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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About This Game

Modern society owes much to a mystical technology known as “orbal energy.” Fifty years ago, during what’s come to be known as the “Orbal Revolution,” the invention of this technology and the “orbments” developed from it led to a period of rapid human advancement, birthing innovations of all shapes and sizes -- not the least of which was the airliner, or “orbalship” industry. Although the positive impact of this revolution is obvious, every coin has a flipside; for every beneficial device developed with these new materials, so too were advanced weapons and other implements of war. Thus, the land became mired with turmoil, and remains in such a state even now.

Enter, the bracers: an organization established to serve as police and intermediaries alike, holding above all else the peace and safety of the lands under their jurisdiction. Whenever a citizen is in need of assistance, he or she may place a request at the local Bracer Guild -- and be it monster extermination, crime prevention or even peace talks among warring nations, the bracers will do whatever they can to resolve the matter cleanly and efficiently.

Some matters require a gentler touch than others, however. When an orbalship transporting a legendary "S-rank" bracer named Cassius Bright suddenly goes missing, said bracer's daughter, Estelle, and adoptive son, Joshua, must join forces in search of him across the entire Kingdom of Liberl.

And what they find along the way could change both of their lives forever...

Hailed as one of the largest, longest and most meticulously detailed turn-based JRPG series of all time, this first chapter in the ongoing Trails saga sets the stage for what's quickly become Ys developer Nihon Falcom's most popular and best-selling franchise in their entire 30+ year history. Introducing people, places, ideas, events and lore that rival in complexity those of even the most highly-regarded fantasy epics in literature, the care and attention given to each and every NPC, location and historical in-game event is what sets The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky apart from its contemporaries.

Come join Estelle, Joshua, Scherazard, Olivier and the rest of the cast as they uncover the secret underbelly of Liberl in their first 50+ hour masterpiece, and see what Japanese gamers have been raving about for over ten years.

Key Features:

  • The original version of the first chapter in this historical series, featuring strategic turn-based combat with unmatched customization.
  • Over 50 hours of gameplay on average, with countless side-quests, collectibles and secrets to encourage replay.
  • A vast world where every NPC has a name and personality, every town has its own unique politics and economic concerns, and no detail is ever trivial.
  • Support for a wide variety of fullscreen and widescreen resolutions, including true 1080p HD.
  • Fully adjustable controls supporting virtually any USB gamepad, as well as a standard keyboard and mouse setup.
  • Over two dozen unique Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support and Steam Trading Cards featuring gorgeous anime-style art from the franchise's original artists.
  • Numerous updates previously seen only in the handheld version, including:
    - Selectable difficulty level and new game+ features on subsequent playthroughs
    - Full voice-acting during combat
    - "Retry Offset" feature to lower the difficulty of battle with each attempt if desired

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 550 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (64-bit supported)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
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Belth Allusis
( 147.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This is a story heavy JRPG with a focus on character development. The game starts off slow and it takes it's times to develop the characters. If you enjoy a game with an emphasis on character development, I think this is one of the best I have ever played.
The combat is tun-based on a grid system. The system has quite a lot of depth due to turn-order bonuses, the ability to manipulate turn-order, and the ability to change character positions on the grid. Your characters abilities are determined by what quartz you put in each character's quartz grid. The game is very open with information, giving you all the quartz requirements for spells at the start of the game in the bracer notebook.
The music is pretty good, but its Falcom good music is what they do best.
I think the biggest complaint I had in my first playthrough was that the game was too easy. After you beat the game once you can play on higher difficulties.
Also if you want to complete a perfect run, save often because it is really easy to miss things.
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Apple Bottom Jeans
( 62.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
One of the best games I've ever played, amazing first part in one of the best JRPG's
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( 42.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
There's a really cool skill system in this game - the orbment and quartz system allows for a ton of different skill buildouts, and gives you some significant flexibility despite having a small party.

