Excellent classic JRPG on Steam NOW, $16.99 (Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)

To be fair, I probably never would have clicked the other thread with just the title. The title of this thread caught my interest enough to check it out.

What kind of DRM is being used with the steam version of this? Also, is there a user manual available? I would like to get an idea of how to eat this before I eat this.

I came for the thread title and stayed for the KFC Double Down®!

Protip: Putting a game’s name in a thread title makes it easier for people to find the thread.

Wait … there’s a KFC Double Down game being released on Steam … and it’s a JRPG? AWESOME!!!

Well, your eyes WILL comically expand suddenly due to the stroke you get 12 minutes after eating it…

Protip 2: Putting a game’s name in the thread content makes it easier to search for the thread as well. So if you wanted a search for, say, “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” to end up in this thread, it would be prudent to namedrop “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” once or twice in here.

Also worth mentioning, by the way, is that “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” will only be priced at $16.99 for one week; after that, it will revert to its $19.99 list price, and it will become even harder to link this thread’s title to “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” (PC version). Maybe we should preemptively create a thread containing both “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky”'s title, and its non-discount price. And after that, another thread asking for a “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” sub-forum.

So, has anyone here downloaded the PC version of “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky” from either Steam or GOG? Is it that excellent?

Wow, good point, the first post along with several posts after it don’t even mention the game name. Hilarious.

I thought JRPGs used only … for dialogue. Does this one have more dots? Sold!

We could also start talking about the problems with analytic philosophy and linguistics in general. Who knows, it might be more fun than some old JRPG anyway!

I just finished the prologue (around 3 hrs playtime). It’s fun so far. Heard it’s a little slow to get going, so if the slow part is good, the good part should be even better. There have been reports of bugs and issues so far, but they’re being resolved (Sara’s pretty awesome, and not just at working on these old games!).

Falcom games tend to be pretty good- the Ys series was also made by them, and Origin is a great action-RPG as well.

Is there even a market for JRPGs on PC? I’m honestly trying to imagine playing them on computer and it seems cumbersome at best. I’ve played To The Moon and enjoyed it but it was rather short and still kind of awkward to control.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this game or its sequel was one of the last text-heavy JRPGs on Steam. I think I recall that when Trails In The Sky was localized for PSP, it did not reach its sales expectations. And that system was pretty much a JRPG machine.

I don’t think it’s that strange that HRose never put the name of the game in the title of the thread or the OP. That happens sometimes, especially when you are writing about something you are passionate about. What is strange, however, is that he never went back and corrected that mistake, even when it was pointed out to him. I know he can’t change the thread name, but I’m 100% sure Tom or someone could if he PM’d them, and he can definitely edit the post itself to mention it at least one time! If for no other reason than to make it easier to search for later, as others have pointed out.

I doubt it’s a huge market, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be a sustainable niche like so many others on PC. As for seeming cumbersome, you can just hook up a gamepad and play that way. And actually, a genre where most of what you do is selecting stuff from menus makes a pretty easy transition to keyboard.

Most of the issues with getting JRPGs on PC have to do with publishers in Japan wanting nothing to do with PCs, not with some idea that PCs are a bad platform because of controls.

Falcom has no such issues, and in fact has long been a PC developer, so it’s not too surprising when their newer games end up on PC eventually, if they don’t start there (like Ys Origin, which is PC-exclusive).

Noooo, this thread might actually become useful.

Maybe I can confuse google by talking about Legend of Gyros: Trials of This Guy, a JRPG I just made up about a guy that stole some greek food.

Playing a JRPG at 1080p on a huge screen sitting on your comfy couch using a controller is glorious.

This game topped the sales chart on Steam for a couple of days. So there’s obviously demand. It may not be like it is on consoles, but it’s enough to make a steady profit. There are also western JRPGs made with RPG maker that sell well enough for the folks making them to keep doing them (Aldorlea being one example). In addition, there are the usual kickstarter-esque projects like Cryamore (which has some Skullgirls folks working on it, like Kinuko)

With these games being low spec, and the general rise of PC gaming among the masses, I see no reason why things wouldn’t be looking up in the future. We’re going to see more demand for console stuff on PCs in the future.

That said , Falcom did abandon the PC heavily last-gen for handhelds, but I suspect strong PC sales in the US might encourage more ports. I know the translators for the game (CF aka the Recettear folks) have said if the game sells well they want to do the 3rd part- and that they took a big risk by doing this game from declining other stuff.

Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.

All these kids that have grown playing Nintendo rpg games are going to want a JRPG in their collection even now that they are honest to god PC gamers.

Then you can probably find people that honestly enjoy the JRPG style, and japan-culture obsesed people that will do anything to anything with cutesy anime eyes.

Nintendo releasing a Pokemon game in Steam would be a big event.

I’ve been (slowly) playing this game (and only this game) for the past month. The banter between between characters are the second most…sane that I’ve ever seen in a JRPG. (The most sane & serious one is Fire Emblem.) Not that there aren’t any typical tropes and stereotypes, but at least the genki main girl isn’t over-the-top optimistic. This makes this game better than any of the PC Final Fantasy’s.