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
Helpful customer reviews
139 of 149 people (93%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
The Legends of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, a game I randomly found on the steam store which caught my attention.
When I bought this, I never expected something like this game.

The first in its trilogy which I recently learned, the second of which being released on steam around 2 weeks ago as of writing this, which reminded me to actually play this game again and see how the story went further.

For more than 10 months, I've been missing out.

I would abbreviate it but that's a no-no in this case.


At its core, Trails in the Sky is more or less a strategy-RPG. What I mean by this is that when you encounter enmies, there's a grid-like field on which your characters can move around as well as the enemies, but there's also an overworld in which you can walk around, shop, do sidequests, as well as other things.

Graphics and Visuals:
I'm not really sure how to put it. I really like the artstyle and the character models, or sprites. I'll just go with sprites. The character sprites kinda look like dolls. Which I don't really see all to often, and I really like it. The artstyle is rather simple which works. But they aren't exactly remarkable. I mostly remember the areas for what's in them, and not for how they look. There were also a couple of graphical bugs and in some cutscenes when someone walks away they just suddenly pop away instead of moving out of the screen. As well as some waiting in their places until they come around and say something, as if it were some sort of stage play. Not to mention, considering the game itself is quite old. A PSP game if I remember correctly, so the framerate isn't all too fast.
Now, one thing that just drags the visual quality up are the effects. Just look at ANY art attack or S-Craft and you'll know what I mean, but more on these things later.
Overall: 7/10

Soundtrack:
Alongside with the story, my favourite part of the entire game. I'm just going to say it bluntly to ye alright?
This game has my favourite soundtrack of any video game ever.
Words aren't enough to describe it. Just. The arrangement, the instruments, holy flipsticks it's SO GOOD.
Just a whopping 10/10
Edit 11/3/2016: Played SC, has better soundtrack. Still a 10/10 though.

Gameplay:
Edit 11/3/2016: Realised this is a review, not a tutorial. Edited the gameplay section

I'll try to keep this quick and simple. Standard RPG stuff. Combat has regular attacks, magix (or arts) (fire, wind, earth, water (holy crap avatar), time and I think space and mirage? The latter 2 elements definetly exist, I just forgot whether they have attacks or not). You move around on a grid of some sort and you can unleash a special attack once you got enough CP (Craft Points, not Cheese Pizza. Sheesh). So that's all regarding combat. The rest is what you'd expect from an RPG: Sidequests, people to talk to, etc. The dungeons aren't the most impressive either (they tend to have a REALLY simple layout)

Overall: 7/10


Story and Characters
Like I said before, this is the first game in a TRILOGY. There's more to the story than what this game alone offers.
But for what it offers, holy damn it's good.
This isn't really about deities or chosen ones, your 2 main characters: Estelle and Joshua are the main stars who just became junior bracers and go around the country to become Senior Bracers. That's the small part of it. If you want the big part, go play the game. It's real good.
So about those characters? You know, those loveable, memorable characters? Amazing. Just amazing. Each of the charactes, or atleast the ones somewhat of relevance are so likeable (or hateable) they always put a smile on my face. That Dialogue? That gold is sold. Seriously. Some of the conversations are absolutely hilarious! It knows when its supposed to be serious and when it isn't, but seriously, don't skip the dialogue. The sad part is is that every chapter you got different party members (aside for Joshua and Estelle, which you always have.) I wanted to see more Olivier ok.
Expect to read. Alot.
Overall: 9.5/10

Enjoyment: 9/10
The characters and story are definetly what make this game. The gameplay also works and is pretty enjoyable, but IMO, the story takes the cake by far. However, like I said previously. There's quite a bit of backtracking, but that's mainly in the sidequests. So I can't give it a perfect score. But despite all that. I can say that this game takes the cake for my favourite JRPG. Atleast until I get to play Trails 2.

Overall: 8.5/10
A definite recommend for people who like RPGs and love a good story. The gameplay is also pretty fun (though not the most detailed) and you can mess around with some things. However, if you don't text masses; I suggest you stay away.
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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Trails In The Sky is a JRPG from Falcom, a cult classic developer that's been churning out diverse and well crafted role playing games in a variety of styles (from action to strategy to dungeon crawling to metroidvania) since the Nes days. Joining all these games are equally diverse and gorgeous soundtracks from the developers in-house band/sound team.

