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
    • Hard Drive: 2 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.9 hrs on record
Trails of awesome
Adventure awaits you, maybe not adventure of your lifetime, but one not easily forgotten. You go through hardships, kill monsters that nobody can take on but you, explore world and do good deeds, mostly of protecting folk, but most importantly you talk, and oh boy if it isn't the best kind of talk, the one you have with your best buddies at your best times. Estelle is your girl for all fun talk needs, but others help too, NPCs aren't NPCs, they are people, they have names, histories, characters and something to say on every subject. Liberl is alive and oh so real.
Battle system is interesting, creative, complex, at times unfair, but always fun.
Cooking is helpful, even if coming by ingredients is problem of sorts. Magic is something of your creation, as it depends on what orbs you craft and which ones you put on.
Sidequests are for the most part not bad, some even good. You get to play detective a lot.
To borrow from Estelle's treasury of sayings:
- We can kill three birds with one stone!
Three birds being: fun, good read and engaging gameplay.

We need the second chapter, pronto!
Posted: September 29
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Now this is one of those games that scratch that nostalgia itch, nostalgia for times when I was a decade or two younger and all I could ask from a game was to tell you and let you participate in a story that's worth being heard. You will find no shiny loot to show off to your acquaintances with, you will find no quick instant gratification here. If you seek that, go grab the current flavor of the month blockbuster.

What this game has, and in spades, at that; is the world, the characters, the story, the music and a lot of subtlety. Oh, and a boat chase scene. It has a boat chase scene.

Moving along, this isn't a game to be played with half your attention elsewhere. You're going to miss on a lot if you don't really pay attention. And when I say you're going to miss a lot, I mean both quests and entertainment. The character interaction, while scripted, is a lot more natural than is typical for the genre, with off-hand remarks, interjections, under-the-breath murmurs and such. The protagonist duo, again, not typical for the genre, does well to avert the usual "Brooding Bishonen with Baggage" protagonist problem with JRPGs to a large degree. Also, it is not a story about a couple of kids saving the world of useless adults; It's more about a couple of kids getting swept up into more than they bargained for, and doing their part.

The combat can get a little repetitive at times, hair-pullingly frustrating at others, and just plain annoying at others still, because, dammit, I was in the middle of something and now this bunch of mobs is trying to interrupt me! Still, the possibilities with the customization of every character's magic setup along with the option to interrupt an enemy turn with your own limit break makes for quite tactical combat that can get you away with your skin even from a surprise attack.

The storytelling is detailed and at times quite persistent, there are several scenes that last for about ten minutes before you're back to the gameplay, but again, with how naturally the characters converse, it doesn't feel off. Now, the story itself does get a bit overwhelming at the halfway point, but if you've been paying attention, you can see many of the twists coming; or rather, you will figure out that there will be a twist; the twist itself is still likely to sweep you clean off your feet. Oh and by the way, NPCs travel around the world too, and remember you if you met before, and the subtlety of the worldbuilding is amazing. For a minor example, at some point there's a restaurant where you can hear that recent problems with monsters are making it hard to get ingredients for their dishes. If you don't take care of that problem, they will actually go and change their menu (and the items you can buy there).

The music is simply amazing, but that's nothing new for a Falcom game.

Now excuse me, I have a New Game Plus to play. On Nightmare.
Posted: October 18
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record

If you like milling about talking to NPC's because you're a busybody and want to get up in everyone's business? Buy this now.

If you like your stories in RPG to be more about political intrigue and turmoil rather than that destiny to save the world crap, get this now. Your characters are junior members in basically an international NGO! You have run-ins with the national military! Rabbelrouse with foreigners!

This game's just fantastic. Only thing that isn't the greatest ever is the battle system, but it's serviceable, if a bit finicky. Tinkering with orbments to try and ease out the spells you want is a neat little problem solving challenge, if you want to get that into it.

But seriously, get this game. It's actually the first of three, with the second coming in soon by all accounts!

One hell of a cliffhanger until the next game comes out though.
Posted: September 26
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Making its first appearance on the western market only in 2011 on the PSP, Trails in the Sky First Chapter is a game originally developed in 2004 and in many ways shows its age, from its rudimentary (yet pleasant) graphics to the slow battle animations. But these small things are nothing compared to the merits that this gem of a game shows.

