Grandia II

Dreamcast
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90

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics What's this?

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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ryudo has been hired to protect a young priestess who must participate in a ceremony to halt the encroaching rebirth of Valmar, the God of Darkness. Embroiled between the forces of good and evil, Ryudo must follow his destiny and save the people he detests so much.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Daily Radar
    100
    Luckily, the lame story is the one glaring flaw in an otherwise stupendous role-playing game.
  2. 100
    The best RPG's, though, tell a compelling story, provide plenty of exploration, and let you mix it up with fun, addictive battles. On those counts, Grandia II is a rousing success.
  3. Sega X
    96
    If you love RPGs and are looking for a compelling story with well-written characters, good graphics and a strong soundtrack, Grandia II is about as good as it gets!
  4. Grandia II not only provides one of the best combat systems ever seen in an RPG, it also serves up a thought-provoking story (once you get past a rather arid first half), eye-poppingly beautiful graphics, and some truly likable characters.
  5. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    The great combat system and engaging story truly make the game a gem, not only on the Dreamcast but in the RPG genre as a whole.
  6. The battle system surpasses that of any other RPG on the market, and you'll be going out of your way to hunt down innocent little monsters and deliver them to their final reward.
  7. Spank!
    70
    If they could have added a bit more variety, in terms of plot twists and gameplay structure this could have been a real contender.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. RobertW.
    Mar 22, 2002
    10
    This game is great! I do not see how any other game can beat this. (Sword of The Berserk Guts Rage comes close though)
  2. Yunk
    Oct 5, 2005
    10
    The game seriously rocks. The battle system's unique and very addictive and the character development is far beyond what many games have The game seriously rocks. The battle system's unique and very addictive and the character development is far beyond what many games have accomplished. At the end of the game you'll feel like you've known the characters all your life. Expand
  3. Eddurdr.obed
    Oct 3, 2003
    10
    Great graphics, awesome battle sysytem , cliche story and esspecially great charme!
  4. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    A bit linear some times in terms of history and gameplay, but overall Grandia 2 is one of the best RPGS ever made, including gorgeous plot,A bit linear some times in terms of history and gameplay, but overall Grandia 2 is one of the best RPGS ever made, including gorgeous plot, great and memorable cast of characters Expand
  5. R.T.
    Nov 16, 2004
    10
    Even years after its original release date, the fast-paced combat makes it stack up against other RPGs.
  6. Mar 10, 2015
    9
    Grandia II is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. The combat system is one of the best ever developed, the storyline was heavy with animeGrandia II is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. The combat system is one of the best ever developed, the storyline was heavy with anime influence, but still managed to throw in a few genuine surprises, and often took the rather light-hearted mood along a much darker path. The ending is rather contrived and totally cliche-anime... but overall the journey was worth it, and mastery of the combat system will likely give players the incentive for another playthrough. Expand
  7. WillB
    Dec 26, 2008
    8
    A very good game, despite it's age. While I typically dislike traditional turn-based rpgs, this game really won me over with it's A very good game, despite it's age. While I typically dislike traditional turn-based rpgs, this game really won me over with it's unique, entertaining battle system. The graphics are pretty good for a game from it's time. The only issues I have with it are it's rather linear nature and story, which is a bit on the generic side. All in all though, it's a very fun, engaging game that holds up quite well even today. Collapse

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#4 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
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#18 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000