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The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion (PSP)

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The Legend of Heroes is old-school JRPG with new-school sensibilities and graphics. The old-school elements of the game are its turn-based combat, linearity, long dialogue scenes, a digital pet system and lots of similar things that seem to date from the 1995-ish RPG era. There are no random fighting encounters however. In this game you control Avin in his search for his younger sister Eimelle. They were separated when their cathedral was raided by religious zealots.

A Tear of Vermillion is a remake of the Japanese PC game Legend of heroes IV: Akai Shizuku. The word Gagharv (in the Japanese title of the remake) refers to the chasm that separates the continent Tirasweel, where the games takes place, from the rest of the world. Improvements Bandai made for this remake are completely re-done 3D graphics, new battle interface, and quicker load times.


The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion PSP Road map stone
The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion PSP Attack on the Bardus Priest at the Cathedral
The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion PSP This week monster runs away from me.
The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion PSP Your pet found an item and wants to give it to you.

Alternate Titles

  • "英雄传说IV:朱红的泪" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Eiyū Densetsu IV: Gagharv Trilogy - Akai Shizuku" -- Japanese title

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GameSpy Nov 15, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Dec 07, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central Dec 10, 2005 3.7 out of 5 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec 07, 2005 7.3 out of 10 73
Extreme Gamer Dec 02, 2005 7 out of 10 70 Dec 16, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles Dec 16, 2005 6 out of 10 60 Oct 18, 2013 12 out of 20 60
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 6 out of 10 60
IGN Nov 16, 2005 5.5 out of 10 55


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Title translation

According to a press release, the translation of the Japanese title in English is Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy IV - Crimson Tears. A more literal translation would be Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy - A Drop of Red, though.

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Stratege (15328) added The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion (PSP) on Aug 06, 2006