Trails In The Sky's biggest twist on the jrpg formula is that it's actually well written...Falcom you madmen! How do you ever expect some crazy gimmicks like "a good script", "foreshadowing", "plot twists", "humor and whimsical moments that are actually funny", or "character development" to ever catch on in the anime/game biz? Obviously this is why you guys are so obscure.

Oh yeah and the battle system is really fun too and both the story and gameplay are nicely paced, if you don't mind a ton of reading. But let's be honest, you're mainly playing this to see Estelle and Joshua grow and develop as characters along with their relationship.

The cute, sweet, funny, slice of life bits are honestly the best part too. So I'm happy it stays that way for about 40 hours, hahaha.

Go play it. Best Jrpg I've ever played. Can't wait to play the rest of the trilogy!
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
My Impression:
Words cannot even begin to describe what I feel for this game. If you have ever been in love - thats the closest it gets to describe it

Positive:
+ Great Story
+ Living World
+ Fun quests, missable (adds extra fun of finding them)
+ Breathtaking story and locations that keeps you in the world for hours without letting you go - just like magic
+ Loveable Characters
+ Enjoyable Combat
+ Great music

Cons:
- Don't get to battle with the same characters throughout the story. Story dictates who is in your party, no swapping.
- Moving wastes your turn and is useless during combat
- You could say graphics, but it's a port and an old school style JRPG, so not much of a con

TLDR:
The game is extremly fun and thats what matters in a game at the end of the day - having fun.

I finished this game with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes, I didnt know whether to laugh or cry - the best ending ever in the videogames I played.

I jsut purchased SC, and will play it after I finish typing this.

I recommend to anyone (new in the JRPG genre, or a JRPG veteran) get this game and enjoy the magic journey of the Trails in the Sky. It's been awhile I played a game as good as this one and is definitely worth anyones time.

10/10
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
74.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
This is one of the best JRPG's I have ever played story/plot wise, combat is also particulary good but mainly I play this for the story rich enviorment it offers. I would recommend this to almost anyone who enjoys a good checker board JRPG but like any other game - depends entirely on the person who plays it.

Every character in the game has a special role, with each progress you make the game becomes more interesting to play, even the side/minor characters in other towns you will be visitting have always something new to say. But what got me the most of all into the game is the strong bond between the two main characters you'll be always playing (from start to end), not to mention the uncoverage of their hidden backstory throughout the progression of the game.

In other words, I think this game deserves an excellent grade in my book, there is also a sequel to this game which I will be definitely playing and if you ever decide to play the first one, then I think you won't regret playing the second one either.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
The Legend of Heores: Trails in the Sky (RPG)

Story 9/10
Characters 10/10
Gameplay 8/10
World 10/10
Sound 9/10
Graphics 7/10
Verdict: One of the finest RPGs I've played

TLDR: Sometimes this game goes for $10. Buy it. If it's sitting in dust in your library, play it.


You see, I passed this up years ago, dissing the generic title and what appeared to be a run-of-the-mill RPG. Boy was I wrong. This game is right up there with some of the finest RPGs to come out of Japan. The older Final Fantasies, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Dragon Quest, Lunar... it's on par with all of them.

Characters feel real, with a real sense of purpose and more three-dimensional than many of the dismal RPGs I've played lately. Even generic NPCs in this game is given real care and attention, you'll see them grow, their lives changing as you play through the 40~50 hours quest. Think Working Designs kind of quality. The story in this game doesn't break any new ground. but the writing and execution is top-notch.

The game's graphics, although deceptively simple, are very detailed, charming and expressive. Music is extemely good, coming from Nihon Falcom, the same company that made Ys. Combat plays out like a tactics game, where your characters move freely about a grid-based map and executing a variety of attacks encompassing different ranges. The game's pacing is superb, although let down a bit by the final dungeon, which I found monotonous and dragged out.

It's kind of hard to describe how I felt when playing this game, but its the same feeling I always feel when playing a genuinely good RPG. You get invested in the characters and the world around them, and you'd keep on playing just to find out what happens to them next. I'll be hungering for more Legend of Heroes games in the future.
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