First of all let's start from what sets this game apart from all other JRPGs: the WRITING.
This is some of the best writing I've seen in any jrpg; unlike a lot of other titles, the dialogues actually sound like things people would say in a normal conversation; while some of the dialogue might seem a bit superfluous and pedantic, every line and event shows a deeper meaning in the long run and you'll be pleasantly surprised every hour about how natural the interactions between the characters sound.
Which brings me to the second biggest point of the game: the characters.
The main cast of the game is exceptional: the members of the party are more or less all representative of a certain trope (the Genki Girl, the rude but tender-hearted warrior, the Spoony Bard etc.) but they all have interesting quirks about them and falling in love with all of them is pretty easy. Every character has a personality of its own and a role to play in the story. Even the NPCs (ALL OF THEM!) have their own name, personality and parallel story going on in the meantime.
The game presents a level of detail hardly seen in the genre, and the lore is simply astounding. The world of the game presents a very complex socio-political situation and an interesting history spanning more than a thousand years, with so many different elements (cultural, religious, economic etc.) that give off an organic vibe usually present only in novels.

The gameplay side of the game, while it's nothing overly exceptional (it's a 2004 game after all) is well made and fairly entertaining. The battle system is some kind of hybrid between Grandia and Xenosaga, you can move your characters around the battlefiled almost like in a tactical jrpg, and every other turn you can get a bonus like HP healing, critical hits and so on. The battles are pretty easy (and a bit boring) in the beginning but things get quite different after enemies become stronger and more difficult to kill and you have access to more interesting and complex spells and crafts. At the end of the game things can get quite challenging, and there's a boss battle in particular which will feel extremely satisfying to win.
The ability system of the game is quite similar to the one present in Final Fantasy VII, you have these orbs called Quartz, and according to the combination of the Quartz's elements you can access different spells in battle (and also get some passive bonus like +10%HP and so on)

The plot of the game is very solid: unlike most jrpgs where you have to save the entire world from catastrophe, the action is restricted to a single kingdom and there is no thousand-years old deity to slay at the end of the game; the game presents and more "humble" and personal story where two young adventurers set off to a journey to travel around their homeland and end up finding a lot of unexpected things along the way. Nevertheless it's quite intriguing and after a certain point in the game you'll keep playing to see how things turn out in the end.

The Good:
- Superb writing
- Massive and interesting lore
- Complex and lovable characters
- Good battle system
- Story packed with intrigue and mysteries (after a few hours, though)

The Bad:
- The pacing of the story is not always perfect, and you might yawn a few times during the first hours
- Slow battle animations
- So many missables. Getting everything in this game without a guide is a nightmare

In conclusion:
PLAY THE GAME IF: You're into jrpgs, good writing, engaging stories, and you're not afraid to delve into something that might be a lot more complex than you thought.
DON'T PLAY THE GAME IF: You don't like reading and have little patience for a plot that takes a while to evolve. Also if you hate cliffhangers.

Overall, I'd give this game a 8.5/10. One of the best surprises of the recent years!
Posted: October 18
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
This game is just simply amazing. The battles are exhilirating, the scenery is breathtaking, the characters are all lovable and interesting, and the plot itself is excellent. Everywhere you go and everything you do are full of surprises! The concept in general is perfect. It reflects the struggles people can experience, the pain of losing what you consider dear, and the heartwarming friendship of those around you. Without a doubt, this game would be worth your time!
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Very interesting RPG. It seems like a real WRITER actually spent time on this. The interactions between the characters are really interesting and fun to watch. On the other side, the combat system seemed a bit simple at first, but don't let it fool you, as you unlock more items and quartz (a bit like materia from FF7) your options quickly increase. So it's an interesting game even on that front.

I've only completed the prologue, but so far this game was much better than I expected. If you want an RPG with an actual story and characters, but don't want to read a book, buy this. You won't regret it.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
10/10 without a single thought. Amazing game with an easy 40+ hour story line and 50+ if you do all the side quests which in some cases have tiny stories that might carry over into the sequel. Old school turn based battle system that is similar to FFX in some ways. The music is also top notch but that shouldn't be a surprise as it IS a Nihon Falcom game.

And finally the characters..., they pretty much make this game. Their interactions between each other and how they change throughout just make it and awesome and sometimes hilarious experience.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.7 hrs on record
If you like (J)RPGs, you should give this game a closer look.

The main driving points for my recommendation are the story and the characters, but I'll avoid spoilers. If you want to know the actual story of the game, you won't find it here, read a synopsis ; )

The story is literally a journey, that develops "organically" - if that makes any sense. It starts out small and the stakes and impact of your actions on the world gradually get bigger. The natural progression is kind of refreshing for me, since often RPGs throw your characters into situations ("You found the magic sword, now you have to save the world!") and it's something I am not too fond of.
So that and my impression, that the story is also well written, stick out in my mind.

The characters feel like they have actual personality and are genuinely likeable. They have their flaws, but also ambitions and strengths. Even side characters get fleshed out and all the characters togeher make the world feel alive.

