The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky – A PC jRPG done right


Some time ago I was browsing through my Steam library looking for something different to play and I saw this game that I bought during a Steam sale (well, like every other game really): The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky. I couldn’t play it when it originally came out on PC, and I had not played the PSP remake, so I decided it was time to try a new jRPG franchise.

The game is not as long as other jRPGs, I have completed it in around 45 hours. It took me another 10-15 hours to get all the Steam achievements. There is not much hidden content (no real hidden bosses or huge sidequests or anything of the like) so once you complete the main storyline, you just have some cleanup to do to complete it 100%.

Don’t let this put you off though: those 45 hours are worth it. This is not the best jRPG that I have ever played, but it’s one that I am glad I have played and completed. The battle system is an interesting hybrid: it’s purely turn-based (the style I love the most) but it also allows you to move your characters on a grid (Disgaea style), which works reasonably well, although I haven’t really used this feature that much, normally you can simply attack and let your characters move by themselves. It adds an interesting new dimension to battles, but again, most of the time it’s not something you absolutely must use in order to win the battle.

Graphically, this game is beautiful. The colors are bright and the characters are so fluffy it makes you feel like a 10-year-old. The characters are well designed and well developed, each with a specific fighting style and personality, in the best jRPG tradition.


But the best thing about this game is the story. No, the combat system is not the best one ever made, and the game doesn’t offer lots of challenges but the story will keep you hooked. The game is famous for the long dialogues, and yes, I can confirm you will have to do quite a bit of reading, but everything will lead up to a finale that will keep you longing for episode two. I don’t want to spolier anything, but I can tell you that I absolutely cannot wait for the second chapter to be released (which is supposed to happen some time this summer, according to rumors online). When asked in an interview about the status of Second Chapter, XSEED replied the following:

We know you’ve been waiting for SC. Boy, do we know! And in hindsight, we wish we could’ve scheduled its localization a lot better, because at this point we want it out the door just as much as you (ha ha). I’m currently working together with Trails in the Sky FC & SC editor Jessica Chavez to clean things up and make sure it’s as polished as can be within our crazily hectic schedule. In fact, we’re working 100% in tandem with some of the series’ biggest fans to ensure that every fact is checked and every piece of foreshadowing is correctly shadowed, and just in general taking every step we can to ensure even our biggest critics are pleased with the final product. So far, I could not be happier with the feedback we’ve received.

I recommend you read the whole interview, which also includes news about other episodes of the series.


Unfortunately, there are not many jRPGs on the PC, although things have started changing in the last few years. This is one of those games that you should consider purchasing to support the developers to make sure more games like this find their way to the PC. Save your money, don’t buy another FPS (there are way too many of those on Steam already) and use that money to buy this. If everyone did this, Steam would become a better place 😉


Why Is Changing Country Settings Such a Big Deal?

World mapI have recently tried to change my country setting on the PSN, only to find out that it is not possible to do so. And it doesn’t look like I am the only one who wants to do that either. Users opened posts about this topic back in the 2010 and, as far as I know, nobody has ever gotten any feedback from Sony. The only thing is a short page saying that the country cannot be changed for security reasons.

Nintendo is doing the same thing.  In this case, I haven’t found any explanation for this choice.

But if it is such a big deal for Sony and Nintendo, why does Microsoft allow users to change their region? Are there no security issues for Microsoft? Or are there some weird reasons for Sony and Nintendo not to enable this feature?

This, to me, looks like a very poor decision, not to mention a very big fail by Sony and Nintendo. I understand that many people don’t care about this, and this might be the reason why not many gamers are complaining about this, but this is an important thing in my opinion. People move, and not realizing this is either extremely stupid or extremely arrogant.

The Jak and Daxter Trilogy Free For PlayStation Plus Members

The Jak and Daxter TrilogyIf you are a PlaystationPlus member, one of the titles you get for free this month is The Jax and Daxter Trilogy. I really hope that you have played these games back in the day, but if you havenàt and you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a quick summary: these are some of the best platformers ever released for the PS2 (and the PS3 too, to be honest, due to its lack of content in this genre). So if you like these kind of games, do yourself a favour and go download and play these games, they are really good.

Also, you can download both the PS3 and the PS Vita versions for free. What more do you want? 🙂