind out levels (assuming you don't run from fights) so you are always moving forward, there is a ton of depth to this game but it has a very good pace so you are always moving forward you don't or at least for myself never felt like I was stuck having to spend hours on some small side quest that was boring and lose interest and that does happen in some games I believe I did all of the sides I only did one play though I found the side quests added to the story a lot of course I missed a lot too for items like there Ultimate's and probably some other chests.

I am 30 and been playing RPG's since I was around 6 back on the NES then SNES so I have played many RPG's since I was a child. Anyhow it is a very well done game, I would defiantly recommend this to anybody who wants a large engaging game with a great memorable story. You are able to customize a bit but I wont go into detail you will have to play it for yourself and find out as for myself I would like a bit more options for that but in no way was it something that held the game back. Hopefully If I can ever come up with some extra coin I will try the second chapter of this game to continue the story and if it is anything like this game It will be a joy to play. Anyway if you are looking for a solid Single player RPG this one is definitely something to pick up and give a try of course everybody is different with individual expectations of what a RPG should encompass but as for myself this has made it onto my personal top 10 list I cannot wait to continue the journey in the second chapter.
-Nik
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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38.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Played it on PSP when I was younger... Playing it again on PC just brings back so much memories :')
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Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Pretty awesome game, i played legend of heroes for the psp and thought it was awesome. It's pretty fun to be honest, i was stupid and picked the hardest mode to start off but it gives a real challenge. None the less, a good game is a good game and i loved it
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94.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Olivier is the role model everyone should look up to!
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65.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Pros
+ Great Battle System! Love the SRPG style combat.
+ Story is incredibly well written and keeps you wanting more.
+ The Characters. My personal favorite part about this game. You will find yourself getting really attached to them the more you play.
+ Music is AMAZING! Falcom tier greatness (Huge Y's fan).
+ Side quests are worth doing and don't feel tedious. Ended up doing them all.
+ Pretty straightforward as long as you pay attention. No vague hints at where to go and no walking around aimlessly for hours.
+ Really enjoyed the Quartz system (If you have ever played Golden Sun its kind of similar to the Djinn system used in those games)
+ Some down right incredible plot twists

Cons
- First hour of the game is slow.


Overall I loved this game and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this game for anyone looking for a story driven JRPG with some of the best characters I have ever seen, insane plot twists, and really addictive gameplay. This is easily one of my all time favorite games...

Final Score - ★★★★★
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46.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
PLAY THIS GAME FOR GOD'S SAKE
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90.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Olivier.

Need I say more?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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53.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Super Short Review:
A good 'traditional' JRPG with good story telling, characters, world and rpg gameplay. The RPG elements are simplistic and can get repetitive at times however different characters have some variable abilities and thus strategies. Overall this is a good first part in a 3 part series but it isn't anything mind blowing.
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51.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I've heard this game called a masterpiece, but when I look at it compared to what I consider to be masterpieces of the fantasy RPG genre, I don't know if I would put it on that level.

That being said, this is a very very good game. I will review this game in three parts: The battle system, the story, and the upgrade system.

The battle system:
In this game, battles seemed to take a backseat to the story. The battle system was not boring, and having a variety of characters with different fighting styles throughout the story kept it fresh, but it didn't really have any outstanding features. There was a sort of battle chain that determined the order of when characters or enemies would attack, which could be interrupted in certain cases by the player or enemies using special abilities. Not exceptional, but not boring by any means. The only times I found myself avoiding battles was when the experience received wasn't worth it.
7/10

The story:
Though maybe a little cliche, the story was engaging and interesting. Set in a world on the tail end of recovering from a large war, you play as the daughter and adopted son of a "bracer" which is a sort of mercenary policeman. You travel across the whole country you live in as you train to be a full-fledged bracer yourself, meeting many characters and developing the story as you go. The plot is riddled with twists and turns, but thankfully no unecessary-feeling backtracking. The side quests don't add to the story, but they do add to your experience and make you feel like you're doing bracer work. I hate to say it, but I called the major plot twist at the beginning of the game, though it didng take away from the overall story.
8/10

The upgrade system:
Upgrades took two forms in this game: orbments and equipment. I felt like this was the most lacking portion of the game, and it almost felt like it was added as an afterthought. The equipment system is actually boring. There is no upgrading equipment, you can only find new equipment in dungeons and chests, as well as buying weapons and armor. By the end of the game, I had way too much money and nothing to spend it on, becasue the equipment stopped getting better in what felt like far before the end of the game. Every character uses a different class of weapon, so you really have no reason to save multiples of each weapon and prioritize on which characters get the best weapons.
On to orbments.
I wished that this had been a better executed part of the game. At the beginning, it seemed like it was going to be very important, but I felt like it was only really important for one character at a time. Orbment is essentially the magic or spells of the game. You give characters abilities by equipping them with certain orbments. You can also use these orbments to bolster stats at the same time. The one character where orbments would feel important was whoever I was using as my designated healer. It was confusing to use, and never really explained well, though once you get deeper in the game, you can figure it out pretty well, and the game gives you resources of which magic you can get with certain combinations of orbments.
5/10

Overall, this is a good game, worth a play. The characters are lovable and the world is engaging. My average of these parts gives this game a 6.6/10, but I would definitely say I enjoyed the overall product enough to make it an even 7/10.
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49.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
I'm 33 years old and this is one of the best games I've ever played. I fell in love with the characters and the story -- the translation work by XSEED is fantastic. I would recommend it to anybody who likes JRPGs and story-driven games.

The story takes a litle while to get going, but once you spend time with the characters it becomes as entertaining as any good book. I also think you'll love the sequel.
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