Other aspects that tie the game together are the great soundtrack, the fun strategic battle system and the really nice visuals, especially with the character portraits shown in dialogues that help a lot to flesh out the emotions of the characters.

I'm pretty sure it's the same engine they used for the Ys games (Origin and The Oath in Felghana), so if you played those games and enjoyed the visuals, you know, what you'll get.

I spent ~60 hours playing through the game a single time and enjoyed every single minute of it, so I felt the game was worth the price.
Posted: October 3
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
104.0 hrs on record
I'm not really a reviewer, in fact I think this is probably my first one. The reason I feel compelled to write is that hopefully my voice will be heard, along with all the others, that will force XSEED and Falcom to ensure that the full saga is localised in English and released on Steam.

There is still demand, even now, for a well-crafted, fun-to-play JRPG with a memorable story. This game is one of them.

The story is a beauty, flawed maybe but still compelling enough involving central characters that I found I actually gave a toss for. The battle system is fun, didn't really get old - the S-Crafts (Limit Breaks, if you will) are always fun. A big plus for me is that there was very little grinding required and success was more to do with how you tactically approach battles that helped you overcome your enemies.

There is plenty of sidequestery to indulge in, indeed I don't believe I collared everything and there's also a New Game Plus for a second, tougher playthrough - which I'm just about to have a go at.

Essentially, whether you're a fan of JRPGs or not, wondering if they're still relevant in this age, it's still a great game.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.2 hrs on record
I love this game so much that I've played it and finished it on my PSP 5 times, including Nightmare mode.
I would like to point out that theres one minor problem in this Steam Version:
There's an item in the game game that helps me see the enemies on my map. I've equiped that item (Eagle Vision), but the enemies don't show up on the map as red dots like they should be.
Any chance that you could fix this issue?
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Quite simply one of the best RPGs I've played.

Occasionally the gameplay gets in the way of the game (the battles are fun and interesting, but repetative and enemies are numerous; on the plus side there's very little grinding but it does become tedious), however the story is definitely worth it. A true gem.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.2 hrs on record
An all around great JRPG that I would say is close to best I have played. The story is engaging and the combat, while not revolutionary, is interesting going forward with the customization of the orbment system while never becoming tedious. Would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.3 hrs on record
I just loved JRPG, Legend of heroes is one of my favourite series apart from Final Fantasy. Very great that steam able to port them to PC and hoped that the next series will be out soon in Steam.

Never experience any crash before, game play is smooth, had completed this game twice and will be proceeding to nightmare mood. This game will just keep you entertain for hours without getting bored with interesting dialouge and gameplay.

Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
One of the best JRPG's i have played for years. I used to be a major fan of the genre but the massproduced "streamlined" gameplay of more recent versions of it have hardened my heart. This one is a throwback a truly interesting reminder of what the genre can actually be.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.3 hrs on record
Fantastic JRPG. Really scratched that itch for storytelling and character dev. Combat is unique and very well implemented. noticible lack of grinding which is unusual for a JRPG. its there if u need it though. As a JRPG nut, I loved nearly every aspect of this game. my first playthrough took roughly 65hours and i loved every second of it. Im stoked that there are still 2 LoH:Trails in the Sky games coming after this to steam. Absolutley a must play for any RPG fan. 10/10 Story 8.5/10 Combat 10/10 Character dev. 9.5/10 art style.Also a total 10/10 for the voice actors they snagged for this game. Johnny Yong Bosh, Stephanie Sheh, Patrick seitz and Michelle Ruff to name a few. (Anyone who dares say they enjoy anime will recognize these names right off the bat.) But perhaps the best part about the game; That ending..... thats all i can say. That Ending.....
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
163.9 hrs on record
Iv'e played ~40 hours before this on a non-steam version of the game.

IMO one of the best jrpgs Iv'e played and would fully recommend anyone with even a slight interest in the genre to try this out.
Posted: October 15
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
I'll just start by saying this: This is the first game I have felt compelled to play from start to finish in 6 years. That story-rich tag isn't just for show people. Now anyone who looks at my profile can tell that I am a avid tf2 player and that I play it more than anything else in my libray. That was untill I picked up this little gem. Since I bought it I havent stopped playing it except to eat and sleep. From the spectacular music to the well paced story telling I have loved everything about this game so far. One boss I fought in towards the end took me a half hour and I was actually physically exausted by the time it ended. The only down side I can think of is if you like playing games in a series one after the other, you might not want to pick this one up yet. There are 4 other games in the series to my knowledge and only this one had been localized so far. But I have heard that the Second Chapter in the series is coming to America at the end of this year. So ,long winded speech aside get the game. You won't regret it.
Posted: October 14
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Undescribably Epic.
Posted: October 6
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