The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

released on Apr 23, 2020

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

released on Apr 23, 2020

When Lloyd Bannings is assigned to Crossbell's Special Support Section, he and his new teammates must prove themselves as they fight to overcome the injustice of a city gripped by corruption.


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Took me a while since i was playing other things. As I now embark on the trails journey, i have come to love the characters and the story of this one. Can't wait to start the others!

I played this in my own time. While the gameplay isn't as good as the Cold Steel games I played before this, the story really drew me in with an amazing main cast of characters and the actual plot feeling very well done as well. The soundtrack might be one of the best out there as well. It also makes me excited for the sequel as well.

Honestly, I understand why people say Crossbell is peak because this duology probably has the best two games overall in the series.

I just love everything about Crossbell. I initially played this game wih the horrid translation, but still enjoyed my time with it. It wasn't until last year where I actually got to play it with a real translation in my Trails marathon, and my opinions on it definitely changed for the better.

Honestly, I think I prefer Crossbell as a setting much more to Liberl, not to say that Liberl is bad per se. Crossbell is just that good. I just love talking to each NPC in each Crossbell District after every story interaction and seeing how their dialogue changes. I also love walking along the highways (or taking the bus) and visiting the more remote locations of Crossbell like Mainz and Armorica. Crossbell is just the perfect setting for this game, especially when they explore the dark sides of Crossbell, like the Mafia. I just found it interesting how after Liberl, we were sent not to Erebonia, but to Crossbell of all places. A highly contested autonomous state between two major superpowers in Erebonia and Calvard. Crossbell is definitely my favourite country worldbuilding wise because of how much it has to even further paint the world of Zemuria. If you couldn't tell already I think Trails is the only game series ever to actually get me interested in its political structure and world.

Now let's actually start this review. From a story standpoint alone, I think this is the best game that the series has to offer (so far). I say that because, yeah, the game does start extremely slow, but I think that's valid because the Special Support Section are a new section of the Crossbell Police Department, and haven't earned the trust of locals, like the Bracer Guild has. The group has only been functioning for a little while and they're already trying to deal with Mafioso's and threat letters to celebrities. The Arc en Ciel part of Chapter 2 got me hooked into the story, exposing Mayor MacDowell's secretary and apprehending him. Chapter 3 was probably the most hype I've ever been. You got the anniversary festival with high highs with Estelle, Joshua, Wald, Wazy, and Randy. You also got the auction where you get more interested in Wazy, Mariebelle, and Lechter as characters. This chapter introduces you to KeA, who's just the ray of sunshine that the SSS needed to feel complete. The boss for Chapter 3 after stealing one of their prized posessions from the auction is probably the highlight for me. It's just so badass. I love the little intermission that gives us a little glimpse into the life of the SSS with KeA being added to their numbers. Also, storming a mafia base is just badass, and mkaes me love Chapter 4 as well.

I think the finale deserves it's own little section. Everything just hits the roof. The army and mafia have been drugged with Gnosis, and we find out one of the doctors at the hospital is the leader of a cult. The raid on the SSS and the IBC was great, but I hate how side characters like Grace and Cao were just commenting on us fighting hordes of enemies, like bro, help us? Anyways, I love the badass driving scene with Sergei and Noel, and we get to use Joshua and Estelle in the final dungeon. The final dungeon was creepy, stupid D:G cult. Honestly, the final dungeon felt rather underwhelming till the Garcia boss, and then the final boss, Joachim. Dude just downed a bunch of pills and became a demon. If not for Renne, it would of been curtains for everyone. The final boss dies, and the Brights finally adopt Renne which made me shed a tear not going to lie, it's been a three game journey for them. Overall, a very epic story, and personally one of my favourites.

Character wise, there's a bunch that stick out to me: Randy, Tio, Wazy, Fran, Jona, etc. Randy is interesting because on the surface he's all silly, but he's actually very serious. I just love and adore Tio and Fran. Jona just makes me laugh with his silly shenanigans, and Wazy is probably my favourite because he's just so mysterious and intrigues me and makes me want to know more. I actually thought Lloyd improved over time, and is a great protagonist. I know people don't really like Lloyd, but I just like how he's supportive of the entire group, and you can really tell that he cares for the entirety of the SSS, even in the little time that they spent together. Elie, I'm a bit iffy on, because I don't know what exactly she brings to the story, but maybe that's just me. Overall, this game has really good characters.

