About the Product
- Limited Edition includes the following additional contents to the standard game: Soundtrack CD containing over 20 songs, 13-inch by 19.5-inch poster, 1.5-inch Bracer Guild replica metal badge
- Dynamic and Unique Strategic Combat System
- After a brief hiatus since its last release in January 2007, this latest The Legend of Heroes title kicks off a new trilogy and brings this innovative RPG series to new heights
- Another highly-acclaimed soundtrack from the renowned music department at development house Falcom, 57 original tracks set the mood for this moving tale.
- the first of a new trilogy in the established The Legend of Heroes RPG series
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Limited Edition
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is the first of a new trilogy in the established The Legend of Heroes RPG series. A highly detailed 3D world, beautiful original soundtrack, and unique strategic battle system showcase production values a generation beyond the previous iteration. An epic story about preserving the peace against all odds spanning over 50 hours of gameplay, with numerous optional side quests, makes this the biggest adventure ever available on a handheld system.
In the peaceful town of Rolent of the Liberl Kingdom, a young girl named Estelle and her friend Joshua, who had been taken in by her family years earlier, prepare to take their first steps to join the legendary guild of the Bracers. Bracers are considered the peacekeepers and protectors of order that owe allegiance to no country or government. In Liberl their guild has flourished since a brief war some ten years prior after an invasion from the Erebonian Empire to the north, and their efforts have made peace a lasting prospect.
In the course of their journey to become full-fledged Bracers, Estelle and Joshua begin to see the peace threatened by a dark side of the ruling government that plots to overthrow the Liberl queen, Alicia. Together they travel the world on their quest to become Bracers and slowly unravel the truth behind the mastermind who seeks to bring war back to their borders.
- The Legend of Heroes Series Returns to PSP in Top Form - After a brief hiatus since its last release in January 2007, this latest The Legend of Heroes title kicks off a new trilogy and brings this innovative RPG series to new heights.
- Amazing Original Soundtrack - Another highly-acclaimed soundtrack from the renowned music department at development house Falcom, 57 original tracks set the mood for this moving tale.
- Dynamic and Unique Strategic Combat System - All enemies are visible on the field map with no random battles, and once an enemy is engaged a strategic turn-based
system including character-based, weapon-based, and item-based special skills, and a customizable magic scheme, reveals an engrossing and deep battle system.
- The Biggest Adventure to Ever Appear on a Handheld System - A powerful and emotional main story including a large and well-developed cast of characters combine to make an epic tale spanning well over 50 hours of core gameplay.
Top Customer Reviews
While these games were never popular in the West, apparently they did well enough in Japan so that original creator of the games, Falcom, decided to start porting their games to the PSP themselves. One of these actually made it to the West (Gurumin), but most have languished over in Japan, until Xseed signed a deal with them. And this is the first game from the deal, The Legend of Heroes 6: Sora No Kiseki First Chapter, or Trails in the Sky.
Like the previous LoH trio of games, Trails in the Sky is very much character and story driven. If you don't like reading text, this game is not for you. But not only has the translation been dramatically improved this time, so has the scope of the game. While the previous ones were somewhat linear, this has massive amounts of side quests, characters, and little extras. And I mean massive (it's a shame there is no strategy guide).
Beyond that, the combat has been overhauled. The previous trio used a simple system of picking commands from a menu, which most JRPGs from the early 90s used. This still basically uses that, but gives you a lot more options, and can now move your guys around the combat map. This adds some depth, but also drags combat out a bit longer. So it's something of a wash, as far as I am concerned.
Falcom games always have great music, this is no exception. There's really no speech in the game though, just battle voices. Despite running from UMD, there are no load times worth noting, all in all a very solid game technically.
The story in the game has mostly been spelled out in the blurb. Is it the most exciting thing ever? No. But it is very charming and the characters likable. In a way, sort of the antithesis of Final Fantasy.
So basically, if you like old school JRPGs, then is probably for you. But bear in mind, much like the previous trio, this is somewhat slow moving and wordy. So if you didn't like those, you might still not like this, even with the improved translation, combat, and depth, it's still a quirky, story driven game. But for me, I loved the first three and I love this just as much.