The battle system is interesting, and combined with the orbment system, there's a lot of different ways you can fight. You can have a party that is slow, but hits like a truck, or a party that dances around dropping status effects and delaying the enemy.

The dialog is SOOOOOOOO tedious. The characters never stop talking, and very rarely have anything interesting to say - its like every conversation is 5 or 6 dialog boxes longer than it should be, and over the course of a game with dozens and dozens of quests - that gets super tedious.

The game's quests are heavily structured, and don't allow you to shortcut anything - if someone asks you to nail two boards together, you need to go find the npc with the hammer, go back to the quest giver npc, he'll tell you "oh, you need a hammer", go back to hammer-guy, get your hammer, then repeat all the same steps to get the nail. You can't just say "I need a hammer and nail" and go talk to the hammer guy, nail guy, and then come back with both. There's a ton of time just walking back and forth and that's not a lot of fun.

The game has a 'bounty' system, and rewards you for doing these little bounty quests - they expire quickly as the story moves forward though, which always agravates me and reminds me that I'm playing a game, not involved in some sort of epic quest - Pirates are about to kill the mayor's daughter, but I'm gonna run halfway across the continent to fetch a magic lantern that some random wizard needs because the quest will be gone if I save the daughter - she's okay to wait.

There's a really good 15-20 hr game in there somewhere, but the problem is that its going to take you 50+ hrs to play. There's way too much filler, and frankly, the game doesn't respect the gamer's time.
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( 56.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Excellent story, great writing, great characters, fun combat. I think anyone would enjoy this game, even those who don't typically play JRPG's.
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( 29.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This ♥♥♥♥ is legit yo, solid game.
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Unfathomable Denseness
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
What quite a number of people don't realize is that this game was originally released 2004 for the PSP and only made it's way to the west a couple of years ago. This is a game that was created during a time when RPG storytelling and combat was a fair bit slower paced and relaxed. It was also made by a company (Nihon Falcom) that's renowed for their dedication to old school JRPGs. Despite or even perhaps due to it's age i feel that it matches quite well with a number of games out there. If you're looking for a game to invest time with good story and a comparitively unique combat system (during 2004 anyway) then this a game you should consider.

For those who like the game but seek faster paced and more intuitive combat and possess either a PsVita or PS3 i'd recommend Sen no Kiseki. AKA Trails of Cold Steel. it's a mix of Trails in the Sky's general combat system with a more advanced version of Fire Emblem Awakening's link system and Persona series social links.
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Tweetiti |Boobs of Steel|
( 52.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is a must for all JRPG fans. I hesitated to play it but the reviews were so good I had to try once it was in sale. I do not regret it a second. Yes it might be a little slow at first but I personnally quite used to this in other similar games and I'm happy to do every single sidequests threre is. HTe graphics are decent enough and the attention to details is amazing but sometimes also a bit askew. For example you do a sidequest in a place and then you go back to this place for the main story and the dialogues doesn't remember you had come before. On the ohther hand you borrow a fishing rod and then follow the stor for a while but when you leave town suddenly your heros remember you need to give it back. I can't wait to play the next part of this epic adventure.
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( 42.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I am about 7 hours into the game as of writing this, and so far it is a fun JRPG with a classic feel. The writing and characters are better than in your average JRPG translation, and the unique combat system is quick but tactical.

While the combat is simpler than a pure strategy RPG like Final Fantasy Tactics, it is still more engaging than a standard turn-based RPG where combat can often feel entirely dependent on stats. The game lacks a standard critical hit system in favor of placing random buffs on specific turns in combat. These buffs can help both allies or enemies, depending on who acts on that turn. The game then introduces systems which allow you to manipulate turn order, such as their "limit break" style system which can be used at any time, interrupting the next turn. Gameplay also takes place on a square grid allowing for positional advantages and strategic use of area of effect abilities.

