The legend of heroes: trails in the sky the 3rd review

There was a time in my life when I thought playing The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd would be a far-fetched dream. Fans of the series waited forever khổng lồ play Trails in the Sky SC, so the Trails in the Sky The 3rd localization seemed like a wish that would never happen. Luckily, XSEED Games came through, and gave Trails fans their wish with a PC release. With its excellent cast of characters and fun battle system, I’m glad it was worth the wait.

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The 3rd takes place six months after the thrilling conclusion khổng lồ Second Chapter. Promoted to main character is Father Kevin Graham, the dorky but lovable priest that showed up from time to time in the first two games. Working as a special agent within the Gralsritter, a special order within the Septian church that hunts down dangerous magic artifacts & keeps them out of the wrong hands, Kevin sets out on the trail for another artifact. He is joined by his squire and childhood friend, Ries Argent.

As Kevin, the player’s job is exploring the mysterious Phantasma while searching for a way out. The dimension has numerous planes, with a single plane encompassing each of the eight chapters of the game. Many of them include familiar areas from the first two games, and throughout the course of the game, Kevin & Ries encounter objects called Sealing Stones. Each Sealing Stone contains a tiệc ngọt member from the previous Trails in the Sky games, & there’s always excitement towards the discovery of who is going khổng lồ show up next. Including Kevin and Ries, there are sixteen characters appearing in total as options khổng lồ fill out the tiệc nhỏ of four.

The real reason for Trails the 3rd is that there is never enough Olivert.

Throughout Phantasma, the heroes find doors that offer a riddle, such as “Bring me the man who talks with his fists.” If that specific character is in the party, in this case Zin, the door will xuất hiện and give that character a trial. Most of these doors expect a specific character to be in the party, though there are some doors that have other requirements, such as fighting a set number of battles, or paying money. Complete the battle inside, & the players get to witness an sự kiện in that character’s life. It can be anything from their backstory, khổng lồ a day in their life, or just finding out what they have been up khổng lồ since the conclusion of Trails in the Sky SC.

All of the doors are completely optional, but are worth seeking out for Trails in the Sky fans that fell in love with the series’ diverse cast. A handful of the doors also include mini-games, ranging from a thrilling shoot-em-up in an airship lớn a relaxing fishing tournament. While it is nice khổng lồ gain further insight into the life of each character, new players are going khổng lồ feel lost without having played the first two games. Aside from the individual character stories, there is a benefit to lớn completing these optional doors as players are rewarded with money và rare items that will help their journey through Phantasma.

Players have a lot khổng lồ keep track of with so many characters, doors, & planes to lớn explore. Luckily, fast travel and checkpoint systems allow the player to instantly zip khổng lồ any checkpoint và door visited previously. Some areas restrict fast-travel, but the game gives a warning beforehand và is never without it for very long. The checkpoints let players heal, buy new weapons, và upgrade their magic while out in the field. The tiệc nhỏ also has access khổng lồ a home base called Hermit’s Garden, where players can re-structure their party, cook food, or purchase items from the primary shop that adds any checkpoints’ inventory to lớn this central store.

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That thing is bigger than your head Estelle!

Aside from the side stories, the narrative of the trò chơi is straightforward. Each chapter follows the same formula: get a piece of Kevin’s backstory, explore a newly-opened section of Phantasma, fight a boss, and repeat. This allows the story to lớn flow at an even pace, but does feel repetitive, only deviating from the formula in the final two chapters. The trò chơi also likes lớn throw curveballs, forcing some members to be in the active party, while taking others away for certain chapters. It is only in the final chapter that players may choose from all available party members. The last dungeon also requires all sixteen characters to lớn complete, encouraging players lớn mix up their tiệc nhỏ structure while discouraging leaving someone on the bench for too long.

Trails in the Sky the 3rd presents the same battle system as in the previous two games. The party faces off on a grid in a turn-based battle against the various monsters of Phantasma. Each character can choose from a normal attack, a magic attack called an Art, a special skill called a Craft, or moving away from deadly area-of-effect attacks. Each character also has a super move called an S-Craft that is available when their combat points are over 100. These S-Crafts can alter the course of battle, providing massive damage or a game-changing full-party heal. The game has multiple difficulty settings to lớn choose from at the start — though this can’t be changed mid-game — along with the Trails‘ series vi xử lý core retry mechanic that weakens enemies the more a player dies. Trivial battles can also be zoomed through with the fast forward function, without much interruption lớn the exploration.

The game’s visuals look great for being nearly thirteen years old. Each character sprite is clear and colorful, and the 3D-models are smooth with gorgeous textures. The battle animations are a treat to lớn look at, especially the S-Crafts that show a full-screen attack cinematic. Each plane of Phantasma has a distinct look & feel as the các buổi party explores, alternating between locales from the previous Trails in the Sky games and unique areas as part of the Phantasma dimension. Areas taken from the first two games look spectacular with their detailed backgrounds & colorful environments. By comparison, the new areas come off as bland with their sterile corridors và generic cosmic backgrounds. Even some of the old locations feel repetitive, và this is made worse when the mini-map is taken away in some of these areas. These sections of the trò chơi get frustrating, causing players khổng lồ resort to lớn a guide just khổng lồ get from point A to B.


Josette is back và is as feisty as ever.

When it comes lớn the music, Falcom’s Sound Team nails it again with a gorgeous soundtrack. Themes have a beautiful range from triumphant, to lớn quirky, lớn mysterious và enigmatic. The music that accompanies battles has a medium-paced piano that sounds relaxing as the player plots their strategy. There is no actual voice acting in the game, but characters shout battle cries while pulling off their special moves in combat, with an option to lớn toggle the voices off. While some of these sound great, others sound more goofy than intimidating, with Kevin’s “Let’s kết thúc this!” shout as a prime example.

Overall, Trails in the Sky the 3rd is an interesting end to the Sky trilogy. The trò chơi feels more like an epilogue than a sequel with its scattered story chunks and main protagonist change. Die-hard Trails fans will enjoy taking a deep dive into each character’s optional story scenes. Casual fans or newcomers, however, may find the side stories drag on way too long and will want to lớn get back to lớn the main story as soon as possible. The main story is OK, but pales in comparison to lớn the narrative of the other two Trails in the Sky games. If you really loved the first two games, Trails the 3rd will certainly deliver, but newcomers to the series should start from the beginning or move on khổng lồ the Trails of Cold Steel games.

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