Today we have a special guest reviewer, none other than my brother Sean Chandler aka the infamous Motherboop.
The Legends of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
Platform: PSP (compatible with PS Vita, PlayStation TV) and PC
Players - 1 ; Multiplayer battles over local wireless
Achievements - N/A
Retail Price - $29.99 (digital only)
High Level Premise – Traditional JRPG with a number of progressive variables, including Combat Orbment for skills, crafting system, food creation, etc.
Graphics/Style – The Artistic direction is similar to Final Fantasy Tactics, with gameplay similarities to traditional JRPGs including Xenogears and titles within the Lunar series.
Music/Soundtrack – Lighthearted JRPG soundtrack akin to the Lunar series. Music reminiscent of the great RPG’s from the 1990’s.
Story – Being the second game in the Trails in the Sky Trilogy, the story in Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (Second Chapter) begins where the first installment left off.
Replay-ability – Side-quests make for a fairly high replay value.
Time Commitment – Completing Trails in the Sky SC in its entirety can take 100+ hours, however portability and an engrossing story make this time well spent.
Value – While it appears a bit dated at first glance, the sheer amount of content within justifies the price.
Favorite Element - AAA Localization.
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky: SC is a direct sequel and continuation of 2011’s Trails in the Sky. Originally released in Japan by Nihon Falcom for various platforms between 2006 & 2007, Trails in the Sky SC has been brought stateside by the localization experts at XSEED Games, along with superb translation efforts from Carpe Fulgar. As a traditional JRPG, Trails in the Sky SC contains a strong story & character development, along with a campaign that leaves a lasting impression.
New to this installment is the improved combat orbment system, which provides a segue as to why abilities learned in the first installment don’t carry over. Equipping quartz to your character’s upgradeable orbment slots will bring new & improved skills to your party’s characters. While a bit dialogue heavy at times, the games fast-paced and fluent battle system more than make up for the time spent with the story progression. The game also contains an excellent music score, with tracks that set the mood for the many settings within the story.
As an added bonus, the digital download gives the player flexibility of experiencing the game on PSP, PS Vita, and PlayStation TV. Although a PC version exists with improved textures, Trails in the Sky SC translates surprisingly well on the big screen with PlayStation TV, given the PSP’s outdated 480 x 272 resolution. Regardless of which platform you choose to play on, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC is a solid offering for those familiar with the first installment within the Trails in the Sky trilogy. For those new to the series, it is strongly recommended to check out the original Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, which is also available via digital download on the PlayStation Store and on PSP.