The story of The Legend of Heroes takes place in a kingdom of mixed fantasy and high-tech elements and focuses on an underground military plot to overthrown the ruling queen. A group of heroes seeks to protect their queen, exploring the kingdom’s most ancient places and searching for a way to prevent all-out war.
The dialogue is a little heavy, but memorable characters keep it lively with amusing banter; you meet a flirtatious bard, a dominatrix gypsy, and a spiky-haired kid with an attitude problem as big as his giant sword, as well as an interesting supportive cast with rich backstories.
Estelle and Joshua are fairly complex as they hide their feelings–and true involvement in this political fiasco–from each other while a charming love story unfolds. There is more to this plot than meets the eye, and what begins as a simple quest to save Estelle’s father grows into a tale of destiny.
The turn-based battle system of The Legend of Heroes is a little slow but satisfying, and it frequently surprises you with its strong strategic elements. Battles occur on a large grid that limits your movement field, shifting the tactical focus from surrounding out-of-reach enemies to outmaneuvering–or just outpacing–them. To this end, a turn wheel that features battle bonuses comes into play, randomly granting gifts of health recovery and strength boosts that make all the difference in a close fight.
You can monopolize most of these bonuses for your allies by delaying enemy turns, but your opponents don’t make it easy because they often cast speed spells upon themselves to snag critical hit bonuses with surprising efficiency. Fortunately, devastating attacks, called S-breaks, give you the edge by interrupting the turn order, which lets you snatch an enemy’s bonus right before it’s used against you. Another good strategy is to quickly wipe out a foe marked with a turn bonus, which you can do by capitalizing on its elemental weaknesses via magic.
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