The Legend Of The Heroes: Trails In The Sky As Seen Through The Eyes Of The ESRB

By Spencer . March 9, 2011 . 11:03am

imageXseed translated and localized 1.5 million Japanese characters for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. Which parts raised the brow of the ESRB? The ratings board highlighted a few jokes in their rating.


This is an adventure role-playing game in which players follow two siblings on a quest to become Bracers, an occupation tasked with policing their world. From a 3/4–overhead perspective, players use swords, spears, whips, guns, and magic spells (e.g., fireballs and freezing spells) to attack fantastical creatures and bandits on grid-based battlefields; attacks are accompanied by slashing sounds, small explosions, and cries of pain. One special attack results in a brief spray of blood.


During the course of the game, some of the dialogue references suggestive material (e.g., ‘How about we skip the foreplay and go straight to the climax,’ ‘Any masochist would be thrilled to make your acquaintance,’ and ‘Are you one of those men who likes . . . other boys?!’). Some sequences depict drunken characters who have passed out from consuming too much alcohol; the dialogue also references drinking (e.g., ‘He’s totally plastered’ and ‘I’m going to drink until I can’t drink anymore tonight!’) and drugs (e.g., ‘Now I don’t know what kind of drugs you’re smoking . . .’). The words ‘sh*t,’ ‘b*tch,’ and ‘a*s’ appear in dialogue.


Tanked characters? Hmm… I wonder if Xseed used what they learned from their Oktoberfest trip for Trails in the Sky.

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  • M’iau M’iaut

    In b4 falcomgamefan!

    • neo_firenze

      LOL. Yep, anywhere Sora no Kiseki is mentioned, falcomgamefan will be there to trash the game! Cause he’s a fan, ya know.

      • Exkaiser

        Anywhere a Falcom game is mentioned, really.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          So from that last spiel of hate was he actually employed by Falcom at some time or just booted from a falcom centric board for general @sshatery?

          • Without saying too much: He definitely has never worked for Falcom. And assuming he and Megalink101 *are* the same person (and despite Falcomgamefan’s claims that they’re not, I still believe that they are — if only because I can’t imagine anyone ELSE comparing Ys: The Oath in Felghana to Mass Effect 2 in a non-facetious manner, but both Falcomgamefan and Megalink101 have done just that!), then yes, he’s gotten himself banned from the Falcom-centric “Ancient Land of Ys” message board, as well as RPGamer.

            I haven’t seen him around for a while, though. I wonder what happened to him?

          • Refer to my comment below.

    • -sigh- Falcomgamefan… I haven’t seen so much hate in a single person ever, he’s gonna die of cancer I know it. (God forbid)

  • Soma

    Any game that involves getting plastered is a good game in my eyes! :D

    But, seriously, this game does look pretty awesome. Gotta say, I’ve been pretty happy with XSeed and awesome job they’ve been doing with localizations as of late.
    Keep it up, XSeed!

  • ikiryou

    I wonder if the ESRB realizes their summaries are essentially unintentional selling points for most video games? XD

    • They are the most trusty and right to the point reviewers around

    • neogeno

      That was one hell of a sales pitch. I think im interested in the game a little more now.

    • kupomogli

      If I didn’t already preorder it I would have after this. Heh. Jk.

      I’ve noticed that most games don’t go overboard with the profanity and references. Then there are games that push too much on it and really just push me away, such as Bulletstorm(not that I was interested anyways.) I’ve never played an RPG that had too much of it though. You see some here and there, but it’s always been in a sort of comedic direction to not be too offending.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Well the companies are supposed to present material covered by the ESRB descriptors. Given what we know about some of the folks at these niche companies, ENSURING the best taglines show up is not beyond possibility.

  • I don’t know why i laughed so much when i read “spray of blood”… i actually imagined a spray can…

  • Zero_Destiny

    “During the course of the game, some of the dialogue references suggestive material” I wouldn’t expect anything less from TiTS. lol I think I’ve pretty much killed that joke. XD Really can’t wait for the game. :)

  • d19xx

    “The words ‘sh*t,’ ‘b*tch,’ and ‘a*s’ appear in dialogue.”

    No way TITS has those. It’s a clean game.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Actually we will need to start referring to the game as T*TS.

      • Zero_Destiny

        I approve. :)

  • Ren

    ‘Are you one of those men who likes . . . other boys?!’
    ‘Any masochist would be thrilled to make your acquaintance’
    Who say those lines? I need to know if I’m ever to quote them.

  • More excited for this than I can describe. A giant ass RPG from Falcom localized by XSEED that I honestly have no experience/knowledge for in regards to anything about the game or series? Count me in, I’m really looking forward to a brand new RPG experience. Pre-order count is already at 3 LE’s!

    • DanteJones

      Agreed! Hopefully this sells well enough for them to consider bringing the other ones over here too. :O

  • 2 parts Final Fantasy, 1 part Duke Nukem: The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki

  • Cheers for drugs!!

    I’m actually happy the suggestive stuff doesn’t seem to be in line with moe-anime-game, Neptunia.

  • Hope this and the others sell well so we can get our hands on Zero no Kiseki as well :D

  • Ereek

    Any masochist would be thrilled to make your acquaintance

    I’m going to use this on my next nasty customer.

    Or, rather, I would if I wouldn’t get fired for it.

  • JustaGenericUser

    I didn’t know the two main characters were siblings. There goes my initial thoughts that they might like-like each other or something.

    ‘Are you one of those men who likes . . . other boys?!’

    Uh-oh. Better steer my male protagonist aware from him… especially when she emphasises “boys”…

    • Joshua’s adopted, actually, so he and Estelle aren’t related by blood. So there’s still hope, don’t worry! (:

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Hey it’s Japanese; even though adopted is always the easy out, blood doesn’t necessarily void the possibilities!

      • As an aside, this is NOT a spoiler, so don’t worry — this is the VERY FIRST THING you learn when you start a new game. Like, literally. (:

      • JustaGenericUser

        Oh, okay. She seemed to be older than the dude, so I was hoping I wouldn’t miss out on older girl/younger guy lovin’.

  • WonderSteve

    Oh man, I can’t wait to enjoy the story again in English :)

  • Suicunesol

    I hope they aren’t too hard on the profanity. Use it when it counts, but don’t throw it all over the place.

    • Don’t worry, it’s not bad at all. It’s used naturally, only where you’d expect it to be used.

  • The quotes the ESRB pointed out are like the ones I say/hear on a daily basis :O This is totally the game for me :|

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