Battling, there's not much that's different from Sky, besides new Arts. At least they kept the orbment system, which I adore. I also enjoyed the addition of Evasion. Evasion Builds are just so fun in any game. Yeah, not much to say with battling, it is mostly the same.

The music. slaps. so. hard. The crossbell main theme, the highway themes, the Mainz theme, the Revache theme, the Stargazer Tower theme, the Ancient Battlefield theme, it's all just such a bop. I actually think I might prefer the Zero battle theme to Sophisticated Fight from Sky, idk it just hits differently. But yeah, the music slaps.

Some extremely minor gripes. I hate how the translators treat Lloyd like a playboy and oblivious, idk it just grates me for some reason. Also, I do not understand Wald as a character at all, he actually might be my least favourite in the series so far. That's about it for the gripes.

Overall, the game is extremely enjoyable, and I would honestly love to redo it all and experience it all again. It was that enjoyable.

LETS GET OVER THE BARRIER

(9 might be a little high tbh but we shall see. I think it may depend on how the other games treat this game.)

Primeiramente: eu fico muito feliz de ter jogado Trails from Zero. A saga Trails provavelmente é a minha série de JRPGs favorita em questão de jogabilidade, não tem nenhum outro jogo do gênero que consegue ter um feeling tão bom de pegar e só sair batalhando contra todo bicho que você vê pela frente; pelo menos não que eu tenha jogado nos meus 17 anos de vida aqui no planeta Terra. A única série de JRPG que eu realmente adoro pegar pra sair matando todo mundo pela frente em algum nível parecido é SMT, mas ainda sim eu acho que Trails se sobressai nesse quesito.

Dito isso, apesar de ter gostado do meu tempo com o Zero, talvez eu tenha ido com as expectativas altas demais em questão de história. Eu fui já ciente que esse daqui não ia ser uma puta experiência foda igual o SC ou o 3rd, mas eu ainda fiquei meio decepcionado porque apesar de ter gostado de Crosbell e os personagens, eu não me senti tão ligado a eles quanto eu me senti depois de ter terminado o FC, que é o jogo de introdução pros Sky. De forma alguma eu acho a história desse jogo ruim, ela flui muito bem e talvez tenha até um sentimento de consequência entre capítulos maior que o FC, porque querendo ou não sempre você tá indo em direção a uma história que explode no final, que apesar de ser bem filler, constrói todo o caminho pro jogo brilhar mais pro final (mesmo que pra mim não tenha brilhando tanto) e também, acredito eu, pavimentar a estrada pro Azure. Num grande esquema das coisas, estruturalmente ele funciona melhor que o FC, só que eu não me sinto tão conectado ao universo e todo o ecossistema das coisas igual eu me senti com Liberl.

Muito dos elogios que eu posso fazer ao Zero eu também posso fazer à trilogia Sky, porque eu sinto que muito do que me faz gostar desse jogo é porque ele toma muito das coisas já estabelecidas nos três primeiros jogos. Talvez seja uma crítica meio idiota, porque ele é um jogo introdutório de uma saga que faz parte de uma franquia, então faz sentido eu elogiar ele pela base dele, só que sei lá, eu tava esperando um pouquinho mais, porque o final do FC pra mim é uma das melhores coisas da série inteira até agora... só que não tem muito disso nesse jogo. Ele é um puta jogo consistente, de fato, só que eu sinto que é apenas isso. A consistência dele não tem pontos tão altos assim. Tirando a KeA. Só ela vale o jogo inteiro e qualquer cena que tem ela é o auge da escrita do jogo inteiro, puta merda que personagem interessante.

Uma coisa que eu quero destacar, é que apesar de não gostar muito quando uma história não se contém nela mesma e serve apenas pra criar uma sensação de maior magnitude, eu gosto de como a Falcom trata o ecossistema da história. Os personagens que voltam não são só um fanservice idiota pra agradar quem jogou os antigos; toda a história da Renne é muito foda e eu genuinamente me emocionei na cena de reencontro dela com a Estelle e o Joshua, e eu tô muito curioso pra ver como que o Lechter vai ser desenvolvido em Erebonia. Não acho que esse sentimento de engrandecimento é igual, sei lá, um Utawarerumono (beleza que essa é uma comparação MUITO injusta, mas tudo bem), mas eu fico extremamente curioso pra ver o resto da série e ver se algum destrona o SC dos meus jogos favoritos. Spoiler pra mim mesmo: nenhum vai.

The best set up game so far.