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  • Summary: Grasp the wheel of your air-ship and prepare to embark on a legendary adventure. You are Vyse, a young member of the Blue Rogue pirates. Together with your childhood friend Aika and Fina, a mysterious girl, you are locked in an epic struggle with a powerful enemy nation for the fate of theGrasp the wheel of your air-ship and prepare to embark on a legendary adventure. You are Vyse, a young member of the Blue Rogue pirates. Together with your childhood friend Aika and Fina, a mysterious girl, you are locked in an epic struggle with a powerful enemy nation for the fate of the world. You must gather your own crew of air pirates and journey through uncharted skies to vanquish the empire from every corner of the map. Along the way, you'll wage battles against savage monsters and evil pirates as you make a name for yourself on land and in the sky. Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    The Skies experience is bright, poppy, and exciting. [Feb 2003, p.50]
  2. An absolutely phenomenal experience... GameCube desperately needed a title like this. [Feb 2003, p.151]
  3. For all of its failings though, Skies Of Arcadia Legends is a worthy game. The atmosphere draws you in completely, and the wonderful characters make your journey through this massive game a total joy.
  4. If you are looking for an adventure of epic proportions with a sci-fi twist on pirates and that sports a classic, yet polished, RPG battle interface with some interesting innovations such as ship battles, then Skies of Arcadia Legends is definitely the game for you!
  5. 85
    RPGs fans must buy and play this game -- no questions asked. Get over the graphics and technical shortcomings; it's still a great game.
  6. If you're looking for an enjoyable but fairly traditional RPG with a cracking storyline and likeable characters, Skies of Arcadia Legends comes about as highly recommended as any game can.
  7. The story is only average for a RPG (make that above average if you love the air pirates setting), the combat system is mildly interesting but lacks much in the way of depth and the presentation is a bit dated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
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  1. ChrisS.
    Feb 21, 2003
    10
    This is a very bitch'n game I just hope for a part 2 in the future and if so it could beat ffx or xenosaga!
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    Skies of Arcadia is nothing short of a masterpiece. I'm not even sure where to start. Everything from the bright colorful visuals with in aSkies of Arcadia is nothing short of a masterpiece. I'm not even sure where to start. Everything from the bright colorful visuals with in a charming world with distinct towns and cities. The soundtrack while slightly gimped on the GC version (DC version is superior in this aspect), is the best I have ever heard in a video game. For example the boss battle music will actually shift depending on how well (or bad) the fight is going for you. I sometimes found my self just hanging around town so I could listen to the music. The characters are lovable and interesting and I found my self so into their stories and the story at large that I sometimes had to just put the controller down so I didn't rush through the game.

    Phew, I haven't even talked about game play yet. It is a standard old school JRPG and if I could get one complaint out of the way is that the random battles can sometimes get excessive. Other than that the gameplay uses a unique system where all the characters share a single action bar with different moves and attacks subtracting from that bar. Special attacks have some great visuals and it's satisfying finishing off a boss with them. I really could go on and on about this game. Go on Ebay and buy either the GC or DC version and play it, if you are even a remote fan of RPG/JRPGS you will not be disappointed
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  3. Spiner
    Mar 5, 2003
    10
    This game rivals FFX because of story and gameplay why? Because of never ending gameplay, there's side quest (which seem to go on and This game rivals FFX because of story and gameplay why? Because of never ending gameplay, there's side quest (which seem to go on and on) when you first start off your map is huge, but as you go on the map keeps growing. I spent a whole week playing from morning to night every day and I only was only 4/11 of the way through the game! You start of with a small ship but late into the game you get this huge ship with a hyper moon beam cannon that knocks the crap out of stuff and the story line will keep you in for more play. Basically if your looking for a RPG that you'll never get bored of very fun for a long time and non stop adventure with mabey 100+ hours of gaming then this is a must for all you FF freaks and RPG gamers. Expand
  4. DavidA.
    Apr 22, 2006
    10
    Really good but they could have added voice.
  5. May 19, 2012
    10
    Skies of Arcadia is without a doubt the absolute greatest game I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The music is incredible, the graphicsSkies of Arcadia is without a doubt the absolute greatest game I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The music is incredible, the graphics are still quite nice today, the storyline is simply a glorious masterpiece of gaming, the characters are fantastic, the combat is fun, and the setting is nothing short of immersive. The music is slightly altered in the Gamecube version, but it still sounds nice. In short, this game is one of the greatest games ever made, and you are doing yourself a favour by playing it. Expand
  6. RaineyS.
    Nov 24, 2004
    9
    Despite the ridiculous amount of random battles and the horribly long, I mean hours long, ship battles...This game kicks ass! The characters Despite the ridiculous amount of random battles and the horribly long, I mean hours long, ship battles...This game kicks ass! The characters are fun and so is the plot. Plus there are lots of things to keep you occupied other than damn ship battles, and once you get far enough you can avoid random battles! For the most part. Expand
  7. Theimminent26
    Mar 4, 2003
    8
    If you like both classic and new rpg's you just might enjoy this game. Most of its themes are that of something you witness in newer If you like both classic and new rpg's you just might enjoy this game. Most of its themes are that of something you witness in newer Rpg's, such as the crew and base system. The Plot being more classicly simple with a newer feel. The Story is definetly not the best but it doesn't suck either it remains simple but interesting. The battle system is very unique but I have to say I got tired of doing the same moves over and over for their was barely not enough. All in All This is a great yet simple game. It is not as New Wave I guess you could say as Other BETTER games such as FFX but I still think I'ts a great game. Expand

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