The game is paced well so far, with plenty of optional content to keep you busy and reduce the grind. I was afraid that by playing on Hard mode I would simply have to grind more to survive the fights, but so far it seems that is not the case. Fights are challenging but manageable, and since I enjoy exploring I have been gaining a lot from side quests and dungeons. Monster fights in the wild are generally all avoidable, with fights starting only when you run into a monster in the field.

While lacking modern features like voice acting or modern 3D graphics, I find this game to be quite enjoyable, and I'm having some of the most fun I've had with a JRPG in a long time.
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Nightmare Marine(Ghost)
( 419.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
This game is one of the greatest games i have played in a long time its has a very great story if you would like a good rpg with a good story this is it, the hole story of each area many scenes and parts that play a part in this game are amazing you meet so many Characters to meet and see its amazing, if you liked this game you must see about getting the sequel its the second chapter but only get it once you have beaten this one
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( 148.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Great Game with lots of fun.
Wish there are more games like this.

Would say this one of the jrpg game which can rival games like dragon age.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I played the first ~20 hours of this game and put it down for several weeks. It definitely starts slow. This game puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into world-building, and before you're invested in the world, it's difficult for it to get its hooks into you too deep.

That said, when I picked it back up again, the remaining 40 hours of game went by in the next week and a half. I eventually gained an appreciation for the world and the plot picked up enough to carry me through. The combat also opened itself up enough from its relatively limited early stages to make for more satisfying battles and customization, though it never gets too complicated.

The end of the game is excellent, and while it ends on a cliffhanger, it's one that you can resolve immediately by playing the sequel -- a game you'll enjoy more thanks to its direct continuation of the story and the fact that you've already "paid" for the extensive world- and character-building.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28

With that abridged ♥♥♥♥♥♥ic moan, I will begin by saying that this is a game series everybody needs to play. With tears in my eyes, I say that if you call yourself a writer, an rpg fanatic, an artist, a cartoonist or an aspiring game designer, play this game. I say that this is a perfect game. I couldn't possibly go into enough detail to portray exactly how perfect this game is, or how many hours straight I've played this game, the weekends claimed by just this game. The Art? Fanatasic. The Music? Virtuosic. The (Story)Plot? Detailed. The Charcters? Ho, man. Perfect are they. And then there's the love. The effort that went into the creation of this masterpiece. The minutia.

Play it. That's all I have to say. Play it, and bask in the face of the perfect JRPG.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
98.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game is incredible. The writing is the best I have ever seen in a video game. The detail is just mindblowing. The battle system is really easy to get used to and if you know what you are doing then you can pull off some amazing combos and just destroy the bosses. I have played this game 5 times when I first got it (250 hours of my life ) and that was before I got it on steam. After that I did 2 more runs and I regret nothing. The characters are really well done. All of them are really usefull in battles too its just up to your preference.Even the NPC's are really well done they always have something new to say. Hell some of the generic NPC's are better than most Rpg characters I have seen in my life.

I DO have 1 problem with the game though.
The final boss has REALLY high physical defence. Even if you increase your strenght you can't do that much dmg on him withouth using an S-Craft. This makes getting one of the achivements really annoying. He also has great magical defence too.Also I pretty much tried every status aliments on him and nothing works. Even the super boss of this game is affected by some of the status aliments ( then again the super boss is dificult for other reasons). The final boss is still not all that hard its just takes long.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
If you want an immersive world where even the most irrelevant NPC's have something to say about what's going on after every little thing you do, then this is the game for you.

The story is great, it really pulls you in, and the characters are lovable. There's mysteries and plot-twists and drama and everything you could want in a good story. I guarantee if you make it to the end and finish this game, you will purchase the sequel within minutes once the credits start rolling.

This game is also great for completionists. There's tons of things you can miss if you aren't paying attention. Quests, treasures, etc.

Do not buy this game if you can't handle large amounts of voiceless dialogue. The combat is NOT the selling point of this game, though that doesn't mean the combat is not enjoyable. I enjoyed the combat. But the story is the main selling point of this game.

