Excerpt: It is rare to see a lot of new things in a role playing game these days. Most are following the same tried and true themes that have been established for years. The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky shakes things up in a variety of ways. The system is interesting, and hard to describe. The orbments contain quartz which are what gives the player elemental magical skills. You also need energy points to cast but that comes up later.
The Legend Of Heroes: Trails In The Sky Review (PSP)
12 July 2012
Excerpt: To begin, let’s clarify the situation . The Legend of Heroes is a long-running role playing series from Japan. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky was originally released in 2004 on exclusively on PC and is the first game from the franchise to be released outside of Japan. Not only that, Trails in The Sky is also the first game in what is known as the ‘Sora no Kiseki’ trilogy. Still with us? Good.
Pros: Great scripting and character interaction., Solid battle system., Fantastic soundtrack.
Cons: Sprite design is graphically underwhelming., Some side-missions are a chore., Dungeon designs are generally bland.
Excerpt: One could be forgiven for assuming, after a cursory glance, that Trails in the Sky is yet another generic and clichéd JRPG. It certainly doesn’t look like much from screenshots, and the characters – initially, at least – seem to fit the spiky-haired anime teen stereotypes that the genre is infamous for. But it's actually part of a popular (in Japan, at least) series of RPG games that have been around since the 80s.
Summary: The only let down in this game is the huge amount of dialogue. However, with smooth gameplay, beautiful scenery, tons of hours of adventuring and loveable characters, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is great for the PSP and will certainly scratch any JRPG itch you may have.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Review | Trailblazin'
29 September 2011
Conclusion: The Short Version: Trails in the Sky is one of those rare JRPGs that manages to feel both familiar and yet progressive. Detailed, sprawling and stuffed with personality, this will delight JRPG fans and might even surprise newcomers with its easy charm and impressive depth.
Pros: Cracking characters, Brilliant battles, Inventive AI and quests
Cons: Pacing could prove problematic for some, Some conversations descend into waffling, Occasionally muddled graphics
Excerpt: Ten years ago, Estelle lost her mother when her town was attacked in a war. Her father was a high ranking commander in the war, but left the army to be with his family. He later joined and advanced in the ranks of the Bracer’s Guild. He’s often away on trips, and the game starts off five years ago when he comes home with a badly injured boy named Joshua, whom they adopt and treat as family.