Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak

Welcome to our review of The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak, the newest game in the Legend of Heroes franchise and it may be my favourite entry so far.


After the war, Calvard is enjoying unprecedented economic prosperity. However, the public grows uncertain as the number of immigrants increases and political reform runs rampant. Follow Van, a young man and local spriggan, on a unique request that will prove more than he bargained for. Will the nation fall into chaos? The AT (Action Time) battle command has been completely revamped transitioning seamlessly from field battles to turn-based combat. The sixth-generation tactical orbment Xipha offers a revolutionary combat experience unique to this iteration of the Trails series!

In addition, the Topic System allows players to gain an advantage in battle by using conversation topics as bargaining chips. These topics can be obtained by interacting with other characters throughout the city. The game also features the Alignment system, which allows players to change their character’s three unique attributes and influence characteristics such as their status, the forces they fight with (or against), and even how the plot unfolds.

The spriggan’s life is but one of many professions that has emerged from the Calvard Republic. Be it playing detective, negotiator, or bounty hunter, Van Arkride takes on the kind of work that can’t be taken to more legitimate sources. It could be something the police can’t handle, work that’s best left out of the public eye, or even a request from a criminal of organization in the underworld; so long as it pays and doesn’t cross too far over the gray line, he’ll accept near-any job that comes across his table.

The year is 1208. A prim-and-proper young lady dressed in the uniform of an esteemed academy visits a dilapidated, multi-tenant building in a downtown district of Edith, the nation’s capital. With a most dignified gaze, she looks upon the plague of the door before her. It reads: ‘ARKRIDE Solutions Office: Complicated Matters Only.’ Steeling herself, she knocks on the door three times. “First thing in the morning…?” a relaxed yet surprisingly young voice grumbles with a yawn. From the moment he opens the door to greet her, a new tale begins.

From the very start, it becomes clear this may be “just another entry” of a good RPG franchise, but in all honesty, this game excels in more than a few places, from an excellent story line to a truly magnificent approach to the combat system where real time combat is mixed with tactical time line based combat. From specific attacks to joint combo battles with the click of a button. This game has it all and I am barely grazing the top of the ice berg here.

Usually games like these, entry X in a famous RPG franchise, you start comparing them to other games, like how do they match up to them. Well the problem here is not about comparing them but rather wanting more like this. I have rarely had this giddy feeling of just wanting to play this game and just keep gaming, even if it was 3am at night. The game just starts at a high pace and while all the time slowly progressing the story, it also shows great skill at the intrigues of that same story telling.

Straight from the start, you go intrigues, mysterious characters that you just dont know yet if they are good or evil and well, it builds the character and the persona of this game. It just excels from the start and it sets the pace for the remainder of the story, which has more depth than you’d expect from the beginning. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what sets a great game apart from just a good one. Is this game perfect, no, a few minor tweaks here and there to the battle system like making healing easier at first, but that is nothing but nitpicking.

 

In conclusion, The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak is the RPG you never knew you needed.

9.5/10

Tested on Nintendo Switch

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