Fans have been eagerly awaiting the English translation of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, and Nihon Falcom and XSEED Games were thrilled to finally fulfill the desire of these fans. Will the game still impress 9 years after its initial Japanese release date?
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC picks up right after the first game left off, with Estelle awakening in Joshua’s room alone. She searches for Joshua, but is unable to find him, and, despite her father telling her otherwise, decides that he must have went back home to their house.
Upon travelling there, however, her hopes are crushed, as Joshua is nowhere to be seen. She almost gives up, but a wandering priest helps her shake off the despair, and she decides instead to undergo training to become strong enough to take on the mysterious Ouroborous Society and find Joshua.
The second game’s story is quite a bit darker than the first, but players will still find the light of hope and humor within. The game proves quite adept at blending the elements, and the story it tells is certainly interesting enough to keep gamers hooked as it becomes more serious and attempts to bring about a satisfying resolution for both Estelle and Joshua.
The gameplay itself is similar to the first game’s, utilizing turn-based battles with minor strategic elements. You will find fragments known as Sepith as you battle and explore the world, which you can then combine together to form Quartz. This Quartz then can be equipped into the Orbments that your characters have, with the various combinations determing what abilities they will have access to.
During battle, there is a turn order on the side, indicating who will be going and at what time. At various times, bonuses will appear that will help whoever is slated to go at that point, whether it is you or an enemy. As you battle, you will be able to utilize the arts, crafts, and physical attacks as you work to take down your enemies, and Chain Craft combos, with your characters working together, can be critical for surviving the harder fights as they will be able to attack at once in order to take down their enemies. In addition, you also have each individual’s S-Craft, which is a powerful ability that you can use at almost any time when you reach 100 CP, termed S-Break. These abilities can dish out greater damage to foes or even provide useful buffs to your allies.
Outside of combat, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC offers up quite a bit to do as well. You’ll be able to play casino games, catch fish, and even read full books in the game as you explore the world, and each helps build a world that feels like it is truly alive and would be present even if you were not.
All of this helps make the game immersive in a way few are. While the heroes and heroines in many will adventure through their respective worlds, buidling relationships with each other, they typically don’t get too involved with other characters. This game, however, allows you to involve Estelle and her friends in the lives of the many different NPCs, and help make the world a better place
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC is a massive game packed with content to keep gamers interested. Though it does look a bit dated, and the introduction can take quite a while to complete, the game still stands as a solid RPG that should deliver the enjoyment Trails fans were hoping for from the title.
Those attempting to jump directly into this game without playing the first will likely feel quite lost, however, and not have anywhere near as much fun as those who played the original game, so if you are curious about the series, be sure to play the first game first.
Final Score: 4/5