Our Score: 9/10
In The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, the Special Assistance Group has returned. And this time they’ve brought with them more agents and more cases to resolve. In the face of impending challenges to Crossbell’s political stability, how will this motley crew respond?
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is an already compelling and memorable role-playing game that has reached new heights. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure received a remaster-like experience on current platforms thanks to the efforts of the Geofront, PH3, and NIS America. This JRPG is a great payoff for gamers who have put in the time and effort in Crossbell, and it also sets the stage for the other narrative arcs in the Trails series. Now is the moment to really get into Crossbell.
Recap from Zero
To finish out the remains of the DG cult, Lloyd, Noel, Arios, and Dudley organise a special task force in The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, which starts up immediately after the events of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero. We’re on our way to the Altair Lodge, on the border between Calvard and Crossbell, to arrest Ernest Reis and Speaker Hartmann. The party follows Ernest and Hartmann through the Altair Lodge and ultimately catches up to them. But Ernest chooses to vilify himself so he may have the same authority that Joachim Guenter had in the last game. This power play backfires spectacularly, but with Lloyd’s assistance, Father Kevin returns victorious to slay the demon and restore Ernest to sanity.
Although Kevin issues a warning regarding the future of Crossbell, the task group wraps up its investigation into the DG cult incident. In the conclusion of the Prologue, Lloyd and Noel return to Crossbell with lingering concerns about the future of the city-state. Shortly after arriving at Crossbell City Station, they are met by Elie, Wazy, KeA, Sergei, Zeit, and Fran. Both Randy and Tio are still focused on their own projects, but Sergei has resumed normal activities for the Special Support Unit. The Prologue chapter does a fantastic job of re-orienting players to the world of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and setting the stage for what’s to come for Crossbell in the very near future. When the West Zemuria Trade Conference quickly approaches, gamers are left wondering what could happen to the city in that time.
Transferring clean save data from The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero allows players to continue their adventure in Crossbell with a variety of benefits and adjustments. Character levels, bond levels, fishing rank, combination crafts, and a whole lot more are all available as bonuses. The narrative and some of the speech have been tweaked a little bit. If Lloyd, in the prior game, resolved the assistance request involving Ilya and Sully, Sully will remark on their previous meeting. If you want to get the most out of The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, you should really start with The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero.
The Trail Never Ends
In The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, the turn-based battle system that made Trails so popular is improved upon. You may now employ the Burst mechanism with your character’s Arts and Crafts during the game’s most dramatic, story-driven moments. Whenever you enter Burst mode, the SSS will be supercharged for a certain number of turns, making it ideal for grinding tough bosses or completing lengthy parts of the game. These new Crafts have been added to each character’s arsenal, making it possible for the SSS to take on more formidable foes than ever before. If you’re looking for a classic sprite-based Trails game, go no farther than The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure.
With to the inclusion of Master Quartz, the Orbment system is vastly enhanced, and will remain a cornerstone of the series through The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. An very powerful quartz, Master Quartz bestows several fighting benefits. One Master Quartz, for instance, boosts vitality at the start of combat. The benefits a character receives from equipping a Master Quartz may be increased when the item is levelled up. As there is a great deal of quartz to find and acquire in The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, players have a number of choices when it comes to assembling a potent Orbment set.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails To Azure is a fantastic game that closes the Crossbell arc of the Trials series. If you’re a newcomer, this entry might be confusing but for those who are into the Trails universe, prepare for an incredible experience.