The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a turn-based RPG released on the PlayStation Portable which is known for its gigantic narrative and fantastic characters.
Trails in the Sky is an RPG that puts its story front and centre. It brings you into its fully developed world and provides you with a wealth of information regarding its history. While the narrative is strong, it is very much the characters personalities and interactions that will keep the player engaged and constantly wanting to advance the story. It is not the destination, but the journey that matters most in Trails in the Sky.
Trails in the Sky is actually the first chapter in a trilogy of games and its story begins with Estelle and her adopted brother Joshua as they train to become Bracers to uphold the peace in the land. As Estelle looks for her lost father she uncovers a plot to overthrow the Queen and jeopardise the freedom of Liberl Kingdom. It all sets up an interesting plot twist that ends on a cliff hanger that leads into the second chapter. The relationship between Estelle and Joshua is the highlight as both of them have well defined personalities that develop over the course of the story. Whether it is Estelle losing her temper, Joshua mocking her naivety or just conversing with the other interesting characters spread around the world the dialogue always bring a smile to the players face.
The combat system is traditional turn-based, but allows the characters to freely move around the battle arena adding an extra element of flexibility. Each party member has their own special technique that allows them to interrupt the turn order and execute powerful attacks. The customisation system is similar to the Materia system found in Final Fantasy VII and enables characters to insert Quartz into their Orbment devices to cast magic spells and increase their statistics. Players can also participate in side quests to receive rare items, rewards and increase their Bracer points.
The soundtrack of Trails in the Sky is upbeat and carefree. The tracks suit the mood of a light-hearted adventure, but also include epic orchestral pieces when the need arises. The music direction is definitely unique, shown by the battle theme “Sophisticated Fight”, which unusually is a fun jazz piece. Another highlight is “Where the Stars Are” which has both a vocal rendition as well as a fantastic harmonica version that will instantly have you humming along.
Trails in the Sky is an extremely fun adventure that will hook you in with its charm. If you are looking for a RPG that tells a compelling story with great characters, then you should play The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.