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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CaptainNukem
73.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Lost my steam review virginity to Trails in the Sky. Would lose my virginity again to it. 10/10

Pros
Exceptional writing that grips the player.
Pacing is great.
World feels alive and rich.
Gameplay is solid
Plot twists were unexpected
Soundtrack is enjoyable

Cons
If you hate to read a bunch of text.

Overall, I found this game to be phenomenal. XSeed did a wonderful job in putting it in English and I would highly reccomend this game to any jrpg fan. Sorry Xenogears, their is a new number 1.
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JulieNick
53.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Cannot recommend this game enough! Great story, excellent characters who you genuinely grow to love, a rich world filled with lots of side quests, fun battle system.
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Asneakyfatcat
58.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Buy
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ShadowBest
57.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
One of the best linear RPGs I have ever played: great and unpredictable story that constantly shifts between funny and sad, awesome soundtrack and amazing characters/dialogues <3
Only bad thing about the game is its somewhat slow gameplay=)
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vladkins
53.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Mixture of Chrono Trigger/Cross mechanics with wonderful, detailed graphics with a Xenogears-type camera system.
Starts off slow and has some slow parts/tropes/ romance of unrelated siblings who fall in love.
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TheHoodedGamer XD
23.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
One of the best JRPG out there available on steam in my opinion. The combat is good with different powers and fighting styles with each character.

The story in this game (so far for me, I'm near the end of chapter 2) is well paced and really indepth
with new characters, towns and enviroments being introduced in each new chapter.

The enemies are well balanced with nothing being to over or underpowered (depending on what you levels are) and all the enemies have strengths and weaknesses which will allow you to use different powers and arts to your advantage.

The soundtrack and the sounds of the game are rich in depth with each monster and enviroment having there own set of sounds.

There are also two other parts to this game: First Chapter, Second Chapter, and the last Third Chapter. the second chapter is on steam but not the third chapter...not yet anyway.

In conclusion just buy it if you want a "modern" classic JRPG experience.
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Gol D. Ace
98.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
This might be the greatest JRPG we have ever seen, the most criminally underrated of all time. The story is amazing, the stategic and turnbased gameplay is addicting and challenging, I love the S-Craft limit break like abilities that you can pull off at any given moment as long as you aren't messed up with a status effect. It really surprised me and I love this entire series now.
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NightK1ng
49.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
first chapter finish!, its time for the second!
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FijiWuiji
40.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Haven't played a JRPG this great since Skies of Arcadia, my personal GOAT. The slow combat is made up for by a decent cast of anime troupe-y characters and solid world building.

It's a game that has lots of small details scattered about. And it's all those little things that make the game so damn charming. NPCs have stories paly out over the course of the game. Treasure chests talk, and they insult you.
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Gryzor
85.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Trails in the Sky is the best JRPG since Chrono Trigger and the most fun I've had with a game in years.

What I appreciate most in RPGs is an accomplished combat system. This one is refined, not overly complicated and turn-based, allowing for entertaining and enjoyable battles. Even grinding doesn't feel like a chore.

At first, I was hesitant about tackling the game, due to its notoriously massive amount of text, but then I found myself enjoying every line of it. The dialogue is just so well written, making the characters truly memorable. Kudos to Xseed for an excellent translation of the game.
I pretty much lost it, when one of the characters decided, it was the right time to quote '80s pop tune "Nothing's gonna stop us now" xD

Trails in the Sky confirms Falcom's status as my favourite developer, after I've also played their amazing Ys series and Nayuta No Kiseki (emulated). I can't wait for Xanadu Next, Ys VIII and anything else Falcom decides to make available on Steam.
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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
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This is some real good ♥♥♥♥
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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
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
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
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
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Great game with a lot of dialog, npc's who actually have something interesting to say, fun skill system and a massive amount of plot twists. The MC's are very likeable, and eventhough there is no audio dialog, the text alone will give you enough LOL's.

Battle system might be a little slow, though. Spells are a lot stronger than melee, and bossfights can take a very long time (esspecially the last one). Nonetheless a great game. So please press the purchase button, so they can make an entire series of this game until the day I die.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Great story+ Soundtrack...Definitely worth playing
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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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