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 (709 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
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
60.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I usually judge an RPG twice. Once at around the 2 hour mark, and once more at around 10 hours in. If an RPG manages to get past those two milestones, then it's safe to say that I've become invested and am enjoying myself. The story is very good, despite a few cliches here and there. I feel like all the characters are unique, and more importantly, alive.

The progression of the story is also interesting, as it plays out more like a "coming-of-age" story than what I'm used to from most games of the same genre. Estelle and Joshua travel across the country, remaining the only permanent members of the party. In each chapter, 2 characters are introduced and added to the party, and go their own ways at the end of the chapter. It's refreshing to follow Estelle and Joshua through the story as they grow into their own respective roles.
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20 of 22 people (91%) 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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
124.4 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
115.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Yaaaw yaaaw YAAAW.
LISTEN HERE SON, DO YOU LIKE JRPGS?

DO YOU LIKE GRADE A STORYTELLING, CHARACTERS AND WORLD-BUILDING THAT'LL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF?

DO YOU LIKE TOWN NPC'S THAT DON'T JUST SPIT THE SAME ♥♥♥♥ AT YOU, AND IN FACT CHANGE THEIR DIALOGUE AFTER EVERY STORY EVENT?

DO YOU LIKE MINDBLOWINGLY AWESOME MUSIC?

THEN SIT YOUR BUTT DOWN AND BUY THIS BOOPIN-♥♥♥ GAME, CUZ YOU'RE IN FOR A BIG ONE, BELIEVE YOU ME.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
44.4 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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8 of 10 people (80%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Falcom comes home, shop around for lowest price.
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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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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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Really, really fun game. Great JRPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Great little rpg gem, puts emphasis on story and characters, rather than on combat mechanics. More than likely a must play for rpg fans. The game is a great experience. It is a port from PSP but a good one. The combat feels like a classic jrpg, but uses a grid akin to a tactic rpg. It is rarely relevant in actual gameplay as i found out, but can be used for some deepet strategy elements.

-Lost
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Awesome game, very well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
There are two reasons im writing this. 1: The game is very enjoyable, I enjoy the story and all aspects of the gameplay. 2: I recently read that the second game will be released in NA at the end of the year on steam and depending on how well the sequel sells will determine if the company will release the third installment of the game in the US.

The purpose of me writing this is simpley to say I enjoy the game thoroughly and that all of us who enjoy this game should spread the word.

Thanks for your time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I absolutely loved this game! It was fun, the story made me smile and cry. You'll fall in love with the characters and the gameplay itself is great.
You can play through multiple times and still find yourself having fun.
If you love JRPG's, then give this game a shot. It is well worth it.

Can't wait for the next installment of this series!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is about a girl and her adopted brother going on a quest to become senior Bracers (not government affiliated). Their father left on a mission on behalf of the Bracer Guild so the siblings decide to train to become senior Bracers during his absence. During their quest they run into plenty of funny and serious situations and meet many allies while learning about a deeper plot going on within the kingdom.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward. You can talk to citizens to learn about what's going on. You can receive quests from the quest boards inside the guild buildings. After completing the main quest for that city you move on to the next city.
Battles are turn-based and have both physical and "magical" based attacks. You get spells based off of which crystals you put into each character's orbament and how they are placed. Other than that it's just a matter of gear and strategy.
Overall this game is an enjoyable experience. I have played quite a few rpgs, and even a few jrpgs (Tales of Xillia for example), and I would say this is one of the better games I've played. This game is only the first in a three part series, so there's plenty of excitement to come.
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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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