Enter Xseed's localization of Trails in the Sky, a JRPG developed by Falcom originally for the PC.
The first thing many PSP RPG gamers will ask is: Why would I buy another Legend of Heroes game when the first three sucked so bad?
Well here are three reasons:
1) The game is localized by Xseed, not Namco Bandai. Xseed has done a truly fantastic job of translating this game, something Namco failed miserably at.
2) Xseed did not fool around with the game play, something Namco also did with the original trilogy.
3) This is the first game of a trilogy, and the story contained in this game have absolutely nothing to do with the other three localized by Namco. Namco also released the last trilogy out of order (they obviously didn't care about the games at all...) and Xseed is releasing this trilogy in the proper order ;)
Story (spoiler free):
So lets talk about the game. First and foremost this game is heavily story based, and is not voice acted. If you do not like to read a lot of text for story advancement turn away now. The main purpose that I play RPGs is for their story, and Trails in the Sky delivers. It has been a long time since I have been this hooked on an RPGs story that once I pick the game up I don't put it down until I have too (food or sleep). So far I am a little over 20 hours into the game and just started Chapter 2 (there are 4 chapters plus the prologue). Gameplay is estimated at 50 hours so you'll certainly get your monies worth. I am very impressed with this story and I can't give enough thanks to Xseed for spending so much time doing a good translation!
The story does contain some of the JPRG cliches but it is not dripping with them like some games. I find the interaction amongst the characters to be humorous and enjoyable to read. Not a single character I have come across yet (4 of the 8) has caused me to be annoyed and hate them. Typically in JRPGs there will always be an ultra annoying emo boy and girl that I hate immediately, not so here.
This game is part of a trilogy, and like some other RPGs you will be able to import your saved game into the next game of the series. The game also has a New Game+ feature where nearly everything is carried over if you wish to play through the game again and try to get any Bracer Points you missed, or hidden items.
Most of the areas in the game are at 3rd person overhead view, with the camera rotatable by 360 degrees. In some areas, notably indoor areas the camera will be fixed. The games story is linear, however you do have some freedom and plenty of opportunities for exploration. There are places you can visit and explore for good loot that is not party of the story, and will be missed if you don't take advantage of it before the story takes you onto different regions.
For combat people should be happy to know that there are no random encounters! You can see all random enemies before you engage them. There has been plenty of variety in the enemies you fight, along with several that require different strategies to kill. Combat is turn-based, and unlike most turn-based games you can move your characters around on the battle field. You may at first think that sounds similar to a SRPG, but it's really not. You can either move and attack, just move, start casting a spell, use a special attack, use an item, or flee. Several spells/special attacks will have areas of effect which is shown the screen so you'll know if you can hit multiple enemies. Turn order is displayed on the screen, and randomly up coming turns will have bonuses assigned to them (100% critical, heal some health/ep/cp, increase strength, etc). It is in your best interest to manipulate the turn-order to gain those bonuses. Needless to say there is plenty of room for tactics here, but the over all combat system is very easy to understand. You will not be overloaded with options.
Sound & Graphics:
These two categories are the lowest in importance to me. That said, I don't have any issues with either. The graphics look good, the text is all perfectly readable, no issues with frame rates or sound stuttering, none of the music annoys me. In combat your characters will say things for some attacks (battle voices). I really don't have much to say on this aspect of the game.
This is an excellent JRPG that exceeded all of my expectations for the game. The story is excellent, the translation is top notch, the characters are all likeable, the combat system is enjoyable, and I'm happy with the sound and graphics.
Trails in the Sky, you get 5 stars from me!
I have since completed the entire game, along with all quests. Total play time was 51 hours. That time is with very, very little grinding of any kind. I did a little at the start of the game (maybe an hour or two) but none after that.
My opinion of the game has not changed either. I still feel like this was an excellent game and I will definitely be buying the sequel when it arrives. The game of course ends on a cliff hanger (it is a three part game I believe) and I actually was slightly surprised by the plot twist.
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