The Legend of Heroes is a series that’s been going on for quite some time. If you’re like me, you’ve never even heard of it. Luckily, the PSP version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC is on Vita, and it’s a nice introduction to the series, especially since The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel releases on Vita December 22.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky follows Estelle Bright, a peacekeeper in the area’s Bracer’s Guild. Estelle’s brother, Joshua, disappears and she travels to find him. Without giving too much away, a bigger threat emerges and Estelle must gather a party to defeat it.
The beginning is definitely a slow burn, and combat isn’t introduced for the first 20 minutes. The characters and the overall plot take a while to stick, but the cast does grow on you after a while. Individual characters develop really well, and their motivations seem organic. Some attempts at humor are actually pretty funny, but can turn awkward in an instant. It’s interesting to look back even to a PSP-era RPG to see the storytelling differences between now and then, because a lot of the plot rolls out slower than many modern gamers may be used to.