I give this game a 10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I'm no good at writing reviews so I'll just leave a recommend for this game to, hopefully, help the developers.

This game was a true joy to play and I'm already eager to play the next one in the series. The game is very dialog heavy, as several other people have mentioned, so you should be prepared for that. When people say it's about 50/50 dialog/combat, they are not kidding. There are sections where you read dialog for a good 10-20 mins. You could skip the dialog of course, but the story (in my opinion) is the strong side of this game.

All in all, huge recommend from me.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Great Game with lots of fun.
Wish there are more games like this.

Would say this one of the jrpg game which can rival games like dragon age.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
One of the best games I've played in a while, and easily one of my favorite RPGs...and thats after one playthrough, 50 hours long. Definitely getting the next chapter of this series.

The only caveat I would give anybody is that you need to put in the time to get the full effect from this game. Because the game delivers a long story with some extremely detailed characters, you have to immerse yourself into the game to enjoy it thoroughly. Once you do though, it is so rewarding. I could go on and on about the characters especially, but to save space I'll just say they feel like actual humans with complex stories and feelings, making them very easy to relate to. Of course, the interactions and comic relief are abundant too, and quite effective (I lost it ater "Princess Joshua").

The gameplay elements also deliver, as there are some really interesting features including basically shaping your characters' abilities through sepith, quartz, and Arts (magic, if you will). Between that and the turn order and battle grid, there is quite a bit of strategy and preparation involved, so while the game isnt overly difficult, you can put yourself in a pretty big hole if you give the game the chance, or give yourself an advantage. You also can craft healing items, but I think I only ever used 3-4 of the couple dozen items available, so its more filler than anything. If you're a completionist like me, you won't need to do much grinding since you'll be fighting a lot of monsters on these quests, but it can get tedious to fight off so many of the same monsters in the same place again and again, but the ability to "bump" into enemies you want to fight and the 100% escape rate make it manageable.

Without question, this game is absolutely worth the price tag. If you enjoy RPGs and storytelling, this game is perfect for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Overall, an excellent JRPG. Great story, great characters, and good mechanics. This is certainly a game to get into if people want a good story to follow. While slow pace, the story is never boring and this is one of the few games I've had a connection with the characters and story. You will need the second chapter (SC) if you want to get into this.

The cons of this game are two-fold:

The PC port is shotty. I've played this on the PSP before and had no problems, but on PC (with an overkill PC and SSD) there's certain maps and areas that studder and gitter within 50-125fps that feels like it's running at 4fps. The menu sometimes doesn't want to show labels on items. Sometimes you won't be able to load up the saved games are at start-up. I've had more crashes than with a Bethesda game. Luckily the autosave is good. None of this is game-breaking, but rather dissapointing. Although I'm unsure if this is somehow only a problem on my system.

The gameplay is rather bleh~. Battle system is standard. There's not a whole lot of customizability with equipment and upgrade (you get better stuff progressively). Difficulties are whacked. Normal is rather challenging without grinding (I only grind before the final battle so I would have less headaches). Hard is a nightmare, and beyond... you've got to be a masochist because it's health/attack based difficutly. There's only a few good fights where the opponents try to fight smart, otherwise they become bullet sponges. If you play on normal, nothing will be teeth-grindingly bad, just not very challenging without. Once you turn it up to hard, you get kicked in the balls. Oh, and you can't change difficulties later on so choose wisely.

Side problem: The graphics are decent for the most part other than the sprites. They scream 2004! If that was changed, people would probably think this was a recent lower(ish)-budget title.

If you play on normal and suffer through the small port/localization problems, it's a really enjoyable game. Nice to sit back and play to enjoy the story with some small battle challenges here and there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I never had a favorite game until I played this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
94.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
From the SC description:
"The Legend of Heroes Series Continues…
The tale of Estelle and Joshua concludes in this engaging narrative twice the size of its predecessor."

*looks at hours played*
Oh boy.
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