• Publisher: Bandai
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
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  • Summary: The game is a single-player turn-based role-playing game featuring more than 100 unique characters to interact with, over 50 hours of gameplay and a deeply involving story line that unfolds in one of beautifully crafted 3D environments. Known by the name: Eiyuu Densetsu ("Legend ofThe game is a single-player turn-based role-playing game featuring more than 100 unique characters to interact with, over 50 hours of gameplay and a deeply involving story line that unfolds in one of beautifully crafted 3D environments. Known by the name: Eiyuu Densetsu ("Legend of Heroes") Gagharv Trilogy: Akai Shizuku ("Crimson Tears") in Japan, the game is developed by legendary Nihon Falcom in Tokyo. The company is well known for their RPG work on many platforms and brands, including the "Ys", "Brandish" and "Sorcerian Series." While faithful to the "Legend of Heroes" series, players unfamiliar with the story will discover an easy-to-pick-up gameplay experience. [Bandai] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 80
    A highly entertaining RPG that no PSP-owning fan of the genre should pass up. Your socks won't be blown off, but your role-playing desires will be satiated. Isn't that more important?
  2. If you are looking for a Final Fantasy style RPG then you will be disappointed... It more than satisfied my craving for a good game with a great story.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    73
    Underneath the rote plot elements is a thoughtful tale packed with great characterization and surprising good humor. [Jan 2006, p.129]
  4. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's familiar, well-crafted, and fits well on PSP. [Jan 2006, p.76]
  5. The real fact of the matter with this game is that it does achieve its main focus. Which is to waste time. The formula of whacking monsters to make my numbers go up and make my characters the uberist is there.
  6. Game Informer
    60
    I can't see the point in playing a boring retro-wannabe when there are plenty of good games that are actually retro and don't use "old-school" as an excuse for lack of originality. [Jan 2006, p.156]
  7. A Tear of Vermillion does have a rich world to explore and an interesting cast. But with out an original story to tie the entire gametogether or great gameplay Legend of Heroes isn’t legendary at all. [JPN Import]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 11, 2015
    10
    Great game. The end is amazing! 10

    The first in the Gagharv Trilogy, The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion takes place in the
    Great game. The end is amazing! 10

    The first in the Gagharv Trilogy, The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion takes place in the fictional land El Phildin, fifty-six years before "Moonlight Witch".
    The story begins with an insight to the past. Avin and Eimelle are orphaned children living in Cathedral. Avin was 8 while Eimelle was 7. Cathedral is under attack and brothers during the escape parted.
    8 years pass. And now the hero begins a journey in search of her missing sister.

    It's a great game with great characters, and great dialogues. With a big, exciting finale.
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  2. LuisL.
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    awesome rpg with great graphics.
  3. MattH.
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    finally a good old rpg for the psp. thats why i baught the psp, for good rpgs
  4. BrodyH.
    Nov 22, 2005
    8
    A lovely old school Role-playing game with a few quirks here and there. The Graphics are nice, big and bright, although they probably could A lovely old school Role-playing game with a few quirks here and there. The Graphics are nice, big and bright, although they probably could have used some more actions. The sound is pretty good seeing as it is a psp game and portables have been known for thier brutal sound. Finally, the story is cliche, but enjoyable, I definatly recommend the game to those who love nostalgia and a sense of the good ol' days of RPG's. Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2017
    8
    Game: The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion
    Genre: RPG
    Publisher/Developer: Bandai Namco/Falcom System: Steam (PC) Total Score:
    Game: The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion
    Genre: RPG
    Publisher/Developer: Bandai Namco/Falcom
    System: Steam (PC)
    Total Score: 75/100
    Value Score: 7.5/10

    • Story: 8/10
    • Characters: 8/10
    • GamePlay: 6/10
    • Graphics: 7/10
    • Sound: 7/10
    • Music: 7/10
    • Length: 8/10
    • Replay Value: 6/10
    • Player Value: 8/10

    Pros
    +Decent story and cast of characters
    +Decent OST
    +Remake of the 1996 game with improved visuals , effects and sound

    Cons
    -Bad translation in narration and in game play
    -Gameplay can be clunky at times in terms of both battles and outside of battles
    -Too many caves and bland dungeon areas
    -Boss battles are generic and consist of fighting normal enemies most of the time
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  6. EvanH.
    Nov 23, 2005
    8
    Really fun game and has cool characters. The downside is it's a little liniar
  7. Ezekial
    Jan 16, 2006
    3
    I cry myself to sleep knowing I payed full price for this game. Straight to the point, it could have been so much better but it isn't. I I cry myself to sleep knowing I payed full price for this game. Straight to the point, it could have been so much better but it isn't. I do like the battle system, but the story and how they drag everything out just sucks. Expand

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#22 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
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#27 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005